45th St. Gallen Symposium The 45th St. Gallen Symposium took place on the campus of the University of St.Gallen on 7 and 8 May 2015. This year’s topic was “Proudly Small”. On this page we publish reports, videos and texts from this year’s Symposium. After the symposium (15 May 2015) The 45th St. Gallen Symposium is history. HSG student Sophie Kwisda spoke to co-organiser Jean-Rodolphe Linder about his experiences during the two days in May and about tips for students organising the next symposium. NATO and Russia's sphere of influence (11 May 2015) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary General of NATO, on Russia’s aspirations for power, the lack of easy solutions in Libya and Afghanistan and a necessary constructive cooperation between China and the United States. Iceland’s opportunities and challenges (11 May 2015) Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson on the advantages of a small country, ways out of the crisis and the current challenges for Iceland in the Arctic. Malta and the refugee tragedy (8 May 2015) Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, on the refugee tragedy in the Mediterranean, the steps to be taken by the global community and the crucial role of the media in all this. Paper tigers under fire (8 May 2015) How strong are the NATO and EU alliances? Do they wield sufficient influence to counter conflicts? On the second day of the 45th St. Gallen Symposium, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO, faced questions asked by BBC presenter Stephen Sackur. Beyond the glass ceiling (8 May 2015) In a lecture open to the public during the 45th St. Gallen Symposium, four young female entrepreneurs were brought together to discuss their views and thoughts on the struggles they have faced. Five myths about digital natives (8 May 2015) There are a number of prejudices about the generation of the “digital natives”. The St. Gallen Symposium and GfK Verein have investigated five myths in the Global Perspectives Barometer 2015 study. Singapore’s recipes for success (7 May 2015) What makes Singapore better than other small countries, which are not doing so well? At the 45th St. Gallen Symposium, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of Singapore, spoke about his country’s recipes for success. “Goodbye to the nation state” (7 May 2015) At the launch of the 45th St. Gallen Symposium, the retired Zurich economics professor Bruno S. Frey pleaded for moving away from thinking in terms of political borders which are a product of historical accident and have nothing to do with the rationality of the present day. Last-minute preparations (5 May 2015) The St. Gallen Symposium is traditionally organised by students of the HSG within a period of ten months. Our student Sophie Kwisda interviewed co-organiser Jean-Rodolphe Linder about the last-minute preparations before the opening ceremony. Small country, big chance? (29 April 2015) Whenever the G5, G7, G8 or G20 foregather to determine world affairs, small countries are often mere onlookers. Yet why are small countries, in particular, so often successful in economic and social terms? An assessment by the HSG’s political scientist Patrick Emmenegger. St. Gallen Symposium for everyone (22 April 2015) On 7 and 8 May 2015, the 45th St. Gallen Symposium will invite the general public to three lectures in the Library of the University of St.Gallen. The plenary sessions of the Symposium will be transmitted by livestream. Discusscion about "Proudly Small" (13 April 2015) On Thursday, 7 May 2015, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann will open the 45th St. Gallen Symposium on the campus of the HSG. Discussions will focus on the topic of “Proudly Small”.