Monday, May 4, 2015
  1. Britain’s Silent Election

    Bill Emmott
  2. Brittle Britain

    Anatole Kaletsky

    Brittle Britain

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     wonders why investors and European leaders are complacent about the outcome of the May 7 election.

    British flags London mall taxi Luke Hayter/Flickr

    Once a haven of political and economic stability amid the turmoil of the euro crisis, the United Kingdom is about to become the EU’s most politically unpredictable member. No amount of denial ahead of the May 7 general election will change that. READ MORE

  3. A New Blueprint for US-China Relations

    Gareth Evans

    A New Blueprint for US-China Relations

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     endorses former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's proposed strategy of "constructive realism."

    China and US US State Dept/Flickr

    The current relationship between the US and China risks turning legitimate competition into a dangerous confrontation. In a new report, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd outlines a different approach – which he calls “constructive realism” – that could mitigate that risk. READ MORE

  4. Lies, Damn Lies, and the British Election

    Chris Patten

    Lies, Damn Lies, and the British Election

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     describes three great falsehoods being peddled by UK politicians ahead of the May 7 election.

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    Democratic elections cannot be described as competitions aimed at revealing which candidates can tell the unvarnished truth. But this year the British electorate is being asked to believe three great falsehoods, each one of them dangerous in its own way. READ MORE

  5. Tsipras in Dreamland

    Joschka Fischer

    Tsipras in Dreamland

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     worries that Greece's government is hell-bent on driving the country into the abyss.

    Alex Tsipras Greece Wassilios Aswestopoulis/ZumaPress

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seems to have forgotten the Marxist tradition’s emphasis on the unity of theory and practice. If you want to negotiate a change of tack with your creditors, you are unlikely to succeed if you destroy your own credibility and rant and rave about those whose money you need to avoid default. READ MORE

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