From Russia, with very little love

For all its new-found wealth, has the Russian bear suddenly become cornered by a volatile oil market and a damaged economy? RUSSIAN business is fighting...

Obituary: Noblesse Oblige – Last of True Monarchs

In his early years as a king, back when he wore a younger man’s clothes, Brajraj Khyatriya Birabara Champati Singh Mohapatra, was a picture...

Spotlight on Montenegro

Can the double-edged sword of this tiny country be finally sheathed by a merger into the European Union? IT isn’t entirely certain that Milo Djukanovic,...

Navigating the maze of red tape

Legislation and bureaucracy have been sticking in the gizzard of commerce for decades. With one piece of frustrating paperwork after another getting in the...

IFC: Corporate Governance Practices in the European Union

For the first time, European Commission Directive 2006/46/EC required all listed companies to produce a corporate governance statement in their annual report to shareholders....

Of Two Minds in the Public Eye: Charlotte Church

At age of eleven, Welsh schoolgirl Charlotte Church’s fabulous voice and classical song repertoire catapulted her onto the global stage and into the headlines....

Out with the Old: Pope Francis

At an age when most people would gratefully embrace retirement, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the CEO of a high-profile global organisation facing major challenges....

Heiki Paakkinen: Can Penguins Rule the Waves?

The energy trilemma – how to generate affordable, secure, and low carbon electricity – constitutes a struggle for most countries. There is an imperative...

Middle East: New Roads Leading to Teheran

There can be little doubt as to the economic importance of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A tide of contrasting change has...