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If Argentina doesn't reach a last-minute deal with creditors, it could soon face default. What are the implications for its economy and other debtor nations? And we ask, what would induce you to get a company logo tattooed onto your body? Our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, ...
Andrew Walker hosts In the Balance this week for a closer look at economic sanctions. As Europe struggles to decide how to deal with Russia, we discuss whether sanctions have ever worked in the past and ask if they could persuade President Putin to do anything different.

Our guests are Maria Lipman ...
Calcutta was once the capital of India under British rule but now British companies and others are desperately hoping to get a slice of the city's business action. India's economy is growing rapidly, and the country has a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seen by some as more business-friendly than ...
Opening up the Arctic Oceans to commercial shipping, we talk to those travelling the new route about how an ice-free north coast of Russia could transform global sea-trade. Plus why Taiwanese investors are turning away from Vietnam after Taiwanese businesses were caught up in recent anti-Chinese riots there.
Computer circuits have shrunk a million-fold since Gordon Moore made his famous forecast in 1965, but is Moore's Law - and the computer revolution it heralded - about to run up against fundamental laws of physics? In the first of a two-parter on silicon - the latest in our series looking at the elements ...
In the wake of the Malaysian airlines disaster, European Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels to consider further economic sanctions against Russia. Western leaders accuse Moscow of arming the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. What sanctions are on the table? And how do European businesses feel about ...
Can the EU afford to put in place more aggressive economic sanctions against Russia? And why has the EU been more hesitant than the US in implementing effective economic sanctions? James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House in London, gives us his view. And, Lucy Kellaway of ...
In the Balance this week is taking a closer look at the book trade.

We’re considering the issues at stake in a dispute that’s been brewing between one of the world's biggest publishing houses, Hachette, and the world's biggest book seller, Amazon. Scott Jacobson joins us from Seattle, he’s a ...
Business Daily comes from Brussels where European and United States negotiators have spent the week working together on a project called the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Its intended to boost economic growth by stimulating transatlantic commerce. Andrew Walker hears from business voices ...
We examine the economics of refugees. As many as a million by some estimates have fled to Jordan from Syria. And increasingly their huge makeshift camps are replicating the commercial structures of cities. Is profiting from them a good thing? We also hear the tale of the world's first ever share-holding ...
Sulphur is in abundant supply thanks to its extraction from sour oil and gas, in order to prevent acid rain pollution. But does the world face a glut of this devilish chemical element, famed for its colour and odour? And if so, what uses can it be put to?
Officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - the so-called BRICS nations - are meeting in Brazil to discuss steps that could challenge western dominance of the global financial system. The BBC's Katy Watson reports from Fortaleza in Brazil where the meeting is taking place. We also ...
Why Germany's World Cup victory is an economic as well as a sporting win, and what the World Cup's success means for football's governing body FIFA and host country Brazil. Plus, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times explains why there's a big difference between customer service that's friendly, and customer ...
This week's itb deals with the dreams of nations; counting the cost of world cup woes and exploring Africa's investment in space technology.

We ask who stands to gain from high drama on the footballing field. Soccernomics expert Professor Stefan Szymanski and our regular contributor (and footballing ...
It's more than a year since Bangladesh suffered the worst industrial accident in modern history. But apart from an increase in the minimum wage, has anything actually improved in terms of the conditions for Bangladeshi workers? We hear from Philip Jennings, General Secretary of the Uni Global union, ...
Why does Africa's richest economy still have some of the continent's poorest citizens? Business Daily looks at the gap between the richest and the poorest in NigeriaBusiness Daily looks at the highs and the lows of Nigeria's economy. And Ed Butler asks Nigeria's finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala how ...
One of the hardest metals, tungsten has uses from light bulbs to weaponry. But why so few mines? We consider the market value of this weighty member of the period table.
The business of space exploration: What is its commercial and industrial use? And how important are a probe's academic credentials compared with its commercial potential?
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It is a skill that you can teach? Or does it require a natural talent? We have a special report from a school in Los Angeles which teaches entrepreneurship. Plus, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us why you shouldn't feel like you have to love your job.
This week In the Balance pitches its tent at a festival in the financial centre of London and we’re playing host to discussions that cover the future of money, the growth of China, and what work itself will look like once we’ve automated out world.

Smari McCarthy and Leander Bindewald will discuss ...
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