Clashes in March 2008 between Tibetan protesters and Chinese law enforcement spread from Lhasa to China. The west has condemned China on the matter, with the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing looming as a veiled deadline for China to take action.
France takes on the EU presidency July 1 with one main challenge for Nicolas Sarkozy: pursuit of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Mediterranean Union, the CAP and immigration issues also stand high on France's agenda.
The end of the “cheap food era” has sparked protests and riots in poorer countries as politicians meeting at a major world food crisis summit in Rome try to find solutions for a problem that threatens to plunge millions into poverty.
Leaders from the 27 EU nations, North Africa and the Middle East met in Paris on July 13, bringing the Union for the Mediterranean to life, as well as breathing new life into the Middle East peace process.
Fuel protests are flaring up around the planet as oil prices continue to rise relentlessly. The barrel of crude oil which broke the $100 record in January 2008 could reach the $200 mark before the end of the summer, some analysts say.