Noreena Hertz is a best-selling author and academic, described by The Observer as one of the world’s leading thinkers. Her latest book, "Eyes Wide Open", empowers readers to become confident and wise decision-makers in a confusing world.
This week, German authorities announced the discovery of more than 1,400 artworks plundered by the Nazis. Among the works are 20th century masterpieces by Chagall, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse and Picasso. Why did the German authorities wait so long to go public with the news? And why are they now refusing to publish a full list of the works? Douglas Herbert puts these questions to Christina Kott, a historian and senior lecturer at Panthéon-Assas University here in Paris.
Swiss scientists say their initial research reveals that the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, had been poisoned by radioactive polonium. The Palestinian UNESCO representative, Elias Sanbar, tells Annette Young that if Arafat was poisoned, then the Palestinians believe the Israelis were responsible and probably used somebody on the Palestinian side who had close access to Arafat.
Five years after Georgia and Russia fought a brief war, the southern Caucasus nation is looking to reduce tensions with Moscow – even as Russian troops remain stationed on territory Georgia claims as its own. Douglas Herbert asks Georgia’s Defence Minister Irakli Alasania whether his country can patch up relations with Moscow, even as Tbilissi seeks closer ties to the European Union and NATO.
After being turned down twice by Brussels, Albania’s bid to join the EU has finally been looked upon favourably by the European Commission. In its latest report on enlargement, the EU executive praised Tirana’s efforts to fight organised crimes and corruption. But is the country really ready to start accession talks with the EU? Christophe Robeet asks Albania’s Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati.