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The Exchange podcast: ‘Europe is a cesspool of deflationary forces’

By Rob Cox
May 4, 2016

Yanis Varoufakis joins Rob Cox, global editor of Breakingviews, to talk about his new book, “And the Weak Suffer What They Must?”, the state of the EU, and the implications of a potential Brexit and Trump presidency.

UK deal veto would be big setback for Li Ka-shing

May 4, 2016

A $15 bln takeover of Telefonica’s O2 unit was key to making the Hong Kong tycoon’s costly bet on European telecoms pay off. If CK Hutchison cannot overturn a likely EU veto, his UK telco will either have to carry on as a disruptive fourth player, or find a fallback deal.

The Exchange: ‘Europe is a cesspool of deflationary forces’

By Rob Cox
April 28, 2016

Yanis Varoufakis joins Rob Cox, global editor of Breakingviews, to talk about his new book, "And the Weak Suffer What They Must?", the state of the EU, and the implications of a potential Brexit and Trump presidency.

Chernobyl is symbol of shaky EU-Ukraine ties

April 26, 2016

Thirty years after the disaster at the nuclear power station, EU money has helped build a structure to contain further reactor fallout. But Ukraine will have to sort any future issues by itself. Efforts to bring Kiev and Brussels closer suffer from a similar risky dynamic.

Dixon: Vote to quit EU could tip UK into recession

April 18, 2016

A victory for Brexit will trigger political turmoil and acrimonious divorce talks. Investment will grind to a halt as firms wait for the fog to clear. That could cause a recession.

Credit Suisse wise to flaunt Brexit neutrality

April 8, 2016

The Swiss bank has banned staff from events and debates tied to the UK’s EU referendum. Overt partisanship might have unnerved some Credit Suisse clients. As Switzerland renegotiates its own trading terms with Europe, Brexit impartiality also makes sense for its domestic banks.

Dixon: Greece’s problems could become Britain’s

April 4, 2016

If the IMF and the EU can’t quickly resolve their conflict over Greece’s bailout, graphically highlighted by a WikiLeaks transcript, Athens could run out of cash in July. The sense of crisis would mount in the preceding weeks, just as the UK votes on whether to stay in the EU.

Banks on Brexit: deeds count more than words

March 30, 2016

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s B-word ban is the latest sign global financial firms are tying themselves in knots over the UK’s European Union referendum. If big banks want to keep the union, silence is helpful. But a better plan is to hire more people outside London.

Brussels blasts send European unity two steps back

March 22, 2016

A recent Turkish deal over migration showed the EU can solve problems collectively, if imperfectly. Yet new attacks will inflame misgivings over security and free movement. As Britons mull whether to stay or go, the risk is that questions of prosperity and fairness get sidelined.

Forget Bloomberg: Boris Johnson for U.S. president

February 23, 2016

London’s maverick mayor, now openly opposed to UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Europe, hasn’t yet given up his American citizenship. In an imaginary world where Johnson has been exiled, here’s how he might campaign for the White House against Trump, Clinton, Bloomberg et al.