Several column inches of media coverage were devoted to analysis of the ‘noughties’ at the start of the period covered by Carma International’s latest survey of media coverage of the world’s leading chief executives. Commentators reflected on the legacy of the past decade and ruminated on the causes of the credit crunch. Looking ahead, hopes for economic recovery were tempered by the sombre realisation of the scale of problems facing economies. Looming large were the parlous state of public finances in many western countries, high unemployment, and continuing concerns about the activities and robustness of financial institutions. In the UK, commentators also turned their attention to political jostling ahead of the general election that will take place in the spring.
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