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A win for Macron is a lesson for Theresa May

Having won the French presidency. Emmanuel Macron is about to deliver Theresa May a big lesson. Whereas May completely humiliated herself and the Tories, Macron will go from zero members in parliament to being its largest party so he can implement his legislative agenda. France goes back to the polls today. There are nearly 8,000 candidates standing…

Attacks in London could change the election

British Prime Minister Theresa May says today’s terrible attacks in London are a “potential act of terrorism“. She said: “Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism. She will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday.…

Why Donald Trump will survive and be re-elected in 2020

The anti-Trump forces were hit with the news that Greg Gianforte, the Republican who has been charged with assault won a special electionon Thursday and will soon take his seat in Congress as Montana’s lone representative. This was bad news for those who believed the Montana election would see American politics returning to some level of…

Will the Mueller probe examine Trump’s Russian business ties?

Robert Mueller, who was recently appointed as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the Presidential election, will have the opportunity to look at the elephant in the room behind Donald Trump’s presidency and his links to Russia. The bottom line is Trump has extensive business ties to Russia. As Kevin Hall and Nicholas…

Hypocrisy over Chloe Shorten’s necklace

In another example of how bad political discourse in Australia has become, there’s the big controversy which broke out during the week with Liberal MPs texting journalists alerting them to the way Chloe Shorten removed a glistening necklace about 30 minutes into Bill Shorten’s budget-in-reply speech. They had assumed it was an expensive piece of jewellery and…

Macron vs Le Pen: France is no longer one country

The latest opinion polls had Emmanuel Macron extending his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday. An Ifop-Fiducial survey on Friday afternoon, hours before official campaigning closed at midnight, showed Macron on course to win 63 percent of votes in the second round and Le Pen 37 percent, the best score…

Turnbull government attacks banks over Adani

The big news yesterday was Westpac ruling out financing Adani Group’s controversial, giant coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin under the bank’s new climate change policy. This came after activists disrupted Westpac’s 200th birthday party to pressure the bank into guaranteeing it will not fund the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland. Westpac’s decision means that all four banks…

Why the French election is important

The elections in France might well have echoes of Brexit. The polls badly misread global populist and had an impact on the British government, forcing David Cameron to resign and raising questions about the future of Europe. The first significant rollback in the continent’s economic integration is still playing out. And Britain is now going…

Russian navy moves in

There’s been a military response from the Russians to Trump’s attacks in Syria. The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the Bosphorus Strait and was reportedly heading towards the two U.S. Navy destroyers that launched missile strikes into Syria. The Admiral Grigorovich is armed with advanced Kalibr cruise missiles. Meanwhile, Fox News says one of the…