Check out the top 10 most dangerous countries in the world according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Safety and security are the two most important element travellers look at when they plan on going on holiday. And every year, WEF ranks countries based on how safe and secured they are for tourism.
Safety and security can make or mar the income prospect of a countries revenue. For countries who depend heavily on tourism to generate the income and provide employment for citizens, having a good rank on the list is important as most tourists will consider the safety and security level in a country before choosing to make it their next holiday destination.
Below are the top 10 most dangerous countries in the world according to the World Economic Forum. Based on the list, Columbia is the most dangerous country in the world.
3. El Salvador
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The United Kingdom is made up of four countries that include England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Surrounded mainly by water, its only land border is between the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
With a population of over 64 million, it is the third largest country in the European Union. And together with France and Germany, they are known as the big 3 of the union.
At the moment, the UK’s position in the union is still very shaky and unclear, as more and more British people have become Eurosceptic and would like to be out of the union. On the other said of the sea, other EU members’ states have become tired of Britain’s constant demand for exceptional treatment – and a majority are now in support of its exit.
While Britain is still dealing with the best way to negotiate its union with the EU, Scotland is on the verge of breaking out of the Kingdom. As such, a referendum has been set up to take place on September 18, 2014.
Scottish nationalists seeking to break away from the U.K. gained ground, cutting the lead of those in favor of the union to nine percentage points with two months left before the vote, according to a monthly poll.
Support for staying in the U.K. fell one percentage point to 41 percent while backing for independence gained two points to 32 percent, the survey by TNS published today showed. The proportion of undecided voters slipped one point to 27 percent. The lead of the pro-union campaign has dropped 10 points since the poll began in September, TNS said.
Scotland holds a referendum on Sept. 18, with the main political parties in London united in their opposition to the nationalists led by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Polls have consistently shown the nationalists trailing behind the campaign to preserve the 307-year-old union, though enough people are undecided to cause an upset.
Among those who said they were certain to participate in the referendum, 46 percent plan to say No to independence and 37 percent Yes, TNS said. In the same category, the proportion of undecided voters fell to 18 percent from 22 percent, Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, said in an e-mailed statement.
The question of which currency a new Scottish state would use is one of the central points of disagreement. Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out sharing the pound, while nationalists are threatening to walk away from Scotland’s liabilities unless he changes his mind. That would increase Britain’s debt as a proportion of gross domestic product.
The referendum may already be starting to rattle investors, with sterling expected to experience more volatility in the coming months. Three-month implied volatility in sterling versus the dollar — a measure of expected price swings based on options prices — was at 5.32 percent today. It dropped to 4.96 percent on June 9, the lowest since June 2007. Sterling was little changed at $1.7099 today, up 3.3 percent this year.
The pound risks dropping as much as 10 percent on a trade-weighted basis in the event that Scotland votes to break away from the U.K., Morgan Stanley said this week. BNP Paribas SA, rated among the world’s 10 biggest currency traders in a Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc survey this year, predicted increased volatility in the currency before the vote.
An ICM survey for Scotland on Sunday published on July 13 showed backing for independence was 34 percent this month, while support for the status quo was at 45 percent.
TNS said it polled 995 people at least age 16, the minimum to vote in the referendum, between June 25 and July 9
Culled from Businessweek
This year’s World Cup has come to an end with Germany taking home the trophy after beating Argentina to 1-0 in a match that lasted 120 minutes. German play Mario Gotze scored the winning goal around 112th minute before the end of the match. Many were suspecting the match would end in a penalty before the 22-year-old Bayern Munich player saved the situation in with a dramatic goal the sealed Germany’s victory over Argentina.
This year’s victory made it the fourth time Germany is going home with the World Cup trophy – and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel was at the stadium where she personally congratulated the boys for making their country proud.
As Argentina’s biggest rival, Brazilians were among the 74,738 fans inside the Maracanã stadium that were in support of Germany winning the cup and hoping their rival neighbours would not lift the ultimate prize on one of their sacred football sites. At the end of the game, the Brazilian dream came through as the German’s snatch home the biggest trophy leaving Argentina looking small and unhappy as the country’s hope of victory was dashed 8 minutes before the end of the game.
“Whether we have the best individual players or whatever does not matter, you have to have the best team,” said Lahm, after the match. “And at the end you stand there as world champions – an unbelievable feeling.”
