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White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen...


New Normal becomes New Reality in BRIC parlance 15 Jun 16

Russia or more specifically, St Petersburg, is hosting its 16th International Economic Forum here in its mighty second city and it's a continued show of defiance against a West, which is equally stubborn in its insistence of maintaining a frosty disapproval of The Kremlin's Crimea and possibly Eastern Ukraine involvement..


Colossal China powers on 8 Jun 16

I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country...


China Hot Pot 6 Jun 16

Given the startling complexity of obtaining a journalist visa for China - the code 'J2' is now indelibly stamped on my mind - it was with some surprise how swiftly I managed to sail through airport immigration in China - the Russians scrutinise visas for an interminable time...


Faring well in Moscow 23 Mar 16

While in Moscow last week, I needed to find a cab back from the centre of town, a stone's throw from Moscow's infamous KGB headquarters, the Lubyanka and not much further to The Kremlin, so right slap in the heart of the city...


Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 16

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event...


Russia moving in right direction? 15 Mar 16

Arriving in Moscow this week for the Russian Automotive Forum via a 100% full Lufthansa flight from Munich - for all its troubles this country is still clearly a big draw - I needed to find who was showing the quarter finals of the English FA Cup football...


Sparkle in the rain 29 Oct 15

To the backdrop of bright autumnal sunshine - not to mention a certain German automaker's woes - this year's recent FKG Suppliers Forum in Gothenburg fused a heady mixture of knowledge exchange and networking...


Fried cabbage's off 15 Jul 15

Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere...


Taxing questions in France 26 Jun 15

It's been an eventful week in French industrial relations - and that's a competitive field - as the country's hard-wired unionism exerts a summer push...



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