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Graphic shows news events in December 2021.


World events scheduled for December

By Jordi Bou

December 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021 - Each month Graphic News publishes a World Agenda of forthcoming events that will shape the world in the month ahead. Events in December include Olaf Scholz becoming the new German chancellor, crucial elections in Libya and Chile, and the launching of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

Dec 6-9, Germany: Social Democrat Olaf Scholz is expected to be sworn in as chancellor, leading a new governing coalition that aims to modernise Europe’s largest economy and bring the curtain down on Angela Merkel’s era.

Dec, U.S.: President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion bill to expand the social safety net heads to the Senate, where Democrats aim to rally wavering moderates to pass the bill by year end despite Republican opposition.

Dec 2, UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah united to found the Gulf state 50 years ago. Ras al Khaimah joined in 1972.

Dec 4, Russia: GES-2, a former power plant converted into a modern art museum by architect Renzo Piano, opens in Moscow. It could become as important on the art circuit as the Tate Modern in London or the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Dec 6, India: Prime minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin, with defence and trade pacts expected to be signed at a summit that coincides with the delivery of the first batch of Russian S-400 air defence systems to India.

Dec 19, Chile: Far-right politician José Antonio Kast and leftist congressman Gabriel Boric face off in a presidential runoff. It follows an unusually turbulent period in what was formerly one of South America’s most stable and prosperous democracies.

Dec 22, French Guiana: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which will allow astronomers to peer into the farthest reaches of the universe, lifts off from the Kourou spaceport.

Dec 24, Libya: The war-torn country plans to hold a presidential election, but disputes over who is eligible to stand are threatening to derail the process which comes after a decade of factional chaos.

PUBLISHED: 25/11/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom, V-A-C Foundation