World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

By winning last week’s constitutional referendum, albeit narrowly, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved his long-held ambition of taming the country’s instututions. Daniel Dombey discusses how he is likely to use his new powers with Delphine Strauss and Mehul Srivastava.

 

Donald Trump’s decision to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons has raised hopes that the world’s policeman is back on the beat. But does the move signal a genuine change of strategy? Ben Hall puts the question to the FT’s Gideon Rachman and Geoff Dyer.

 

Donald Trump is welcoming Chinese president Xi Jinping to his Florida resort this week for their first ever face-to-face meeting, with discussions expected on centre on trade relations and the North Korean nuclear crisis. Geoff Dyer discusses the US-China relationship with FT Beijing bureau chief Tom Mitchell, and Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington bureau chief.

 

Tensions between North Korea and the US have escalated this month over Pyongyang’s fast-developing nuclear weapons programme. How is the Trump administration going to manage the reclusive state? Gideon Rachman puts the question to the FT’s Seoul bureau chief Bryan Harris and Geoff Dyer, a former FT foreign affairs correspondent.

 

The FT’s deputy editor Roula Khalaf chairs a panel discussion on the rise of the right in Europe, with the FT’s Gideon Rachman and Simon Kuper and with Catherine Fieschi, a political consultant and longtime observer of the far right in France.

 

This week, Gideon Rachman talks to two leading pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong about the city’s “one country, two systems” agreement with China. Both Joshua Wong, 20, and Nathan Law, 23, played prominent roles in the Umbrella Movement in 2014 that took to streets to demand democratic elections for Hong Kong chief executive in 2014. Mr Law is the youngest elected member of the Hong Kong legislative council to date – but could be disbarred from office for his views.

 

Benjamin Netanyahu should be feeling on top of the world after a high profile visit to the White House last month. But at home, the Israeli prime minister faces three police investigations that are testing his reputation for political invincibility. Gideon Rachman discusses what this could mean for Israel with the FT’s Jerusalem bureau chief John Reed and FT International affairs editor David Gardner.

 

French presidential hopeful François Fillon has slumped in the polls after being placed under formal investigation over an alleged fake jobs scandal. But the one-time frontrunner has vowed to stay in the race. What does this mean for France – and for Marine Le Pen’s chances for taking the Élysée? FT world news editor Ben Hall discusses the question with Gideon Rachman, the FT’s chief international commentator, and Paris correspondent Michael Stothard.

 

Martin Schulz, the new face of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, has surged in the polls to become a surprise challenger to chancellor Angela Merkel in September’s elections. Gideon Rachman discusses what this could mean for Germany with the FT’s Stefan Wagstyl and Guy Chazan in Berlin.

 

This year, the African National Congress – which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid – picks a new leader. But their embattled president, Jacob Zuma, will leave a legacy of scandal, corruption allegations and a sluggish economy. Gideon Rachman discusses the future of Africa’s largest economy with the FT’s Africa editor David Pilling, and South Africa correspondent Joseph Cotterill.