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WHAT WE'RE WATCHING

Spain’s “Voice”?  — Is Spain’s Vox party Europe’s latest anti-EU, anti-immigration party poised for a rapid rise? If so, it comes at an inconvenient moment for the EU as Spain’s government accepts migrants stranded at sea who have been refused entry by Italy.


Control of the Robert Mueller Investigation — Exit Jeff Sessions. His interim replacement as US Attorney General, Matthew Whittaker, will now oversee the Mueller investigation which is probing any Russia ties in Trump’s presidential campaign as well as potential obstruction of justice by the president. Whittaker once authored an op-ed under the title “I Would Indict Hillary Clinton,” and has publicly expressed a willingness to cripple the Mueller investigation by slashing its budget. Now he’ll have the power to do so.

WHAT WE'RE IGNORING

Age discrimination? — Emile Ratelband, a 69-year old Dutch retiree wants to legally change his date of birth from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969, because he believes that stripping 20 years off his age will make it easier for him to meet single women. “You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?” he asked in a recent news interview. We’re ignoring you, Emile, and young women probably will too.

Donkey Soprano —In Ireland, there is a donkey called Harriet who, it is claimed, can sing opera. We are ignoring this story because, though her vibrato is remarkable, her pitch range is apparently limited to a single note. In fact, Harriet is living proof that the bar for becoming an Internet celebrity is especially low for donkeys.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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