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Breakingviews - Corona Capital: Dongfeng, Poison pills, Ireland

Breakingviews has launched a daily column covering pandemic-related insights that you might have missed. Throughout the day, we’ll bring you shorter-than-usual views from columnists around the world with the same financial savvy on companies, economies and capital markets during this important unfolding story.

Breakingviews - Mr. Whatever It Takes is Italy’s post-corona card

Super Mario has a role to play in Italy’s healing process. As European Central Bank chief, Mario Draghi saved the euro in 2012 with monetary policy magic and prevented an Italian default. As the country risks crumbling under the costs of the spiralling coronavirus epidemic, Draghi’s name has emerged as either the next premier or president. He shouldn’t rush into the job just yet.

Breakingviews - Chancellor: What happens when globalisation fails?

Past cycles of globalisation have shown themselves vulnerable to sudden shocks. The First World War brought the Victorian free-trade era to a shuddering halt. Trade picked up after the conflict, but the 1929 crash was followed by beggar-thy-neighbour tariffs and another violent contraction in world trade. The fallout from the Lehman Brothers crisis damaged faith in globalisation. The Covid-19 pandemic could well be a harder blow. A world that turns increasingly i

Breakingviews - Seoul's virus tests yield false economic positive

    South Korea may have spared many of its citizens from the coronavirus, but saving the $1.6 trillion economy could be even harder. Early widespread testing is being credited for slowing the pace of infections. It’s not obvious, however, whether any benefits will extend beyond the extraordinary feat of saving lives.

Breakingviews - New York’s fiscal house has a solid foundation

New York’s new fiscal year won’t be pretty. The epicenter of the United States’ Covid-19 crisis turned the calendar on its books on Wednesday – and has to figure out how to handle a possible $15 billion revenue drop, over 8% of the original proposed budget. Years of sound fiscal planning left it with more cushion to ride out the storm. Irresponsible states won’t fare as well.

Breakingviews - Cox: What will change after coronavirus passes?

Someday, we will look back and recall the coronavirus lockdown as a formative experience. For some it will be a heartbreaking affair, where loved ones were struck down by Covid-19 and their bodies laid to rest without dignified formalities. Most of us will hopefully avoid tragedy. Some may even find fortune, spending time with family, creating art or even kicking bad habits.

Breakingviews - Huawei's home safety net looks less sturdy

Huawei's homecoming may disappoint. Earnings hit $9 billion in 2019, although growth slowed as U.S. curbs whacked overseas handset sales. That has forced a refocus on China. Unfortunately local carriers are spending less than hoped on next-generation mobile broadband, and smartphone rivals like Xiaomi are fighting hard for market share.

Breakingviews - The Exchange: Verizon’s HR chief

Christy Pambianchi oversees the well-being of more than 100,000 people. She explains how Verizon quickly rewrote the rule book to address the coronavirus outbreak from getting people set up at home to ensuring the safety of field employees providing critical infrastructure. 

Breakingviews - Hong Kong rues taking off its face mask

Hotels in Hong Kong are thronging with guests once more. Some of Dorsett Hospitality International’s local properties are fully booked this week, but it’s not because of an influx of tourists. The company is offering 14-night packages costing just over $700. The occupants? Residents, many of whom fled overseas to escape the first wave of the coronavirus and returned to what they thought were safer shores. They are now being asked to self-quarantine in their ti