100 million inhabitants in Egypt

Egypt has just joined the very limited club of countries with more than 100 million inhabitants. 13th most populous country in the world, it joins the Philippines and is just ahead of Ethiopia, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These three countries should not be long in crossing this symbolic mark. Egypt continues to…

The United Kingdom leaves the European Union

On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union. The famous Brexit, which has occupied everyone’s mind in the country but also in Europe for more than three years, ended up intervening, after 47 sometimes stormy years spent within the Union. A historical setback. In doing so, the country loses its privileged access…

COP25: 2019 Madrid Climate Change Conference

The COP25, the 2019 Madrid Climate Change Conference begins on Monday, December 2nd and runs until December 13th. It takes place in Madrid, capital of Spain, after being displaced following the withdrawal of Brazil first after the election of its new president Jair Bolsonaro, notorious climateosceptic, then at the last minute of Chile, because of…

70.8 million people uprooted worldwide in 2019

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has just released its annual statistical report on uprooted people. By the end of 2018, the organization had 70.8 million people forced out of their homes against their will. This number has never been higher in nearly 70 years of the Office of the…

Africa: the world’s largest single market in the making

Africa is becoming the largest single market in the world. A trade treaty, called the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will come into effect after ratification by 24 countries. It should eventually extend to 55 countries of the continent. The decision to launch the Continental Free Trade Area Project was taken in January 2012 at…

43 million inhabitants in Algeria

Algerian demographics continue its dynamic, even if it slows slightly. Indeed, Algeria has just exceeded 43 million inhabitants on 1 January 2019, up + 1.9% compared to 2018 (42.2 million inhabitants), according to data from the National Office of statistics (ONS). The previous year, growth was + 2.2%. The birth rate is falling a bit,…

Naruhito becomes the new emperor of Japan

After the abdication of 85-year-old Emperor Akihito, who ruled from 1989 to 2019, his son Naruhito became Japan‘s new Emperor at 59 on May 1, 2019. His accession to the throne marks the beginning of the Reiwa era, “era of beautiful harmony”, which succeeds the Heisei era, “era of the achievement of peace” of the…

Ukraine: Volodymyr Zelensky wins the presidential election

Volodymyr Zelensky has won the presidential election in Ukraine in the second round against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, with 73.22% of the vote, against 24.5% to the second. At age 41, he becomes the youngest president of the country. He will take office on May 31st. Of Russian-speaking origin and deemed closer to Russia than…