The private equity industry is often criticised for its opacity. Critics say private buy-outs too often lead to bankruptcies and job losses. To discuss this issue, Markus Karlsson speaks to Patrick Sayer, CEO of Eurazeo. It may not be a household name, but it holds a majority stake in the car rental firm Europcar. It also holds stakes in the hotel chain Accord and luxury apparel maker Moncler, to name but a few.
The race is on! Who will take over from Pascal Lamy as the head of the WTO later this year? Markus Karlsson sits down with one of the nine candidates, Mari Pangestu, a former Trade Minister of Indonesia. She is currently Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy.
Could Europe learn some lessons from Latin America? The region is forging ahead, shaking off its previous image as an economic basket case. To find out more, Markus Karlsson talks to Enrique Garcia Rodriguez. He is the President of the Development Bank of Latin America, known under its Spanish acronym CAF.
Is the euro too strong ? François Hollande appears to think so. At a time when the single currency has gained against the Us dollar, the French President says the eurozone should be more proactive in steering exchange rates. That comes as there are growing gears that a global currency was is looming. To talk about this, Markus Karlsson talks to Jean-Paul Betbeze. He's a senior advisor at the French Bank Credit Agricole and he's currently in the process of starting his own consultancy firm.