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  • Corporate leaders in Europe & the US need to have a Plan B

    Ahead of the today’s EU summit in Brussels, where European leaders of state negotiate a new “deal” for Britain in the EU, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that a British exit from the EU was not an option & that there was “no plan B”. Despite this optimistic rhetoric, I’d like to suggest that corporate leaders in both Europe and the US need to have that plan B.

    Reaching the summit

    If David Cameron had hopes of a December resolution of the British negotiation with our other EU partners, those hopes have faded. Expect no Christmas miracles from this week’s European summit. In a letter to EU Heads of Government last week, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, wrote optimistically about progress on four of the five issues on the British agenda.

    After Paris

    The first issue on the European agenda following the Paris atrocities is how to improve the acquisition, interpretation and sharing of intelligence. Levels of effectiveness – and mutual trust – are very uneven across the Union and will remain so. Among a million or more refugees entering Europe, some are bound to be undesirables, petty or serious.

    Time for change? Tanzania’s digital democracy

    This weekend’s elections in Tanzania are expected to be the closest in the country’s democratic history. With President Jakaya Kikwete standing down from the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, it will be a close race between new candidate John Magufuli and former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa.

    Why are foreign outlets breaking stories in English?

    As the world’s media landscape becomes increasingly globalised, news outlets are more aware than ever of their potential to reach a transnational audience. Late last month, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) joined the likes of Al Jazeera and France 24 in launching a 24-hour English news channel.

    A feminist party is taking Sweden by storm

    In the shadow of the swell in support for far-right political parties during last year’s EU elections was the more localised, yet still remarkable success of a party based on the polar opposite of all that the extreme right-wing stands for. Sweden’s Feministiskt Initiativ (Feminist Initiative) received enough votes to secure parliamentary representation.

    Who won the digital election?

    I blame Barack Obama I really do. Ever since he won the Presidential election in 2008, politicians and the media in the UK have been transfixed by the idea that social media can be decisive in elections. Every campaign is now judged against his. We need to move on. Obama won in 2008 because he […]

    Have Modi’s social media activities been effective?

    In February, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi state elections, suggesting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s honeymoon with the Indian people has ended. With Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) securing just three seats, there was little evidence of the aura that has surrounded Modi over […]

    Free Internet access across Africa

    We’ve all heard the stories and wondered whether they were fact or science-fiction. Drones and balloons traveling across Africa, beaming wireless signals down to rural communities to allow them to access the internet for the first time. For a long time, it seemed as if Google were ahead of Facebook with its balloon-based Project Loon […]

    Latin America’s year of elections on social media

    2014 was the year of elections in Latin America. Seven of 19 Latin American countries went to the polls for presidential races, with the final run-off concluding in Uruguay this past weekend. Latin America has all the makings of becoming the world leader in digital campaigning. Spanish is the most used language among world leaders […]

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