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BBC Business Matters

Key global business news in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with live guests and contributors from Asia where the day is beginning and the USA where the day's business is coming to an end.

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  • Business Matters: HSBC Considers Relocating its London HQ 25 Apr 15

    Sat, 25 Apr 15

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    One of the world’s biggest banks – HSBC – says it is considering moving its headquarters out of the UK, due to the “regulatory and structural reforms” introduced in the country since the financial crisis. Uncertainty over Britain's future in the European Union is also worrying the lender – but is this announcement a politically motivated one, or a reaction to shareholders’ demands? Also - the richest boxing match ever – we hear how Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to pocket at least $100m dollars each, and we bring you a Business Matters guide to one of the world's most remote communities - Tristan de Cuna. To finish off the week on a high, Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace tracks down the man who invented the emoticon – which uses punctuation to spell out a smiley face that you have to squint at it sidewise - way back in 1982.

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  • Business Matters: Deutsche Bank in Record $2.5bn Fine 24 Mar 15

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

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    Germany's biggest bank is fined a record $2.5bn by US and UK regulators for trying to manipulate interest rates. But are financial penalties enough of a deterrent? In the last in our series of interviews with key figures from each of the UK's main political parties, ahead of next month's general election, we hear from the Conservative Party’s Daniel Hannan, a Member of the European Parliament and a strong critic of the EU. From Washington, we are joined by Dan Viederman. On the two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, he tells us about his work with governments and businesses to improve working conditions and eliminate human rights violations. And from Delhi, we are joined by journalist Joyti Malhotra. The UN releases its World Happiness Report, we speak to one its authors Jeffrey Sachs on why governments should care about their country's ranking.

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  • Business Matters: Petrobras Corruption Costs Hit $2 Billion 23 Apr 15

    Thu, 23 Apr 15

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    Brazil's giant state-run oil company admits huge losses from bribery, we hear the latest from Sao Paulo. In the fifth in our series of interviews ahead of next month's general election with key figures from each of the UK's main political parties, it's the turn of the centrist Liberal Democrats. We hear from Danny Alexander, who in his role as Chief Secretary to the Treasury has been effectively deputy finance minister in Britain's governing coalition since 2010. From Dehli, we are joined by Vivek Satya Mitram. He tells us why he quit journalism to start 'Advice Adda': an advice website for young Indians. It deals with all kinds of problems from relationships to legal issues. From Washington, we are also joined throughout the show by University of Maryland economist Peter Morici.

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  • Business Matters: Bird Flu Spreads in the US 22 Mar 15

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

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    TThe head of the World Organisation for Animal Health tells us why this latest outbreak of bird flu has come as such a shock to US industry. Also in the programme, as the latest round of negotiations towards a new trade pact between Europe and the US get under way, we report on opposition to the proposals at a protest attended by Vivienne Westwood in London. Plus we have the latest in our series of interviews ahead of the UK's upcoming general election, with key figures from each of the country's main political parties. Today it's the turn of Chuka Umunna, business spokesperson from the Labour Party. The hardships of modern farming in the US: Nancy Marshall Genzer of Marketplace in Washington brings us her report from Durrant, Iowa. Plus from Bangalore, we are joined by Ravathy Ashok of the Bangalore Political Action Committee.

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  • Business Matters: Asia-Africa Summit kicks off in Jakarta 21 April 15

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

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    The Asia-Africa Summit has opened in Jakarta with more than 30 heads of state planning to attend the meeting, including the leaders of China, Japan, Brunei, Malaysia and Myanmar. But how will either side benefit from the conference? The Scottish National Party has become the latest UK party to announce its plans for government should it be elected. The SNP's deputy leader Stewart Hosie tells Dominic Laurie about its proposals. We'll also hear from the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in Indonesia. And our guests joining us throughout the programme will be Severine Autesserre of Columbia University in New York. She's the author of 'The Trouble with Congo' and 'Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention'. And Tony Nash of Delta Economics is in Singapore.

