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Europa World January 2018 - Upload Highlights

A comprehensive update of Europa World took place this month.

Our Country Profiles have been extensively revised to provide the latest political and economic developments for each country and territory, while the statistical surveys for every country in the world have been comprehensively updated to give the latest available statistics on key demographic and socio-economic indicators.

In addition to the printed book, it is also available as an online resource which is updated every week. Find out more about Europa World – Visit:

A comprehensive update of the Europa World Plus content relating to The Far East and Australasia, The Middle East and North Africa and Western Europe has taken place.

New for Far East and Australasia 2018:

  • Coverage of recent political and economic developments, including the destabilizing effect of North Korea’s accelerating missile testing programme, East Asia’s international relations in the context of the US presidency of Donald Trump, the impeachment and removal from office of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, the death of the widely venerated monarch of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.
  • A calendar of the principal political events in the region in 2016-17 provides a convenient reference guide to the year’s developments.
  • Fully updated statistical tables cover a wide range of demographic, financial and socio-economic topics. 
  • Directory information covering government and politics, society and media, and business and commerce has been meticulously updated by our editorial team.
  • A comprehensive survey of the region’s major commodities, including fully updated statistical tables, has been thoroughly revised.
  • Fully revised and updated bibliographies of books and periodicals pertinent to individual countries and the region provide a guide to further reading.

New for Middle East and North Africa 2018:

  • All essays have been fully revised and updated by experts in regional affairs. The latest edition of the Middle East and North Africa features an essay analysing US foreign policy in the Middle East from the early 20th Century to the present day. Other essays discuss the effects of the Syrian refugee crisis in the region, nuclear proliferation, political Islam, Kurdish political autonomy and the campaign for an independent state, the oil and natural gas industries, and the region’s major religions.
  • Statistical surveys of each country provide a wide range of the latest available demographic, financial and socioeconomic data on each country.
  • Fully updated statistical tables covering a wide range of demographic, financial and socioeconomic topics.
  • A Calendar of Political Events charts key developments in the region during October 2016–September 2017.
  • Current political developments are described and assessed in detail. These include the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen, successes in attempts by the international coalition forces and the Iraqi Government to regain territory from Islamic State in Iraq and northern Syria. Political changes throughout the region–including the presidential election in Iran, legislative elections in Algeria and Morocco, upheaval within the Saudi Arabian royal family and the constitutional referendum in Turkey–are also reflected in updated directory sections.
  • Revised details of international organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa, detailed listings for research institutes covering the region and a select bibliography of titles for further research.

New for Western Europe 2018:

  • All essays have been revised and updated by acknowledged experts on the region. Topics of regional importance covered in the volume include political developments in the European Union (EU), economic perspectives of the eurozone, Europe’s foreign and security policy, recent developments in EU trade policy, Europe and the migration crisis, populism in the region, and Islam and Western Europe. 
  • Contemporary events in the region are outlined and analysed. Notably, the United Kingdom began the process of exiting the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, and negotiations began between the British Government and EU officials. Analysis of elections and government formation is offered, including details of the early elections in Austria, Iceland, Malta and the UK, and of scheduled elections in countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. 
  • As well as essays on each country’s recent political history and economic developments, chapters also include an updated chronology and geographical information; fully updated statistical tables on a wide range of demographic, financial and socio-economic topics; and a full directory covering the constitution, government, political organizations, diplomatic representation, religious groups, the media, finance, trade and industry, tourism, defence and education; and a select bibliography. 
  • A directory section comprising information on institutions worldwide concerned with the study of Western Europe, and select bibliographies of books and periodicals dealing with the region complete the volume. 

Please click on the regional links below to view a summary of recently updated content.

