–WORLD : The Portuguese Antonio Guterres (former Prime Minister of Portugal) is elected Secretary-General of the United Nations. He succeeds to the South Korean Ban Ki-moon. During his first speech, he mentioned that he wishes to make the fight against populism and terrorism a priority.
–COLUMBIA : In spite of the referendum failure in September (see September geopolitic update http://www.approachingexport.com/diplomatic-geopolitic-update-happened-september-2016 ), Colombia’s president Juan Manual Santos is awarded the Peace Nobel prize.
–THAILAND : The King Bhumibol Adulyadej died after 7 decades of ruling the country. There are now concerns of political instability since the Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has asked for time to mourn before he is appointed.
–LEBANON : Michel Aoun is elected President.
–CANADA-EU : after having been seriously questioned by the Belgium Wallonie Premier Paul Magnettethe, the Ceta (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) is now enforced. This agreement should initiate increased exchanges in between the 2 continents. Click here to read my post on the CETA