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  • Business Matters: Attacks on South Africa's foreign workers 18 April 15

    Sat, 18 Apr 15

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    Foreign workers in South Africa fear for their safety as anti-immigrant attacks increase. Shops and cars have been burned in Johannesburg, and police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse violent crowds. We hear from our correspondent in Johannesburg. The Argentine government begins legal action against British oil companies operating in the disputed Falklands. A diplomatic expert tells us the prospect of lucrative oil resources in the waters surrounding the islands has sparked Argentina into action over their sovereignty. The latest in our series of UK election interviews features Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, outlining her party's economic policies. And our US sister programme, Marketplace, talks to Seth Meyers about his new role as presenter of Late Night on NBC. We're joined throughout by Sean Turnell, from Macquarie University in Sydney, who tells us about preparations for the country's Anzac Day celebrations.

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  • Business Matters: Millions "displaced" by World Bank 17 April 15

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

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    The World Bank faces fresh allegations that it has failed to properly police the consequences of its development policies, displacing millions of people from their homes without giving them proper compensation. We hear from the man who developed the Bank's resettlement procedures in the 1970s and 80s and current President Jim Yong Kim. There are fresh concerns about whether Greece and its international lenders will find a way to break the impasse over its huge debt burden. The UK Independence Party wants a referendum on whether the British should stay in the European Union. Ahead of the UK's general election Roger Helmer, the leader of UKIP in the European Parliament, outlines its economic strategy. And the online marketplace for arts and crafts, Etsy, makes its stock market debut in New York, but with a greater responsibility to shareholders can the firm stay true to its idealistic roots?

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  • Business Matters: Google accused of search 'abuse' 16 April 15

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

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    The European Commission files an official complaint against Google, accusing the internet giant of abusing its dominant position in web searching to promote its own services. We hear from a concerned competitor, along with a "gobsmacked" Google apologist who says it's "not illegal to be popular". Protests demanding a minimum wage increase gather momentum in the US. “Fight for 15” once represented mainly fast food workers but has since expanded, picking up support from other low earners. Michelle Fleury reports from New York. Plus, we ask if craft and capitalism can co-exist as Etsy, the website that trumpets handmade goods, raises money on Wall Street. We're joined throughout the programme by US public radio host Alison van Diggelen in San Francisco, and David Moser of Capital Normal University in Beijing.

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  • Business Matters: EU to set out Google antitrust action 15 April 15

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

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    The EU prepares to outline the action it intends to take against Google over alleged anti-competitive behaviour. We hear from the chief executive of Hot Maps, one of the complainants in the case, and an industry expert from New York about the options open to European regulators. India's biggest online retailer, Flipkart, bows to social media pressure and pulls out of a deal with phone network Airtel, which would have let customers browse its site for free, with Flipkart picking up their internet data costs. Critics say this goes against net neutrality. Catherine Yeung, of Fidelity Worldwide Investments, looks ahead to the latest Chinese economic growth figures, and our other guest on the programme - Mark Miller, from Marketplace radio in Los Angeles - talks us through the annual tax return deadline in the US, and why so many are prepared to overpay. Plus, the insatiable need for sleep in China - any time, any place.

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  • Business Matters: Rubio Enters Presidency Race 14 Mar 15

    Tue, 14 Apr 15

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    As Republican Senator Marco Rubio joins the long race for the US Presidency, we speak to Angie Holan, editor of the Politifact website about whether he's a real contender to Hillary Clinton. Sudan is holding elections to choose its president but is the outcome already decided? We hear from Dr Magdi al-Gazouli from the Rift Valley Institute about Sudan's troubles. A high school maths question from Singapore has gone viral - we try to find the answer with the help of author Alex Bellos. And Christopher Bernstein from the USDA tells us about an app it has launched to try and reduce household food waste. Our guests joining us throughout the show are Dilip Ratha, Head of Remittances at the World Bank in Washington and Tony Nash of Delta Economics in Singapore. And we're also joined by the BBC's Juliana Liu in Hong Kong.

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