Carl Bildt @ Davos: Green Challenge & Greece's 1st female president

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, gives his thoughts from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland:

What's going to be the European message coming out of and going to the meeting in Davos?

I think is going to be focused on the Green Challenge, the transition to a more sustainable world that is a necessity as we look ahead. And the leadership role that Europe is taking and is even more determined to take by its own actions and by global diplomacy in the years ahead.

The second question: Greece has a new president. Who is she?

Well, first, Greece is on the move again, and that's good news after the years of crisis under the new government now of Prime Minister Mitsotakis. And he has decided to appoint a woman. That's a novelty for Greece. And not a representative of his own political party, but rather a high judge, more associated, if anything, with the left. And that is a sign of him sort of reaching out to be a government for all of the Greeks, not only for one particular party. That's sort of a novelty when it comes to the political tradition in Greece and as such another very good signal for the country.

Kevin Sneader, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, answers the question: Are CEOs getting real about climate change?

The answer, yes. Why? One, it's personal. Many have watched with horror the wildfires that took place recently. Others have even been evacuated. And for some, the snow set in Davos, they experienced incredibly mild temperatures that laid all to quip that climate change really has arrived. But the other reasons are a growing understanding of the nature of climate change.

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Welcome to the eleventh parliamentary elections in Iran's 40-year history.

Want to run for a seat? You can…if you're an Iranian citizen between the ages of 30 and 75, hold a master's degree or its equivalent, have finished your military service (if you're a man), and have demonstrated a commitment to Islam. Check all these boxes, and you can ask permission to run for office.

Permission comes from the 12-member Guardian Council, a body composed of six clerics appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and six jurists that Khamenei appoints indirectly. If the Council says yes, you can win a seat in parliament. If they say no, you can't.

This parliament, also called the Majlis, does have real power. It approves the national budget, drafts legislation and sends it to the Guardian Council for approval, ratifies treaties, approves ministers and can question the president. The current Majlis represents a wide range of values and opinions.

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As the head of a leading management consulting firm, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company Kevin Sneader has an inside view into the challenges facing the world's top executives. Every Thursday, Sneader will address questions about key issues like attracting and retaining talent, growing revenue, navigating change, staying ahead of the competition, and corporate responsibility – all in 60 seconds.

GZERO's Alex Kliment interviews New Yorker correspondent and author Joshua Yaffa. The two discuss Yaffa's new book, Between Two Fires, about what life is like for Russians today. They also sample some vodka at a famous Russian restaurant in NYC, of course!