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.

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.

Greece seemingly has no Plan A or Plan B on debt

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

Squaring the UK’s non-dom tax circle

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.

Greece has two weeks to produce red meat

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.

Tsipras needs rupture with far-left, not Brussels

March 30, 2015

By Hugo Dixon

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

Greek euro exit will be hard to stop

February 9, 2015

By Hugo Dixon

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

Give Greece’s Alexis Tsipras time

February 3, 2015

There are two schools of thought about how the euro zone should play its negotiations with Alexis Tsipras, the new Greek prime minister. One is that other leaders and the European Central Bank should back him into a corner. The other is that they should give the radical left Syriza leader time.