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

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.

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

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

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.

May 28, 2015
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The FIFA big boss guide to executive survival

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

Soccer’s supremo Sepp Blatter may win a fifth four-year presidency at the scandal-wracked governing body after Friday’s election. Even if he fails, his tenacity is remarkable. It owes much to FIFA’s financial success. Cumbersome governance and steel-reinforced tin ears help. The circumstances provide object lessons for Machiavellian bosses everywhere.

May 28, 2015
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The FIFA big boss guide to executive survival

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

Soccer’s supremo Sepp Blatter may win a fifth four-year presidency at the scandal-wracked governing body after Friday’s election. Even if he fails, his tenacity is remarkable. It owes much to FIFA’s financial success. Cumbersome governance and steel-reinforced tin ears help. The circumstances provide object lessons for Machiavellian bosses everywhere.

May 27, 2015
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U.S. well placed to blow whistle on soccer excess

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

The United States is filling soccer’s refereeing void. Already acting as the globe’s legal enforcer and financial regulator, Americans are now tackling long-running allegations of corruption at FIFA, the body responsible for global governance of the so-called beautiful game.

May 27, 2015
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U.S. well placed to blow whistle on soccer excess

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

The United States is filling soccer’s refereeing void. Already acting as the globe’s legal enforcer and financial regulator, Americans are now tackling long-running allegations of corruption at FIFA, the body responsible for global governance of the so-called beautiful game.

May 11, 2015
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Ahold-Delhaize is a 25 bln euro deal full of hope

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

It is a deal waiting to happen. To be completed, however, the protagonists may have to show that a 25 billion euro tie-up between Ahold of the Netherlands and Delhaize of Belgium is not an accident waiting to happen.

May 11, 2015
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Ahold-Delhaize is a 25 bln euro deal full of hope

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

It is a deal waiting to happen. To be completed, however, the protagonists may have to show that a 25 billion euro tie-up between Ahold of the Netherlands and Delhaize of Belgium is not an accident waiting to happen.

Apr 24, 2015

Red legacy of Victorian novelist still defines British streets

LONDON (Reuters) – Anthony Trollope is best known as a British novelist whose chronicles of the minor dramas, snubs and triumphs of Victorian country life still win readers worldwide. But he left his mark on Britain’s streets as well as its bookshelves.

Trollope, courtesy of his day job in the 19th century Post Office, was responsible for giving Britain its bright red post boxes.

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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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