- President Zuma seems to be messing things up.
- Recently fired respected finance minster and replaced him with an inexperienced yes man, thus putting under question the independence of the country's financial & macroeconomic policy-making institutions.
- Backdrop a trajectory corruption, cronyism, weak economic performance and sovereign credit rating downgrades.
- Seems that way - Pink Tide ending.
- New Argentina PM Macri is right-wing, recent success for centre-right UMD in Venezuela.
- Brazil's populist president Rousseff seems doomed.
- Recent dominance of left-wing politics.
- Argentina (2001-15), Brazil (since 2003), Venezuela (since 1999), Bolivia (since 2006), Ecuador (since 2007).
- Seems to be ending.
- Yes - prior to Paris attacks France considered Assad a pariah.
- But now focus has shifted to defeating ISIS.
- France now suggesting that Assad regime's soldiers can fight alongside Coalition-supported opposition groups to defeat ISIS.
- If the terms of any accord are legally binding (i.e. a Treaty), Obama will need Republican dominated Congress' approval, which he's unlikely to get.
- The Republican party refutes the opinions of humankind's scientific community, and is accordingly hostile to attempts to combat climate change.
- France has already conceded to the US demand that agreement will not be legally binding.
- US remains engine of global growth.
- Europe recovery gaining momentum.
- Emerging markets stay weak as China growth slows.
- Yes - economic crisis continues.
- Political crisis continues too - Rousseff hugely unpopular.
- Petrobras corruption scandal moving closer to her as investigators arrest corporate, financial, judicial & political grandees.