Hardtalk

Hardtalk

Interviews with the world's leading politicians, thinkers and cultural figures. In an in-depth, hard-hitting, half-hour discussion, Stephen Sackur talks to some of the most prominent people from around the world. Broadcast on the BBC World Service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Michael Fuchs 27 Feb 15

    Fri, 27 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Berlin doesn’t house any of the European Union’s key institutions, but there is no doubt this is the power capital of Europe – something Greece’s new left-wing Government now knows all too well. Germany calls the shots when it comes to shaping Europe’s economic policy. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to an influential member of Chancellor Merkel’s CDU party – Vice-Chairman of the parliamentary party Michael Fuchs. In the high stakes showdown over Greece’s debt, has Germany used its power wisely?

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  • Vadym Prystaiko 25th February 2015

    Wed, 25 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What chance is there of peace in Ukraine? There is meant to be a ceasefire in place - but fighting has continued. And the deal agreed in Minsk left many issues unresolved. The crisis has pitted Russia against the West in a way not seen since the Cold War. Hardtalk speaks to Vadym Prystaiko - Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister: what hopes does he have of pulling the country back from civil war?

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  • Tef Poe 18th February 2015

    Wed, 18 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to the activist and rapper Tef Poe. He's described the fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, of unarmed teenager Michael Brown as a "declaration of war" by the police. Tef Poe has stated that "my grandparents endured this type of treatment so we wouldn't have to". So if you are young, black and poor in America today are you at war with the police? This interview forms part of the BBC’s Richer World Season.

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  • HT:Gebran Bassil 13 Feb 15

    Fri, 13 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of HARDtalk, Zeinab Badawi is in Brussels to speak to Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. He has travelled to the city to tell EU officials that his country has been overwhelmed by Syrian refugees. But why does his political party have an alliance with Hezbollah that backs the Syrian President?

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  • General Asad Durrani 11 Feb 15

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sarah Montague talks to the former head of Pakistan's Intelligence Service General Asad Durrani. After 152 people were killed in the school in Peshawar, Pakistan's Prime Minister said that the country would no longer distinguish between "good" and "bad" Taliban, but is Pakistan really prepared to make enemies of their former friends?

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  • Andrey Kurkov 09 Feb 15

    Mon, 9 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It's a year since the protests in Ukraine's Maidan Square -protests that led to the fall of the pro-Russian government. Russian born Andrey Kurkov has published his diary of the time. He's one of the country's most famous authors and supported the uprising. But, although he lives in Ukraine, he writes in Russian and because of that, he's been rejected by some as a Ukrainian writer and accused of being a traitor by Russians. Sarah Montague asks how to maintain a complex identity when war urges people to take sides? And was the uprising worth it?

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  • Juan Mendez 05 Feb 15

    Fri, 6 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sarah Montague talks to Juan Mendez, the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Torture. He was a human rights lawyer in Argentina in the 70s when he was arrested, imprisoned and tortured. He has said he owes his life to those in America who took a principled stand against torture. But now Juan Mendez says the world has become more accepting of cruelty and America has been compromised by its own brutal treatment of prisoners. So is torture ever morally justifiable?

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  • Anne Glover 02 Feb 15

    Wed, 4 Feb 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Should scientists working with governments and officials give opinions or just stick to giving scientific facts? Hardtalk speaks to the Scottish microbiologist Professor Anne Glover. She has just left her post as the first chief scientific adviser to the EU Commission President, and this is her first extensive broadcast interview since then. Whilst she was still in the post she said that in-house politics had hampered the efficiency of her role. Was she at loggerheads with the EU Commission?

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  • Jay Naidoo 30 January 2015

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This interview is part of the BBC's Richer World season. According to Oxfam, South Africa is the most economically unequal country in the World - the wealth of the two richest citizens outstrips that of the poorest 50 per cent of the population. Twenty years after the end of Apartheid, why is that so? Hardtalk speaks to Jay Naidoo, leader of the South African trade union movement during the liberation struggle and a cabinet minister under President Nelson Mandela. Why hasn’t freedom reduced inequality?

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  • Moazzam Begg 28 January 2015

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to the British Muslim campaigner Moazzam Begg. He was detained at Guantanamo Bay ten years ago, and then last February he was held for seven months in a British prison. In October all terrorism-related charges against him were dropped and he walked free. He believes that current counter-terrorism measures are fuelling the very problems they are trying to tackle and are alienating and radicalising some Muslims. So how should Muslim communities work with the authorities to prevent the extremists carrying out attacks?

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