HARDtalk

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In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.

HT: Edi Rama 19 Jul 13 July 19, 2013
Sarah Montague speaks to Edi Rama, who will become Albania's Prime Minister in September. A modern artist, he won international plaudits for transforming the capital Tirana when he was its mayor - not least by painting its grey buildings in bright...
Gavin Esler talks to the Conservative MP David Davis on Hardtalk about the massive collection of data by the US National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ revealed by the American whistle-blower, Edward Snowden. Are we living in a Surveillance state?...
HT: ZHANG XIN 15 July 13 July 15, 2013
Gavin Esler talks to Chinese businesswoman Zhang Xin on Hardtalk. One of only 24 self-made female billionaires in the world Zhang Xin's started work as a teenager in a sweat shop in China. By her 20s she worked for Goldman Sachs in New York....
Stephen Sackur speaks to Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol and Egyptian political activist Dina Wahba. A year ago the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's creed looked like a winning political formula; not so now. The Islamists have been removed from power by the...
Nikos Dendias is Greece’s minister for public order. He believes Greece has become the new gateway to Europe, receiving 90 per cent of all illegal immigrants to the EU. He also says the Greek immigration problem may prove even greater than the...
Afghanistan is a country that has huge natural resources, but it is also one of the most corrupt countries in the world. HARDtalk is in Kabul to talk to Afghanistan’s finance minister Dr. Omar Zakhilwal. He has publically accused fellow MPs of...
International Forces are pulling out of Afghanistan and by the end of 2014 they’ll be gone completely. HARDtalk's Sarah Montague visited Afghanistan to speak to the head of the Afghan National Army, Sher Mohammad Karimi. He and his troops now have the...
On Hardtalk, Shaun Ley talks to “the true father of metal” and “the king of the heavy riff”. Tony Iommi’s band is topping the charts again after 43 years. Black Sabbath are better known for the antics of on/off lead singer Ozzy Osborne than the skills...
South Africa's Constitution has become one of the most admired in the world - progressive, transformative, guaranteeing equality and human rights. But despite the great strides the country has made, the reality is failing to live up to the promise....
Gavin Esler talks to Sergei Guriev, a star Russian economist who has been advocating liberalising economic reform in his country. But after becoming involved in the case of former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, he found himself in trouble with the...
Tim Franks speaks to political philosopher Michael Sandel who argues that markets are increasingly entering all parts of life and are becoming more and more destructive. Are commercial interests and financial incentives really that much more intrusive...
For Hardtalk, Zeinab Badawi is in Ankara to speak to Turkey’s Finance Minister, Mehmet Simsek. Following the response to the anti-government demonstrations, critics at home and abroad are pointing to an increasingly authoritarian style of political...
On Hardtalk, Sarah Montague talks to Ayad Allawi, former Prime Minister of Iraq. More than a thousand people were killed in violence in Iraq last month according to the United Nations. The country appears to be dividing along religious lines, not...
HT:Martin Amis 17 Jun 13 June 16, 2013
Stephen Sackur talks to Martin Amis. Early in his writing career he was pigeonholed as the enfant terrible of the British literary world. Four decades on he remains one of the most successful and closely scrutinised novelists of his generation....
HardTalk's Shaun Ley talks to Ivo Daalder, US Permanent Representative to NATO, at the organisation's headquarters in Brussels. The Alliance was formed to defend western Europe against the Soviet Union, with the United States an enthusiastic member....
HT: Mo Ibrahim 12 Jun 13 June 12, 2013
Shaun Ley speaks to Mo Ibrahim, creator of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. His Index of African Governance suggests generally things are getting better. But some worry that China's willingness to lend money "no strings...
France is one of the political heavyweights of the European Union, a key world economy and a major global player. HARDtalk speaks to Jean-François Copé, the leader of the UMP, the main opposition party on the centre-right, who has lurched farther to...
On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Pierre Krähenbühl - Director of Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC is pulling some of its international staff out of Afghanistan, following a murderous attack on its Jalalabad compound....
On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Pierre Krähenbühl - Director of Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC is pulling some of its international staff out of Afghanistan, following a murderous attack on its Jalalabad compound....
Robert Fowler, a senior Canadian diplomat, was held hostage for five months by Al Qaeda in Niger in 2009. He says that since his capture and release, terror attacks and events in the region, such as the brief Islamist takeover of northern Mali, should...