- Nicolas Sarkozy arrested and taken into custody.
- His lawyer and two magistrates are under investigation.
- He is being accused of abusing his power and violating secrecy of legal inquiry.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been arrested and taken into custody by the French police. The French politician who served as the 23rd President of France from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012 has been charged with corruption and influence peddling after 15 hours of questioning in a dramatic move that could jeopardise his 2017 political comeback after his 2012 election defeat by Socialist rival Francois Hollande.
This is the first time in history that a former French President has been arrested and taken into custody by the police.
“Never has a former president been subjected to such treatment, such an outburst of hatred,” says Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and an MP for the UMP party, who rushed to defend Sarkozy on Tuesday.
Sarkozy and the three others being held in police custody are being questioned over allegations of “abuse of power” and “violating the secrecy of a legal inquiry”. They face up to five years in prison and a €500,000 (£400,000) fine if convicted.
Against the background of the debates concerning the nomination of the next European Commission President by the European Council, a study undertaken by VoteWatch Europe shows that among the 28 EU Member States, the United Kingdom and Germany have voted against each other most often in the EU Council of Ministers. Data collected by VoteWatch Europe in the period July 2009 – May 2014 illustrates that these two countries have disagreed on 16% of the formal votes cast in the Council.
The disagreements emerged mainly on issues regarding constitutional affairs, foreign policy, agriculture, budget and employment.
Voting in the Council
In the constitutional affairs field, Germany supported legislative pieces such as aRegulation on the citizens’ initiative or a Regulation on the mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers, while the UK abstained from voting on them.
When it comes to budget legislation, the differences were sharper. For example, while Germany voted in favour of the new draft budget of the EU for 2013 in December 2013, the UK voted against (alongside Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands).
On issues regarding the EU’s foreign policy, the two countries voted differently on pieces of legislation such as the Regulation establishing an Instrument contributing to stability and peace as well as on the Regulation establishing a European Neighbourhood Instrument (the UK voted against in both cases, while Germany voted in favour).
These two big EU countries are also the ones who have found themselves in minority most often when voting in the Council. The UK government was in minority by far most frequently, voting differently than the majority on 73 occasions, out of 629 votes it participated in (12%), while the German government did so in 37 out of 663 votes (5.5%).
Election of the President of the Commission in the Council
The European Council nominates the President of the European Commission by qualified majority (QMV). QMV is reached if a majority of Member States (15) vote in favour and if a minimum of 260 votes, out of the total 352, are cast in favour.
In qualified majority voting, each Member State has a certain number of votes. The weighting of votes is set out in the treaties and reflects the size of population of each Member State. Both Germany and the United Kingdom have 29 votes each. See herethe weighting of votes in the Council.
Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, a new element entered the discussion on the election of the European Commission President. The Treaty on European Union states that the European Council, taking into account the elections to the EP, shall propose (by QMV) to the European Parliament a candidate for President of the European Commission. In this context, five European political parties (EPP, PES, ALDE, the Greens and the Party of the European Left) chose their own candidates (Spitzenkandidaten) for the European Commission Presidency. The EPP won the greatest number of seats, which put former Luxembourg’s Primer Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, their lead candidate, in the position to be considered as a candidate for the post.
Jean-Claude Juncker received the backing of the EP’s Conference of Presidents to start negotiations to seek a majority in the European Parliament. However, in spite of the wide support received from the Parliament (all EP groups except ECR and EFD), the European Council, at its informal meeting on 27 May 2014, did not back Juncker to start negotiations.
According to media reports, apart from the backing of the EP groups, Juncker can also count on several EU governments, his most prominent supporter being Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany. Moreover, Juncker counts not only on the support of Christian-Democrat governments, but also from the Austrian and Romanian socialist governments.
However, the support received might not be enough to secure a winning majority by QMV in the European Council, as some Member States, led by UK, oppose the idea of nominating one of the Spitzenkandidaten, questioning the legal basis of the EP involvement in the process of selecting the European Commission President. The UK, Sweden and Hungary have publicly stated their opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker and/or the Spitzenkandidaten process. The Netherlands and Italy are thought to be sceptical. Together these countries wield enough votes in Council to block Juncker.
The nominee for European Commission President is likely to be agreed at the 26-27 June 2014 European Council meeting. The European Parliament is expected to approve or reject this proposal at the 14-17 July 2014 Plenary session.