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The World in 2020: US election, UK after Brexit, reading recommendations

The World in 2020.
The World in 2020. FRANCE 24

2020 will be the year of the US presidential election. Every four years, the whole planet waits on the small rural US states of Iowa and New Hampshire to tell us who is the favourite to be the next leader of the most powerful nation on Earth. What we can already predict is that this election will be different.

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The future may be unwritten across the Atlantic. But it's a different story across the Channel, after the Conservatives' biggest win since 1987 and Labour's worst show since 1935. Brexit will, of course, be a major topic of the year to come. 

With Britain gone, who is king of Europe? We ask about Emmanuel Macron's 2020, Angela Merkel's long goodbye and how southern populists may or may not play in Spain and Italy. It will be a funny feeling in Brussels after January 31. A new Commission has just taken its seats, led by Germany's Ursula von der Leyen – a Merkel protegée. On her watch, the European Union will shrink for the first time since its inception and the balance of power will shift. But which way?

Finally, we bring you our panel's pick: which book to read or movie to watch to best arm oneself for 2020?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Ariana Mozafari. 

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