How to jump Greece’s next debt hurdle

By Hugo Dixon
July 3, 2015

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

How to jump Greece’s next debt hurdle

By Hugo Dixon
July 3, 2015

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

Greece’s debt issues are acute. They could explode on July 20. Some way needs to be found to defuse the dangers.

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.

Greek negotiations need extra time

By Hugo Dixon
June 17, 2015

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

The negotiations between Greece and its creditors over how to prevent the country defaulting are already in extra time. They have dragged on for so long that it might seem sensible to bring them to a swift, sharp conclusion.

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.

Greece has two weeks to produce red meat

By Hugo Dixon
April 7, 2015

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

Greece has two weeks to produce some red meat.

The default scenario is off the table for the time being after Yanis Varoufakis, the finance minister, confirmed the country would meet a payment to the International Monetary Fund on April 9. But with more payments looming, the fear of bankruptcy will be back by late April if Greece doesn’t come up with some substantial reforms.

Matteo Renzi is on a roll

By Hugo Dixon
July 7, 2014

By Hugo Dixon

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

Is Greece losing its reform drive?

By Hugo Dixon
June 23, 2014

By Hugo Dixon

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

Euro crisis is race against time

By Hugo Dixon
October 1, 2012

Solving the euro crisis is a race against time. Can peripheral economies reform before the people buckle under the pressure of austerity and pull the rug from their politicians? After two months of optimism triggered by the European Central Bank’s plans to buy government bonds, investors got a touch of jitters last week.

Enough austerity, it’s time for reform

By Hugo Dixon
January 9, 2012

Semantics could help save the euro zone. There is a crying need to distinguish between fiscal austerity and structural reform.  The endless austerity programs adopted by the GIIPS — Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain — threaten to crush their economies so much that they are socially unbearable. By contrast, reforming pensions, labor markets and the like would be good for long-term growth. A policy mix that emphasizes the latter and draws some sort of line under the former is needed to stop the euro crisis spinning out of control.