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. This wave could forge a majority right-wing coalition in the European Parliament, potentially influencing significant EU policies on climate, migration and international relations. The shift could alter the balance of power, 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 discussing a possible prisoner exchange during a proposed month-long ceasefire, yet disagreements on a lasting peace 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 intensify, seeking to bridge the gap and end the prolonged conflict.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Ends Campaign for US President

Ron DeSantis withdrew from the presidential race following a significant loss in Iowa and endorsed Donald Trump despite their bitter rivalry. DeSantis’ campaign faced challenges, including technical issues and strategy upheavals. Despite his initial advantages, he struggled to compete against Trump’s dominant position. The endorsement marks a significant reversal for DeSantis, who faced personal attacks from Trump. With DeSantis out, focus shifts to Nikki Haley, with Trump’s team already strategising against her.

Russian Defence Ministry Reports an Aircraft Has Crashed Carrying Ukrainian POWs

A Russian Il-76 transport plane, reportedly carrying S-300 missiles and 65 Ukrainian prisoners for exchange, crashed in Belgorod Oblast, Russia. Ukrainian sources retracted claims of downing the plane, while the incident’s cause remains unconfirmed. The heavy-duty Il-76, often used for military and humanitarian missions, has seen multiple losses in the ongoing conflict, with Russia reporting the destruction of similar aircraft in previous months. The crash adds to a series of recent air power losses for Russia amidst the ongoing conflict.

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.