Confusion and surprise across the political spectrum post-Trump triumph

Confusion and surprise across the political spectrum post-Trump triumph

The morning after the presidential election in the United States, observers on both sides of the deep political chasm of American politics are asking themselves the same question: What just happened? In the run-up to Election Day, Democrats and Republican experts alike were predicting a Clinton victory. For the political and pundit classes, even those […]

Farmers’ party claims surprise victory in Lithuania vote

Farmers’ party claims surprise victory in Lithuania vote

Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labour exodus voted for major changes in Sunday’s general election, handing victory to a farmers’ party that previously held just one seat in parliament. The centrist Lithuanian Peasants and Green Union party (LGPU) won 54 seats in the 141-member parliament, while the conservative Homeland Union took 31 […]

Oil prices surge after OPEC agrees surprise cut in production

Oil prices surge after OPEC agrees surprise cut in production

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed Wednesday to cut oil production, ministers said, in a surprise move aimed at boosting persistently weak crude prices. The news triggered an immediate spike of more than 5 percent in crude prices, as markets had expected the Algiers meeting to end without agreement. In London benchmark Brent […]

Gove in surprise challenge to May for UK Conservative leadership

Gove in surprise challenge to May for UK Conservative leadership

British Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Michael Gove formally announced their candidacies on Thursday to succeed David Cameron as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party. It was common knowledge in political circiles that May, a Tory party heavyweight, would throw her hat into the ring, but Gove was widely expected to […]