Davos Notebook

Greek PM on innovation

By Reuters Staff
January 29, 2010

George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, joins the Davos Debates to answer a question posted on youtube.com/davos. The Prime Minister discusses innovation and how it can help in education, as well as how governments can encourage technical innovation.

Royals in Davos

January 29, 2010

Among world political leaders and business executives, there are several royals who are making appearence in Davos.

Africa feels the heat on climate change

January 28, 2010

kilimaIt may have contributed less than any other continent to CO2 emissions, but Africa is on the front line when it comes to the impact of climate change.

from Felix Salmon:

Youthful swearing at Davos

By Felix Salmon
January 28, 2010

I like James Gibney's evisceration of Davospeak:

Dr. Schwab and Company have made a handsome business out of enabling old-fashioned clubby capitalism by wrapping it in feel-good globoblather: "unprecedented multistakeholder, multimedia dialogue…look at all issues on the global agenda in a systemic, integrated and strategic way…intensify collaboration and develop innovative solutions…generate an unprecedented process of discussion and deliberation." As George Orwell tellingly observed, "When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink." The next time you hear "multistakeholder," remember that, in Davos at least, corporations hold the biggest stake.

George Osborne discusses banking

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2010

George Osborne, finance spokesman for the UK Conservative Party, relays his thoughts on the discussion of the banking system taking place at Davos.

Behind the scenes at Davos

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2010

First day highlights from the 2010 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

David Cameron on Haiti

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2010

David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition in the UK, answers a question on Haiti at the Davos Debates 2010.

Abudullah Abdullah answers a question on education

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2010

Former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, joins the Davos Debates to answer the following question posted on youtube.com/davos: If education helps prevent disease and poverty rates, why do governments not offer more to help in developing countries?

from Felix Salmon:

Global financial regulatory reform falls apart

By Felix Salmon
January 28, 2010

Is financial reform shattering into so many different pieces that it'll never become the strong, coherent, globally-unified project that it needs to be to get popular support and avoid regulatory arbitrage? I fear so.

from Felix Salmon:

How to give a Davos opening address

By Felix Salmon
January 27, 2010

Nicolas Sarkozy gave a rather predictable speech to kick off the World Economic Forum today. He started out with fiery populism, talking about how "without state intervention, the world would have imploded", and how globalization had created, pre-crisis, "a world where everything was given over to capital, and nothing to labor, in which the entrepreneur gave way to the speculator". But then, after bashing excessive pay packages and warning of dire consequences if Davos Man didn't change his ways, he spent most of his speech becoming vaguer and vaguer, devolving into standard Davos platitudes, and talking -- as all Davos speakers do -- about being bold and tackling poverty and changing the world and so on and so forth. By the time it was all over, he had proposed absolutely nothing concrete, and the assembled plutocrats were happy to give him a loud ovation.