2017 - A New Year almost upon us - Predictions for Yr ahead.

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As in just 10 days, 2016 will wave as it passes into history, maybe time to look at what 2017 brings.

Predictions right for 2016

Ireland
Economically still growing but Corporation Tax will become issue from Foreign Govts.

US
Presidential election with a very poor field.

Wars
Syrian war will be winding down in Autumn 2016 as Govt control more of the country and West
pulls its support. (NOT QUITE THERE YET)

Sport
Dublin and Tipperary will win All Irelands
Ireland will get out of group in Euro's but not get past round 2

A major figure (Non Political / Non Church) will finally be exposed as a child abuser in Ireland going back decades.

Major terrorist attacks will occur in a number of European cities with substantial loss of life.

Some right some wrong just wished had bet on All Ireland forecast

Ok now for 2017
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Ireland
Nothing great with more of the same and minimum 2 by elections not won by Govt parties
Leo makes a move to oust Kenny and fall flat on his face.

UK
Brexit causes major issues with at least 2 reshuffles and a number of dismissals
Corbyn continues and drives Labour into the ground.
Prince Charles becomes King following death of his mother, press demands he step aside.

France
Le Pen narrowly misses being elected.
FN win 40 plus seats in Parliment

US
Trump has a good start in first 6 months but inflighting in US Intelligence and a major attack with loss of life >100 on US soil.
US economy booms.

Europe
Sanctions against Russia get toned down dramatically.
General easing of tension is positive economically across EU.
Major Earthquakes/Volcano in Italy kills thousands.
Merkel replaced in Germany

Middle East
Syria war reduces in scope as US pulls its support.
Qatar / Saudi funding of Sunnis in Anbar province in Iraq cause major war.
Attempt by Saudi's to incorporate causes shias in Saudi to rise up.
Yemen............... Saudis pull out after humiliating losses as west forced to pull its support.
Iran...............Iran/Israel/Russia and US agree a mutual deal that makes everybody content, not happy but content.

Asia
US 2 China policy causes issues with implications for US treasury debt as China offloads.

Sport
Dublin & Kilkenny win All Irelands against Kerry and Tipperary
Chelsea win Premier league by 10 points
Ireland qualify for WC2018 by winning group
Ireland win 6 Nations

Alien spacecraft enter atmosphere but then leaves
 


ger12

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The political discussion website Politics.ie will be axed.
 

Dame_Enda

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We will find out how pro Russian Trump actually is. Tillerson will get confirmed eventually. We will find out who he will pick for the Supreme Court. I think he might end the Sequester and start rebuilding the military especially the Sixth Fleet. I think he will have to go slow on repealing Obamacare. The One China policy might change.

I think he will bring down spending by forcing better prices from military and other suppliers. I think Title IX will change as called for in the RNC platform so miscarriages of justice against men falsely accused of sexual assault and harassment in university will end. A few days ago a University of Kentucky professor was suspended for singing a Beach Boys song the management said had serialised lyrics. :roll:
 

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1. Dubs win 3 in a row.
2. Cats win back Liam
3. England retain 6 nations.
4. Government becomes increasing unstable, but remains. Kenny forced to sack a cabinet minister (Ross or Doherty) and then is next to leave cabinet
5. Putin becomes de facto leader of the world
6. Mike Pence visits Sligo and is cheered and jeered in equal numbers.
7. There will be an A&E and homeless crisis in winter 2017
8. Markel holds power.
9. Italy falls into chaos. Nobody notices.
10. May wins Brexit mandate
 

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Israel will massively expand repression, arrests and building settlements. US moves embassy to Jerusalem.

Trump declares China a 'currency manipulator' and begins a trade war. China makes threatening moves on Taiwan. Asian countries, particularly the Philippines, continue drift into China's security system and away from the US. China begins talks on a regional free trade area which excludes the US. Trump responds with a show of force. Things go down hill.
 

milipod

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Kenny will meet a man with five points.
 
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1, Enda will finally be ousted as Taoiseach. I'd plump fpr Leo Varadkar as the successor.

2. The euro will fall below 0.90 versus the dollar.

3. Increasing inflation (due to more expensive oil) will start to make things awkward for the ECB's interest rate policy.

More anon....
 

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Serious repercussions for the Russia/Iran/Turkey alliance, Israel will use everything it has got to goad the US into a proxy war with Russia...possibility of use of nuclear weapons.
 

gleeful

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Serious repercussions for the Russia/Iran/Turkey alliance, Israel will use everything it has got to goad the US into a proxy war with Russia...possibility of use of nuclear weapons.
Israel doesn't have an interest in a US-Russia war. They want war with Iran.
 

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Israel doesn't have an interest in a US-Russia war. They want war with Iran.
Much better have someone else do the dirty work...don't think the US have any appetite for major conflict though. You are right about Iran.
 
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With the incoming US president the most Russophile since the Alaska purchase, I think war is off.
Russian-Chinese relations might get complicated if Washington and Beijing are jawing at each other even while the Ruskies are strutting around with their new Yankee friends.
 

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Trump to be a nasty man. Sexual assualt case against him goes ahead. He is impeached and forced out or resigns before this happens
 


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