The year 2018 that begins promises to be rich in significant events.
Of course, the most important are often the most unexpected, but from the presidential election in Russia to the World Cup of football (still in Russia), through the marriage of Prince Harry, it is possible to anticipate a few .
WINTER OLYMPICS PYEONGCHANG (FEBRUARY):
Organized by South Korea in the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, just a few kilometers from the border with the North, the XXIIII Olympic Winter Games could well remain in the history. The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has indeed mentioned a possible participation of his country in the competition. The eventuality has not yet been confirmed, but it was welcomed in Seoul by President Moon Jae-in, in favor of dialogue.
ANIMALS South Korea:
A call to ban dog meat before the Olympics. However, the initiative would not only happy: an American senator has already threatened the Olympics with a boycott of the United States if North Korea participated. This would result in games without Americans or Russians, as Russia was suspended as a participating nation following revelations of state doping by Moscow.
GENERAL ELECTIONS IN ITALY (MARCH):
Italians are called to the polls on March 4 to renew their Parliament, for the first time since 2013. A poll with a particularly uncertain outcome, the intentions of votes being scattered between three poles unwilling to form a coalition: the right, the center-left, and the left-wing populists of the 5-star movement.
The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, here in Lisbon on December 6, 2017, dissolved Thursday the Parliament that was coming to the end of the term.
The President dissolved Parliament for the legislative elections on 4 March
The elections could also sign the return of two former presidents of the council: Matteo Renzi, who had resigned after the failure of his constitutional referendum in 2016, but also Silvio Berlusconi, who organized his party Forza Italia.
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN RUSSIA (MARCH):
Unlike the Italian elections, the Russian presidential election in March leaves little room for suspense. Vladimir Putin, who is running for a fourth term, has 75% of voting intentions and should be reelected in the first round.
Alexei Navalny shortly after his release on October 22, 2017 in Moscow.
THE END OF THE CASTRO ERA IN CUBA (APRIL):
Cuba will turn in April the page of sixty years of Castroism, with the departure of Raul Castro, who succeeded in 2008 his brother Fidel. The 86-year-old leader has indeed announced that he will not seek re-election at the election of the next Council of State in the spring.
CUBA Raul Castro will cede the presidency in April 2018:
The current vice-president, Miguel Diaz Canel, is expected to succeed him. This 57-year-old engineer, born after the revolution, will have to establish himself as a political leader and leader of the armed forces against the cadres of the Communist Party and the powerful Cuban generals.
THE MARRIAGE OF HARRY AND MEGHAN (MAY):
Prince Harry, who for a long time was the most coveted bachelor of the British royal family, will be getting married on May 19th with American actress Meghan Markle. Their union will be celebrated at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
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Seven years after the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are expecting their third child, the festivities should be well attended across the Channel and around the world, the young couple is already extremely popular.
THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF MAY 68:
This year 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of May 1968, when hundreds of thousands of people, students and workers, came down to protest throughout France. An event with controversial legacy, whose national commemoration has not been confirmed.
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However, Emmanuel Macron, the first president since the events not to have lived (he was born in 1977), hinted that he did not intend to ignore this anniversary. Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a May 68 figure who supported the president during his campaign, was associated with reflection.
SAUDI WOMEN DRIVING (JUNE):
The king of Saudi Arabia had created the event last September, by adopting a decree authorizing women to drive, while the Wahabbite monarchy was the only country in the world to prohibit them. This decision will come into effect in June.
In the ultra-conservative realm, women are still severely restricted.
SAUDI ARABIA Saudi women will soon lead motorcycles and trucks
This will be a real daily revolution for women, but also an important source of economy: the country employs some 400,000 drivers to allow Saudi women to move.
WORLD CUP SOCCER (JUNE):
Barely handed the presidential election, Russia will host from mid-June to mid-July its second major event of the year: the World Cup football. The opening match (Russia-Saudi Arabia) will take place on June 14th, while France will play its first match, against Australia, on the 16th.
FOOTBALL The draw of the groups of the World Cup 2018:
This 21st edition will be marked by the return of several countries that had failed to qualify in previous competitions, such as Senegal or Morocco, but also by the absence of major football nations, such as the Netherlands or Italy.
THE FIRST ASSESSMENT OF TRUMP (DECEMBER):
Two years after his election, US President Donald Trump will see his action validated, or on the contrary punished, by the mid-term elections, which will be held in mid-November. On this occasion, voters will renew the Chamber of Deputies and one-third of the Senate.
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Currently, Republicans hold the majority in both houses of the US Congress. But according to the first studies, this situation is likely to change, with national polls showing a 10-point advantage for Democrats.
The year 2018 will be closed by the 24th Conference of the Parties on Climate, to be held in Katowice, Poland. This is a particularly important meeting for the implementation of the Paris agreement, with a first progress report on national climate commitments.
Timoci Naulusala a small Fijian is congratulated by President Emmanuel Macron (g) and Chancellor Angela Merkel after her speech at COP 23 in Bonn.
ENVIRONMENT COP23: the international community agrees to evaluate its emissions in 2018
For the moment, these are notoriously insufficient to achieve the objectives set at the end of COP21. After two more technical COPs under the Moroccan and Fiji Presidencies, this COP24 will be an opportunity to resume political negotiations, in order to reach to adopt commitments to the height.
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