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Breakingviews - Cox: Trans-ocean travel has zombie apocalypse vibe

05 Jun 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Even on a busy day, Zurich’s Kloten is among the world’s easiest airports to manage. Like everything Swiss, the security queues flow in an orderly fashion, the passport control booths are appropriately staffed, the clerk at the Laderach counter efficiently packages the bark chocolate for safe carriage, and while the coffee is mostly overpriced and unsatisfying, there are multiple options throughout the complex. It is, in short, precisely what an international airport needs to be: as close to hassle free as possible.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Not the same as it ever was

04 Jun 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - After the Covid-19 pandemic has passed, will we still shake hands, ride elevators, go to sports matches and go on dates? Will taxes surge to pay for massive government budget deficits? Breakingviews editors chew over some highlights from their new e-book on what will change.

Breakingviews - Once in a lifetime is our hopeful prediction

02 Jun 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Forty years ago, two things happened. Talking Heads released “Remain in Light,” an album including the breakout single “Once in a Lifetime”. And in the Wooster School production of an episode of "The Twilight Zone", I played the role of Charlie Farnsworth. Both provide perspective on the impact the Covid-19 crisis and ensuing Great Lockdown will have on the world.

Breakingviews - The Exchange: Vaccine optimist

26 May 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Lloyd Minor, the dean of Stanford’s school of medicine, tells Rob Cox that research into the coronavirus shows promising signs for the discovery of a vaccine. Just the same, the world needs to better prepare for pandemics, and medicine is at the cusp of extraordinary change. 

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Reopening after the pandemic

21 May 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Major economies like Italy and Switzerland are attempting to return to normal, but with notable differences, as columnists in both countries discuss. And Sharon Lam in Hong Kong talks about the future of leisure and business travel with Global Editor Rob Cox.

Breakingviews - Cox: Quarantine in Switzerland is surprise luxury

20 May 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - The queue stretched from behind the former convent for European aristocratic women an entire city block to the affluent shopping street of Bahnhofstrasse. Lines like this are common in the coronavirus era. Consumers across the world have had to wait to enter stores and limit purchases of staples like toilet paper or pasta. Saturday’s human traffic jam in downtown Zurich was different.

Breakingviews - The Exchange: Tyler Brûlé

12 May 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - The coronavirus has only temporarily grounded Monocle’s peripatetic founder and editor in chief. Rob Cox pops by his Zurich HQ to discuss how the globally minded consumers of his media empire are prepping for post-pandemic life, and how the Swiss handled lockdown with aplomb.

Breakingviews - Cox: Brace for America’s version of Saudi Aramco

05 May 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Calamity creates opportunity. That has always been true when it comes to corporate consolidation. Recall how a series of mega-mergers and acquisitions transformed the banking industry after the 2008 financial panic. Wells Fargo snagged Wachovia. Bank of America scooped up Merrill Lynch. Lloyds TSB bought HBOS. BNP Paribas grabbed Fortis. JPMorgan got Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns. And so on. Before the coronavirus has taken its full physical and economic toll, expect more of the same.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Big trouble ahead

30 Apr 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Breakingviews columnist and founder Hugo Dixon discusses his column with Rob Cox on how taxpayer-funded bailouts are likely to encourage excessive risk-taking in the future and provoke new populist backlashes when the bills need to be paid. Also, where’s Kim Jong Un?

Breakingviews - The Exchange: Corona-nomics

27 Apr 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Kevin Warsh, Jason Furman and Laurence Boone join a wide-ranging panel discussion with Breakingviews to size up the global monetary and fiscal responses to the economic lockdowns enforced to halt the spread of Covid-19; and to map out a recovery back to something like normal.

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