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Hardtalk interviews newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Hardtalk interviews newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.
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Hardtalk interviews newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

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Prime Minister of Italy, 2011-2013 - Mario Monti

9/21/2017
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After a bleak decade of economic stagnation, internal dysfunction and public disaffection in the EU, officials in Brussels claim the tide has turned. But is there really a renewed appetite for deeper European integration, while Britain is still searching for an exit strategy? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to former Italian Prime Minister, EU Commissioner and ardent integrationist Mario Monti. Are reports of the EU’s resurgence somewhat premature?

Duration: 00:23:24


Nobel Prize Winning Author - Orhan Pamuk

9/21/2017
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In this age of the internet, the world has come to expect instant access to knowledge. But real, deep understanding takes longer to acquire and to share. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the world’s most acclaimed novelists- Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk. He has lived almost all of his life in Istanbul, writing stories about Turkey which have over decades painted a vivid picture of a country and society pulled between east and west, past and future. What is the key to...

Duration: 00:23:23


Hungary’s Foreign Minister - Péter Szijjártó

9/20/2017
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As demands to relocate migrants across Europe continue to grow, Hungary seems more and more at odds with the EU's policy on migration. After losing a legal challenge at the European Court of Justice which overruled its objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has accused the court of playing politics. He tells Zeinab Badawi that the EU's migration policy is the most serious threat to security in Europe and the real battle is only just...

Duration: 00:23:26


Secretary-General of the United Nations - Antonio Guterres

9/17/2017
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Does the UN have the moral clout and authority to handle pressing world crises? Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is presiding over his first UN General Assembly since he took up the post in January this year. HARDtalk speaks to him at the UN headquarters in New York.

Duration: 00:23:21


Former President of South Africa (2008-2009) - Kgalema Motlanthe

9/15/2017
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Is the African National Congress- the iconic movement of South Africa's liberation struggle, close to the end of its productive life? If so, will its demise be quick, or slow and painful? At the end of this year, the ANC’s current party leader- Jacob Zuma, will quit as party chief, with a host of candidates including his ex-wife vying to replace him. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to the former President of South Africa and ANC stalwart, Kgalema Motlanthe. Are the most respected ANC...

Duration: 00:23:23


Olusegun Obasanjo - Former President of Nigeria (1999-2007)

9/12/2017
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How will Africa cope with an impending population explosion? Over the next thirty years Africa's population is projected to double, requiring delivery of jobs, housing and infrastructure to enable two billion people to thrive. It is an unprecedented leadership challenge. Does governance in Olusegun Obasanjo's Nigeria inspire confidence or scepticism? (Photo: Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria speaks at the London Global African Investment Summit, 2015. Credit: Anthony...

Duration: 00:23:19


Writer Howard Jacobson

9/10/2017
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Is social media bad for public discourse? Man Booker prize-winning author Howard Jacobson thinks the internet is changing the way we use words, and not for the better. But is he an artist swimming against an irresistible cultural tide?

Duration: 00:23:20


US Deputy Secretary of State, 2007-2009 - John Negroponte

9/7/2017
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Donald Trump embraces disruption and unpredictability, but what does that mean for America's national security and foreign policy? At first glance it seems to herald a new era of confrontation, from the Korean peninsula to the Mexican border, but are there limits to the President's break with convention? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to veteran US diplomat and adviser to a host of Republican Presidents - John Negroponte. Does this presidency mark a permanent shift in America's global role?

Duration: 00:23:24


CEO of Air Asia - Tony Fernandes

9/5/2017
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Is it easy to lose sight of what matters most to business success? We speak to one of Asia's best-know businessmen, Tony Fernandes. He is the boss of Air Asia, football club owner, one-time Formula One investor, and dabbler in reality television. But is a flamboyant style and diversification into sports or media necessarily good for the bottom line?

Duration: 00:23:55


US Senator Lindsey Graham

9/4/2017
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US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks to HARDtalk about the foreign and domestic impact of President Trump. Senator Graham made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 but remains an influential voice inside the party. He has been openly critical of President Trump but has also praised him on some aspects of foreign policy. Where does America go from here as tensions with North Korea escalate?

Duration: 00:23:26


Former North Korea detainee - Kenneth Bae

8/27/2017
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How do you survive the North Korean labour camp system? Kenneth Bae is an American Christian missionary who was arrested inside North Korea and spent two years in a Pyongyang prison.

