Monthly Archives: October 2014

Galleries display only a fraction of the works in their collections. Art historian Bendor Grosvenor says it’s time they faced down their conservation departments and liberated their hidden masterpieces


Libya has had two rival governments since a militia group from the western city of Misrata seized the capital from the elected government in August, forcing it to relocate to the east of the country. Unless the two sides can resolve their differences, the country risks falling into the hands of pro-Isis forces. Fiona Symon spoke to Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent, about the conflict in the oil rich north African state.


Dilma Rousseff’s re-election as president of Brazil this week prompted a currency and stock market sell off, giving a foretaste of the battle she faces to deliver the improvements to Brazilians’ living standards that her voters expect. Fiona Symon spoke to Joe Leahy, São Paulo correspondent, about the economic challenges she faces.


After a hawkish policy statement from the US Federal Reserve, Delphine Strauss, currencies correspondent, asks Michael Sneyd, currency strategist at BNP Paribas, whether this will revive the dollar rally. Also, what to expect from ECB policy makers next week – and what does the kiwi’s fall tell us about the outlook for other growth-sensitive currencies?


Israel has announced it is pushing ahead with controversial plans to expand settlements in east Jerusalem. John Reed takes an in-depth look at what this might mean for the two-state solution.


A Hungarian plan to impose the world’s first internet tax has brought thousands onto the streets in protest. It has also drawn criticism from the European Commission, which said Viktor Orban’s government should not be allowed to set a precedent with the proposed tax. Fiona Symon discusses the tax with Andrew Byrne, Budapest correspondent.


In next week’s US mid-terms, the Republicans are looking to win back control of the Senate and increase their majority in the House of Representatives, giving them control of the legislative agenda and the ability to further constrain President Barack Obama during his final two years in office. Ben Hall discusses the elections and their and longer term repercussions with Richard McGregor and Ed Luce.


Jonathan Eley and guests discuss whether Lloyds’ branch closures spell the end of high street banking, the third birthday of junior individual savings accounts, and where value may lie in European shares


Ukrainian parties that back closer ties with Europe have began talks on forming a coalition after winning the majority of seats in the country’s elections. It is a political victory for the west in its dispute with Russia over the future of Ukraine. But this is overshadowed by economic and security worries as the conflict in the breakaway Donetsk region continues. Neil Buckley, East Europe editor, talks to Fiona Symon about the challenges Ukraine’s new government will face.


Sport does not broaden an executive’s worldview. Virtually everything else does, writes Lucy Kellaway.