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Europa World May 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: www.europaworld.com

New content for 2018 includes:

  • Coverage of the major developments in the first year of the Administration of US President Donald Trump.
  • Details of the peaceful engagement between the South Korean President Moon Jae-In and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un, and of the extension of the influence of Chinese President Xi Jinping, including a constitutional amendment providing for the removal of presidential term limits.
  • Events surrounding the election of President Vladimir Putin to a fourth term of office, and details of the implementation of controversial constitutional changes in Armenia, leading to large scale popular protests and the removal of the new Prime Minister.
  • Coverage of the removal of Robert Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe, following attempts to engineer the succession to the presidency of his wife, and details of the resignation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister and the declaration of a national state of emergency in that country following continuing violent unrest.
  • Developments surrounding continued social and economic reforms in Saudi Arabia, amid the growing influence of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman Al Sa’ud, and coverage of the liberation of Mosul from Islamic State by the Iraqi forces.
  • Details of the multilateral efforts to assist some 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh from their homes in Rakhine, Myanmar.
  • Coverage of historic elections in Nepal and the composition of the new Government, and events surrounding the disqualification from office of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
  • Developments surrounding the Spanish Government’s imposition of direct rule on Catalonia following a referendum on independence for the region, and details of the negotiations between the British Government and the European Union following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
  • Coverage of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria across the Caribbean and the subsequent recovery efforts, and events surrounding the disputed re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.
  • Details of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which has closed after 24 years, and coverage of the end of long-term UN missions in Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti and Liberia.
  • The background to the resignation of the Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, and details of the new Government led by Peter Pellegrini; and events surrounding the banking crisis in Latvia.

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


Chad – government reorganization; new constitution adopted

Gabon – new government appointed

Guinea – dismissal of Prime Minister

Mozambique – death of Renamo leader

Sierra Leone – new government took office

South Africa – Premier of North-West Province removed

South Sudan – central bank governor replaced; dismissal of several state governors

Zimbabwe – dismissal of Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Mashonaland West

Czechia – new Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (took office 1st May)

Hungary– new Government

Montenegro– new President inaugurated

Armenia – new Government; new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces

Georgia – return of former Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, to the post of Chairman of Qartuli Ocneba-Demokratiuli Sakartvelo (Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia)

Georgia (`Republic of Abkhazia’) – new Vice Premier; recognition of the territory by the Syrian Arab Republic

Georgia (`Republic of South Ossetia’) –recognition of the territory by the Syrian Arab Republic

Russian Federation -new Government

Russian Federation (Territories) – post of Presidential Representative to the Central Federal Okrug becomes vacant after the incumbent was appointed to the federal Government; new acting Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutiya); new acting Governors of Altai Krai, Amur Oblast, Magadan Oblast,Tyumen Oblast and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug; new acting Head of Yekaterinburg 

Ukraine – new Governor of Khmelnytsky Oblast

Uzbekistan – new Deputy Prime Minister appointed; new Chairman of the State Committee for the Development of Tourism 

Australia – new Governor of Western Australia

China – new Governor of Heilongjiang Province

French Polynesia – election results, new Government, new President of the Assembly

Indonesia – new central bank governor, new Chief of Staff of the Navy

Niue – new New Zealand High Commissioner

Malaysia – election results, new Prime Minister and Cabinet, new Chief Ministers of most states

Myanmar – new Minister of Planning and Finance

New Zealand – minor ministerial changes

Philippines – new Minister of Tourism and new Acting Minister of Secretary of Social Welfare and Development, new Senate President, new Secretary of Tourism

Singapore - cabinet changes

Taiwan – resignation of the Minister of Education

Timor-Leste – election results

Tonga – new Minister of Internal Affairs

Tokelau – new Administrator

Vanuatu – new Deputy Prime Minister

Iraq –results of the 12 May parliamentary elections

Lebanon–full results of the legislative elections held on 6 May

Antigua and Barbuda – resignation of Minister for Investment and Trade

Barbados – general election results; new Government takes office
Colombia – first round of presidential election

Costa Rica – new President and Cabinet take office

Dominican Republic – cabinet reshuffle

Ecuador – cabinet appointments; new Attorney-General

Guadeloupe – new Prefect

Guatemala – new Attorney-General appointed

Honduras – new Minister of Agriculture and Livestock

Paraguay – new Vice-President appointed

Puerto Rico – resignation of Chief of Staff

Venezuela – presidential election results

Canada – new Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador; new Chief Justice of New Brunswick

USA – Director of the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed in post

India –elections and new Chief Minister in Karnataka; minor reorganization of the Government, after new acting Minister of Finance appointed

Pakistan–foreign Affairs portfolio allocated to Minister of Defence on an acting basis

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

Denmark – changes to the cabinet following the resignation of two ministers

Greenland – new Government

Germany – new Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr

Malta – new Chief Justice

United Kingdom – resignation of Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for the Home Department

IAEA – Pres. Trump declares US unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement with Iran