Is Italy heading back to the future? More political turmoil seems on the cards after Prime Minister Mario Monti said he's stepping down. Monti's predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, has also announced he wants to make a comeback. This as both investors and ordinary Italians worry about the country's future economic direction. For more, Markus Karlsson talks to Riccardo Barbieri, Chief European Economist at Mizuho International.
Is this Africa's time in the global economy? Markus Karlsson speaks to an economist who says the answer to that question is resounding "yes". Charles Robertson works for the investment bank Renaissance Capital and he is the lead author of a book called "The Fastest Billion".
Is France an investor-friendly country? That question has come into the spotlight after a French minister told a newspaper the world's biggest steel maker, ArcelorMittal, was no longer welcome in France. For more on the potential fallout, Markus Karlsson talks to former French banker Gérard Dussillol. He currently works at the think tank Thomas More Institute in Brussels.
There are still plenty of question marks as the eurozone debt crisis rumbles on. Our guest has inside knowledge about what's going on behind closed doors. Italian economist Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is a former member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank. Markus Karlsson gets his point his view.
Plenty of stories paint a gloomy picture of Greece and its economy. But there is nothing gloomy about Greek entrepreneur Paul Efmorfidis. He's the founder of the mattress maker Coco-Mat. His company has seen impressive growth in the past few years, opening new stores at home in Greece, as well as abroad.