How Catholic hardliners shaped France’s race for the presidency

How Catholic hardliners shaped France’s race for the presidency

François Fillon’s abrupt surge from also-ran to hot favourite for the French presidency has cast a spotlight on the role played by Catholic voters and hardline activists in designating a conservative candidate for the Elysée Palace. In a year of electoral upsets that brought pollsters on both sides of the Atlantic into unprecedented disrepute, the […]

Trump vows to withdraw from TPP ‘on day one’ of presidency

Trump vows to withdraw from TPP ‘on day one’ of presidency

Donald Trump on Monday announced the United States would signal its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on his first day in the White House, as one of six immediate steps aimed at “putting America first.” The Republican billionaire — who for 10 days has been sounding out cabinet picks at his Trump […]

Obama may weigh in on Trump presidency to defend US ideals

Obama may weigh in on Trump presidency to defend US ideals

  President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn’t intend to become his successor’s constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain “values or ideals.” Offering a rare glimpse into his thoughts on his post-presidency, Obama suggested once he was out of office he would […]

How Hillary Clinton defied the odds to lose the presidency

How Hillary Clinton defied the odds to lose the presidency

With most pre-election polls having forecast a victory for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, her loss to Donald Trump has sent shock waves across the US, notably in political and media circles that usually claim an inside track. The Democrats’ loss came as a surprise to many, including those in Clinton’s inner circle. They had a […]

Macron’s plotting for French presidency ‘a media fad and non-story’

Macron’s plotting for French presidency ‘a media fad and non-story’

Emmanuel Macron’s presidential ambitions are among the worst-kept secrets in French politics. But experts warn the former “maverick” economy minister, who quit the government this week, will struggle under his own banner. “It was time I set sail on a lighter vessel,” the 38-year-old told reporters as he left the economy ministry on Wednesday, indulging […]

Maverick Montebourg declares French presidency bid

Maverick Montebourg declares French presidency bid

Former industry minister Arnaud Montebourg has said he will run in France’s presidential election after “wasted” years under Francois Hollande, the latest candidate on the left to challenge the government’s pro-business line. Ousted two years ago over his increasingly vocal criticism of Hollande, Montebourg is joining an already crowded field jostling to replace the unpopular […]

Clinton says Trump presidency would be ‘disastrous’ for US economy

Clinton says Trump presidency would be ‘disastrous’ for US economy

  Democrat Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that if Republican rival Donald Trump wins the White House, it will be a disaster for the US economy, predicting a “Trump recession.” “Now I don’t say this because of typical political disagreements – liberals and conservatives sayTrump’s ideas would be disastrous,” Clinton said. “Economists on the right, […]