from MacroScope:

EU ponders another round of Russia sanctions

By Mike Peacock
January 29, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop an armored personnel carrier as they patrol Orekhovo village in Luhansk

EU foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting today after their leaders have asked them to consider possible new sanctions on Russia. A final decision to impose them is likely to be left to their bosses who meet in next month and again in March.

from MacroScope:

Russia invites new sanctions

By Mike Peacock
January 28, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a street near the burning building after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian separatists said they had pushed government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk and their aim was to expand control to the entire eastern region.

from The Great Debate:

Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power

By Bill Schneider
January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama (R) speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from MacroScope:

Game on in Greece

By Mike Peacock
January 26, 2015

The head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras waves to supporters after winning the elections in Athens

Syriza has fallen tantalisingly short of an overall majority, winning 149 of 300 Greek parliamentary seats and taking 36.3 percent of the vote, 8.5 points ahead of the New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in what amounts to a decisive rejection of austerity.

from Breakingviews:

Obama’s nuclear gift to Modi is shrewd investment

January 26, 2015

By Andy Mukherjee

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

from The Human Impact:

After Obama, NY governor takes stand for transgender rights

January 23, 2015

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This week was nothing short of historic for the Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and, in particular, transgender.

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Davos badly needs a Henry Ford moment

January 21, 2015

By Rob Cox

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

from Breakingviews:

Climate feels right for certain deals in Davos

January 20, 2015

By Jeffrey Goldfarb

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

from Breakingviews:

Cheap oil comes with hidden risks for airlines

January 19, 2015

By Olaf Storbeck

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

from MacroScope:

Volatility back with a bang

By Mike Peacock
January 16, 2015

The logo of the SNB is seen at the entrance of the SNB in Bern

Volatility is back with a bang.

The Swiss franc leapt by an unprecedented 40 percent at one point after the Swiss National Bank scrapped its currency cap out of the blue. Oil may have bounced but it’s still down the thick end of 60 percent since mid-2014, dragging the rouble and other oil-producer currencies with it. Copper, generally a barometer of world industrial demand, is barely finding its feet after plunging this week.