Chad – minor government reorganization

The Gambia – new Minister of the Interior appointed

Guinea-Bissau – appointment of new Prime Minister

Lesotho – new Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force appointed; death of Minister of Gender, Youth and Sports

Liberia – new President sworn in

Mauritius – new central bank governor took office

Seychelles – resignation of National Assembly speaker

Somalia – ministers of foreign affairs, interior and commerce dismissed

South Sudan – dismissal of several State Governors

Zimbabwe - Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services replaced

Romania – new Government sworn in

Czech Republic – presidential election results

Poland – government reshuffle

Kazakhstan – new Akim of Jambıl Oblast

Kyrgyzstan- new Deputy Prime Minister

Moldova – substantial governmental reorganization

Tajikistan – new Minister of Finance; renaming of Qurgonteppa as Bokhtar, and of various other towns and districts

Turkmenistan – three new Deputy Chairmen of the Government, new Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, and Minister of Rail Transport; new Ministry, of Sport and Youth Policy, established; new acting Minister of Industry

Ukraine – changes to public holidays, including the introduction of holidays for Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar

Australia - Department of Employment changed to Department of Jobs and Small Business

Brunei – cabinet reorganization, new Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces

China – new Governors of Jilin Province, Fujian Province, Shaanxi Province, Guizhou Province, Liaoning Province and new Mayors of Beijing, Chongqing and Tianjin

Hong Kong – new Minister of Justice

Indonesia – new Speaker of the House of Representatives, new Minister of Social Affairs, new Chief of Staff and new Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Philippines – new Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, new Secretary of Dangerous Drugs Board, new Acting Regional Secretary of Education for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, resignation of the Secretary of the Commission for Higher Education (and new Acting Secretary appointed), new Chairman of COMELEC, new head of the navy

Timor-Leste – dissolution of Parliament

Tonga – Prime Minister and Cabinet sworn in

Cyprus – results of election to the `Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ legislature

Egypt – reorganization of the Government, new Ministers of Culture, Local and Administrative Development, Public Sector Affairs, and Tourism

Morocco – new Ministers of Health, of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research and of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy

Syria – minor reorganization of the Government, including a new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Ministers of Industry and of Information

Argentina – new acting Attorney-General appointed

Barbados – new Governor-General takes office, Central Bank Governor confirmed in post

Bermuda – cabinet change

Bolivia – recently elected heads of the judiciary take office

Brazil – cabinet appointments

Costa Rica – new Minister of Justice appointed

Ecuador – cabinet changes

Falkland Islands – new Chief Justice announced

Grenada – election date announced

Guatemala – cabinet changes, new Congress President takes office

Haiti – new Senate President appointed

Honduras – cabinet appointments as the President begins a second term in office

Mexico – cabinet resignations and appointments

Montserrat – new acting Governor appointed

Peru – cabinet reshuffle

Saint Lucia – new Governor takes office

Sint Maarten – interim coalition Government sworn in

Trinidad and Tobago – President-elect declared

Uruguay – Minister of Agriculture appointed

Venezuela – new National Assembly President

Canada –government reshuffle in Ontario.

The USA – new Lieutenant-Governor in Minnesota, new Governor, new Lieutenant-Governor, and new Speaker of the General Assembly in New Jersey, new Governor, new Lieutenant-Governor (also President of the Senate), and new Speaker of the House of Delegates in Virginia.

India – new Governor of Madhya Pradesh, changes to the composition of the Election Commission of India

Pakistan – new Minister of Law and Justice, new Chief Minister of Balochistan, new CEO of Pakistan Stock Exchange

Austria – elections in Lower Austria

France – Corsica’s new status as Single Territorial Collectivity comes into effect

Finland – presidential elections

Iceland – new court established, the Land’s Court

Norway – party joins ruling coalition – cabinet reshuffle

Switzerland – new President of the Swiss Confederation for 2018; new heads of Cantons

United Kingdom – cabinet reshuffle

Isle of Man – new Minister of Health and Social Care

UNICEF – new Executive Director

UN-Habitat – new Executive Director

World Tourism Organization – new Secretary-General

African Union – summit meeting convened; new Chair. appointed

ASEAN – new Secretary-General

OSCE – Italy assumed 2018 chairmanship