In an era when we all seek an alternative, from foods to music to lifestyle, it should come as no surprise that the international order of donor and recipient states has also sought (or supplied) an alternative: South-South development partnerships.

During the course of Greek debt negotiations, debate has been dominated by the questions about the impact of this crisis on the Euro zone. Few discussions have focused on the potential economic and political ramifications the crisis may pose for countries in Southeast Europe (SEE).

Airlines are agents of geopolitical power. They are agents of geopolitical power, because they have the power to become the bridge between the core and peripheries of the world.

I find it is extremely ironic that the likes of congressman Paul Ryan, who fancies himself an expert on economics and is the highest ranking member on the House’s Finance Committee, lately has been sounding the alarm for his fellow citizens, warning them that if they are not careful with the national debt and budget (read that as austerity for the poor and the dismantling of the social programs while simultaneously cutting taxes for the rich) and if they do not implement urgent reforms, they will inexorably go the way of Greece and find themselves with a financial disaster on their hands. This of course is sweet sounding music to Putin’s ears who would like nothing better than to see such a scenario come to fruition.

After three days of high-level summitry deliberations, the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), created by the five world’s leading emerging markets, have laid the strategic "road map" that will tackle challenging development and infrastructure projects, and will seek close economic cooperation under the plan termed "the Strategy of Economic Partnership" that will run till 2020.

Get ready for ground shattering geopolitical changes. At the crossroads of Asia and Europe, it has been decided that the Russian city of Ufa will be the point of convergence for all the initiatives and projects of the Silk World Order of trade and integration that China and Russia are spearheading.

They have blossomed early this year and are more magnificent than ever. They should warm the hearts of Japan’s population.

Megatrends are shaping the world and of course geopolitics as well and we are most of the time unaware of this. Demography, migration, sustainability (environmental and budgetary) are key issues for Europe and the world from a long term perspective. It is lesser known that megatrends often develop by cycles of different types and lengths.

Fuelled by the impact of the first year of a new broadcast rights cycle, Premier League clubs generated record revenue of £3.26 billion in 2013/14 – up 29% on 2012/13 – according to the 24th Annual Review of Football Finance from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

The New Development Bank (NDB) that was set up in July 2014 promises to be at least for now an important part of the discourse on how the primacy of the developed economies in global affairs needs to be challenged by developing economies.

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