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

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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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2016-02-08 Syria

'European countries should do more to resettle refugees'

World leaders at an international donors conference for Syria have pledged almost $10 billion to help millions of people displaced by the five-year conflict. But how much of...

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2016-02-03 Democrats (USA)

US presidential race: 'The voters get to decide, not the pundits'

Iowa has spoken. The first US state has delivered its verdict and this much is clear: the race is wide open both for the Republicans and the Democrats. Texas senator Ted Cruz...

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2016-01-31 Afghanistan

'US aims to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan'

The US was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now military commanders are talking about a commitment that could see troops staying in the country for decades. They're facing...

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2016-01-29 Bashar al-Assad

Saudis must ‘take initiative’ to ease Iran tensions, Rouhani tells FRANCE 24

In an interview on Thursday with FRANCE 24, Le Monde and France Culture, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said restoring diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia was a...

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2016-01-27 Yemen

Former Saudi intelligence chief: 'Bashar al-Assad is the biggest terrorist'

Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service and an influential member of the Saudi royal family, speaks to FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman.

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