Grassroots protest: demonstrators outside Grove Hotel in Watford, during the annual Bilderberg conference in 2013. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The news on Friday that Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been asked to join the storied Bilderberg conference prompts the obvious question:(...)

Alcoa chairman and chief executive Klaus Kleinfeld has been focusing on  rising demand for high-tech components for cars and commercial aircraft. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Alcoa, the largest US aluminum producer, reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings after its smelting business returned to profitability and re(...)

Alcoa’s sales fell 1.9 per cent to $5.85 billion, surpassing the $5.79 billion average of nine estimates. Photograph:  Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Alcoa, the largest US aluminium producer, reported earnings that beat analysts’ estimates following a better-than-expected performance at its unit tha(...)