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October 2013

GES Blog: Eurozone Debt Crisis in the Focus

November 08, 2013

Session 2013 - Designing a Stable Euroland

Eurobonds, national fiscal rules or a Europe without a joint currency: The still lingering eurozone debt crisis was discussed in several sessions at the GES 2013 in Kiel.

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Sustainability must be global to work

25. October 2013

The panel on “Generating winning strategies for sustainable societies”Should it be of interest to people in the third world when multinational companies redefine their objectives and change their strategies? At first glance the answer is no, but if you think about it, you realize that yes, it should be. Of very great and pressing concern. After all, in a pre-globalized world, the decisions taken by first world countries had major repercussions for the rest of the planet. And now the decisions taken by large corporations in our globalized world have broadly similar consequences.

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GES 2013: One of the best economic conferences in Germany over the last few years

21. October 2013

Flag of the Global Economic SymposiumBoth days of the GES-conference there were a dozen of Audi-limousines with the label “VIP-Service” in front of the entrance to the Atlantic Hotel in Kiel, Germany. In addition heavy equipped policemen showed their presence. For those people on the square outside the train station opposite to the Atlantic Hotel exchanging their minds holding a can of beer it seemed obvious: once again one of those conferences where the elite is gathering and having fun without any relation to the reality.

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US Budget and Debt-Ceiling Impasse: Three Scenarios for the World Economy

16. October 2013

The United States have entered a critical week for resolving the budget and debt-ceiling impasse. There are three possible scenarios of what might happen: The worst-case scenario is that the US government defaults on its debt, which I consider to be extremely unlikely. The implications of this scenario would be very serious and far-reaching for the world economy.

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An American in Europe, a Europe in Confusion

11. October 2013

Global Economic Symposoium 2013 - Day 1 - Break - 0027"I wanted to learn about the current state of the European continent while spending time on it, and I couldn’t miss a session staring the right-wing’s favorite boogeyman, George Soros."

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Some comments on the session “Spreading the Success of the ‘Mittelstand’”

05. October 2013

Spreading the Success of the MittelstandThe idea seems to be appealing: If you could transfer the concept of the German “Mittelstand” to other European countries, the growth problems of the euro-zone would be solved. This was basicaly the subject treated by some experts like the entrepreneurs Peter Jungen and Reinhard Cordes as well as the president of the Institute of Mittelstand-Research, Friederike Welter. The answer to this question was a somewhat sobering “Nein”.

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Renewable Energy Helps Prevent Climate Catastrophe

04. October 2013

Towards a Sustainable Energy Mix - Renewable Energies and Fracking 	An exchange of views on how to achieve sustainable growth through the use of renewable energy is underway in a conference room at Atlantic Hotel in Kiel, Germany. The audience is comprised of people young and old, academics, students, experts, and journalists. It is a very lively audience chatting the way forward on the future of energy use.

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The Future of Europe: Holistic Economics and The Human Uncertainty Principle

02. October 2013

The Future of Europe"During these past few months I have been closely following Mr. Soros’ work and his ongoing debate with Hans-Werner Sinn over what the best solution might be for the eurozone crisis. In general I tended to lean more towards Mr. Soros’ perspective as I felt, and still feel, that austerity is not working out well for anybody and is increasing tensions within an already fragile multi-state construct. So I had come prepared for the plenary session on the future of Europe, I had done my homework and was ready for a structured debate on austerity."

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Zen and the Art of Growth Maintenance

02. October 2013

Global Economic Symposoium 2013 - Day 1 - Sessions - 0019At the previous session I attended at the GES things had gotten a little bit philo- if not straight up theo-sophical. At this one, curiously entitled “Economics, Intersubjectivity and the Crisis of the Future” I was seated next to a Buddhist monk. …

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Some Thoughts on Redefining Success

01. October 2013

As the GES 2013 is all about redefining success, I asked myself what personal success actually means. Has it to do with economic benefits such as a great car, a big house and a well-paid job? Or has it to do with having a partner and/or a family? Or enjoying good times with your friends? Or being a good Christian or Muslim or follower of whatever creed? Or perhaps it has to do with helping other people by engaging as a volunteer?

