Wednesday 17 January 2018

Brendan Keenan: Questions about the future of EU lurk beneath debt-crisis talks

A news story, I was told by my first chief sub-editor, should be written in such a way that, if he decided to cut it all except the first paragraph, the reader would still get the essence. (Oh yes, and in not more than 40 words).

I fear I have lapsed from this gold standard many times down the years, but the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, clearly never espoused a career in the popular press at all.

The item which made the headlines from his recent article in the German newspaper 'Die Zeit' was in the last three paragraphs -- although one also learnt down the years that it is often better to read official releases from the bottom up.

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