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Jul 16, 2015
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BBC needs good pruning, not root-and-branch change

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

Like the monarchy and the National Health Service, the British Broadcasting Corporation wouldn’t be created in its current form. Small wonder, then, that Britain’s newly elected lawmakers are about to embark on a fundamental review of the media corporation sometimes affectionately known as “Auntie”.

Jul 16, 2015
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BBC needs good pruning, not root-and-branch change

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

Like the monarchy and the National Health Service, the British Broadcasting Corporation wouldn’t be created in its current form. Small wonder, then, that Britain’s newly elected lawmakers are about to embark on a fundamental review of the media corporation sometimes affectionately known as “Auntie”.

Jul 1, 2015
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Heathrow offers quaint lessons in infrastructure

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

After at least six years of heated debate, a British government-appointed panel has backed the idea of a third runway for London’s largest airport. China has built 44 new airports in that time. The United Kingdom’s deliberative approach has advantages, but it’s now time to act.

Jun 24, 2015
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Delhaize pays for sway in 25 bln euro Ahold combo

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

The top brass at Delhaize have certainly done well. After the Belgian supermarket’s agreed merger with larger Dutch rival Ahold, seven of the 14 members of the supervisory board, including the chairman, Mats Jansson, will come from the Belgian side, as well as three of the six members of the new management board. Whether their shareholders have done as well is not so clear.

Jun 24, 2015
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Delhaize pays for sway in 25 bln euro Ahold combo

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

The top brass at Delhaize have certainly done well. After the Belgian supermarket’s agreed merger with larger Dutch rival Ahold, seven of the 14 members of the supervisory board, including the chairman, Mats Jansson, will come from the Belgian side, as well as three of the six members of the new management board. Whether their shareholders have done as well is not so clear.

Jun 15, 2015
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Hudson’s Bay wangles way back to Teutonic roots

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

Hudson’s Bay was originally set up in 1670 by English royal charter and headed by a German cousin of the reigning Charles II. Lately it has existed as a Canadian company with a North American presence. Now, though, Hudson’s Bay has wangled a way back to its Teutonic roots with a $3 billion deal to buy Cologne-based retailer Galeria Kaufhof.

Jun 15, 2015
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Hudson’s Bay wangles way back to Teutonic roots

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

Hudson’s Bay was originally set up in 1670 by English royal charter and headed by a German cousin of the reigning Charles II. Lately it has existed as a Canadian company with a North American presence. Now, though, Hudson’s Bay has wangled a way back to its Teutonic roots with a $3 billion deal to buy Cologne-based retailer Galeria Kaufhof.

Jun 15, 2015
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Subject financial fiefs to modern Magna Carta

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Companies in the 21st century can learn from 13th century England. Overmighty, overpaid CEOs are the new King Johns held to account, sort of, by the barons of fund management. What’s needed is more respect for finance’s neglected yeomanry: ordinary savers. Financial fiefs should be subjected to a modern Magna Carta.

The Runnymede version, signed on June 15 exactly 800 years ago, etched in vellum some important principles of law and justice. Many of its 63 clauses also relate to commerce. Clause 35 of the British Library translation, for instance, decrees: “There shall be standard measures of wine, ale, and corn… a standard width of dyed cloth, russet, and haberject. Weights are to be standardised similarly”.

Jun 15, 2015
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Subject financial fiefs to modern Magna Carta

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Companies in the 21st century can learn from 13th century England. Overmighty, overpaid CEOs are the new King Johns held to account, sort of, by the barons of fund management. What’s needed is more respect for finance’s neglected yeomanry: ordinary savers. Financial fiefs should be subjected to a modern Magna Carta.

The Runnymede version, signed on June 15 exactly 800 years ago, etched in vellum some important principles of law and justice. Many of its 63 clauses also relate to commerce. Clause 35 of the British Library translation, for instance, decrees: “There shall be standard measures of wine, ale, and corn… a standard width of dyed cloth, russet, and haberject. Weights are to be standardised similarly”.

Jun 3, 2015
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Match-fit FIFA would give players, fans more ball

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Sepp Blatter’s decision to step down as president of scandal-besmirched FIFA presents an excellent opportunity to raise the organisation’s governance skills. As well as ridding itself of association with all sorts of foul play, soccer’s governing body should align its power base more closely with those who, in corporate financial parlance, are the beneficial owners of the sport: the players and fans.

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      "Robert is Assistant Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in London. He has a special focus on investment, writing about it on a global basis. Robert worked for The Times, in London, in a variety of writing and editing capacities from 1998 to 2010. For nearly 10 years he edited the newspaper’s daily Tempus investment column. He was also deputy business editor, acting business editor, a leader writer, the chief obituaries writer and a news editor in the home affairs department. Prior to joining The Times, Robert worked on The Independent and the London Evening Standard. His most recent book is ..."
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