With recent record-high temperatures in Europe in mind, Ben Page introduces this month’s edition with reflections on whether the more urgent threat of inflation threatens to overshadow the global public’s concern about climate change. We explore this in more detail with articles on perceptions of inflation in the MENA region, and deep dives into concern about climate change in Switzerland and support for net zero policies in the UK. We also look at the perception of traditional and non-traditional media across the EU and how technology will influence the future of music.
Entrepreneurialism is the spawning ground for small businesses which we know help drive the health of most economies. Small businesses took the brunt of pandemic shut downs and are now only recovering. So, what does the spawning ground look like now? A new 26-country Ipsos poll finds that entrepreneurial activity is alive and well in some countries but lacking in others.