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. Follow him on twitter: @hugodixon
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Even if Greece avoids imminent default, its prime minister will have to break with radical allies before Athens’ position in the euro zone is secure. It is not clear he has the courage to do so. But such a move would make far more sense than a break with euro creditors.
The new left-wing government complains the euro zone central bank is meting out tougher treatment than it gave the previous right-wing administration. The difference is justified since Athens isn’t working well with its creditors. If that changes, the ECB should be more flexible.
Defaulting on its debts and quitting the euro would be a disaster. So would imposing capital controls, while defaulting and staying in the single currency. Athens has no rational course of action apart from working with its creditors to vigorously reform its economy.
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