How to jump Greece’s next debt hurdle

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

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.

Greeks choose between bad and terrible

July 2, 2015

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

The Greeks have to choose between the bad and the truly ugly in Sunday’s referendum. If I was Greek – and I’m not, although I speak the language and had a Greek great-grandmother – I would plump for the bad option, voting “Yes”.

The big fat Greek blame game

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

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.

How a Greek debt deal could work

June 15, 2015
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Athens has struggled to get its euro zone creditors to talk about debt relief. That is because it is not the most urgent issue facing Greece. A short-term cash crunch could trigger bankruptcy in the next few weeks. But if the negotiators resolve the immediate crisis – and the omens don’t look good – debt relief should come onto the table.

What sort of man is Tsipras?

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.

Greek ultimatum is a bad idea

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

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

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.