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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.

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."

Quest: Why should sports clubs be exempt?

November 4th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

It's said nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes.

For French football clubs it's a new punitive tax law that's worrying them to death. They fear one of Europe top leagues, newly resurgent following significant investment from mega wealthy Qataris and Russians, could be irreparably damaged by the tax.

On Thursday, French president Francois Hollande told a delegation of professional French football club leaders he wouldn't abandon the government's plan for a 75% tax on salaries reaching more than a $1.35 million.

French football clubs have been lobbying hard against the tax, arguing it endangers their future. It's estimated the tax could increase their costs by up to 30%.

And they feel so strongly over the matter that they plan to go on strike.

Read: Soccer clubs to strike over tax hike

So if you're a French football fan don't expect to be watching the likes Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Monaco forward Falcao in action between 29 November and 2 December.

If it goes ahead it would France's first football "strike" since 1972.

Richard Quest explains why he thinks fixing France's economy is more important than keeping soccer clubs happy.

Ex-U.S. official: Stealing part of intel

October 22nd, 2013
08:46 PM ET

Every nation keeps tabs on enemies but not nearly as many would keep tabs on their friends, but that is just what the U.S. appears to have been doing with close ally France.

Former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley tells Becky that the reality of intel ops is "they try and steal stuff".

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Report of NSA spying angers France

October 22nd, 2013
07:49 PM ET

People across France have been angered by the news that the NSA has listened in on millions of French phone calls.

Becky crosses live Jim Bittermann in Paris, who reports on French officials who are upset with reports of millions of phone calls intercepted by the NSA.

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