The Great Debate

Europe shambles as Greek fire spreads

By J Saft
April 29, 2010

Europe desperately needs to get out in front of its solvency problem, Greek edition; not because it is right, not even because it will work in the long term, but to stem rapid and costly contagion through financial markets to other weak links in the euro zone, not least to banks.

Greece should default and reschedule

February 15, 2010

The drama unfolding in Athens contains all the usual ingredients for a modern crisis. Poorly disclosed derivative transactions. Inadequate accounting for off-balance sheet liabilities. Investment banks eager to structure complex transactions in return for fat fees. And a furtive but gullible government that thought it could get something for nothing.

Dubai will pay for Abu Dhabi aid

November 26, 2009

Alexander Smith– Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

from Rolfe Winkler:

Krugman and the pied pipers of debt

September 30, 2009

Investors are celebrating an incipient "recovery," but the interventions responsible are sowing the seeds of a more violent contraction down the road. The problem, quite simply, is debt. We've accumulated record amounts, yet many economists tell us we need more.

Japan, nominally lost, not really so

September 17, 2009

Al Breach was Russia economist with UBS and Goldman Sachs and is currently managing partner of TheBrowser.com. The views expressed are his own.

from Commentaries:

Debt on autopilot

By Christopher Swann
August 28, 2009

At first glance this week's budget projections paint President Obama as a spendthrift. The White House itself offered a grim glimpse of a future in which U.S. debt more than doubles to $17.5 trillion in a decade -- an increase of nearly $10 trillion.

from The Great Debate UK:

Darling gambles with Britain’s credit

April 23, 2009

REUTERS-- Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. Christopher Fildes is a guest columnist. The opinions expressed are their own --

U.S. and UK on brink of debt disaster

January 20, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. –

The United States and the United Kingdom stand on the brink of the largest debt crisis in history.

Financial crisis is greatest threat to international security

By Reuters Staff
November 12, 2008

Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University and Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group. Any views expressed are his own.

Ten commandments for the first 30 days in office

November 6, 2008

juan-enriquezJuan Enriquez is managing director of Excel Medical Ventures and the author of “As The Future Catches You.” Any opinions expressed are his own.