As the Burmese opposition prepares to take its first steps on the new political scene, we look back at the lasting effects of the Saffron revolution. Next, the hacking group Anonymous targets the Great Firewall of China. Finally, after facing extinction, India's tigers look like they're making a comeback.
Are credit ratings agencies safeguarding the world's financial system, or are they a threat to it? In this edition we turn the spotlight on credit ratings agencies. Several years ago, few people outside financial circles paid much attention to Standard and Poor's, Moody's and Fitch. But nowadays, they attract headlines on an almost daily basis.
For years Richard Attias was the man who organised the World Economic Forum in Davos. But for the last few years, as Europe and the US have struggled to get their finances in order, he has hosted meetings elsewhere with top decision makers, mainly business leaders, in order to discuss economic issues. He tells us more.
Valentine's Day is coming up, and if your loved one gives you a present from the brand that Markus Karlsson's guest is in charge of, then you should probably thank your lucky stars. Bernard Fornas is the Chief Executive of Cartier International, the luxury jeweller and watch-maker. It's a sector that has proven resilient in the past few years, especially thanks to rapid growth in Asia.
Chanel, Elie Saab and Dior strutted their stuff during Paris Fashion Week last month. But they're part of a shrinking crowd: brands that make "Haute Couture" collections. Though considered the heart and soul of French fashion, there are predictions Haute Couture is going out of style. Markus Karlsson speaks to Floriane de Saint Pierre, who specialises in finding designers and executives for fashion brands and luxury goods firms.
The International Monetary Fund lowered its global economic growth forecast for 2012 to 3.3% from the 4% it predicted in September, citing the eurozone debt crisis and steep government budget cuts as danger factors.
"Stop obsessing with inflation", Italian MEP Pino Arlacchi tells the Germans as François Picard’s panel argues over the best way to spur growth in times of austerity...and whether the answer involves loosened labour laws.