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2024 Global Politics Overview: A Potentially Appalling Year Ahead

2024: Could it be Worse than 2023?

If you thought 2023 was bad, brace yourself! According to Pontus Ahlkvist and TT, 2024 could overshadow 2023’s calamity, making it a potentially appalling year for the world!

The Storm Around the Corner

For starters, we stand on the cusp of the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine (Feb 24, 2022). As fears escalate about an impending Chinese invasion of Taiwan, the war in Gaza is making headlines worldwide. Unlike previous years, the conflicts seem nowhere close to resolution. Add to this the growing inflation in the U.S. and Europe, which is dampening people’s purchasing power and increasing poverty, 2024 has all the makings of a dramatic year.

“The year 2024 could be even more dramatic than 2023,” warns Pontus Ahlkvist/

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Balance of Power Shifting?

The western countries’ united front against Russia since Putin initiated the Ukrainian war might soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Congress is already stalling President Joe Biden’s plans to provide military support to Kiev, amounting to tens of billions of dollars. Not to mention, the possible return of Republican Donald Trump to the White House could spell trouble for NATO. Ukraine’s support probable won’t top the action items with a major shift in American military alliances looming large.

“The question is, will Trump actualize his past threats of leaving NATO?” muses Ahlkvist.

Europe’s Shaky Politics

In Europe, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is laboring to block Sweden’s integration process into NATO and EU’s funding to Ukraine. Election victories for Putin-friendly figures in European politics, like Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Robert Fico in Slovakia, are introducing more uncertainties.

“Prime Minister Orbán’s attempts to block the NATO process could have far-reaching consequences,” reports Ahlkvist.

The War In Gaza and its After-effects

The global conflict with enormous potential is the war between Israel and Hamas. As the death toll from Israel’s airstrikes and ground offensive increases – it crossed the 20,000 mark according to Hamas’ calculations – it’s triggering widespread anger and demands for a lasting ceasefire. The terror threat in Sweden and other western countries has escalated primarily due to the Gaza war, causing social unrest among groups. This unrest, according to Ahlkvist, might well intensify if the conflict prolongs.

Insights and Context—A Gloomy Outlook

The revered Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung blames the West’s “geopolitical delusions” for the diminishing European and American influence in crucial regions. The forecast for the coming year is bleak:

“2024 will be a hell of a year.”

Conclusion? Strap in tight, folks. We might be in for a rollercoaster of a year!

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