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Alban Maginness

Could Covid-19 put an end to latest plans by Israel to annex a large part of the West Bank?

Alban Maginness


The pandemic is not just a health crisis, but is also affecting global politics, including in the Middle East and in the USA, says Alban Maginness

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The vagaries of politics are always legion, but the coronavirus crisis has created a multitude of political consequences throughout the world. In Stormont, apart from the row over Bobby Storey's funeral, it has had a unifying, almost benign, impact on the conduct of government here.

In the Republic it actually enhanced the position of Leo Varadkar and his caretaker Fine Gael government, which was generally seen as having done a good job in combating the virus. It could in fact be argued that the emergence of the virus thereby deprived Sinn Fein from gaining a place in the new Irish administration.

And in the USA, given the opinion polls over the past while, it is clear that President Trump's popularity has tumbled because of the spread of the coronavirus and its serious impact on the economy, in particular the frightening rise in unemployment. This has impacted harshly among blue collar workers, whom Trump relies upon for support.