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Breaking the banks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- As bankers and politicians argued again whether or not to split RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) into a good and a bad bank, a key issue has made few headlines. What governments have given banks with one hand they have taken away with the other.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Commentary: Costly greed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Wall Street greed coupled with dire online warnings of financial disasters to come paint a grim picture of the state of democratic capitalism.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

It's now Merkel's Europe

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Like the dog in Sherlock Holmes that failed to bark in the night, the significant event of the latest European summit was what did not happen. It did not concentrate on American bugging of the phones and emails of European leaders.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Why Europe's banks tremble

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Europe's banks and financial officials are all awaiting, in a mix of hope and trepidation, to learn just how the European Central Bank proposes to assess the solvency of Europe's banks.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Chaos at home and abroad tracks back to a dysfunctional Congress and weak-minded Obama administration.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Is France turning racist?

PARIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The stunning success of France's anti-immigrant Front National (FN) party in winning a regional election Sunday with 54 percent of the vote reflects a growing frustration with conventional politics across Europe.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Commentary: Giap: Not since Hannibal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- One of contemporary history’s greatest generals was Vietnam’s Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap. An appreciation by Arnaud de Borchgrave,
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Spain's double-edged recovery

MADRID, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Spanish economy, after five terrible years that saw unemployment reach 27 percent, is starting slowly and bumpily to recover. Exports are currently growing at an annual rate of seven percent.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Commentary: Mixed signals from Moscow

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Will the U.S. federal shutdown affect the Syrian civil war? China fears that it might; some Russians hope that it will.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Berlusconi's revenge

ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Italy has rung the bell to launch the next round of the euro crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Merkel: The dark side

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The adulation and euphoria surrounding Angela Merkel's re-election success is getting out of hand. The curse of the third term now lies in wait.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Woes beneath Merkel's calm

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Beneath the apparently smooth path to re-election of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the tectonic plates of German politics are shifting ominously.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Commentary: Russia back as geopolitical force

Commentary: Russia back as geopolitical force

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Russia is emerging in the Mideast as the alternate peacemaker -- while questioning the goals of those who consider themselves “exceptional.”
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Did the G20 fail?

Did the G20 fail?

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Group of 20 summit should have secured three achievements, which had been thoroughly discussed in advance and which had nothing to do with Syria.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Commentary: Pivot to oblivion?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The debate was between the United States doing nothing in Syria and “standoff retaliation.”
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
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