Global Crisis Watch 260

You are invited to join us for Global Crisis Watch 260, on Friday, 26th January at 11.00 GMT.


The highlighted topics will include:

Anti-European’ Populist Parties on Track for Big Gains in EU Elections

Upcoming EU elections may witness a seismic shift as populists, notably radical right-wing parties, are predicted to dominate in nine countries including France, Poland and Austria. The wave could create forge a majority right-wing coalition in the European Parliament, potentially influencing significant EU policies on climate, migration and international relations. Not only would the shift fundamentally change the balance of power in European politics, but it could also challenge the EU’s current trajectory and reshape its stance on global issues.


Reports That a One Month Ceasefire in Gaza Is the Current Focus of Intense Mediation Talks

Israel and Hamas are in intensive talks on a possible prisoner exchange during a proposed month-long ceasefire, yet disagreements on a lasting peace continue to hinder progress. Mediation by Qatar, the US and Egypt suggests a phased release of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners. However, Hamas insists on a comprehensive deal, including a permanent ceasefire, before proceeding. Amidst this deadlock, US diplomatic efforts are ongoing, seeking to bridge the gap and end the conflict.


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Ends Campaign for US President

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis withdrew from the US presidential race following a significant loss in Iowa and endorsed Donald Trump despite a bitter rivalry. DeSantis' campaign faced ongoing challenges, including technical issues and strategy upheavals and struggled to compete against the Trump's Campaigns' dominant position. The endorsement marks a significant reversal for DeSantis, who has faced numerous personal attacks from Trump.


Taiwan Reports Intrusion of Six Chinese Balloons and Detects Warplanes and Navy Ships in its Airspace

Taiwan reported the sighting of six Chinese balloons near its airspace and the presence of Chinese warplanes and navy ships, which signal an escalation in Beijing's assertive activities around the island. The balloons' purpose remains unknown, but they contribute to China's pattern of intimidation, often involving military and civilian assets to assert territorial claims without direct confrontation. Amid this tension, Taiwan's defense systems remain alert, tracking Chinese military movements and ensuring readiness against potential provocations across the Taiwan Strait.


Plus, all the stories that are catching our attention wherever we live in the world. Feel free to join us and add your voice to the conversation.