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Success, Happiness and International Development

01. October 2013

The introductory session of the GES in Kiel felt at times like something out of a Hollywood feel-good movie. With a kickoff speech from the Kiel Institute’s President Dennis Snower focusing more on personal achievement and betterment than international growth and trade, it seemed that this gathering of business leaders and academic luminaries was more of a new age retreat for men in suits.

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Is Uganda Protecting Its Climate-Regulating Resources?

01. October 2013

Uganda is gifted by nature. Actually, some of the first outsiders to visit the East African country nicknamed it the original Eden. The fertile soils, beautiful and evergreen grasslands, undulating hills, mountains, natural forests, and freshwater bodies all add to Uganda’s natural endowments.

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September 2013

Triangular co-operation: From strength to strength

30. September 2013

At the OECD we have been looking into this question for several years, building consensus on just what triangular co-operation is and looking at how it can make a difference in addressing today’s development challenges...

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Lessons Learned from Australia’s Entrepreneurial Prowess

27. September 2013

What are the ingredients required for a sustainably innovative, entrepreneurial, and growth-oriented environment?

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Feudalism – When Trade Begins with Brutality

24. September 2013

Considering the effects of the feudal system in Pakistan, I would define feudalism as a tool for using the power of land ownership to obtain illegitimate control over commoners’ lives. Feudalism is one of the root causes underlying unfair agricultural practices, inequality in the labor market, and poverty in rural Pakistan.

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The Future of Europe: Growth and Enlargement

23. September 2013

The Future of EuropeThe European Union has managed to bring stability to a problematic area of the world, and it did that through the magic of economics. Now, as the old continent faces several financial crises and European solidarity is waning, it needs to undergo one more great transformation. In order for the EU to flourish, it needs to leave behind its transnational, confederal past and accept two very important principles as core values: federalism and the free market.

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How to Empower Women through Religion

12. September 2013

If religions could be defined by a gender, they would definitely be female. You can go to any Catholic, Protestant, or Espírita event in Brazil, and there you have it: many more women attending than men.

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The New Bottom Billion: The Trend of Triangular Development Cooperation

5. September 2013

Development Policies for the New Bottom BillionAs Chair of the Indonesian delegates at the Development Working Group of the G20, I understand that all G20 members are convinced that knowledge-sharing and South-South and triangular cooperation have been and always will be a good modality for development cooperation.

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Poverty and Inequality Perceptions in Peru

3. September 2013

Trade, Poverty and InequalityBrayan Tapullima is twelve years old and lives happily on the banks of a river in the warm Peruvian jungle. Every day, he travels to the nearest school in a small canoe, a trip that takes about half an hour. There, he studies and plays with other children. Later, he returns home and continues playing or helps his parents. Although he knows he does not have a television or electricity, he would be surprised to learn that he is considered to be in one of the poorest sectors of the Peruvian population, and in fact, he probably would not understand it.

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August 2013

The Three Ways to Achieve Brand Growth and How They Affect You

29. August 2013

Aristotle, Marx, and even H.G. Wells couldn’t have foreseen the world of today. I am not talking about things like the internet and the obesity epidemic, although those aspects of modern life no doubt would have surprised them.

The Three Ways to Achieve Brand Growth and How They Affect You

All Growth Is Based on Innovation

15. August 2013

In looking at achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, we must ask ourselves: what does this growth look like, and what is the best way to achieve this particular type of growth?

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Which Country Is Home to the Largest Number of Refugees in Latin America?

13. August 2013

While trade liberalization undoubtedly improves a country’s economy, economic policies that are biased against laborers cause the population to remain poor. Policy makers need to realize the huge difference between a rich country and rich people.

