In the United States, the Obama administration wants to limit carbon emissions from US power plants. That proposal is seen as putting a lid on the construction of new coal-powered plants. Markus Karlsson talks to the woman behind that policy, Lisa Jackson. She is the Head of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
They overthrew their dictators. Now they have to fight against corruption and unemployment. How are the North African countries doing since the Arab Spring? Are investors coming back? Markus Karlsson speaks to Lars Thunell. He is the CEO of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank.
Tom Burges Watson speaks to Michael Woodford, former president and CEO of Olympus. He was one of the first non-Japanese executives to rise to the top of a major multinational in the world's number three economy, but his time as CEO of Olympus was short-lived. Halfway through 2011, he uncovered financial irregularities on a massive scale and after weeks of pressing his hierarchy, the answer they eventually gave him was a one-way ticket from Tokyo back to London.
Is Russia a sweet spot for investors, or a cobweb of corruption and bureaucracy? It follows the election of Vladimir Putin in the Presidential election. The opposition is crying foul, and international observers say the vote was skewed in Putin's favour. To help us understand the money-angle of the story, Markus Karlsson talks to Ronald Freeman from Russian steel company Severstal.