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The BRICS Got Bigger in 2024 But Not as Big As Expected

Five new countries joined the BRICS bloc at the beginning of the year, marking a dramatic expansion for the fourteen-year old group.

With the admission on January 1 of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Ethiopia, and Egypt, the loosely-formed group is now composed of ten member states that account for almost half of the world’s population and nearly a third of global GDP.

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