A government shutdown with unpaid federal workers and an evolving trade spat in the United States (US), a defeated Brexit deal in the United Kingdom (UK) and yellow vests protests in France - current pangs facing major democracies that will strain and test the system of government amid agitations in 2019.
While these pangs of democratic nations are not new, they however, hold ramifications to the future functioning and influence of these stalwarts of democracy.
Unless yellow vests concerns are satisfactorily answered in France, continued weekends of protests could change the balance of power by Spring. President Emmanuel Macron's ease of reforms to benefit pensioners and working people across France is taking sometime to take hold among the French people.
The UK's process to leaving the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019, is turning up a real political debacle. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was voted down by the Parliament, yet she survived a no confidence vote against her allows her to stay in power for the time being. British talks continue between May's government and Parliament in an attempt to find an acceptable British deal to Brexit. A new election, a new government and a new Brexit referendum are also probable as EU members start to hedge against the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit.
President Donald Trump's insistence on having $5 billion to build a wall along the US southern border with Mexico, has now shuttered the federal government for 27-days and counting. Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees remain without paychecks while there is no end in sight to reopening the government. In addition to the government shutdown, investigations continue into the Trump campaign for president in 2016 amid other constitutional and political issues.
The pangs facing democracies will ultimately been cured, but the resulting effects of those solutions, remain murky in January, 2019.