Argentina

Protests around the world aimed squarely at existing governments

Illustration of the flags of Chile, Argentina, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, all in various states of falling apart
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The world is angry. Millions have taken to the streets not only in countries like Egypt and Iraq, which are beset by poverty or ravaged by war, but also in places like Chile and Hong Kong, previously known mostly for their boring prosperity.

Driving the news: Protests reminiscent of the Arab Spring have toppled the billionaire prime minister of Lebanon and forced the billionaire president of Chile to cancel the upcoming APEC and UN climate summits.

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Fernández win shifts vision for Argentina's economy

Alberto Fernandez waves while walking to a car
Argentina's President-elect Alberto Fernández. Photo: Marcos Brindicci/Getty Images

The inauguration of Alberto Fernández as Argentina's president on Dec. 10 will reorient both the country's macroeconomic policies and its hemispheric relations.

Why it matters: Fernández pledged to address economic concerns that have deepened despite efforts by incumbent president Mauricio Macri to right the economy. But Fernández's running mate — former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner — has a mixed economic record from her 2007–2015 term, which saw growth-slowing restrictions placed on trade and foreign currency exchanges.