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Golan Heights on edge...

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Equality in the workplace: Bridging the gender pay gap

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An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. Every Monday and Wednesday at 4.45 pm Paris time. Saturday at 7.45 am.

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THE INTERVIEW

Latest update : 2014-03-27

Anders Aslund, Former Senior Advisor to Boris Yeltsin

Anders Aslund, an economist who served as a senior adviser to Boris Yeltsin in the early 1990s, has often been very right about where Russia is headed, when others - including Putin himself - have been very wrong.

Although the Russian president seems unfazed so far by Western threats of sanctions  over Crimea and even publicly mocked them, Anders Aslund thinks he should be more careful. Severe sanctions could push Russia over the financial cliff. Even Ukraine is not powerless, he adds, and may retaliate against Moscow by not paying the huge debt Kiev owes to Russia or by nationalising Russian enterprises in Ukraine.

By Douglas HERBERT

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2015-01-27 Nazis

In Nazi death camps, 'I asked myself where God was all the time'

Samuel Pisar is a Holocaust survivor. Between the ages of 13 and 16, he lived through the horror of Majdanek, Dachau and Auschwitz. He tells Marc Perelman how he survived in the...

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2015-01-26 Colombia

Colombia's Santos 'convinced' that FARC rebels 'want peace'

Decades of conflict between the Colombian government and FARC rebels may be coming to an end. Peace talks have been taking place in Cuba since 2012 and in December of last year,...

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2015-01-24 Charlie Hebdo

Riots over cartoons of Prophet Mohammed are 'childish'

Naser Khader is a former Danish MP of Syrian origin. He has been a vocal advocate for free speech ever since the first controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed emerged...

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2015-01-24 European Union

Majority of EU citizens 'support transatlantic trade deal'

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she met her US counterpart to discuss progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

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2015-01-25 Ukraine

Ukraine's finance minister: Kiev 'needs a substantial amount of money'

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she alerted Ukraine's international donors to her country's dire need of help. "We need...

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