Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. He is the founder of Reuters Breakingviews. Before founding Breakingviews in 1999, which he edited until 2012, Hugo spent 13 years at the Financial Times, the last five as Head of Lex. He began his journalistic career at the Economist. Hugo was a Brackenbury Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, where he gained a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Before that, he was a King’s Scholar at Eton College. He is the author of the Penguin Guide to Finance and Finance Just in Time. He was named Business Journalist of the Year 2000 in the British Press Awards. In 2008, he won the Decade of Excellence Award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards. Follow Hugo on Twitter @hugodixon
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A banking union wasn’t strictly needed to solve the euro zone’s problems and what has been agreed isn’t even what the designers wanted. That said, with a few changes, it could be turned into something that is fit for purpose.
Angela Merkel’s visit to London has been viewed as a snub to David Cameron’s aim to reform the EU. But it depends on what one means by reform. If he focuses on completing the single market, extending free trade, cutting red tape and boosting the City, the prize is achievable.
A lot is riding on the cleanup of euro zone lenders, which is being overseen by the bloc’s central bank. Progress so far is encouraging. But clarity is needed on a few more things to ensure that banks get a proper scrubbing and can therefore support an economic recovery.
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