The first text is Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France which may not exactly appear current affairs to us, but it certainly was back when it appeared in 1790.
The second text is in German by sociologist Max Weber, and it is a presentation on Politik als Beruf (Politics as Profession). It appeared in 1919 and introduced the fundamental distinction between Gesinnungsethik (ethics of disposition?) and Verantwortungsethik (ethics of responsibility). You will have to search for the title of the essay way down the page since it does not appear to be anchored.
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