In a bid to make everybody feel better, here are reasons to be cheerful in 2022.
The African Cup Of Nations starts on January 9. It’s the best international football competition. Hopefully Covid doesn’t blight it.
The World Cup starts on November 21. It’s the second best international football competition. FIFA care not a jot for anything except their bottom line so nothing will get in the way of this event.
The French presidential election will come in mid-April. Though not quite the spectator sport of the first two, the outcome will have a massive impact on the future shape of Europe. If you REALLY want a football element, how about this – current French president Emmanuel Macron’s favourite player, growing up, was none other than Chris Waddle. That’s true, fact fans – he supports Marseille.
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Germany is going to phase out use of its final nuclear power plants this coming year. The exact date is unknown. It was a curious move by Angela Merkel to get rid of them. How Germany will generate power and hit green targets will be fascinating for the world to see.
China will host the winter Olympics and hold (closed and rather secret) elections for leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. It’s not clear if the growing diplomatic imbroglio around the Winter Games will have any bearing on the vote. But both will have big implications for the rest of the world. Never before has ski jumping had such an impact on global economic trends.
I realise I said this list was going to make everybody feel better. It got a little sidetracked. Perhaps it’s time for a mini Bounty.
Paul McNamee is editor of The Big Issue. Read more of his columns here.
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