from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Failure to Communicate

July 1, 2015

Dionysus the Elder, ruler of Greek city-state Syracuse in the fourth century B.C., was one of the first to devalue currency by turning one drachma into two drachmas by decree when he got into trouble through excessive spending.

from Hugo Dixon:

The big fat Greek blame game

By Hugo Dixon
June 22, 2015

Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. The opinions expressed are his own.

If Greece collapses, there will be giant dollops of blame to go round. The biggest ones will stick on whoever behaves most unreasonably in the standoff between Athens and its creditors, which could easily end in default and disaster.

from Breakingviews:

Hudson’s Bay wangles way back to Teutonic roots

June 15, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Germany’s assumptions about peace and power are out of sync with reality

By Lucian Kim
June 14, 2015

Members of Ukrainian armed forces fire grenade launcher in Avdiivka in Donetsk region

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces fire a grenade launcher, in response to what servicemen said were shots fired from the positions of fighters of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, in the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

from Breakingviews:

Forget ethics, carbon divestment looks profitable

June 11, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

UK blithely signs up to Germany’s worst idea

June 10, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Anshu Jain’s painful lessons for new Deutsche boss

June 8, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

A bit of Greek clarity from an act of defiance

By Mike Peacock
June 5, 2015

People make their way past a stencil by street artist Flip in Athens

Greece’s decision to delay a 300-million-euro payment to the IMF today and instead try to meet all June’s payments at the end of the month was probably an act of bravado for domestic consumption but it also clarifies things.

from MacroScope:

The “take it or leave” it moment?

By Mike Peacock
June 2, 2015

German Chancellor Merkel, French President Hollande and European Commission President Juncker arrive to make statements to the media before a meeting with top company executives in Berlin

Five people who hold Greece’s fate in their hands – Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, Mario Draghi, Jean-Claude Juncker and Christine Lagarde – met for talks in Berlin last night.

from Hugo Dixon:

Greek ultimatum is a bad idea

By Hugo Dixon
June 1, 2015

Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. The opinions expressed are his own.

Should Greece’s creditors give the country an ultimatum? No. Not only is such a thing probably unnecessary, it could also play into the hands of Greek nationalists who would argue that foreigners were again bullying Athens. Besides, negotiations between Greece and its creditors are making progress, albeit still too slowly. Dictating to the Greeks would make any bust-up between the two sides particularly bitter.