Months of tense negotiations over Greece’s debt crisis have come to a head, with capital controls being imposed and banks closed throughout the country to stave off a full-blown financial implosion. Markets are jittery at the prospect of contagion hitting the so-called “periphery” countries.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron is laying the groundwork to re-negotiate the UK’s membership of the EU, raising fundamental questions about the EU’s membership, constitutional make-up and ideological purpose.
The prospect of Grexit and Brexit are shaking the European project, and have the potential to shake the world.
Here is Chartwell’s pick of expert speakers who can help your business navigate the impact of the European crisis on the global economic and geopolitical landscape.
PETER BOFINGER: Member of Germany’s elite Council of Economic Experts.
ANDERS BORG: Former Swedish Finance Minister.
NICOS CHRISTODOULAKIS: Former Greek Minister of the Economy and Finance.
JOSCHKA FISCHER: Former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany.
PIPPA MALMGREN: Expert on the interaction between markets and politics.
For more information, or to book any of these speakers, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.
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For more information on how to book Lord Lamont for an event, please call our Managing Partner, Leo von Bülow-Quirk, on +44 (0) 20 7792 8000 or e-mail him at email@example.com
Writing in City A.M., John Hulsman, a leading geopolitical analyst, details why he thinks the greatest global geopolitical risk is the end of the west, as rising powers realise it simply doesn’t exist any more.
John argues that Barack Obama was elected to lessen American foreign policy risk after the disasters of the Bush administration, but “what once looked like a sensible, limited, pullback of US forces after the promiscuity of the Bush era was instead a run for the exits.” Moreover, he adds that the West’s weak threats and lack of a serious consequences against Russia have made it seem even weaker.
John goes onto say that “the real ace up the sleeves of the dissenting powers…is the total collapse of Europe as a global force.” This is because “Europe is divided between euro creditors and debtors, between the north and the south, with the EU proving itself hugely unpopular almost everywhere…As seen from Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, Damascus and Tehran, this is the inspiring, hopeful narrative of Western decline.”
The article is currently the most read and commented in City A.M., and reached number 3 on RealClearWorld in the States. Click here to read the full piece.
Roger Bootle, one of the City of London’s best-known economists, is set to publish his new book entitled “The Trouble With Europe” on May 1st 2014, by Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
Roger argues that Europe has changed, the world outside has changed, and what people want has changed. As such, “The Trouble With Europe” looks at whether Europe needs the EU, or if perhaps it is one of Europe’s main problems.
This book is written especially for all fair-minded people across Europe who have previously been presented only with a choice of extremist ravings or wads of impenetrable Euro-speak. To all those who may be called upon to contribute to a decision about Europe’s future, or their country’s part in it, Roger offers a fluent, readable and even-handed analysis of the options of how Europe could better serve its people.
This most recent publication neatly follows on from his previous books, which include, “The Trouble with Markets,” and “Money for Nothing,” which correctly anticipated the financial crisis.
For more details, click here.
Following his hugely popular pieces on Russia’s takeover of the Crimea, John Hulsman, prolific foreign affairs commentator, continues to offer his sought after analysis of the situation.
In this morning’s City A.M. article, John argues that although Putin has won the Crimea, he should lose the long game. Over just a few days the Russian President has “weakened Western standing, crippled the new Ukrainian government…and secured primary Russian interests.” In comparison, President Obama’s less measured response shows a discrepancy between his real world options and his “maximalist Wilsonian rhetoric.”
In other words, the threat to place economic sanctions on Russia would be a dramatically terrible idea. John explains that this is because we now live in a world of interdependence advocated by leftish foreign policy, which in this case is a great handicap when considering that Russia supplies one third of Europe’s gas supply.
However, despite this state of affairs John demonstrates that like Putin, the West too has the ability to demarcate spheres of influence:
- First, make specific threats – that the US is prepared to fight a war for all the exposed members of the alliance.
- Second, Nato should forward deploy troops to the Baltic states and Poland, as a physical gesture of the West’s continued solidarity.
- Third, a new missile defence system should be deployed in Poland. This physical reinforcement, coupled with rhetorical clarity, would go a long way towards calming our allies’ fears.
- Lastly, the West must be prepared to play a long game, all the while calmly seeing that we hold most of the geopolitical cards.
The last point pertains to the fact that Russia is solely dependant on oil and gas to survive. With the US now embarking on its shale gas revolution, the opportunity is rife to imperil Russia’s great power pretensions.
Click here to read the full story.
Michael Portillo on Britain and the EU
Former Conservative Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo makes some interesting observations about Britain’s relationship with the EU in The Times this morning: “Nigel Lawson says that he would vote in a referendum for Britain to leave the European Union. So would I.”
Believing “the UK is unhappy in the EU”, Michael discusses the “disaster” of the Euro, a lack of democracy and Britain’s vision in comparison to that of many other European countries. Michael gives his thoughts on senior ministers: “they whinge about Europe but don’t have the self-confidence to pull out” and on the British public: “fooled into believing they were joining a European club.. our unhappiness mounts.”
Click here to read the article in full.
For more information on how to book Michael Portillo as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.