Here’s some thought-provoking material to start off your week:
- Britain’s Liberal Democrats have returned to the old tradition of holding their yearly conference at a seaside town and Matthew Engel has been enjoying their leader’s comeback, “Clegg 2.0″.
- Politico took a look at Sheldon Adelson, the Republican mega-donor, and why he is willing to spend so much money on swaying the US presidential election.
- The secession and splitting of various nations could lead to a proliferation of new borders. The New York Times has put together an interactive map showing where borders could be appearing and disappearing.
- China’s demographics are changing rapidly as people aged over 65 make up a larger part of the population and younger people born under the one-child policy face a bigger burden of care.
- The bickering over the Senkaku islands threatens the region’s peace and prosperity, and China should be leading the way to a peaceful resolution, according to this leader from the Economist. Qi Ge pointed out in a piece for Foreign Policy that the Chinese government, in allowing protests, has boosted support for its own cause while appearing to make allowances for demonstrations and democracy.
- Mariano Rajoy cannot afford “another half-baked effort at bank reform” and must get it right this time — Simon Nixon explained why in his column for the Wall Street Journal.
- After some debate over quote approval, the New York Times has made it policy to forbid it.