Hugo Dixon: European populism can be tamed

By Hugo Dixon
October 12, 2015

Demagogic movements of the left and right have gained traction in most European Union countries in recent years. A mixture of competence, fairness and leadership can combat them. There are signs that the fightback is succeeding.

Hugo Dixon: Refugee and euro crises share features

By Hugo Dixon
September 14, 2015

Europe set about creating borderless travel and monetary union before it was ready. Now it is struggling to solve cross-border problems without a full set of tools, triggering bickering between nations. In each case, the outcome is likely to be a messy compromise.

Cameron’s EU bind has a Marxist tinge

September 11, 2015

A European court ruling on what qualifies as working time has irked employers and delighted unions. Prime Minister David Cameron faces a dilemma as he tries to renegotiate Britain’s ties with the EU before a planned referendum. Satisfying one camp risks alienating the other.

Breakdown: Migrant crisis reshapes Europe politics

September 8, 2015

The number of people flooding into the continent is only a small part of the story. More worrying: old political anxieties are being rekindled. While migration won’t immediately affect economic issues like Greece’s bailout or the euro, it could jeopardise European cohesion.

Migration crisis echoes age-old test of finance

September 1, 2015

The flow of desperate people to Europe has a financial-world parallel. For companies, high returns attract new entrants who threaten incumbents’ comfortable state. The options for EU leaders are similar too: shut out competition, or find new, better ways to create profit.

Tide flows against UK’s pro-EU campaigners

July 24, 2015

Polls right now suggest Brits want to stay in Europe. Yet the rough handling of Greece and a proposed transatlantic trade deal are alienating left-leaning voters. Meanwhile, potential sops to those worried by immigration are very unlikely to placate eurosceptics on the right.

UK taxpayers hurt more by EU split than HSBC exit

May 19, 2015

Deutsche Bank and its rivals could move operations out of London if Britons vote to leave the EU. That would dent the main source of UK tax from the financial sector - income tax on bankers. It’s a bigger loss than reduced bank levy receipts from HSBC moving its head office.

Rob Cox: EU’s new trustbuster begins with a bang

April 21, 2015

Since becoming Brussels’ antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager has taken action against the twin monsters of the digital and energy worlds: Google and Gazprom. But her battles on the Eastern and Western fronts of market abuse may leave Europe’s M&A boom plenty of room to flourish.

Time for Greece’s Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve in debt battle

By Hugo Dixon
February 21, 2015

The new Greek PM has crossed a Rubicon in asking for an extension to the country’s hated bailout programme while abandoning many election promises. Tsipras should realise there is no turning back. But he can snatch victory from defeat if he embraces radical reforms with vigour.

Rob Cox: Fragility bigger worry than volatility

October 21, 2014

Recent rollercoaster markets are a symptom of a more concerning malady. They reflect the shock accompanying recognition that widely accepted assumptions about everything from monetary policy to geopolitics, and even the state of global health, are dangerously flimsy.