The Great Debate

The EU may soon have Gazprom and Vladimir Putin running on fumes

By William E. Pomeranz
May 1, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on recent wildfires issues in Abakan

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Abakan, the Republic of Khakassia, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Better the dictator you condemn than the insurgents you can’t control

By John Lloyd
May 1, 2015
Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte

Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte, March 15, 2015. Militants loyal to Islamic State, the group which has seized much of Iraq and Syria, have established a larger presence in central Libya in recent weeks. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Iran nuclear deal: Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it Munich

By Neal Gabler
May 1, 2015
Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna

Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Bitcoin enters age of Goldman and lawyers

April 30, 2015

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

from Data Dive:

Not that kind of libertarian: Poll shows fondness for government programs

April 30, 2015

Is libertarianism a growing trend or a red herring?

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As this Reuters graphic shows, a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted earlier this month found that one in five Americans self-identify as libertarian, with percentages skewing higher the younger the cohort. One in three respondents aged 18-29 consider themselves libertarian, but just 12 percent of those 60 or older similarly self-identify. Additionally, 25 percent of independents consider themselves libertarian, a rate considerably higher than that of either major party.

Hillary Clinton and the urban rebellion

By Peniel E. Joseph
April 30, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York

Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York, April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Scenes from Baltimore, the day – and night – after (Photos)

By Alan Chin
April 29, 2015
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The fires, vandalism and hundreds of arrests in Baltimore on Monday night played dramatically on television screens across the nation as a major American city seemed out of control. But the day after, as thousands of people returned to protest at the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North Avenues in West Baltimore, peace and calm had returned — and not only because thousands of National Guard soldiers were deployed to the streets.

from The Great Debate UK:

What does this election tell us about modern Britain?

April 29, 2015

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Britiain's Prime Minister David Cameron gives a speech during an election campaign visit to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London, England, on April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis/Pool

Russia building nuclear reactors – and influence – around the globe

By Hannah Thoburn
April 29, 2015
Russia's President Putin, his Egyptian counterpart Sisi and Russia's Defence Minister Shoigu attend a welcoming ceremony onboard guided missile cruiser Moskva at Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L), his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (2nd R) and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) meet onboard a guided missile cruiser at the port of Sochi, August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin