World Weekly

Venezuela has become trapped in a downward spiral of economic decline, social turmoil and political unrest. Gideon Rachman discusses the worsening situation with Latin America editor John Paul Rathbone and Andes correspondent Gideon Long.

 

There are big expectations for France’s new ‘rock star’ president, who has promised to overhaul politics in the country. Gideon Rachman asks Ben Hall and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany what his first priorities will be.

 

It’s been a tempestuous week in the world of Brexit. British prime minister Theresa May angrily denounced the EU for “meddling” in the British election, just days after reports were leaked of her acrimonious dinner with Brussels officials.
Jonathan Derbyshire joins the FT’s Gideon Rachman and Daniel Dombey to discuss the future of the UK-EU relationship.

 

Polls predict an easy victory for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of France’s presidential elections, but a lot can happen in the final two weeks of campaigning. Gideon Rachman discusses the independent centrist and his prospects with the FT’s Tony Barber and Michael Stothard

 

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.