Former Australian PM defends secret power grab

Former Australian PM defends secret power grab

Australia’s former leader on Wednesday defended secret arrangements he made to swear himself in to key portfolios including defence and treasury, saying he would only have used the roles in an emergency during the Covid-19 pandemic. Revelations about Scott...
Macron seeks allies as new French parliament opens

Macron seeks allies as new French parliament opens

By Tom BARFIELD France’s lower house of parliament reopens Tuesday after an election upset for President Emmanuel Macron whose centrist allies are little closer to building a stable majority, putting Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne’s job potentially on the...