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Ukraine's New Economic Minister on His Plans

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 28 February 2014

Pavlo Sheremeta, Ukraine's newly appointed economy minister tells us that he is prepared to engage with Russia. He explains his plans for the country and how he intends to steer Ukraine out of economic troubles.

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And as Germany's leader Angela Merkel visits Britain. We discuss the future of the UK in the EU with Lord Liddle, the adviser on European affairs to the former UK prime minister Tony Blair.

And, are you the sort of person who only buys what they need in the supermarket, and never throws food out because it's gone off or past it's sell-by date? New data from the World Bank says a quarter to a third of all food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted. We talk to Tristram Stuart a campaigner on food waste, about what we can do to cut down on food waste - his campaign is called Feeding the Five Thousand.

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