The Great Debate

New Islamic State franchise threatens Egypt

February 16, 2016
A general view of the site of a bomb blast at the Italian Consulate is seen in Cairo, Egypt, July 11, 2015. A bomb exploded in front of the Italian consulate in Cairo on Saturday, killing one person, the health ministry and security officials said, raising the possibility that Islamist militants could open a new front against foreigners. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The site of a bomb blast at the Italian Consulate in Cairo, July 11, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

How Antonin Scalia’s death reshapes the 2016 election

February 16, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on “The Administrative Conference of the United States”  on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The Greek Bruce Willis fights for democracy — and Marxism?

February 15, 2016
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis listens to a conferrer (not pictured) during the Economist Conference on "Europe: The comeback, Greece: How resilient?" in Athens May 14, 2015. Greece's debt is not viable and the country's debt repayments to the European Central Bank should be pushed back, the Greek finance minister said on Thursday. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1CWUJ

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis listens at a conference in Athens, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

from Breakingviews:

Antonin Scalia’s death challenges U.S. leadership

February 14, 2016

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

Despite the failed revolution, Egypt’s iron-fisted ruler won’t last

February 12, 2016
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) waves during the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal, in Ismailia, Egypt, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

February 11, 2016
Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement  Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig January 21, 2015. The weekly PEGIDA demonstrations began last October as a local protest against the building of new shelters for refugees, and have been growing in size. Counter-marches have taken place across Germany, with far larger numbers, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the group in unusually strong language as racists "with hatred in their hearts." PEGIDA leaders deny they are racist and say they distinguish between the secular majority among Germany's 4 million Muslims and those trying to spread Muslim values.           REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig, January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

What Europeans envy about the American political process

February 11, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles after winning at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016.    REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX26984

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles after winning at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The art of spin: Pulling victory from New Hampshire’s jaws of defeat

February 11, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives with her daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, to speak to supporters at her final 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Hooksett, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Hilllary Clinton arrives with her daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at her final New Hampshire primary rally in Hooksett, New Hampshire, February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Electability, schmelectability: It’s the year of the angry, angry voter

February 10, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts on stage during his victory speech at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg  - RTX269BE

Donald Trump reacts during his victory speech at his New Hampshire primary night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

How Garry Kasparov sees the chess match between Russia and the West

February 10, 2016

Garry Kasparov, a Russian opposition leader who was ranked as the world’s best chess player for most of 20 years, has a problem with the West’s response to Vladimir Putin and warns of the dangers of Russia’s global influence. The title of his new book – Winter Is Coming – is a conscious play on the famous Game of Thrones TV and book series and the sense of darkness stalking the world.