KONFRONTASI - As the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is already one of the world's most powerful women. But now she's poised to assume even more influence: on Tuesday, European leaders nominated Lagarde to become the next president of the European Central Bank.
JAKARTA, New York Times- When the political outsider Joko Widodo was sworn in as president of Indonesia, promising ''people-centric politics'' and a common touch, supporters hoped for miracles while opponents confidently predicted he would be destroyed politically within a year.
Nearly three months later, neither side has been proved completely right or wrong, and those who look the most prescient were the ones who said the only thing predictable about Indonesian politics is its unpredictability.
KONFRONTASI-Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has taken his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans.
In a holiday message posted on Bush's Facebook page and Twitter account, the son and brother of past Republican presidents said he discussed the "future of our nation" and a potential bid for the White House with members of his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.
JAKARTA-Fears are growing in Indonesia that the coalition of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto intends to mess further with the country's democracy.
Having last week abolished the direct election of regional, local and provincial governors, parties loyal to the former army strongman are now said to want to abolish the direct election of the country's president.