Ed joined the London Breakingviews team in 2018 as Africa columnist. Before that, he was Reuters sub-Saharan Africa bureau chief, based in Johannesburg. During two decades at Reuters, Ed has reported from three continents, with postings in London, Edinburgh, Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Johannesburg. Along the way, he has covered everything from the dotcom bubble to the death of Nelson Mandela and fall of Robert Mugabe. He holds a degree in Classics from Cambridge University.
The UK jet engine maker wants to raise 2.5 bln pounds from existing and new investors, including sovereign funds. That should keep it aloft even if the airlines that use its kit have a bad 2021. Beyond that, a slow recovery could mean more financial warning lights.
Ericsson and Nokia should gain from the U.S.-led campaign against their Chinese competitor. But boycotts are so far limited to Europe’s 5G equipment market, which is slow-growing and worth less than $4 bln a year. Unless Huawei’s woes spread, any payoff will be little and late.
The 96 bln euro engineer’s energy carve-out is a curious mix of wind and hydrocarbons. Worth perhaps 17 bln euros, it will barely dent Siemens’ chunky conglomerate discount. For that, CEO-in-waiting Roland Busch needs to take a bigger knife to the remaining corporate sprawl.