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These are some of the most important political events in 2022

These are some of the most important political events in 2022

A man wearing a medical face mask handing flowers to a woman, both in front of a podium

While last year was optimistic with the emergence COVID-19 vaccinations, it quickly turned out to be a challenging one for governments and communities all over the globe.

Despite the pandemic, 2022 is going to be a year of significant political events and issues that will affect communities locally and globally. Here are some of these major news events that will dominate this year’s news cycles.

Charting the global economic landscape

As central banks reduce the stimulus programs that have boosted economies for the past two year, the global economy is likely to be weak. Inflation and interest rates will both riseThis can cause hardship for those with low or fixed incomes.

The roaring stock markets may eventually become a stalemate. Bear marketA depression could result. Politicians will be faced with rising unemployment rates and increased pressure to create jobs if that happens. It is likely that there will be more protectionism and trade restrictions.

International affairs

Relations between the United States of America and ChinaThe impact of the two superpowers on international relations and the global economy will be a shadow. The tone for the world will be set by how well the superpowers can co-exist and sometimes collaborate.

U.S.-China ties will not, however, impact East Asia (including North Korea and Taiwan) as the entrenched interests of the U.S. and China don’t align. A divided KoreaThe U.S.-supported South Korea is required to share the peninsula with the China-backed North Korea. Unification of Korea would undoubtedly be drawn into the orbit of one superpower, requiring a response from the other.

International affairs will continue to be dominated by the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. These regions are characterized by long-standing territorial and ideological conflicts. Separatism will be alive in ScotlandWhile For a union of Ireland, there is pressureNorthern Ireland will see a rise in population.

Germany, with a new chancellor following 16 years of Angela Merkel’s reign, will remain a pillar in Europe and beyond. The nation’s three-party coalition is solid and will broadly adhere to international policies that aren’t very different from those of the past decade.

A man wearing a medical face mask handing flowers to a woman, both in front of a podium
Olaf Scholz (new elected German Chancellor) gives flowers to Angela Merkel at a handover ceremony in Berlin’s chancellery on Dec. 8. Merkel was the first female chancellor in Germany from 2005 to 2021.
(Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Numerous countries will hold elections by 2022

Elections in regional democratic countries, including South Korea, France, BrazilAnd AustraliaThese races, which feature anti-elitist or protest candidates running against more established nominees, will provide an indication of the endurance and strength of populist movements.

As long as these countries’ leaders are not facing any immediate major internal or externe threats, authoritarian ones like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China will be stable.

The U.S. continues to wage ideological wars

In the U.S., Joe Biden’s presidency will enter an even tougher period. The mid-term congressional election in the latter part of the year will be The Republicans almost certainly will retake SenateWashington could end up in a deadlock over the next two-years.

The U.S. will see ideological wars over abortion, gun control and immigration. Some cases may even get worse. The Supreme Court will be asked to rule more often on matters on which legislators are not able to agree, which will fuel ideological divides.

A man stands behind a podium with a crest that says 'Seal of the President of the United States'
According to some rumours, President Joe Biden will run for the presidency again in 2024. He was seen talking about COVID-19 and vaccinations on December 21. Biden has yet to confirm this.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jostling among potential candidate, as well as fundraising, will start for The 2024 U.S. Presidential Election. Biden, who will be 80 in 2022, Rumours abound that he plans to run for the presidency once againAlthough he will wait before confirming publicly, The same applies to Donald TrumpHe may spend 2022 preparing for his second non-consecutive term as president (the other being Grover Cleveland almost two centuries ago).

As Biden puts more emphasis on the Democratic party’s support, trade issues between the U.S.A. & its North American neighbours will continue to grow. The Biden administration is expected to increasingly take a “America first” approachin its dealings to neighbours.

Upcoming Canadian provincial elections

Canada has the following: Third successive minority governmentOttawa will function efficiently because no political party is looking for another election. Elections in QuébecAnd OntarioIn 2022, federal-provincial conflicts will increase on a range of policies, including climate change and immigration.

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Québec’s Bill 21, Ban on visible religious symbols being worn by public servants and teachers, will remain controversial not only in the Province but throughout Canada. There will be legal challenges to it.

Climate change policies need to be changed

Climate change politics will fluctuate throughout the year. The more economic concerns dominate politicians, the less political capital will go to climate change efforts, even though they are closely related.

In many parts of the world, however, there will be steady progress towards reducing carbon emissions as well as using more renewable energy. Reports on climate-driven natural disasters will provide an impetus. Further political action will be taken throughout the year.

Global vaccination efforts continue

COVID-19 is not going away now that the calendar shows 2022. International efforts will be intensified in the early months to ensure that COVID-19 is not lost. All over the globe, vaccinations take place. There is hope that the tides will turn and that the pandemic will recede, even though it will happen at different rates in different countries.

The political decisions surrounding vaccination and mask mandates will eventually fade. However, the lesson from the pandemic — that viruses don’t respect political and national borders — is hopefully one that political leaders are learning in 2022 and beyond.

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