Give Greece’s Alexis Tsipras time

By Hugo Dixon
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.

Greece still unlikely to leave euro zone after Syriza win

By Hugo Dixon
January 26, 2015
Supporters of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras cheer at exit poll results in Athens

Supporters of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras cheer at exit poll results in Athens, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Banks are Greece’s Achilles’ heel

By Hugo Dixon
January 12, 2015

A possible bank run is Greece’s Achilles’ heel.

The country probably won’t be forced out of the euro. But there is a scenario where this could happen. This involves Syriza, the radical-left party, winning the upcoming election and then running out of time before it can perform the policy U-turn necessary to keep its creditors on side. Depositors might then panic.

Greece still several steps from chaos

By Hugo Dixon
December 15, 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. 

How Greece can turn vice to virtue

By Hugo Dixon
April 14, 2014

Most Greeks know the expression vicious cycle – or favlos kyklos. But when you ask them the Greek for virtuous cycle, they often struggle to find the term, or even deny it exists.

Greek rebound is astonishing

By Hugo Dixon
April 8, 2014

Greece is undergoing an astonishing financial rebound. Two years ago, the country looked like it was set for a messy default and exit from the euro. Now it is on the verge of returning to the bond market with the issue of 2 billion euros of five-year paper.

Athens can capitalise on market interest

By Hugo Dixon
November 18, 2013

Greece has been the markets’ whipping boy for most of the past four years. But in the last few months, sentiment has changed and international investors are bottom-fishing – in particular for banking assets.

Greece’s reform job isn’t even half done

By Hugo Dixon
November 11, 2013

Greece’s reform job is not even half finished. The government hasn’t done enough to root out the vested interests that strangle the economy. Nor has it cracked down fully on tax evasion or pushed hard enough to privatise state-owned properties.

Austerity debate misses half the point

By Hugo Dixon
April 29, 2013

The austerity debate misses half the point. It is true that governments, especially in the euro zone, shouldn’t chase an austerity spiral ever downwards. But they can’t just sit on their hands. They must drive even harder for structural reforms.