Maithreyi Seetharaman is a London-based international political, economy and business broadcaster with over 17 year’s global experience. She is the founder of Facultas Media Limited, a multimedia content creation company and Co-Chair of Fortune Magazine’s ‘Fortune Most Powerful Women International’ Summits. In this role, she represents Fortune MPW in the UK, Europe, Africa & Asia. She is also host and executive editor of Real Economy, which recently completed its fifth season on Euronews NBC. Ms Seetharaman is additionally an Advisory Board Member of Docusign.
Previously, Ms Seetharaman was co-host of CNBC Europe’s Squawk Box Europe and Capital Connection. She has also been an anchor and stocks editor for Bloomberg Television in London and New York. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a prime time anchor for CNBC TV18 in India and a reporter for the Indian financial daily ‘The Financial Express‘.
Ms Seetharaman holds a Master’s in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, New York, and a Master’s in Journalism from Bond University, Australia.
What are the regional and geopolitical consequences of the EU and the Western Balkan countries losing commitment to one another? Are the tools at the EU’s disposal sufficient for reverting external influence in the region amidst the enlargement fatigue, and for improving the post-COVID-19 recovery? Is there a way for the EU to show that ‘phasing in’ to EU programmes is a long-term endeavour that will foster pro-EU orientation of WB6?
The devastating impact of the pandemic once again laid bare the economic, social and political concerns in the Western Balkans. Primarily China and Russia have recently been engaged in the region while the EU has been consistently aiming at cementing its presence in the Western Balkans by going beyond what other actors have provided. The EU, however, has not been a leading force in buttressing the continuous transformation in the region. While some perceive the EU as a panacea, others might turn to other non-EU alternatives. Therefore, today, Europe needs to address these developments in its own backyard more than ever before.
State authorities in Russia, but also in other countries around the world, are severely limiting space for civil society, political expression, and independent media. What are the prospects for reverting these trends? How can democratic transition happen in countries where authorities in place refuse to acknowledge the public desire for change? What can other countries and international organizations do to support peaceful democratic transition?