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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Finance Minister: Hope for struggling Greeks

January 18th, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Greece's Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras tells Becky that the days of harsh austerity measures could soon be over. In an interview in the capital Athens, Stournaras says the country's coalition government is strong – and while 2013 will be tough – there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Finance Minister told Becky that he believes the opposition is obsessed with the so-called "Lagarde List" because they lack credible arguments.

Greeks have lost trust in their politicians


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Euro crisis • Video

Author: No-one wanted to tell the truth about Armstrong

January 18th, 2013
10:44 AM ET

Before Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey was broadcast, Max Foster spoke to David Walsh, author of "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong". Walsh first raised questions about Armstrong back in 1999. His newspaper, The Sunday Times, was later sued by Armstrong for libel. The sports writer says he never felt vindicated and knew from day one he was right. Walsh says it was a story that no-one wanted to tell because Armstrong was seen as an iconic figure. He believes Armstrong can regain some trust but he will never be seen as an icon again.


Filed under:  Sport • Video

Former Greek airline worker's pension cut by 70%

January 18th, 2013
12:52 AM ET

Becky talks to a former chief cabin crew member in Greece who is dealing day to day with Greek austerity cuts.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Euro crisis • Video

Becky: Greeks have lost trust in their politicians

Becky: Greeks have lost trust in their politicians
Greenpeace activist poses as George Papaconstantinou. Source: AFP/Getty Images
January 17th, 2013
04:02 PM ET

Who knew what, when and how? Three questions Greeks want answered about the now infamous "Lagarde List." Lest we need reminding, this is a list – passed to the authorities in Athens in 2010 – of more than 2,000 Greeks who were allegedly avoiding tax by using Swiss bank accounts. Lest we also forget, that list of names mysteriously disappeared until September 2012 when, we are told, the current Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras learned about it through the press. The plot then thickened last month, when former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou was accused of removing names from that list – an allegation he denies – and was expelled from his socialist PASOK party. Fast forward to tonight – when legislators will debate whether to start a parliamentary investigation against him.

Inside the seemingly dysfunctional Greek Parliament, parties from all sides are lining up to make political capital out of this mess. Outside, on the streets of Athens, almost everyone I've spoken to complains of a massive trust deficit in their elected officials – particularly at a time when further swinging austerity cuts are decimating their livelihoods – and the lives of generations. They just want to see some accountability. And no doubt in Brussels, there is that sinking feeling that Greek politics could be about to take a nasty turn AGAIN, possibly destabilizing what is a very fragile fix – albeit temporarily – to the crisis in the Eurozone.

Who knew what, when and how? In pursuit of some answers I'll be speaking with Finance Minister Stournaras just hours before that vote – join me for that and more in Athens, tonight at 9 PM GMT.


Filed under:  Euro crisis

Ex-PM says French troops in Mali a big risk

January 16th, 2013
11:50 PM ET

Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe talks to Connect the World about French military action in Mali.

Text: Why France's Mali mission poses risks

Text: Hostages held in Algeria gas field raid

Video: Terror threat widens in northern Africa


Filed under:  Analysis • Video
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