from The Great Debate:

Would a new Russian missile system make Israeli airstrikes on Iran impossible?

By Noga Tarnopolsky
April 16, 2015

Russian military vehicles move along a central street during a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow

Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems move along a central street during a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow, May 4, 2009. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

from MacroScope:

Will manifestos move the UK election dial?

By Mike Peacock
April 13, 2015

Labour leader Miliband speaks at a joint news conference in Edinburgh

Britain’s main political parties will publish their election manifestos this week after what seems likes weeks of campaigning already, none of which has significantly shifted the polls putting the ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour party neck-and-neck.
Labour will launch its manifesto today with the Conservatives following on Tuesday.

from The Great Debate:

An ancient imam at the center of Iran nuclear deal

By Mohamad Bazzi
April 13, 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in Tehran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in Tehran, January 8, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

By condemning nuclear deal, Netanyahu prioritizes his own personal fortune

By Noga Tarnopolsky
April 9, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledges applause at the end of his speech to joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) acknowledges applause at the end of his speech to a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from Breakingviews:

Iran deal moves oil closer to long bear market

By Edward Hadas
April 7, 2015

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Completing the Q1 euro zone picture

By Mike Peacock
April 7, 2015

Shoppers look for goods in a Karstadt hot deal department store in  in Frankfurt/Oder

Service sector PMI surveys for euro zone members, Britain and others in March will complete a first quarter picture which has generally shown the currency bloc outperforming the United States and China.

from Alison Frankel:

How Western banks hope to shake ex-U.S. soldiers’ Iran terror suit

By Alison Frankel
April 6, 2015

(Reuters) - On Friday, plaintiffs lawyer Gary Osen filed an amended complaint in federal district court in Brooklyn for more than 200 former U.S. soldiers (or their survivors) who claim to have been victims of Iran-sponsored attacks during the Iraq war. The original complaint in Freeman v. HSBC, filed in November, accused five Western banks - HSBC, Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays - of conspiring with Iranian banks that the U.S. has designated as agents of state-sponsored attacks. The supposed goal of the conspiracy was to mask wire transactions to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, facilitating Iran's alleged funding of militant groups operating in Iraq at Iran's direction, including Kataib Hezbollah and Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

from The Great Debate:

The results: A sketch of an outline of a roadmap to an Iran nuclear deal

By Sharon Squassoni
April 3, 2015

View of the Arak heavy-water project southwest of Tehran

A view of the Iranian Arak heavy-water project southwest of Tehran, Aug. 26, 2006. REUTERS/ISNA/Handout

from The Great Debate:

A good deal: How both sides can sell the Iran nuclear agreement back home

By Ali Vaez
April 3, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif pose for a photograph before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Lausanne

Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pose before resuming talks in Lausanne, March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from MacroScope:

Reading the ECB runes

By Mike Peacock
April 2, 2015

European Central Bank President Draghi and Vice President Constancio leave after addressing an ECB news conferenc in Frankfurt

The European Central Bank will release minutes – or what it likes to call its account – of the last policy meeting after which it launched into quantitative easing.