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Boris Johnson losing support of UK citizens and his own party

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week on Boris Johnson's tenure, COVID-19 fatigue, and China's zero-COVID policy and the Winter Olympics:

Is Boris Johnson's tenure as prime minister of the UK on the ropes?

Well, yeah, it increasingly looks like he's not going to last the year. You'd think it would be because of Brexit, you'd think it would be because the economy is going to hell in the UK. Massive inflation, quality of life is going down. No, it's none of those things. It's actually because the British citizens have a really strong sense of fair play. And Boris Johnson has now been caught in a number of different scandals, the most shambolic of which has been a party for some hundred staffers that he denied he was at. Then he said investigators would have to look into it because he didn't know that he was or wasn't in the party. Then he finally admitted it and apologized, but said, "Well, it was bad judgment, but it was really a work event." And of course this is all BS, and he has lost a lot of the support of his own party. His approval ratings are lower than Biden's. They're in the twenties right now. It increasingly looks like there will be an internal party challenge. And they'll want to get rid of him after the worst news for the economy comes out this year, so they don't have to, whoever's coming after him doesn't have to take responsibility. But it does look like Boris Johnson is near the end of his rather ill-fated tenure.

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Russia makes unrealistic proposals as Ukraine buildup continues

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective from Europe:

What does Russia really want with this diplomatic and military offensive?

Answer is we don't know. They have put on the table proposals that are extremely maximalistic. They will simply not fly. Is there anything in that that can be worked on? Remains to be seen. Can they back down to more realistic positions? Uncertain, but remains to be seen. In the meantime, the military build-up against Ukraine continues, so fairly dramatic months ahead, I fear.

Is Boris Johnson threatened in his position as prime minister in the UK?

Not yet, although the Conservative Party suffered a painful by election defeat that was clearly meant as a signal to Boris Johnson, and he's also being heavily criticized also inside the Conservative Party for the one mistake or the other in the last few weeks. But he's a man of talent, and I think he will now have a couple of months to see if he can recover from these significant setbacks. We'll see what happens thereafter.

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