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99 billion: Terminating NAFTA would cost North America’s three economies $99 billion in annual real GDP, according the Bank of International Settlements. The US stands to lose the most, $40 billion, followed by Canada and Mexico, $37 billion and $22 billion respectively.


600,000: In North Korea, there are currently 436 government-approved markets in operation, which in total employ at least 600,000 workers, according to the Center for International and Strategic Studies in Washington. That’s more than double the number that existed a decade ago and part the Kim regime’s efforts to improve living standards.

3,000: The eastern German city of Chemnitz has been roiled by protests over the past few days, which included the clash of about 3,000 right-wing extremists with left-wing counter protesters after the death of a German man at the hands of two migrants. There were some 10 reports of protesters using Hitler salutes – a criminal offense in Germany.

15: This week, the UN announced it is looking into possible war crimes committed by both Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels during the ongoing civil war in Yemen. Among the issues now under the microscope: 15 clerics have been killed in extrajudicial assassinations tied to the ongoing power struggle since October of last year.

13: The combined population of four eastern European nations – Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia – is expected to fall by 13 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations. That demographic decline, the fastest for any region during the time period in question, is one that could be solved by loosening restrictions on migration or by outsourcing more jobs to robots.

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On Wednesday, Joe Biden will become president because eighty-one million Americans, the highest tally in US history, voted to change course after four years of Donald Trump's leadership. Like all presidents, Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, take office with grand ambitions and high expectations, but rarely has a new administration taken power amid so much domestic upheaval and global uncertainty. And while Biden has pledged repeatedly to restore American "unity" across party lines — at a time of immense suffering, real achievements will matter a lot more than winged words.

Biden has a lot on his agenda, but within his first 100 days as president there are three key issues that we'll be watching closely for clues to how effectively he's able to advance their plans.

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We're only a few weeks into 2021 and that 'fresh new start' that so many had been hoping for at the end of 2020 has not exactly materialized. But what gives World Bank President David Malpass hope for the coming year? "The promise of humanity and of technology, people working together with communication, where they can share ideas. It allows an incredible advance for living standards." His wide-ranging conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

It wasn't pretty, but we made it to Inauguration Day. These last four years have taught the US a lot about itself — so what have we learned?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and it is the last full day of the Trump administration. Extraordinary four years, unprecedented in so many ways. I guess the most important feature for me is how much more divided the United States is, the world is, as coming out of the Trump administration than it was coming in. Not new. We were in a GZERO world, as I called it well before Trump was elected president. The social contract was seen as fundamentally problematic. Many Americans believed their system was rigged, didn't want to play the kind of international leadership role that the United States had heretofore, but all of those things accelerated under Trump.

So perhaps the most important question to be answered is, once Trump is gone, how much of that persists? It is certainly true that a President Biden is much more oriented towards trying to bring the United States back into existing multilateral architecture, whether that be the Paris Climate Accord, or more normalized immigration discussions with the Mexicans, the World Health Organization, the Iranian Nuclear Deal, some of which will be easy to do, like Paris, some of which will be very challenging, like Iran. But nonetheless, all sounds like business as usual.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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