Daniel Franklin has been executive editor of The Economist since 2006 and its business affairs editor since 2010. He joined The Economist i n 1983 t o w rite a bout S oviet a nd E astern E uropean a ffairs. As the newspaper’s Europe editor from 1986 to 1992, he covered the Great European upheavals, from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty. He published his fi rst book on long-term trends, Megachange: The World in 2050, in March 2012. He has an MBA in modern languages (French and Russian) from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Aston University for work on East European foreign trade.