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.
As the countdown continues to the French presidential election, official figures paint a gloomy picture of the French economy. So is it "the economy, stupid", as Bill Clinton said when he ran for US president in the 1990s? Can the same be said of the 2012 French presidential election? Philippe Manière, a French economist and CEO of a media consulting company helps us decipher the economic challenges behind the upcoming poll.
If you want to know more about how to get the most out of your staff and boost productivity, our guest Aron J. Ain could have some valuable insights for you. He is the CEO of Kronos, a US-based multinational workforce management software and services company.
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.