To watch this year:
1) Greece - With today's news that a snap election has been called in Greece this will be story number 1 of January 2015. If Greece on January 21st elects a SYRIZA led government then prepare for the first countries to begin to leave the E.U. and the gradual destruction of the supernational entity in the process. I think the Greeks may very well get rid of Mr. Samaras. This obviously could spread the financial chaos to Spain and Italy and then beyond which could then set a year of chaos in the E.U. in motion.
2) More commercial gene therapies and cancer immunotherapies - I expect to see lots of news in these fields over the coming year as more and more new treatments utilizing these technologies are announced this will help increase the survival rate for many different kinds of cancers and other autoimmune diseases.
3) Deterioration of Japanese economy - With Abenomics failing over in Japan expect another round of Keynesian stimulus as foreign investors begin to flee the market as economic conditions deteriorate although a full collapse will come near the end of the decade.
4) Increasing influence of feminism in the Anglosphere - I feel there has been a growing amount of feminist sympathizers in positions of power in many English speaking nations which may push forward some new laws in these countries and also will make the media sound increasingly feminist.
5) Increasing rise of anti-immigration sentiment in Europe, North America, and Oceania - This perhaps has been seen recently with far-right parties in Europe I feel we will see more organized anti-immigrant sentiment form in North America and Oceania as well next year. This can be linked with re-surging paranoia of terrorism since the media coverage of ISIS and the lone-wolf attacks in Canada and Australia this year as well as people more and more associating immigration with a way corporations attempt to stunt wage growth.
6) Creep of Putinism in south-east Europe - By this I mean the rise of governments that are increasingly anti-liberal democratic such as Viktor Orban in Hungary who are attempting to create governments similar to that in Russia. Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia are countries to watch.
7) Climax of the Syrian Civil War - I don't believe the war will end this year but I do think ISIS will begin to collapse this year and Assad will finally make his move on Aleppo. I have always said he will win and I still believe it. I believe Aleppo will fall this year and the rest of the conflict will be a foregone conclusion.
Ebola outbreak ends - The world will finally get this under control after 10,000 deaths.
9) Ukraine-Russia conflict continues - I contrary to most others don't believe there will be a solution to this this year, oil prices will likely rise up to more comfortable levels for Russia come spring, and I believe both countries will barely hold on financially and the fighting will continue in a quasi-cold conflict which will another 5000ish people by the end of next year.
10) Pluto - Big year for space exploration we will receive the first images of the Plutonian system in the spring.