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The New Bottom Billion: Sino-African Trade as a Form of South-South Development Cooperation

06. August 2013

There is an astonishing fact about some of the emerging middle-income countries: they actually give foreign aid. Despite having the bulk of the “new bottom billion,” countries like China, India, and South Africa are emerging as major development donors in the global South. It is important to examine whether these new sources of development aid can be an efficient tool to lift people out of poverty. China’s development assistance in Africa offers one such example of South-South development cooperation.

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Five Reasons Why We Need a New Perspective on Consumption

01. August 2013

Towards Sustainable ConsumptionThe concept of “sustainable consumption” comes from the straightforward insight about the limits of our ecology to sustain the Earth’s burgeoning population; as one African elder summarized the meaning of sustainable consumption: “Enough. For all. Forever.”

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July 2013

Religion as a Starting Point

30. Juli 2013

In New York and across the United States, Americans just celebrated July 4th, the anniversary of their nation’s independence. From the American Revolution sprouted a legal framework that, among many things, protected religious liberty in American society. The beginning of the U.S. Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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Education Inequality: Why Those Who Are Born Poor Die Poor

26. Juli 2013

The following article deals with the topic “The Future of Central Banking: Inflation Targeting vs. Financial Stability,” which will be discussed at the Global Economic Symposium in Rio this October. The author intends to enrich the discussion at the symposium with his personal stories …

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Can Equality Exist for Indigenous Peoples in the Face of Economic Interests?

25. Juli 2013

Latin America is a region marked by cultural diversity, which is often revealed in unexpected ways. Visit any of Colombia’s cities, for example, and you won’t notice very many indigenous people – just the occasional group looking for handouts on a street corner perhaps.

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A More Perfect Union: The EU between Fireworks and Financial Crises

23. Juli 2013

On the first of July, the European Union welcomed its newest member. After a decade of negotiations, Croatia can finally wave the EU flag, and goods can travel freely between the former Yugoslav country and two of its neighbors, Hungary and Slovenia. Fireworks lit the sky in Zagreb, and the whole city seemed to cheer to the tune of “Ode to Joy.” It was a long-awaited dream for a country that has seen war and poverty, a dream well known to residents of my own country, Romania.

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Social Media Broadens Public Debate

22. Juli 2013

In 2011, Egypt’s “Arab Spring“ was often referred to as the “Facebook Revolution“. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter quickly became the people’s main source of news, and as the protests started to turn bloody, activists spread warnings of dangerous areas in order to prevent casualties. President Hosni Mubarak reacted by cutting off Egypt from the outside world: Cellphone and internet access was shut down, preventing activists from spreading their messages, but fueling their anger even more: These measures were the beginning of the end of Mubarak’s government, leading to the “Day of revolt” on January 25.

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The New Bottom Billion: The Ethics of International Aid Cuts to the Poor in Middle-Income Countries

17. Juli 2013

The image of a malnourished child somewhere in Africa no longer corresponds to the reality of poverty today. The world’s poor live in countries we travel to for vacation, to attend international sporting events, and for business. The term “New Bottom Billion,” coined by Andy Sumner, reflects that over seventy percent of the world’s poor live in the middle-income countries (MICs) such as China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

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When Politics Help Religion and Religion Helps Politics

16. Juli 2013

In 1999, during a hot spring week, as weeks usually are in Bahia, Brazil, Gildásia dos Santos e Santos began to live her last months on Earth – but she didn’t know that yet.

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June 2013

What Turkey and Brazil have in common

25. June 2013

Emerging powers with booming economies, democratically elected leaders and rising influence in the regions around them: In the last years, Turkey and Brazil were often seen as role models. The presidents of these countries, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Dilma Roussev, even developed ambitions on a global level: They joined in a diplomatic attempt to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Vanity projects showed up on the agenda: Brazil hosts the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Turkey’s metropolis Istanbul is a Candidate City for the 2020 Olympics.


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