As a freelance author and online editor at dw, Germany’s public international broadcaster, Evan Romero has focused on Europe’s commercial and political transatlantic ties, penned op-eds about the Venezuelan crisis, conducted exclusive interviews with Latin America and Caribbean heads of state, and reported extensively about the development of the eu’s new policies for that region.
Fear of armed conflict between Venezuela and Colombia
A military exercise at the Venezuela-Colombia border that involves not only troops but also anti-aircraft batteries and mobile rocket launchers has both countries on edge. The recent invoking of a regional defense pact which could facilitate an armed offensive against the Maduro regime in Caracas intensifies the frictions. How likely is a military confrontation between the South American neighbors?
How much influence does Cuba have over Venezuela?
The u.s. government accused Cuba of stationing troops in Venezuela and openly threatened military intervention as a means of helping interim president, Juan Guaidó, to power in Caracas. Havana demanded that Washington present evidence proving the presence of Cuban soldiers in South American soil and the infiltration of the Venezuelan military by Cuba’s intelligence agency.
Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó: Who is the interim president?
One of the most daring acts of the Venezuelan opposition in recent years has been led by Juan Guaidó, a relatively unknown figure who has been declared interim president by the Caribbean country’s Parlament. This move represents a serious challenge to de facto President Nicolás Maduro. Now, some regard Guaidó’s youth and novelty as just what the nation needs to make a transition back to democracy.
German reporter Billy Six detained in Venezuela
The discretion with which Germany’s Federal Foreign Office handles the situation has been met with astonishment by Billy Six’s colleagues. “Six is a German colleague. His government doesn’t say anything. What's going on?”, twittered Venezuelan correspondent Ibéyise Pacheco. Some people suspect there is deliberate discrimination behind the German government’s response.
Spain sees huge spike in Venezuelans seeking asylum
The economic turmoil in Venezuela has led to an exodus from the country. Those who are able to do so travel to Europe. Only 100 Venezuelans sought asylum in European Union member states in 2014, one year after Nicolás Maduro became the Caribbean nation’s president. By 2017, this figure climbed to 12,020. In Spain, Venezuelan asylum-seekers have outnumbered applicants from everywhere else.
Venezuela’s refugee crisis demands a multilateral approach
Tensions in Latin America are rising as the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the tide of refugees following in its wake show no sign of receding. By u.n. estimates, 2.3 million Venezuelan men and women have now fled their homes. As the Caribbean nation’s situation spirals out of control, neighboring countries are looking out for themselves, shutting their borders. That will not solve the problem, experts warn.
Will Nicaragua be the next Venezuela?
Two months after an uprising took hold of Nicaragua, there appears to be no end in sight. It began on April 18, with citizens protesting President Daniel Ortega’s controversial pension system reform. Ortega withdrew the proposal four days later, hoping the protests would end. Instead, demonstrators continued to rally, but this time against the repressive methods of the state and the deaths it produced.
Venezuela’s economic demise hovers over elections
Venezuela is no stranger to crises since it gained its independence from Spain in 1810. But its current political situation is probably the worst it has ever faced, due to its repercussions on the country’s society and economy. The devaluation of this South American nation’s currency, the bolívar, coupled with hyperinflation and a shortage of cash, have all taken a massive toll on industries, businesses and citizens alike.
Venezuelans launch new currencies amid economic crisis
A rural community and a Caracas slum have created their own currencies in response to Venezuela’s rapid inflation. These experiments have met some resistance: the national Parlament’s Finance Commission denounced that these initiatives could lead the way for other communities to launch their own money without any kind of official backing. Critics argue that these local-based alternatives aren’t viable.
Venezuelan exodus is Colombia’s burden
The vulnerability of Colombia’s border with Venezuela and the surging immigration influx has been a matter of national discussion in the Andean nation: its neighbor’s economic and political crisis is eroding the efforts to implement a peace agreement with the farc. Now, Colombian presidential hopeful Marta Lucía Ramírez urged Latin American countries to share the burden of the mass exodus.
Venezuela: Grabbing the bull by the horns
Venezuela is withdrawing from the Organization of American States, a move to help President Nicolás Maduro avoid the shame of being suspended by the body. But the country’s exit from the oas will not prevent the other member states from casting judgment on Maduro’s autocratic tendencies. A lot could still happen in the two years it will take for the disengagement to take effect.
Nicolás Maduro and the military
The situation in Venezuela is growing more precarious by the day. Many are looking behind the scenes for answers, namely at the military. Experts say that not only is Venezuela’s society divided, its armed forces are, too. “The military is not a unified block, it never was,” claims a political scientist. How will the men in uniform react? The question is becoming more urgent the nearer political collapse looms.
Teenagers on the run
« The u.s.-Mexico border is dangerous. All the same, hundreds of Central Americans try to cross to the United States illegally every day, hoping to flee poverty and violence. Among them is a growing number of unaccompanied minors. In 2013, almost 50,000 young people under the age of 18 took the risk. The rise in the number of refugees is expected to continue just as it did in the past two years. »
The Käsemann Case: a verdict has been reached in Argentina
Several former Argentine military rulers went on trial in February 2010 for crimes they committed in the once-renowned torture camp known as El Vesubio, in Buenos Aires. They had been charged with six counts of murder and 156 of violent kidnappings, including that of a German student, Elisabeth Käsemann. She was arrested in early March, 1977, and died on May 24 at the age of 30.
Can the Bolivarian Revolution survive without Hugo Chávez?
The Venezuelan president’s recovery was the subject of many conflicting reports following emergency surgery, prompting speculation he may be terminally ill. Officially, Hugo Chávez has been running the country from his sickbed in Havana for the last three weeks. But the usually ever-present leader has not been seen or heard in public since his June 10 operation in Cuba to remove a mass from his pelvis.
Greece is not Argentina, but...
The similarities between the current economic crisis in Greece and the “Peso Crisis” that ravaged Argentina’s economy at the turn of the century cannot be overlooked. The South American country devalued its currency in order to avert a crippling financial crash. Experts are advising Greece to exit the Eurozone and take a similar path. Should Athens follow the steps of Buenos Aires?
“Pretending to save lives with bombs makes no sense”
The majority of Latin American countries do not agree with the legitimacy or practicality of foreign military intervention in Libya. Their argument: backing the un Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorizes, among other things, the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya, contradicts the stance that most States in the region are taking. Günther Maihold and Manuel Paulus explain this stance.
DJ Sternsánchez’s good fortune
“I don’t feel nostalgic when I think about my country, but I do feel the need to introduce some of its traditions to the Germans”, says Jorge Sánchez in this multimedia portrait. During his eight years in Hamburg, this Mexican has left his mark on the local nightlife. His pseudonym as an artist, dj Sternsánchez, merges his family name with the name of his favorite borough in the city: Sternschanze.