Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis was interviewed on CNBC by anchor Angela Antetomaso to discuss the current Greek Financial crisis and the issues related to the upcoming EU referendum in the UK.
De Santis focused his remarks on the impossibility of a Grexit and his belief that a deal with international lenders, the IMF, the ECB and the EU can be reached. De Santis said:
Greece has been lent in the region of €240 billion so far and is in a technical bankruptcy or let’s call it a ‘controlled bankruptcy’ where lenders need to keep flowing funds into Greece while giving it more time to get its house in order and agree a payment schedule that allows Greece to manage its internal politics and funding needs. The world does not want a Grexit and neither do the Greeks.”
On the upcoming UK referendum on the EU, Nicolas De Santis said that via its BRAND EU programme, Gold Mercury International will do everything possible to change the negative image of the EU in the UK.
“So far we have been successful with BRAND EU in creating a communications base to build a campaign from. Brexit is a possibility as the issue will be put to the vote of the public. The biggest issue is that in the UK we have a very Eurosceptic media which will stop at nothing to sell papers and influence people in a negative way towards Europe. Hopefully the British public will be able to make their own mind up, do their own research, otherwise, we could be sleepwalking out of the EU and into oblivion. We will do the impossible to avoid it”.
To watch the recording of the live interview click here.
Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International, spoke live on the CNBC - UK Election Special 2015, broadcast from the Houses of Parliament in London’s Westminster.
De Santis explained to CNBC Italy anchor Angela Antetomaso, what the dramatic UK election results meant for the future of the UK including the Conservative promise of an EU referendum in 2017. With a clear win by the SNP in Scotland, De Santis believes that the issue of further devolution and a more federal Britain will prop up in the constitutional agenda very soon, creating great tensions in Parliament. He said on the interview:
We have seen today the resignation of not one but three political leaders: Clegg, Miliband and Farrage. Today the big personal triumphs are for the PM Cameron and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Today’s results will reshape the political future of the UK. The question is how these two leaders, of two countries – who now believe in very different futures – can live together or whether they will find that this is impossible”.
In regards to an EU referendum, he commented that there will be two great years of uncertainty, but believes UK will ultimately stay in the EU.
De Santis is an active PRO-EU campaigner in UK and Europe, having established the BRAND EU Centre and re-launching Captain Euro (Europe’s Superhero cartoon used to launch the EURO) to reposition the brand and image of the EU:
Gold Mercury International and myself are now preparing for the important mission to make sure that UK remains a member of the EU. We will be an active part of the upcoming campaigns and efforts to clarify what the EU stands for, generate a positive perception of the EU and promote its critical role in the world”
ClassCNBC, the Italian News Division of CNBC, has recently interviewed Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.
The interview, conducted by TV Presenter Angela Antetomaso, covered the importance of sustainability and strategic foresight – when devising corporate strategy, and national strategies for the future of countries. Nicolas, who advises governments and corporations on long-term strategic visioning and sustainable strategies, also discussed during the interview why he believes that strategic vision and sustainable business models are critical to solve global challenges, and transform traditional sectors and industries for the future.
“With the acceleration of globalisation, it is more critical than ever to use foresight tools to be ahead of the game and anticipate the future in order to make the right strategic and investment decisions. Still today many policy and business investment decisions are made with not much understanding of the future.”
The interview discussed the pressing concern of population increase, as well as the growing need to devise long-term strategies to tackle these ever expanding pressures adequately and sustainably; and Gold Mercury’s role in helping frame this new vision for the future.
Global Population to Soar to 16 Billion by 2100
Nicolas De Santis also examined the importance of developing strategies that look and plan ahead for 50 (or more) years into the future, in order to avoid the mistakes of the past; which happened due to use of purely reactive policies, and a critical lack of foresight. He provided prominent examples of these failures in the fields of infrastructure, energy and education. As the global population will soar to 16 billion people by 2100, this doubling of the global population (currently at 7.2 billion people) will require new systemic changes and strategies to find new, imaginative ways to solve the world’s most pressing challenges; from global resources to global health.
“Many of the challenges that we face today are due to the lack of foresight of our predecessors. We are inheriting the problems they created just as our future generations will inherit the product of our decisions today. Having a strategic vision anchored in sustainability will prevent us repeating our past mistakes.”
GLOGO® – A New Model to Co-Create the Future
Gold Mercury’s solution for planning our sustainable future is GLOGO® – the Global Governance Monitoring System, created by Gold Mercury to navigate the complex future across 8 synergistic global areas. GLOGO® organises the planet into these 8 areas, and anticipates future challenges and opportunities in these diverse sectors and areas; identifying areas of good or poor governance which enhance or threaten future sustainability.