The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

The pope, Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn walk into a bar…

By Rob Cox
September 15, 2015

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

Left’s labor lost: Why Europe’s social democrats are on the ropes

May 15, 2015
Ed Miliband former leader of the Labour Party, Nick Clegg former leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron pay tribute at the Cenotaph to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day in London

Ed Miliband (L) who resigned as leader of the Labour Party, Nick Clegg who resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron (R) carry wreaths of poppies as they pay tribute at the Cenotaph to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day in London, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

from Hugo Dixon:

Greece still unlikely to leave euro zone after Syriza win

January 26, 2015

Supporters of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras cheer at exit poll results in Athens

Supporters of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras cheer at exit poll results in Athens, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Likely victors in Greek election may pull nation out of eurozone

January 23, 2015
Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras waves at supporters during a campaign rally in central Athens

Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras during a campaign rally in central Athens, January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Elections were a wild party in the 1880s — that’s one reason why more people voted back then

October 29, 2014

A man dressed as Uncle Sam drums up the crowd at an election campaign rally in Saginaw.

The United States has a low voter turnout by comparison to other Western democracies, and our turnout in midterm elections is especially abysmal, attracting roughly 40 percent of eligible voters to the polls.

from Breakingviews:

James Hoffa: Let sun shine on corporate donations

May 29, 2014

By James Hoffa
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews guest columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Why Egyptians voted for Sisi

May 28, 2014

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Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to win the presidential elections in Egypt this week, almost a year after Egypt’s military reasserted formal control following widespread revolts against Mohamed Mursi.

Afghan elections redefine U.S. role

April 4, 2014

On Saturday, Afghans will go to the polls to elect a new president, marking a critical turning point in Afghanistan’s history and our role in the country.

In Turkey, taking on West wins elections

March 28, 2014

Is Turkish leader crazy, or crazy like a fox?

Confronted by a series of revelations involving corruption, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan countered by banning Twitter by court order last Friday. He has now moved onto other social media networks — blocking YouTube on Thursday.

Why ‘anti-European populists’ won’t win big in the European elections

January 28, 2014

For months EU politicians have been warning us about the upcoming elections for the European Parliament (EP), to be held in May in all 28 member states. European Commission President Jose Barroso recently predicted “a festival of unfounded reproaches against Europe” as a consequence of the EU-wide “rise of extremism from the extreme right and from the extreme left.” The media has mostly followed these political messages, publishing countless articles, editorials and op-eds about the upcoming European apocalypse. Most of these stories refer exclusively to the rise of the right wing French National Front (FN), under new leader Marine Le Pen, arguing that her party’s rising popularity parallels that of other extreme nationalist parties across Europe. In addition, as is often the case in European politics, many articles and op-eds also include references to the Great Depression of the 1930s and a return of fascism.