There are quite a lot of milestone events to happen in 2019 – elections, both in Ukraine and the European Parliament, still potential Britain’s exit from the EU (the final decision is not taken yet), a number of top sport competitions and some other events that lack media coverage but still remain important and interesting.
So, here is a guide into the next year.
Let’s start from the main event for Ukraine, the elections.
Elections. The presidential campaign kicks off
When: March 31 – Presidential elections, October 27 – parliamentary elections
Ukraine is on the brink of presidential and parliamentary elections. The first campaign has already kicked off (on December 31, 2018) when the registration of the candidates began.
The election day is March, 31. In case none of the candidates gets 50% of votes (which looks the most probable scenario), the second round of voting shall be scheduled for April 21 – people will chose among two most rated candidates after the first round.
In case of two-round elections, the Central Election Committee will publish official results on May 1, 2019. The inauguration of the president-elect shall take place before May 31 inc.
After that, presidential campaign will smoothly flow into parliamentary campaign. Parliamentary elections are set for October 27.
“The Donkeys” to get more influence in the U.S.
The first meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives takes place on January 3. The Democrats have a majority there.
This is happening at the time of:
- the so-called “shutdown” – temporary situation in the U.S. which happens when the Congress fails to agree on financing government affairs;
- escalation of the conflict between Trump and the Donkeys (donkey is on the Democrats’ emblem);
- Democrats’ statements on the possible impeachment of Trump based on the violation of rules of the election campaign and on the surveys stating significant support of impeachment by the Americans.
Anyway, it may be interesting. Especially as the presidential elections are just around the corner in the United States.
Great Britain: in and out
The situation with Britain’s exit from the EU may come to its end by March 29. It is expected that this day the country shall leave the European Union. However, there are different viewpoints on the situation.
For example, one of the British ministers, Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade since 2016, admits 50/50 chance Brexit may be stopped.
The vote to exit EU will take place in the British Parliament after January 14.
European future will largely depend on the results of this voting.
Japan: Emperor to abdicate
When: April 30
A truly historic event is expected in Japan – Japan's Emperor Akihito is going to step down. It’s the first in 200 years when the emperor gets ready for his abdication.
His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, is set to take the Chrysanthemum Throne a day after his father's abdication, continuing the rule of the world's oldest imperial family.
In his address to the nation, on August 2016, the acting emperor announced his will to abdicate from the throne the citing his age and health problems.
The law requires the emperor to fulfill his ceremonial commitments before his dying day. To enable the abdication procedure, a special law was adopted.
Israel: Eurovision 2019
When: 14 May 2019
Europe will gather in Israel for the Eurovision song contest. It is the third time the country hosts Eurovision after 1979 and 1999.
Last year Netta Barzilai won the contest in Lisbon.
Here’s how it was:
Elections to the European Parliament
When: 23–26 May 2019
Elections to the European Parliament are expected to be held in 23–26 May 2019. A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) currently represent some 500 million people from 28 member states, making up 8 factions and political groups. The biggest group is Christian Democrat Group of the center-right European People's Party (EPP).
The biggest intrigue of these elections is what percent the so-called “Eurosceptics” win. For example, Marine Le Pen, one of the brightest representatives of this right, believes that these parties may win the elections.
China: Tiananmen anniversary
30 years ago in 1989 mass protests occurred at Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Later the events were called “June 4 events” or “Tiananmen massacre”.
The protests lasted from April 15 to June 4. Students mainly protested in a tent camp on the square. They stated that the government was corrupt and uses totalitarian methods towards working men, who pointed out the problem of unemployment.
The Chinese government sent troops and tanks to suppress the pro-democracy movement. On June 4 to break up the crowd, killing 242 officially. Many people believe there were much more casualties.
Key sports events
- 2019 UEFA Champions League Final to be held in Madrid.
When: June 1. Where: Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain
- 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
When: May 10 – May 26. Where: Slovakia
- 2019 European Games (the second European Games)
When: June 21 – June 30. Where: Minsk, Belarus
- FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
When: August 31. Where: China
- IAAF World Championship in athletics
When: September 28 October 6. Where: Doha, Qatar