What might economic life outside of the E.U. in the event of Brexit look like? The think tank, Open Europe, says the referendum campaign has not adequately addressed this so far. Open Europe says it will be neither apocalypse nor utopia. They say there will be a short term shock followed by the potential for long term prosperity if liberal economic policies are followed. On the line is Stephen Booth, Co-Director of Open Europe.
Oliver Smith, Senior Reporter at business tech trade magazine The Memo, discusses Facebook’s general strategies, after it was announced that they will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots. So how does this work?
Sellers and publishers from across the UK are gathering to discuss all things book-related at the London Book Fair. But how is the climate when it comes down to selling physical books and digital copies? Matt Cox spoke to independent bookseller Mark Thornton and bestselling author James Craig, who explained how they operate in the world of bookselling and how recent trends have affected them.
As you've been hearing in the news, the International Monetary Fund has warned that Europe faces severe economic and political damage if Britain votes to leave the EU in June's upcoming referendum. In its latest global update the IMF claimed a BREXIT would disrupt established trading relationships and cause "major challenges" for both the UK and the rest of Europe. Campaigners who want Britain to leave Europe say that IMF forecasts about Britain and other countries had been "consistently wrong" and that the biggest risks were "remaining in an unreformed EU". Arguments over whether Britain should stay in our out of Europe are of limited help to investors looking to position their financial portfolios in the run up to the vote. So where are the safe havens to put the money? Is it worth making any plans or should investors just sit tight and see how the drama plays out? Nizam Hamid, ETF Strategist at WisdomTree Europe and he joins Investment Perspectives presenter Juliette Foster, in the studio.
Its been almost four months since Spain's general election resulted in the radical left wing "Podemos" party holding the balance of power in the country's traditional two party system. Europe's governing elites could only look on as Spaniards - tired of corruption scandals, relentless austerity and high unemployment - defied convention to embrace a party that had only been around for less than two years. However election euphoria soon gave way to political stalemate and this week Podemos members are expected to vote on whether the party should support or oppose a deal to form a coalition government. Failure to cut an agreement could see Spain heading back to the polls in June.
Joining Juliette Foster of Investment Perspectives in the studio is Doctor Carlos Oya of the University of London, and Professor John Weeks Share Radio's regular economics commentator.
The Office for National Statistics has released its latest round of statistical bulletins. Among the bundle is the House Price Index which shows that UK house prices continue to rise. With new analysis showing that house prices have increased by 47,000% during the Queen's lifetime, Share Radio's Robert Van Egghen examines the state of Britain's housing market.
Jack Sommers, of The Huffington Post, discusses the latest in the world of politics. Among the topics covered, Jack discusses the MPs publishing their tax returns, the return of David Miliband to British politics and mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan, who exclusively told The Huffington Post that Zac Goldsmith’s divisive campaign is putting Muslims off taking part In politics.