Calling a snap election in Japan is Abe’s gamble

It’ll be smooth sailing for him if he can keep electors focused on the economy—just not nuclear power or constitutional changes.

Caspian games

Putin has been trying for years to get a Russian veto on Central Asian pipelines across the Caspian. He’s nearly there.

China more likely to keep climate promise than US

Obama will be gone in two years and can’t bind his successors to keep his promise.

There’s no new Cold War

Russia is not the Soviet Union. It occasionally grabs a bit of territory that isn’t covered by a NATO guarantee, but it dares not go any further.

The Berlin Wall, 25 years later

'It was a radical, amazingly peaceful revolution in a part of the world that was not best known for its ability to change peacefully.' Gwynne Dyer's reflections on chasing revolutions in eastern Europe.

Drowning migrants is good politics

An estimated 3,000 have drowned this year trying to cross the Mediterranean into the EU. Some say search-and-rescue missions have encouraged people to make dangerous crossings in the expectation of rescue. Others say that’s nonsense.

Merkel’s counter-strike against Cameron

It may well bring the British PM down.

Fusion power: Goodbye fossil fuels?

US defence industry giant Lockheed Martin is talking about building a compact nuclear reactor with no radioactive waste, no risk of meltdown and no carbon dioxide emissions. Too good to be true, or scientific miracle?

Three elections offer hope for better times

Citizens of Brazil, Ukraine and Tunisia went to the polls this week.

Blindsided by technology

The drop in oil prices is not a transient event; it’s a revolution.

  

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