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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.

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

Reding: Britain can't pick, choose benefits

January 15th, 2014
04:59 PM ET

With the stagnant state of the French economy, and continued discussion of a British referendum on the EU, Becky spoke to European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding.

In France unemployment is currently above 10%, and there is a distinct lack of recent growth. Reding stated that that is an issue they are aware of. "The European Commission as you know analyses all the national budgets before they go to the national parliaments and we make our recommendations in that sense. We have made these recommendations also for France, and we have called for very strategic fundamental reforms in France, we just hope that the French President and his government will hear these calls because yes, we do need a strong French economy in a strong European economy."

After Becky questioned her about David Cameron's statement that "migrant numbers are out of control", Reding replied "you cannot pick and choose on this. Britain has given its signature for the whole single market."

When pushed on the possible outcome of a British referendum on membership, she told Becky "A British referendum is an absolutely British affair and this has nothing to do with European politics, that has to be clarified by the British people."

In the meantime what she aims for is a strong Europe. "Not a fragmented Europe with nothing to say, where others impose their say on the Europeans."

Syria's foreign fighters

November 5th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

Al Qaeda has swept to power with the aim of imposing a strict Islamist ideology on Syrians across large swathes of Syria's rebel-held north, according to a CNN survey of towns, activists and analysts that reveals an alarming increase in al Qaeda-linked control in just the past month.

Al Qaeda-backed militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are the predominant military force in northern Syria, according to activists and seasoned observers, and have a powerful influence over the majority of population centers in the rebel-held north.

Becky speaks to EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove tells us what's being done to stem the flow of jihadis into Syria.