Davos Notebook

Is Davos still relevant?

January 13, 2011

DAVOS/Among the most commonly asked questions during the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos (along with ‘which famous people have you seen?’ and ‘is it still snowing?’), is this: ‘will it actually achieve anything?’

Groundhog Day in Davos

January 12, 2011

groundhog

The programme may strike a different  note — this year’s Davos is apparently all about Shared Norms for the New Reality — but much of the discussion at the 41st World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos this month will have a distinctly familiar ring to it.

from James Saft:

Ailing Belgium could be game changer

January 11, 2011

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Just when it looked like Spain would force the euro zone to get serious about destroying its crippling debts, here comes plucky Belgium, hobbling its way to history.

from Felix Salmon:

Davos: Where epic shifts are converging

By Felix Salmon
January 10, 2011

Chrystia and I differ on whether Davos is actually important. I say it isn't, and Exhibit A is this invitation, which I received today. There will be many, many more like it arriving over the next couple of weeks:

from Chrystia Freeland:

The new global elites

By Chrystia Freeland
January 4, 2011

The January/February issue of The Atlantic features Chrystia's cover story, "The Rise of the New Global Elite." The piece discusses the rise in income inequality over the past few decades, how today's tycoons are more likely to be self-made and cosmopolitan than the plutocrats of the past, and how the new elite have more in common with the nouveau riche in emerging markets than with their own countrymen.

from Felix Salmon:

How to deal with the plutocrats

By Felix Salmon
January 4, 2011

Chrystia Freeland has a long essay in the Atlantic on the new global elite, which will eventually become her next book. It's well timed to coincide with the self-congratulatory plutocratic gabfest that is Davos, which kicks off in three weeks' time, and with which Chrystia is very familiar.

Davos, Google and Chinese walls

January 30, 2010

schmidtOne big item nowhere to be seen on the official agenda in Davos this year was the delicate matter of Google’s clash with China.

Watch Felix Salmon interview Nouriel Roubini

January 30, 2010

Yesterday evening Reuters.com streamed an interview with renowned economist Nouriel Roubini live from our studio at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Reuters columinst Felix Salmon presented the interview and all the questions he put to Roubini were sent in by visitors to our Davos 2010 live blog.

Italian CEO says retail banks need time to adapt

January 30, 2010

Yesterday I spoke to Antonio Vigni, CEO of Siena-based Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world’s oldest bank. Below are two video clips of Vigni answering questions on lending in Italy and the hot topic of regulation.

from Felix Salmon:

World hunger and the locavores

By Felix Salmon
January 30, 2010

Every so often at Davos you have a short, startling conversation which completely changes the way you think about a subject -- and I just had one of those standing next to Dan Barber, the chef of Blue Hill Farm. He's a very smart, very funny guy, who's passionate about food on every level from preparing the ingredients of the dishes in his restaurants to the logistics of feeding the planet.