Financial Times

Ambrosetti Forum 2007: September 7-9



The Financial Times at the Ambrosetti Forum

John Thornhill, European editor and Guy Dinmore, Rome correspondent, report from the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio in northern Italy. From the shores of Lake Como at the Villa d’Este hotel, the FT brings exclusive video interviews with leading politicians, regulators, business people and financiers.

The forum is attended by Italy’s business elite and was set up Ambrosetti, an Italian consulting firm, which is now part of the European House consulting group.

Video interview - Joaquín Almunia, European Commission

Joaquin Almunia, EU monetary affairs commissioner, tells John Thornhill that national leaders shouldn’t try to be central bankers and explains his faith in EU structural reform to help protect Europe from the credit squeeze.

Video interview - Charlie McCreevy, EU commissioner

Charlie McCreevy, EU internal market commissioner, tells John Thornhill that the credit crisis leads to the banks, not the hedge funds and that pan-European regulation is “not on the cards”.

Video interview - Ahmed Nazif, Egyptian prime minister

Ahmed Nazif, Egyptian prime minister, says the US should remain in Iraq as it remains central to a political solution for the Iraqi peace and stability.

Video interview - Amr Moussa of the Arab League

Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, tells Guy Dinmore the only aim for all players in Iraq now should be ”to clear up the mess” for the sake of the country.

Video interview - Luca Cordero di Montezemolo of Confindustria

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman Confindustria, the Italian employers’ body, speaks to Guy Dinmore about his anti-Mafia message and the future of debt-burdened flag carrier Alitalia.

The FT’s John Thornhill assesses the mood on the credit crisis

John Thornhill, FT European editor, steps away from the swimming pool and finds the minds of leading players at Ambrosetti all focused on calming the troubled waters of the credit markets.

Video interview - Mario Monti, former EU commissioner

Mario Monti, former EU competition commissioner, tells John Thornhill that France must embrace more competition and defends his support of European market liberalisation.

Video interview - Rodrigo de Rato of IMF

Rodrigo de Rato, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, discusses with John Thornhill the crisis in the markets and ways to restore trust

Video interview - Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University

Kenneth Rogoff, ex-IMF chief economist, explains to John Thornhill why he thinks the credit crunch is the “first new age financial crisis” and examines the dilemmas facing central banks to lessen its impact.

Video interview - Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs