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  • In one of the most important political events on the planet, United States of America will elect a president after a very intense battles in primary elections. Two candidates are essentially already selected, Donald Trump has defeated an array of 16 opponents and became the Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton, an experienced and established politician, has finally won the primary and the support of her tough competitor, Bernie Sanders. Mrs. Clinton is widely seen as business-as-usual candidate, that is unlikely to implement any radical changes. She is a wife of former president Bill Clinton, a dear friend to many big corporations that funded her campaign, and comes with a lot of baggage like war in Lybia and mishandling of sensitive information. Donald Trump is bombastic, populist businessman with enourmous ability for self-promotion, feeling the crowd and gaining popularity by promising things like better economy, reduced emigration and effective fight with terrorism. He doesn't shy away from using xenophobic and crude language, only to contradict himself couple of days or seconds later.

    Somewhere between 27 August and 22 October of 2017, Germany will hold federal election to choose 631 representatives to Bundestag, a German legislative institution. Major Parties include Christian Democrats(CDU), Social Democrats(SPD), The Left, Greens, Christian Social Union(allied with CDU), Free Democratic Party(Classical Liberals, libertarians), Alternative for Germany(nationalist/anti-immigration). Leading CDU and its leader Angela Merkel are likely to lose seats because of her alleged mishandling of the refugee crisis. As one of Europe's most influential countries, Germany and its election will have significant effects domestically and internationally.

    France will choose its president in the spring of 2017. As many as 10 political parties are likely to announce their candidates for this position, not counting independent candidates. Major parties are The Republicans (candidates include former president Nicolas Sarkozy), Socialist Party (Hollande), Left Front(Melenchon) and National Front(Le Pen). Results would have major ramifications for foreign policy, relations with EU institutions and economy.

    The next election in parliament of Netherlands will be held in March 15 of 2017. Major parties include VVD(center-right), PvdA(social democrats), PVV(right-wing populist), Socialist Part(left-wing socialism), CDA(Christian Democratic Appeal). Right-wing PVV is expected to gain seats, but it is unclear whether it will be able to enter a coalition with other parties.

    Iranian presidential election will happen in May 2017. With country being more connected to the outside world after sanctions have been lifted, new president will play important role in leading country to economic growth and international acceptance. He may also indirectly affect Iranian influence on Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. The most salient candidates (that have to be approved by Guarding Council) include incumbent president Hassan Rouhani and former president Mahmud Ahmadinejad.