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Jun 23, 2015
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Rob Cox: Don’t underestimate Exor’s John Elkann

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

Everyone in the auto industry knows Sergio Marchionne’s views about consolidation. For years, the Italo-Canadian executive who welded former laggards Fiat and Chrysler into a coherent whole has shouted from the rooftops that the only way to ensure long-term viability for manufacturers like his is to crunch them together and take out capacity.

Jun 23, 2015
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Rob Cox: Don’t underestimate Exor’s John Elkann

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

Everyone in the auto industry knows Sergio Marchionne’s views about consolidation. For years, the Italo-Canadian executive who welded former laggards Fiat and Chrysler into a coherent whole has shouted from the rooftops that the only way to ensure long-term viability for manufacturers like his is to crunch them together and take out capacity.

Jun 9, 2015
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Rob Cox: Russia sanctions’ unintended consequences

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

Here’s a pronouncement to rekindle nostalgia for the Soviet Union’s once-formidable propaganda machine: the 180,000 tonnes of cheese produced in Russia in the first four months of this year was 30 percent more than in the same period of 2014.

Jun 9, 2015
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Rob Cox: Russia sanctions’ unintended consequences

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

Here’s a pronouncement to rekindle nostalgia for the Soviet Union’s once-formidable propaganda machine: the 180,000 tonnes of cheese produced in Russia in the first four months of this year was 30 percent more than in the same period of 2014.

Jun 5, 2015

Summer music festivals expected to draw huge crowds, big bucks

By Rob Cox

NEW YORK, June 5(Reuters) – The summer music festival season
is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of concertgoers in
major cities and small towns around the United States and
translate into big financial returns for promoters.

With an estimated 900 festivals scheduled for North America
alone this year, there is a sense from the promoters of these
rock extravaganzas that the modern music festival business
cannot get much better than this.

Jun 2, 2015
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Rob Cox: If FIFA were a country it would be Russia

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

It is hard for most people to fathom how Sepp Blatter last week clinched a fifth four-year term as the head of FIFA, the international soccer federation. Just days after the U.S. Department of Justice sent the sport’s fans, sponsors and players into a tizzy by indicting some of the 79-year-old’s senior associates for racketeering, the Swiss native won re-election with 133 of the organizing body’s 209 votes.

Jun 2, 2015
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Rob Cox: If FIFA were a country it would be Russia

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

It is hard for most people to fathom how Sepp Blatter last week clinched a fifth four-year term as the head of FIFA, the international soccer federation. Just days after the U.S. Department of Justice sent the sport’s fans, sponsors and players into a tizzy by indicting some of the 79-year-old’s senior associates for racketeering, the Swiss native won re-election with 133 of the organizing body’s 209 votes.

May 26, 2015
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Rob Cox: Bolivarian bank dream faces Andean climb

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

Nearly two centuries ago, Simón Bolívar dreamed of uniting the liberated colonies of Latin America into a single, great nation. Brazil’s Itaú Unibanco espouses a similar strategy to create the first truly pan-Latin American regional bank. The $62 billion lender is learning, as Bolívar did, how difficult such unification is to achieve.

May 26, 2015
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Rob Cox: Bolivarian bank dream faces Andean climb

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

Nearly two centuries ago, Simón Bolívar dreamed of uniting the liberated colonies of Latin America into a single, great nation. Brazil’s Itaú Unibanco espouses a similar strategy to create the first truly pan-Latin American regional bank. The $62 billion lender is learning, as Bolívar did, how difficult such unification is to achieve.

May 19, 2015
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Rob Cox: Why Remington’s investors shouldn’t sell

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

Cerberus dodged a bullet with its recent decision to let investors sell out of one of the world’s biggest gunmakers, Remington Outdoor. It’s the company that made the assault rifle used to kill 20 children and six of their teachers in a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012.

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      "Rob Cox helped establish Breakingviews in 2000 in London. From 2004 he spearheaded the firm's expansion in the United States and edited its American edition, including the daily Breakingviews columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Rob has worked as a financial journalist in London, Milan, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo. Rob graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School and the University of Vermont. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob1cox"
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