Angela Merkel will be the next chancellor of Germany. The question is only: with the help of who and how will this affect Germany’s domestic and foreign policy? Martin Schulz, the candidate of the social democrats (SPD), had a surge in the polls after his party nominated him as candidate in January, but this sugar high was short lived. A vague and mildly leftist message of more social justice fell short to sustainably rally voters’ interest. Like Merkel, Schulz airs the charisma of an office clerk. Not enough to inspire moods of change within a languid and mentally conservative electorate. In Germany, chancellors are not voted for, but voted out and it seems that people do not have enough of Merkel just yet.… Seguir leyendo »
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It’s politics, stupid! In few countries of the world food security has been so much affected by political developments as in Iraq. The rise (and fall) of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is only the latest event in a string of political impacts on food security. Iraq is not alone: Large n-studies reveal that agriculture and food security are not only affected by conflict globally; their deterioration also has a contributing effect on conflict itself. This relationship is particularly pronounced in the Middle East.
The multilateral UN embargo on Iraq caused great harm between 1990 and 2003. Food security deteriorated.… Seguir leyendo »