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Just a day after the inauguration of the US President Donald Trump, far-right groups in Europe proclaim a beginning of a political surprise in Europe. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front party told a cheering gathering of right wing parties that the year 2017 will witness what she called a far-right awakening in Europe. The gathering in Rhine river city of Koblenz in Germany brought together major European nationalist leaders including French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen, the Netherlands' Geert Wilders, Matteo Salvini of Italy's Northern League and Frauke Petry of the Alternative for Germany. The meeting was held amid growing concerns that right wing parties in Europe may achieve Donald Trump-style victory in the upcoming national elections.
Syria peace talks
The Syrian government and its opponents are once again meeting for talks aimed at resolving a crisis which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the Arab country. The negotiations in the Kazakh capital have been brokered jointly by Russia, Iran and turkey. The foreign backed opposition is as usual fractured in the meeting and key militant group Ahrar al-Sham is not attending over what it calls ceasefire violations and ongoing Russian air strikes in Syria.
Donald John Trump, a businessman who confounded many political expectations by winning the race for the White House officially became the 45th president of the US on Friday. Trump’s inauguration speech was fraught with rhetoric and veiled criticism of previous US administrations. He attacked previous administrations in the presence of former US presidents.The former real estate tycoon argues he can resolve the issues facing the US through taking radical measures, including repealing the former administrations’ regulations. Trump’s scathing attacks against previous governments raise the question as to whether the republican is seeking justification for pressing on with his planned radical changes.