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Breakingviews - Airline employees are pawns in U.S. bailout debate

Some 19,000 employees at American Airlines are in job purgatory. The Texas-based company’s chief executive, Doug Parker, said late on Wednesday that he was going ahead with furloughs and layoffs, though he could reverse the decision in the coming days if the U.S. Congress passes a new bailout package. Though politicking may get in the way, Washington can justify helping.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Disastrous debate, Italian soccer deal

The first of the U.S. presidential debates was shambolic, with almost no substance on economic policy for investors or markets to sink their teeth into. On a lighter front, though, Italy’s Serie A soccer league has a chance to regain its glory. Breakingviews columnists discuss. 

Breakingviews - Preferred wheels of nouveau riche worth a fortune

If buying a sports car is a classic sign of mid-life crisis, then Volkswagen appears to be maturing gracefully. The Wolfsburg-based automaker is mulling a sale of iconic Lamborghini – the cherished automotive bling of nouveau riche crypto-traders and the offspring of sheikhs showing off on Instagram. Given VW’s planned shift to electric cars, disposing of the gas-guzzling Italian car marque at a hefty profit is eminently logical.

Breakingviews - UK plc puts its money where Rolls-Royce's mouth is

In its darkest hour, Britain turned to Rolls-Royce for salvation. As a developer of the Merlin engine that powered the legendary Spitfire, the 114-year-old firm can claim more credit than most for the Battle of Britain air victory that prevented a Nazi invasion. Eighty years later, in arguably Rolls’ darkest hour, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is returning the favour.

Breakingviews - Italy’s top soccer league needs a kick in the culo

Italy’s premier soccer league needs a kick in the rear. Once a global champion, Serie A currently languishes behind rivals in Europe on revenue and visibility. A 1.6 billion euro offer by sports-investment veteran CVC Capital Partners and a competing Bain Capital bid seek to boost sales by reforming an outdated media rights system. Club owners and Italian soccer at large would benefit.  

Breakingviews - Debate chaos is a gift for a conflicted Biden

Donald Trump just gave Joe Biden a gift. The first televised debate of the 2020 election could have forced the Democratic presidential nominee to explain how he can appease both economic moderates and progressives. The anarchic behavior of the sitting president rendered that unnecessary.

Breakingviews - Guest view: Another lost decade for Latin America?

Latin America is facing three simultaneous challenges, which when combined pose the gravest threat seen across the region in over a century. It will take far-reaching political vision and leadership to move forward in implementing reforms that can set a course through this triple crisis to restore stability.

Breakingviews - China’s green goal could lead to a virtuous circle

Xi Jinping has set himself a taxing exam question. Having committed to neutralise China’s carbon dioxide emissions before 2060, the country’s president needs to find a dramatically different way to power a $14 trillion economy that currently relies overwhelmingly on carbon-heavy fossil fuels. A potential solution could help not only the People’s Republic, but other countries wrestling with the same problem. 

Breakingviews - The Exchange: UBS CEO exit interview

After 10 years leading Switzerland’s biggest bank, Sergio Ermotti is handing off to Ralph Hamers and becoming chairman of Swiss Re. In a wide-ranging conversation with Rob Cox, he shares his views on banking, M&A, his tenure as CEO and the advice he offered his successor.