Duration: 00:23:19


American Civil Rights Activist - Richard Cohen

8/25/2017
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Neo-Nazism, and race hatred are alive and kicking in the United States. The violence in Charlottesville was shocking not just because a life was taken, but also because of the polarising impact of President Trumps response. Stephen Sackur speaks to Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a group devoted to civil rights activism. How fanciful is the notion of a 21st century American civil war? (Photo: Richard Cohen on Hardtalk)

Duration: 00:24:44


MEP for South-East England - Daniel Hannan

8/22/2017
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Politicians and civil servants usually abandon their offices in the dog days of August, but not this year in London, where Brexit is now an overwhelming political priority. Theresa May's Government has issued a raft of proposals on what trade, border and legal arrangements might look like post Brexit, with a striking focus on continuity rather than change. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the Conservative Party's staunchest Brexiteers, MEP Daniel Hannan. If Brexit isn’t a clean...

Duration: 00:23:25


Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

8/20/2017
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In the age of Donald Trump maybe the world is getting used to international politics delivering the unexpected. Stephen Sackur speaks to Mikheil Saakashvili who served two terms as President of Georgia. He then abandoned his home country to take citizenship in Ukraine, serving as a regional governor until he fell out spectacularly with the Ukrainian President. Now he's been stripped of Ukrainian citizenship and is stateless. So Is this the end of Mikhail Saakashvili’s political career?

Duration: 00:24:56


Former South African Finance Minister - Pravin Gordhan

8/17/2017
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For more than two decades the ANC has been South Africa's impregnable political structure, but now cracks are appearing. At least 30 ANC MPs defied the party whip and supported a no confidence motion against party leader and national President, Jacob Zuma. Stephen Sackur speaks to Pravin Gordhan, the man President Zuma sacked as Finance Minister in controversial circumstances earlier this year. Does the ANC need to be broken up to enable South Africa to thrive?

Duration: 00:23:23


Director General, Al Jazeera Media Network - Mostefa Souag

8/15/2017
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When the Al Jazeera news network was launched in Qatar in 1996 it had a seismic impact on the media landscape in the Middle East. Here was an Arab broadcaster refusing to play by local rules; ambitious, punchy and provocative in its coverage of the region and the world. Two decades on, it seems that patience is wearing thin in much of the Arab world. Saudi Arabia and its closest allies recently demanded Qatar close the network down. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur asks Mostefa Souag, Director...

Duration: 00:23:22


Anti-Maduro Dissident - Isaias Medina

8/11/2017
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HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Isaias Medina, former Venezuelan diplomat at the UN and now an anti-Maduro dissident. Venezuela's political and economic crisis is precariously poised - the Maduro regime is determined to re-write the constitution to strengthen its grip on power - the opposition is intent on using mass protest to bring the Government down. The current standoff isn’t sustainable, but which side will prevail? Can Maduro outlast his enemies?

Duration: 00:23:24


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland - Witold Waszczykowski

8/10/2017
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Is Poland, a country that was held up as a model of post-Soviet transition, turning away from liberal democracy? In July the EU announced that it would launch legal action against Poland over plans to give politicians more power to sack and appoint judges. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Poland's foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski and asks what this latest dispute means for Poland's place in Europe.

Duration: 00:23:16


Former Governor of the Bank of France Christian Noyer

8/8/2017
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Zeinab Badawi speaks to one of the most influential voices in global finance today. He was made honorary Governor of the Central Bank of France, following a period as Governor for twelve years. Prior to that he was a Vice President of the European Central Bank and has worked for various leading international financial institutions. Christian Noyer has been tasked with making the case for Paris as a financial hub following Brexit. Is he making too tough a sell and potentially damaging ties...

Duration: 00:23:21


Vice President of Iraq - Dr Ayad Allawi

8/6/2017
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This summer, Iraqis can perhaps see a glimmer of light amid the darkness that's enveloped their country for so long. The country's second city, Mosul, is no longer in the hands of jihadist fanatics, with the so-called Islamic State caliphate shrinking fast. But will any semblance of stability and unity follow? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the great survivors of Iraqi politics, Vice President Ayad Allawi. Does he think Iraq has a viable future?

Duration: 00:23:02

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