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Stephen Fidler
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    Brussels Editor, 2009 - present
  • Financial Times
    1987 - 2009
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“Greece is [both] an over-performing post-Ottoman state and an underperforming Western European one." My column this week... 
Polls show most Greeks want to keep constraints of membership, despite economic pain
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My take last night on the referendum result.
However Greeks had voted on Sunday would have heralded a period of turmoil. But with a resounding victory for the “no” vote, Greece and the eurozone are taking a leap into the unknown.
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My blogpost  on this has just gone up...
The euro or the drachma are not the only options for Greece. We outline five.
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What happens to Greece if it leaves the euro?  My column this week.
An exit would almost certainly mean that Greece’s economy, which has already shrunk by a quarter since the crisis began, would get worse—possibly much worse—before it gets better.
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My Brussels Beat column this week...
Changing Britain’s welfare system, as Prime Minister David Cameron wants to as part of his efforts to reform the U.K.’s relationship with the European Union, may not reduce immigration.
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My column with Valentina Pop today on a possible solution to the British question being discussed in Brussels, given that a major treaty change is impossible by the end of 2017.
David Cameron isn’t going to get an EU treaty change; the best he can hope for is a promise to include some changes the next time a treaty change takes place, the so-called Danish option.
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"In the nearly six-year history of the debt crisis, never before has the facade of public optimism among so many leading actors crumbled like it has over the latest deal." My column on Greece this week.
Likelihood that a three-year bailout will fail is put at higher than 50% by some at center of events
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My column today on the Greek crisis and the consequences for Europe.
The euro is EU’s crowning glory and the instrument that may most seriously challenge European unity
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A crisis where no-one will be the winner. My analysis today....
It is impossible to know where the Greek crisis will end, but it is hard to see it ending well—for Athens or the rest of the European Union.
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My column this week...

Domingo Tortorelli promised the Uruguayan people the earth: a milk fountain at every street corner, a working day of no longer than 15 minutes and a fuel-saving road from the capital Montevideo to Rivera, more than 300 miles away, that would slope downhill in both directions.

The Uruguayan people never voted him anywhere near office: In the 1950 presidential election, he won 38 votes.

In Uruguay, Mr. Tortorelli is cited whenever an electioneering politician makes promises that he clearly won’t be able to keep.

Uruguay isn’t Greece. But, when they elected Alexis Tsipras, did the Greek people elect a version of Domingo Tortorelli -- with a less developed sense of irony?
Many of his promises look either very costly or unachievable
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My column this week on Europe's strategy to repel the U.S. tech giants. Bottom line is: Don't try to replicate Internet giants like Google, but create the conditions so that existing industries can build and own their own digital platforms.
Policy makers worry Europe’s job generators are at the mercy of U.S. digital companies
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My column this week about the stories Germans and Greeks tell themselves and how they make it harder for them to come together.
One reason behind the bitter turn in Greek talks is how the two countries view themselves
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