from MacroScope:

David Cameron’s stick or twist dilemma

By Mike Peacock
April 27, 2015

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks at an election campaign event in north London

To a collective sigh of relief, Britain’s political parties enter their last full of week of campaigning ahead of May 7 elections. There have been endless talking points but as yet no turning point.

from Breakingviews:

Teva’s $40 bln hostile bid puts hope over reality

April 21, 2015

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

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 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 The Great Debate:

The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

By Keith Koffler
March 26, 2015

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves the U.S. Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) leaving the Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare, at the Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from MacroScope:

Waiting for the Greek list

By Mike Peacock
March 25, 2015

German Chancellor Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras leave after addressing news conference in Berlin

The Greek government could produce at any time a list of economic reforms which it hopes will prompt a flood of funds from its creditors.

from The Great Debate:

Three ways Netanyahu actually lost last week’s Israeli election

By John Lloyd
March 23, 2015

A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem

A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

from MacroScope:

Tsipras seeking mercy from Merkel

By Mike Peacock
March 23, 2015

Greece's PM Tsipras, EU Parliament President Schulz and Germany's Chancellor Merkel attend a EU leaders summit in Brussels

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets Angela Merkel in Berlin late today.

The strategy in Athens seems to be to seek mercy from EU leaders, going over the heads of euro zone finance ministers and the European Central Bank and IMF, hoping that they will see the broad political cost of a Greek collapse rather than focus on the nitty gritty of funding and required economic reforms.
That doesn’t look like a winning strategy.

from The Great Debate:

Why Bibi won: Israel unwilling to pay the price of hope

By Amy Wilentz
March 19, 2015

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu attends cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem, March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool

from MacroScope:

Bibi rides again

By Mike Peacock
March 18, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv

Not for the first time, Benjamin Netanyahu has defied the odds and snatched electoral victory from the jaws of defeat.
Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog has just conceded although he has not given up hope of forming a coalition government if Netanyahu fails to.