What sort of man is Tsipras?

By Hugo Dixon
June 8, 2015

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

The next days will define Greece’s prime minister. Alexis Tsipras must choose between saving his country and sticking with a bankrupt ideology. If he is brave and smart, he can secure a few more concessions from creditors and a goodish deal for Greece. If not, he will drag the country into the abyss.

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How Greece can cut a goodish deal

By Hugo Dixon
June 4, 2015

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

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.

Greece needs a second election

By Hugo Dixon
May 25, 2015

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

EU reform is more than renegotiation

By Hugo Dixon
May 18, 2015

Reforming the European Union involves more than renegotiating the UK’s relationship with it. That may sound like a statement of the obvious. But in the British debate over staying in the EU the two have virtually become equivalent, largely because David Cameron, the newly re-elected prime minister, has promised to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU before holding a referendum on continued membership.

Greece seemingly has no Plan A or Plan B on debt

By Hugo Dixon
May 11, 2015
Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis arrives on a motorbike at Maximos Mansion to attend a governmental meeting with Prime Minister Tsipras in Athens

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives on a motorbike at Maximos Mansion to attend a governmental meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens May 10 2015. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis

Tory win in UK election brings increased risk of EU exit

By Hugo Dixon
May 8, 2015
The results of exit polls are projected on to the side of Broadcasting House in central London

The results of exit polls are projected on to the side of Broadcasting House, the headquarters of the BBC, after voting closed in Britain’s general election, in central London, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Will UK leave the EU? Election may help decide, but it won’t be simple

By Hugo Dixon
April 27, 2015
Britain's Prime Minister Cameron joins local supporters in a 'selfie' photograph whilst campaigning in Norton Sub Hamdon near Yeovil, south west England, Britain

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron (C) joins local supporters in a ‘selfie’ photograph whilst campaigning in Norton Sub Hamdon near Yeovil, south west England, April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Tories and Labour are almost twins

By Hugo Dixon
April 20, 2015

Are the Tories and Labour the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of UK politics? In most things, there’s not much to choose between the UK parties’ economic election pledges. Both want to cut the deficit gradually. Both want to splash out on the National Health Service. And both have a smattering of silly micro-policies. The big differences are that Labour would tax the rich more and the Tories might take Britain out of the European Union.

Squaring the UK’s non-dom tax circle

By Hugo Dixon
April 13, 2015

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

Britain’s treatment of its so-called “non-doms” gives some rich people an unwarranted tax break. If they qualify as being “domiciled” abroad, even if they live in the UK permanently, they can pay tax only on income generated in Britain. Britons usually have to pay tax on their global incomes.