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1st of January.
Portugal holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Moldovan head of state Maia Sandu has appointed Foreign Minister Aureliu Ciocoi - to replace Ion Chicu - who resigned at the end of last year - to head the caretaker government.
Gibraltar became part of the Schengen area.
January 5 - Senatorial election in Georgia. (The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate depends on the election. Because the House of Representatives has a stable Democratic majority, President Joe Biden's initial political room for maneuver is also decided here. Both elected senators became Democratic.)
January 6 - Trump-party protesters occupy the Capitol, where a joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives is just certifying the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Five people are killed in the riots.
January 9 - Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 crashes in Indonesia.
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has resigned due to his party's involvement in corruption.
The U.S. House of Representatives has launched proceedings to replace President Donald Trump on charges of inciting rebellion.
January 14 - Presidential election in Uganda, won by Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986, with 58.64% of the vote.
January 15 - Prime Minister Mark Rutte resigns in the Netherlands.
January 16 - The German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) elects Armin Laschet to replace Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as party chairman.
January 20 - Joe Bident, 46th President of the United States, and Vice President Kamala Harris are inaugurated.
January 24 - Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is re-elected in Portugal.
January 25 - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide exceeds 100 million.
Estonia's first female Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, takes office.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is resigning as his government has lost a parliamentary majority after the smallest coalition party has withdrawn its ministers from the cabinet. (His resignation was accepted by President Sergio Mattarella.)
February 1 - Military coup in Myanmar. (Former Prime Minister Aun San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, is detained.)
February 8 - The Hungarian government continues to declare a state of emergency in connection with the coronavirus epidemic, which will be extended by the National Assembly until 22 May. (Emergency restrictions were imposed from 11 November 2020.)
February 13 - New Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and his government take the oath of office. (The former president of the European Central Bank has managed to form a unity government with major political forces and technocratic ministers. Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the largest parliamentary faction, the populist Five Star Movement, will remain foreign minister. .)
At midnight, Club Radio will stop broadcasting on frequency 92.9. (The radio can still be watched online.)
An early parliamentary election is being held in Kosovo, culminating in the victory of a party called Self-Determination led by Albin Kurti, but not gaining an absolute majority to form an independent government.
Feb. 18 - NASA's Perseverance Martian car lands successfully on Mars.
February 22 - Unsuccessful kidnapping of a UN convoy