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Gord Nixon

Why Canada does not need or deserve Basel III regulation

June 1, 2011

Not every country needs stronger, better capitalised banks. Gord Nixon, chief executive of the Royal Bank of Canada, explains why this is the case for Canada.

Hungary's unorthodox solution to a European economic problem

May 4, 2011

Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, describes how the country's dire economic situation has required some unusual short-term solutions to run alongside more conventional long-term budgetary management.

Dollar and yuan both hold the answer to global imbalances

March 18, 2011

The senior researcher for China’s government-backed think-tank on international economics says the US dollar needs to share the burden of being a global trade and reserve currency.

Sir David King, head of the Smith school of Enterprise and the Environment

UK low-carbon sector let down by banks and state, says scientist

February 14, 2011

Sir David King, former chief scientific advisor to the UK government, believes the UK's policy-makers and financiers fail to support its promising low-carbon sector. The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, which he heads, is working to change that.

Felipe Larraín, finance minister, Chile

Chile's finance minister, Felipe Larraín on the country's plans to double growth

January 28, 2011

The Chilean government has ambitious plans to double growth and – ultimately – eradicate poverty, all while contending with currency appreciation.

Dr Herbert Stepic, CEO, Raiffeisen Bank International

Herbert Stepic – new laws could force Raiffeisen International out of EU

December 23, 2010

Dr Herbert Stepic, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International, says upcoming legislation could give competitors the upper hand and force the bank out of the EU.

The power behind Bolivia's new energy

December 8, 2010

Bolivia is barely recognisable from the state it was in 20 years ago - it now has a budget surplus and a store of foreign currency, and there are even plans to make the country an export hub for electric power and natural gas. Hugh O'Shaughnessy met Bolivia's vice-president Álvaro García Linera to discuss the country's prospects.

How Greek banks can alleviate the liquidity squeeze

December 8, 2010

Greek banks need to take urgent measures to protect their liquidity in the wake of the sovereign debt crisis, but must be careful not to destabilise the fragile economy further by cutting off credit to their clients.

An island of value in stormy times

September 29, 2010

Poland's treasury minister is confident that the country can meet ambitious privatisation targets despite adverse capital market conditions. Interview by Philip Alexander.

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