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)

  • Luis Moreno Ocampo: Friday 19th September

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Twelve years ago the International Criminal Court was set up to be the scourge of war criminals and mass killers everywhere - there would be no more impunity for the worst of crimes. How does the court's record stack up against that grand ambition? Thus far all of its cases have come from Africa, and just two convictions have been handed down from the Hague. HARDtalk speaks to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who was the ICC's chief prosecutor for a decade. Why has the court failed to deliver on its promise?

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  • Peter Bofinger: Wednesday 17th September

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is the Eurozone economy turning Japanese? Flat-lining growth, depressed prices and a general air of economic despondency are surely warning signs of a Japanese-style prolonged stagnation. Can Europe's economic policymakers turn things around? HARDtalk speaks to Peter Bofinger, who sits on Germany’s Council of Economic Experts - is the dominance of Germany's economic model now Europe's biggest problem?

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  • Danny Dorling: Monday 15th September

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Can we afford the world's super-rich and what have they ever done for us? HARDtalk speaks to a leading British social thinker - Professor Danny Dorling of Oxford University. He argues for a slow revolution against the top 1%, whom he claims are impoverishing the rest of us. If 99% of us are becoming more equal, does it really matter if a tiny minority are getting richer?

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  • Chrissie Hynde: Friday 12th September

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Chrissie Hynde, who has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music and a record of success going back to the 1980s. Her band, the Pretenders, found global success during the era of punk; 30 years on she's still making music, but is she still in love with rock n roll?

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  • Jose Manuel Barroso: Wednesday 10th September

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The European Union confronts a host of problems from an economic slowdown inside the Eurozone to the crisis in Ukraine. Jose Manuel Barroso has been president of the European Commission for ten years but has only two months left in the job. HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi talks to him by Lake Como in Italy and asks, how much of a mess is he leaving behind for his successor?

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  • President Petro Poroshenko Monday September 8th

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In an exclusive interview, Stephen Sackur speaks to President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who's been in Britain to attend a summit of NATO leaders. There's a consensus view that the crisis in eastern Ukraine represents the most serious threat to Europe's security and stability since the fall of the Berlin Wall - Ukraine and Russia are just a few steps away from all-out war - but right now there are hopes of a ceasefire. So, is there a path back from the brink?

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  • Giorgi Margvelashvili: Friday 5th September

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This week's Nato Summit in Wales comes against a background of escalating tensions between Russia and Nato over the conflict in Ukraine, with calls for tougher action against Moscow. How far should Nato go in protecting countries that are not members of the Alliance like Ukraine? HARDtalk speaks to President Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia, a country that was at war with Moscow six years ago. What's his advice to Nato?

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  • Olexander Scherba 03 Sept 14

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Vladimir Putin is reported to have said he could take the Ukrainian capital Kiev in two weeks if he wanted to. As he offers increasingly brazen support to the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, his message to the West is clear: don't mess with Russia. HARDtalk speaks to senior Ukrainian diplomat, Olexander Scherba. Can Kiev afford to risk all-out war with Moscow?

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  • Yasser Abed Rabbo: Monday 1st September

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk is in the West Bank to talk to Yasser Abed Rabbo, the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee. He was a senior member of the Palestinian negotiating team in the years after the Oslo Peace Accords were signed with Israel. In wake of 50 day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, where does the Palestinian quest for statehood stand?

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  • Xiaolu Gou August 27th 2014

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It's the twenty-fifth anniversary this year of the Tianamen Square Massacre in Beijing that saw hundreds killed and many more detained. One award-winning British-Chinese writer and film-maker Xiaolu Guo was a teenager at the time. Decades earlier during the Cultural Revolution her fisherman father had spent more than ten years in correctional labour camps for painting a picture that had angered the authorities. What should the role of the artist or writer be in China today?

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