Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News and the founder of Reuters Breakingviews. He is also the author of "The In/Out Question: Why Britain Should Stay in the EU and Fight to Make it Better." 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 is also a budding philosopher. Follow him on twitter: @hugodixon
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Athens has entered a period of political instability, which could lead to an election won by Syriza. This radical left group’s policies could prompt Greece’s exit from the euro if fully implemented. But this is unlikely, as Syriza will struggle to execute its plan.
The West, especially Western Europe, may have entered an era of low economic growth. This could cause misery, especially if no solutions are found to joblessness, debt and poverty. That said, a changed mindset about what matters may help with finding the answers.
A month ago, the UK prime minister was close to advocating quotas on EU migrants. That would have sharply increased the risk of a “Brexit.” But when Cameron actually made his speech, the focus was on stopping migrants getting access to benefits – a policy which looks deliverable.
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