First US president to be convicted twice. However this time, the atmosphere was completely different. Lawmakers have to pass through metal detectors and national guards that sleep overnight inside the Capitol. This was when ten Republicans voted with Democrats that Donald Trump – one week earlier – had instigated the uprising and violence that killed five people on the Capitol. Joe Biden is trying his best not to let the accusations against Trump change the greatest urgency he will face on Day One, dealing with the Covid pandemic. On Thursday, he announced a 1-point-9 trillion dollar stimulus plan.
Donald Trump was blocked from social media for his final days and all of Uganda is under an Internet blackout during a presidential election which also featured troops on the streets. And during the vote count, the soldier surrounding the pop star’s house turns into the leader of the opposition, Bobi’s Wine. Previously, Wine – whose real name was Robert Kyagulanyi – equated the accusations of mass fraud and repeated how internet cuts were part of the plan.
Panelists at this event have been known to quip that the general impression is that whichever country you are from, your country has done its worst than its neighbors when it comes to Covid. The time is now for an update on France. It was a week, when more than 75s started getting vaccinated and while the campaign was far behind neighbors like Britain and Germany, the government believed it had put out a million injections by the end of the month. And in the short term, as the new variant spreads across Europe, the prime minister announced that the national curfew at 8pm would be changed to 6pm for at least two weeks.
For 16 years he had secretly destroyed all comers. But this time, it looks like the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel who will retire at the next general election in September. An important first step will be Saturday with the appointment of his successor as head of the Christian Democrats. The choices that are sure to have far-reaching consequences for the entire continent.
Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Laura Burloux