2021 in pictures – POLITICO
January 6: Supporters of Donald Trump storm the United States Capitol.
January 20: Joe Biden brings the United States back to the Paris Climate Agreement.
January 26: The world exceeds 100 million recorded COVID-19 cases.
Changing of the guard
February 1: The world exceeds 100 million COVID-19 vaccines administered.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is sentenced to prison on February 2 and loses an appeal against the decision on February 20.
March 23: The ship Ever Given remains stranded in the Suez Canal for six days.
April 7: Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is relegated to a sofa during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara.
May 14: Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system (left) intercepts rockets (right) fired by Hamas into southern Israel.
May 23: Belarus forces a Ryanair plane carrying journalist Roman Protasevich to land in Minsk, where the activist is arrested.
UK hosts G7 summit in Cornwall.
Several European countries are affected by severe flooding.
Tokyo will finally host the 2020 Olympic Games.
The Taliban are making quick wins in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal, which has prompted Western countries to scramble to evacuate embassy staff and civilians.
The German elections take place on September 26, with Olaf Scholz’s SPD winning 25.7% of the vote.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) kicks off in Glasgow on October 31.
Poland is stepping up security at its border with Belarus after hundreds of migrants made their way to the border.
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is sweeping the world and leading to new restrictions. Below, people sunbathe in Lima, Peru.