Build beautiful: Thomas Heatherwick's campaign to 'humanize' buildings
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by POLITICO
2w ago
Thomas Heatherwick’s designs have become icons in his home city of London, including the eye-catching cauldron at the 2012 Olympic Games and the reimagined Routemaster bus. The British designer's projects have popped up around the world — and not without controversy. In this week’s edition of Power Play, host Anne McElvoy talks to Heatherwick about his mission to change the way our cities and urban areas are built. His new book "Humanise" implores mayors and town planners around the world to replace "boring" buildings, arguing that they damage our health and the environment.  Anne is ..read more
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MI6 chief Richard Moore on Ukraine and the future of intelligence gathering
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by POLITICO
5M ago
In an exclusive interview for POLITICO's forthcoming podcast Power Play, Richard Moore, chief of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service — MI6 — speaks to Anne McElvoy about how the culture of agencies like MI6 is changing. Recorded in Prague, a city that shaped the outcome of the Cold War, Moore shares revealing insights into MI6's approach to Russia, China and other threats to the West. Britain's chief spy explains why he believes the West needs to commit to a battle for freedom and against authoritarian regimes akin to the Prague Spring of 1968.   They share a personal conv ..read more
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Bonus interview with World Bank President David Malpass
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by Global Insider
1y ago
Last week at a New York Times event during the U.N. General Assembly, World Bank President David Malpass dodged questions about the science of climate change and said, "I don't even know — I'm not a scientist." On the heels of the controversial comments, POLITICO reporter and Global Insider author Ryan Heath interviewed Malpass to get his perspective on the comments. They also examined the World Bank's approach to funding projects to combat climate change and the challenges facing global development amid concerns of economic recession. Sign up for the free Global Insider newsletter here.  ..read more
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Catching up to climate goals
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by Global Insider
1y ago
A growing energy crisis, record greenhouse gas concentrations, and increasing extreme weather events, have been hot topics at this year's U.N. General Assembly. Climate action promised by countries worldwide has fallen far short of what's needed to meet the international goal to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This week The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) held its first meeting of the new Global Leadership Council, a coalition of global public and private sector leaders created to help meet this goal. POLITICO reporter and Global Insider author Ryan Hea ..read more
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To Russia without love
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by Global Insider
1y ago
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been a constant backdrop to the U.N. General Assembly this year. From influencing commodity prices to exacerbating already difficult U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to challenging the rules-based global order and effectiveness of multilateral organizations. Events this week catapulted the conflict back to the forefront as international leaders gathered. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia's foreign minister, come from different perspectives but have clear views on necessary actions to support Ukraine and share ..read more
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Putin is at war with all of Europe, Spanish PM says
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by Global Insider
1y ago
This week Global Insider is on the ground at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. After decades of progress in reducing poverty and improving health outcomes, the world has started falling far behind in meeting the 17 U.N. sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed to by all governments in 2015. And this year, Russia is the drama that colors everything that happens in the debates, donor conferences, and planning for how the U.N. meets its global goals. POLITICO's Ryan Health asked Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez about the impact Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had on ..read more
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Tradewinds & the worst job in the world: selling globalization in an era of nationalism
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by Global Insider
1y ago
The free-wheeling globalization era is over: That makes life tough for Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the British Trade Secretary charged with selling her country’s “Global Britain” policy. Singapore’s Trade Minister Gan Kim Yong has to cope with the rise of his massive neighbor, China. Both are promoting export hubs battered from all sides as first Covid and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upend supply chains. Despite the World Trade Organization’s failure to conclude new global trade deals or speed up distribution of Covid vaccines, neither of these officials is giving up on the global trade bo ..read more
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Elevators show U.S. needs a lift to catch up with EU
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by Global Insider
1y ago
The European Union has spent 60 years tearing down commercial and migration barriers between its member countries: and yet the flow of people and goods and services between California and Texas, is still much larger than between Germany and France. Rather than that being a sign of failure, this week’s guests — Matthias Mathijs and Craig Parsons — say the opposite is true. They argue the EU has removed regulatory barriers but failed to tear down cultural ones: leaving the continent with an underused single market. Americans are enthusiastic about working, buying and selling across state li ..read more
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In search of very bad people
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by Global Insider
1y ago
Where on earth can you combine interests in arms trafficking, blood diamonds and expensive cars? Global Witness is one such place. The non-profit’s co-founder Patrick Alley — who’s made a career out of scrutinizing “very bad people” — shares timely lessons about what works and what doesn’t in exposing corruption, as the world puts Russian interests under the microscope ..read more
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Are there off-ramps to the war
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by Global Insider
1y ago
POLITICO’s Ryan Heath joins Ivo Daalder, former US Ambassador to NATO and now President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Carla Robbins (Council on Foreign Relations) and Elise Labott (Zivvy Media) for a panel discussion on the dangerous new phase of Russia’s Ukraine invasion, corporate Germany’s deep ties to Moscow, and NATO’s likely northern expansion ..read more
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