Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

Welcome back to World Brief, we’re discussing various global events, notably Hungary’s opposition to EU aid for Ukraine, high-level meetings on Gaza’s future, and lessening tensions between Venezuela and Guyana. Support Ukraine The Hungarian Prime Minister recently rejected a European Union aid package for Ukraine, worth $54.5 billion over four years, intended to combat Russian advances, particularly as Ukraine prepares for a winter offensive. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has threatened to continue opposing the aid deal as long as the EU withholds billions of euros earmarked for Hungary due to concerns about Budapest’s democratic backsliding. Although the EU restored some funds for Hungary after ruling that Budapest had reformed its judiciary, it was not enough to bring Hungary on board with the greater Ukraine aid. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is also facing difficulties securing additional aid from the U.S. Uncertain Future Israeli-Palestinian relations are another focal point, as high-level U.S.-Palestinian meetings took place to discuss the future governance of the Gaza Strip. U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, conveying a message that the administration, unlike Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, believes control of Gaza should transition to the Palestinians. With the ongoing conflict, criticism of Israel’s military operations has intensified, and Israeli mistakenly killed three Israeli hostages in a setback. Antisemitic hate crimes in Europe have surged since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, with Berlin reporting a 240 percent increase during the first month of the conflict. Resolving Disputes Venezuela and Guyana have agreed not to use force to settle their dispute over the Esequibo region. The declaration, signed during a meeting between the Venezuelan and Guyanese Presidents, commits both nations to refrain from escalating the conflict. However, no progress was made towards determining sovereignty over the region. The announcement of a nationwide crackdown on street protests in Argentina follows the devaluation of the peso by 50 percent against the U.S. dollar as part of proposed economic reforms. Inflation in Argentina hit 161 percent last month, fueling rising poverty, leading to protests and potential unrest. RoutedEventArgs and Elections Chileans head to the polls to vote on a constitutional referendum that would replace its dictator-era charter with an even more conservative document. It is the country’s second effort to replace its decades-old ruling manifest, and it has sparked nationwide debate. Chad is also holding a constitutional referendum. If passed, it would consolidate interim President Mahamat Déby’s power. Lastly, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an $886 billion defense package on Thursday, which includes provisions for investigating UFO sightings.

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