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EU Passports For Sale

Malta will offer citizenship to anyone willing to put in the time... and the money. Rent an apartment for five years at $19,000 a year, and an EU passport can be yours. So who benefits? And is it ethical? The BBC's Simon Tulett travels to Valetta, where he speaks to Christian Kalin of Henley & Partners, the company that designed the "citizenship--by-investment" programme, as well as the former Playmobil boss and German-turned-Malteser, Helga Ellul. Also in the programme: Jonathan Cardona of...

Duration: 00:17:28

The Dirty Business of Fashion

How the clothes you're wearing are wreaking havoc on the environment. Manuela Saragosa hears from Natasha Hurley from the Changing Markets Foundation about the problem with viscose, a common synthetic fabric. Alexander Nolte, co-founder of Langbrett, a German eco-clothing outdoor apparel retailer, explains how he invented a laundry bag to stop plastic seeping out into the oceans. Stella McCartney talks about the importance of environmental awareness in high fashion, and Safia Minney, founder...

Duration: 00:17:27

India's Alcohol Ban: The Impact on Business

Since April there has been a ban on the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of India’s state and national highways. In a special programme, the BBC's Rahul Tandon explore's India's tricky relationship with alcohol and speaks to those both for and against the ban, Bar owner Anirban Sengupta speaks about the challenges of keeping his business afloat, whilst government spokesperson Sushil Kumar Singh explains why he is in favour of the ban. Plus, we hear from a rural village in Bihar state, where...

Duration: 00:17:30

The Art of Negotiation

As tensions between the US and North Korea rise, we put President Trump's negotiating skills under the spotlight. Manuela Saragosa is joined by two experts in the field: Calum Coburn of 'The Negotiation Experts' and Alan McCarthy of 'The Resource Development Centre'. The BBC's Joe Miller reports on the German multinational company returning artworks stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners, over 70 years after the end of the 2nd WW. Plus, regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the...

Duration: 00:17:59

Making Money in Football

The richest football league in the world kicks off today. Is the English Premier League's transfer market overinflated? Ed Butler asks Stefan Szymanski, professor of sport management at the University of Michigan. And with clubs in search of bigger revenues, we ask the man behind Tottenham Hotspur's new home about the importance of modern stadiums in the football business. And there's a new type of football club attracting big audiences and advertising money - Seb Carmichael-Brown,...

Duration: 00:17:28

Harvesting Babies' Stem Cells

Collecting embryonic tissue from newborns is a growing business, but how likely is it to actually protect the child against life-threatening diseases in the future? The BBC's Suranjana Tewari reports from India, where the practice is taking off. Meanwhile back in the UK, presenter Ed Butler hears from a sceptical stem cell researcher - Axel Behrens of the Francis Crick Institute. Plus, the joys and applications of modern day mapping technology, with Nigel Clifford, head of Britain's Ordnance...

Duration: 00:17:27

The Global Financial Crisis: Ten Years On

Have we learned the lessons of the banking crisis a decade ago? Dominic O'Connell reports on how the first signs of a global crisis came in the summer of 2007. Ed Butler also talks to Alistair Darling, now Lord Darling, then Britain's finance minister charged with rescuing UK banks, and Austan Goolsby, once an adviser to former US president Barack Obama, on the risks of rolling back banking reform on Wall Street. (Photo: London's Canary Wharf financial district, Credit: Getty Images)

Duration: 00:17:28

What Has Happened to Qatar?

Two months into an economic blockade by its nearest neighbours, what has been the impact for Qatar? David Segall, a policy associate at the Centre for Business and Human Rights at New York University, says the blockade is making conditions harsher for many foreign workers. We hear the rare testimony of two migrant construction workers from India and Nepal about the increasingly difficult conditions they are working under, as many fellow migrants are forced to return home. Also in the...

Duration: 00:17:29

Venezuela: How Did It Come to This?

What are the root causes of Venezuela's current crisis? Rob Young asks Ricardo Hausmann, a professor of economics at Harvard University who was previously Venezuela's planning minister and a member of the central bank's board in the 1990s. Also in the programme, can football change the fortunes of a UK town? Rahul Tandon looks at the impact Premier League promotion is having on Huddersfield's economy. And regular commentator of the Financial Times Lucy Kellaway on the importance of writing...

Duration: 00:17:27

How Do We Stop Poaching?

Could investing in wildlife tourism help win the battle to eradicate poaching and the ivory trade? Andy Jones reports from Gabon on efforts to prove that more money can be made from tourism, than the illegal trade there. And we also hear from Zimbabwe, and the controversial industry of licensed big game hunting, which proponents say can support wildlife conservation. We hear from Wilfried Pabst who runs the Sango game reserve in the country, and Teresa Telecky, senior director of wildlife...

Duration: 00:18:05

Lonely at the Top

Mental health problems can strike anyone - including company bosses. But who can they turn to for help with the stress and isolation of life at the helm? Ed Butler speaks to Jerry Colonna, who runs executive coaching service Reboot.io, which includes a bootcamp for bosses feeling the pressure. Ed also listens in on a conversation among three CEO founders - Colleen Wong of TechSixtyFour, Rachel Carrell of Koru Kids and Carl Martin of More Than We - about how they dealt with the isolation of...

Duration: 00:17:57

How To Be Ambitious

Ambition, is it good or bad? And what do you do with it if you've got it? Psychologist Neel Burton of Oxford University explores the negative effects ambition can have and the tools you need to to relieve them. Author Rachel Bridge defends the thesis of her book 'Ambition: Why it's good to want more and how to get it'. And what happens when you decide to re-direct your ambition? Joe Udo tells his story of becoming a stay at home dad. Also in the programme, writers Elizabeth Schenk and Hana...

Duration: 00:18:05

Robots in the Developing World

What impact is automation having on low-wage economies in Asia and Africa? Ed Butler meets the inventor of a robot that can stitch t-shirts together - a potential threat to the huge garment industries in places like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The BBC's Rahul Tandon reports from India on the impact robots are already having on the country's successful IT sector. And Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, tells us why automation might...

Duration: 00:18:03