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.”
Zoran Stavreski, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia met Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury in London.
Macedonia is emerging as a solid economy in Europe. During the private lunch meeting the Vice PM explained the country’s key macro-economic indicators and the role and future plans of the Republic in the region. The Vice PM also discussed the success of recent reforms and the potential of the Republic as an investment and operational hub.
Viktor Mizo CEO of the Directorate for Technology and Industrial Development of the Republic of Macedonia explained the potential of the new Free trade Zone Authority as a regional centre for business. Listen here:
His Excellency Ambassador of Republic of Macedonia to London, Jovan Donev explained the transformation of the Balkans into a stable region of Europe with great prospects for the future, where the Republic of Macedonia wants to play a key role in its development.
The UK’s former Attorney General Hon Baroness Scotland met with Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury to discuss the European Union, international affairs and global governance issues.
“Baroness Scotland has devoted great efforts and work towards advancing important issues and causes that are also of great interest to Gold Mercury including human rights, domestic violence, and better international collaboration and governance.” said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury.
Hon Baroness Scotland became the United Kingdom’s first black female Queens Counsel (QC) at the age of thirty-five. She later became a judge and served on the British Privy Council – the country’s highest court of appeals. Baroness Scotland served in former prime minister Tony Blair’s foreign and home offices, and was elevated to the top legal position in her country with the ruling Gordon Brown administration. On 28 June 2007, Baroness Scotland was appointed Attorney General by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She was the first woman to hold the office since it was formed in 1315. She was instrumental in creating the Quintet, which brought together the Attorneys General of USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to consider issues of joint legal and systemic concern.
Baroness Patricia Scotland was recently elected as a City of London Alderman for Bishopsgate ward, the first person of a black or minority ethnic background to win the coveted role and only the fourth woman in its 900 year history.
Baroness Scotland is a President at Chatham House.
American journalist and television commentator Jeffrey Birnbaum met with Nicolas De Santis, Gold Mercury President in our offices in London to discuss global governance issues relating to the future of the EU and of the US.
Mr. Birnbaum is now the President of BGR Public Relations, a strategic communications, media relations and issue advocacy firm based in Washington. He leads a team that gives strategic advice to coalitions, companies and governments about handling the media and public policy development.
Mr. Birnbaum previously worked for the Washington Post and Washington Times. He also regularly appears as a political analyst for the Fox News Channel and long appeared as a regular panelist on Washington Week. Mr Birnbaum worked for The Wall Street Journal, working 16 years in variety of positions, and leaving the Journal as White House correspondent. He then spent seven years as the chief of Fortune magazine’s Washington bureau and two years, beginning in 1995, as a senior political correspondent for Fortune’s sister publication, Time. Birnbaum then worked as a columnist and feature writer at The Washington Post from 2004 to 2008. Birnbaum then joined the Washington Times as Managing Editor of Digital in 2008.
Mr Birnbaum is the author of four books. His latest, The Money Men, examines campaign fund-raising and was published in 2000. His first book, Showdown at Gucci Gulch, was written with Alan Murray in 1987. This classic chronicle of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 won the American Political Science Association’s coveted Carey McWilliams Award in 1988. In 1992, Birnbaum’s second book, The Lobbyists, was a Washington Post best seller. Madhouse, Birnbaum’s third book, about President Clinton’s White House, was published in 1996.
Nicolas De Santis, President and Secretary General of Gold Mercury International, will deliver a keynote on the English language and its role in the European Union at the upcming EDUKWEST event on Multilingualism in Europe.
The multilingualism event will take place on the 17th September, 2014, at the Glasshouse Building – 2 Trematon Walk (Off Wharfdale Road) – Regent’s Quarter – N1 9SR London – United Kingdom.
The BRAND EU Centre have launched a publication outlining how English is already the de facto language of Europe, and puts forth the position that we should embrace English as an unofficial language of Europe; as it has the power to unite us all in our diversity. This would not be at the detriment of existing European languages and would not serve to override them, but instead compliment them and give us a common European ground – especially when Europeans are already exceptionally multilingual and mobile. You can read the BRAND EU paper here.
Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics at Princeton University and Director of the Program in Values and Public Life based in the University Center for Human Values visited Gold Mercury to meet Nicolas De Santis, Gold Mercury President.
