Goodbye to a decade, hello to a 2020 full of uncertainty

Chris Johns: American voters are facing as stark a choice in 2020 as Britons did recently

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and US president Donald Trump attend at the NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain on  December 4th. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Pool/Reuters

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and US president Donald Trump attend at the NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain on December 4th. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Pool/Reuters

Not just the end of a year but the drawing to a close of the century’s second decade. A period that began with Barack Obama in the White House and ended with Donald Trump as the leader of the free world, as nobody calls him. Strong men lead populist, oligarchical, despotic regimes in China, the US, Russia and the UK.

Europe remains a beacon of relative stability, with Angela Merkel in office at both ends of the decade, but even her reign is coming to an end.

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