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May 8, 2015
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Monsanto heaps pressure on Syngenta

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

Monsanto is heaping pressure on Syngenta. A $45 billion takeover proposal from the world’s biggest provider of seeds to farmers to the top seller of crop-protection chemicals was quickly rejected as too cheap and too risky. The Swiss target has a point on the difficulties, but needs to lay out just how it will create more standalone value.

May 8, 2015
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Monsanto heaps pressure on Syngenta

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

Monsanto is heaping pressure on Syngenta. A $45 billion takeover proposal from the world’s biggest provider of seeds to farmers to the top seller of crop-protection chemicals was quickly rejected as too cheap and too risky. The Swiss target has a point on the difficulties, but needs to lay out just how it will create more standalone value.

Apr 30, 2015
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Renzi’s Italian gamble is worth taking

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By Neil Unmack

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

Matteo Renzi is risking chaos for the sake of stability. Italy’s premier is using confidence votes to ram though electoral reform. It’s a controversial move, which could bring the government down. Yet the cause is worthy.

Apr 30, 2015
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Renzi’s Italian gamble is worth taking

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By Neil Unmack

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

Matteo Renzi is risking chaos for the sake of stability. Italy’s premier is using confidence votes to ram though electoral reform. It’s a controversial move, which could bring the government down. Yet the cause is worthy.

Apr 15, 2015
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Agnellis pay up to claim mini-Buffett status

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

The Agnellis are paying up to do an impression of Warren Buffett. The Italian family’s holding company Exor is offering $6.4 billion to buy PartnerRe out of a merger with fellow Bermudan insurer Axis Capital Holdings. If the Fiat owners can pull it off, they could use Berkshire Hathaway-style stable cash flows to fund further acquisitions. They’re even using Buffett’s adviser of choice, Byron Trott, on the deal.

Apr 15, 2015
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Agnellis pay up to claim mini-Buffett status

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

The Agnellis are paying up to do an impression of Warren Buffett. The Italian family’s holding company Exor is offering $6.4 billion to buy PartnerRe out of a merger with fellow Bermudan insurer Axis Capital Holdings. If the Fiat owners can pull it off, they could use Berkshire Hathaway-style stable cash flows to fund further acquisitions. They’re even using Buffett’s adviser of choice, Byron Trott, on the deal.

Apr 9, 2015
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Grenada offers debt restructuring model for Greece

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

Tiny Grenada has found an innovative way to cut through a sovereign debt wrangle. The Caribbean island state, notable for little other than a U.S. military invasion in the 1980s and nutmeg exports, is close to signing off on an unusual debt restructuring. It could be a decent model for Ukraine—or even Greece.

Apr 2, 2015
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Greece comes kicking and screaming to reform table

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

Greece is coming kicking and screaming to the reform table. The Syriza government’s latest proposals include some concessions to its public creditors. The plan still lacks detail, and reneges on past promises. The risk of an accidental euro zone exit is rising.

Apr 2, 2015
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Greece comes kicking and screaming to reform table

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

Greece is coming kicking and screaming to the reform table. The Syriza government’s latest proposals include some concessions to its public creditors. The plan still lacks detail, and reneges on past promises. The risk of an accidental euro zone exit is rising.

Mar 23, 2015
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Tronchetti and China pitch Pirelli price cleverly

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

Pirelli’s would-be new owners have pitched their price cleverly. Marco Tronchetti Provera, the Italian tyremaker’s chairman and a leading shareholder, has teamed up with state-owned China National Chemical Corporation to buy and then delist the company’s shares. The deal highlights how Italian companies are up for sale to foreign owners, even at ungenerous prices.

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      "Neil Unmack is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist based in London. He covers credit markets, hedge funds, and Italy. Previously he was a corporate finance reporter at Bloomberg News in London. He started his career as a financial journalist in 2001 at Euromoney Institutional Investor, where he covered structured finance for EuroWeek magazine. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, graduating with a first class degree in modern languages. Follow Neil on Twitter @unmack1"
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