“Prof Lane has developed an incredible body of work connecting ancient Greek political thought with our modern times and critical issues, including sustainability. This provides great clarity and a solid base to structure new thinking in our complex world,” said Nicolas de Santis, Gold Mercury President.
Her work is in political theory, with her principal expertise being ancient Greek political thought and its modern reception. She also works on a broad range of topics in the history of political thought and in normative theory and public ethics. She is a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and in 2012-13 is on leave from Princeton as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Professor Lane’s books include Eco-Republic; Plato’s Progeny: How Plato and Socrates still captivate the modern mind; Method and Politics in Plato’s Statesman; and a new ‘Introduction’ to the Penguin Classics volume of Plato’s Republic (2007 edition). She has edited, with Martin A. Ruehl, A Poet’s Reich: Politics and Culture in the George Circle (Camden House), in which her own contribution builds on archival work on the Circle’s reading of Plato, and is currently editing, with Verity Harte, Politeia in Greek and Roman Philosophy for Cambridge University Press. She is a contributor to both The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought (of which she was also an Associate Editor) and The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Political Thought. Her article on ‘ancient political philosophy’ was published in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy in 2010. Current projects include the rule of knowledge in Platonic thought and the figure of the legislator in the history of political thought.
Gold Mercury President, Nicolas De Santis, attended the Windreff event on “Preventing diabetes and obesity: the role of sport, diet and exercise,” hosted at the house of Lords by Baroness Howells of St Davids, OBE. The event focused on the critical rise of diabetes and obesity in the world.
Baroness Howells is the President of the Windward Islands research and Education Foundation. Professor Gareth Williams, Emeritus professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol and expert on diabetes and obesity, spoke on the challenges of diabetes on a global scale. Professor Harry Rutter of the London School of Tropical Medicine and scientific advisor to Public Health England, spoke about how to combat obesity. Charles Modica, Chancellor of St George University of Grenada, was also present at the Windreff event.
No country on earth has reduced obesity rates in more than three decades.
Obesity rates have increased in countries all over the world, but it’s not an evenly distributed health problem, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reported on Wednesday.
In the developed world, adult men have higher rates of obesity (defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or more) than adult women. In the developing world, the opposite is true.
The prevalence of overweight and obese children and adolescents worldwide has increased by nearly 50 percent since 1980, the study says, and no country on Earth has successfully reduced obesity rates in the last 33 years.
Childhood obesity rates are notably higher in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly among girls.
Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International and advisor to Chelsea FC, attended the Player of the Year awards ceremony, which took place in the Great Hall at Stamford Bridge and was hosted by Chelsea TV’s Gigi Salmon and Trevor Nelson from BBC Radio 1.
Eden Hazard was crowned the Chelsea Player of the Year for 2013/14. The Belgian received the award from Jose Mourinho to cap a memorable second season with the Blues. The Belgian international has impressed with 17 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for the Blues, helping them contend for the Premier League title and progress through to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Former Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira also collected the Special Recognition award for his service at the club; he appeared 217 times between 2004 and 2013.
Dr Rafik Abdessalem, Former Foreign Minister of Tunisia, visited Gold Mercury to discuss the development and organisation of an international conference that Gold Mercury is organising in Tunisia to discuss the future of the country.
The conference will also discuss key issues such as democracy and Islam, the role of women in the country as well as economic development and investment.
This conference will examine the case of Tunisia (so far), as a successful example of a smooth transition in the region, after promulgating the new constitution. Gold Mercury will also present the Gold Mercury International Award to candidates that played a key role in this transition. This Award Ceremony and Conference is managed at the highest levels of government, business, academia and civil society organisations. Check out the conference’s event page for a more detailed agenda and plans about the event.
Dr Rafik Abdessalem and Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis also discussed the recent situation in Tunisia following the Arab Spring and the reconciliatory process used for the development of the new constitution. They also discussed the situation in other Arab spring countries and the Middle East, as well as the upcoming European Union elections. Dr Rafik Abdessalem is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Tunisia, under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. In London, he founded the Maghreb Centre for Research and Translation, as well as chaired the London Platform for Dialogue. He is also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and has worked as a senior researcher and head of the Research and Studies office at Al Jazeera. He is a member of the ”Ennahda Movement”, and has published 2 books and many articles in Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper.