Monthly Archives: June 2012

David Owen on restructuring Europe

Jun 10, 2012

Former British Foreign Secretary David Owen has published a timely book on how the European Union might restructure in the wake of the (ongoing) crisis in the Eurozone. Owen’s objective is to re-organise the current EU in a way that provides a sustainable home for those European states who want to pool their sovereignty and

David Rowan and the 2nd annual WIRED 100

Jun 7, 2012

It’s always humbling when an expert asks for your advice. And David Rowan is certainly an expert when it comes to the greatest innovators of our age. Few can match his intimate knowledge of the brilliant, often hair-brained schemes being hatched around the world by super-creatives intent on revolutionising our lives. Yet ask for my

Nasser Saidi on the future for the Middle East

Jun 7, 2012

At  Friday’s Breakfast Club at the RAC, Dr Nasser Saidi was fascinating on subjects ranging from the challenges facing those countries in the Middle East, be it those post-Arab Firestorm (he dislikes the term Arab Spring) nations or the Gulf states. On the latter, he had some startling figures, relating to Saudi Arabia in particular:

Martin Wolf on “rational panic”

Jun 7, 2012

Writing in today’s Financial Times, Martin Wolf, the newspaper’s Chief Economic Commentator, says he now understands how the 1930s depression could have come about: “All one needs are fragile economies, a rigid monetary regime, intense debate over what must be done, widespread belief that suffering is good, myopic politicians, an inability to co-operate and failure

Matthew Syed: Success is about hard work, and lots of it

Jun 1, 2012

It was great to see Matthew Syed in action today. For someone who’s not short of sporting achievements, as a three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and a two-time Olympian, it would be easy for Matthew to put his success down to his being naturally talented. Who would argue with him, with all those medals clinking

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