Carl Bildt on Brexit Day & the EU

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden helps us navigate Brexit:

Brexit day is here! What happens now?

Well, on Friday, what happens is that all of the UK representatives leaves everything in Brussels. All of the meetings, all of their coordination, all of the commissions and whatever, when it comes to shaping and taking the common decision. So legally, they leave. But they remain within the legal framework of the European Union. All of the laws, all of the regulations will apply to them for the entire year. They remain in the Customs Union. They remain in the single market. And the reason for that is that one would have to try to negotiate an arrangement between the United Kingdom and the EU during this year.

Whether that will be possible within that very tight timeframe remains to be seen. And towards the end of the year, we'll end up either with a crash, I certainly hope not, or with a fairly minimalistic agreement when it comes to a very important future relationship here in Europe and for the world. So, this is the end of the beginning, but it's certainly not the end.

Is Europe ready for the effect of the Coronavirus?

Well, that remains to be seen, frankly speaking. There is a lot of coordination going on. But it boils down to the capacities of the national states.

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.


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.


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!