Like an aging New Waver desperately holding onto an outdated Flock of Seagulls haircut, the European Union is straining to maintain their part of the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal. After President Trump made his announcement that the United States would be pulling out of the deal, European Union member nations decided to remain in the agreement and stated that they would continue doing business with Iran. In practice however, many European companies are winding down and severing their business deals with Iran.
Thursday marked the largest drop in the oil market since May 8th based on OPEC’s most recent rhetoric. After the United States had withdrew from the Iranian Nuclear Deal everyone has seen prices go up at the pumps and the volatility in the market is as prevalent as ever. So what has finally stalled this rallying market? The answer is OPEC, primarily Russia and the Saudi’s, have begun putting it out there that they are considering increasing production to compensate for Iranian and Venezuelan crude potentially leaving the mainstream market. The current stance the U.S. is taking though seems to point at applying severe sanctions on both oil producers within the not so distant future.