Weekly Report - 28 January 2021 (WR-21-04)

VENEZUELA: Guaidó fighting for recognition

The complexity and sensitivity of Venezuela’s long-running political crisis is such that every international intervention is immediately analysed in great detail, in search of implicit clues as to which way the wind is blowing. A statement issued on 25 January by the Council of the European Union (EU) – an intergovernmental body representing the EU’s 27 member states – offered support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s efforts to deliver political change in the country, describing him as an “important actor” and a “privileged interlocutor”. However, by failing to support Guaidó’s claim to the interim presidency of Venezuela, this statement was widely interpreted as the latest in a series of setbacks for the opposition leader.

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