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.

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Ian Bremmer from Davos: Trump's speech; impeachment trial; Putin 2024

Ian Bremmer joins us from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to provide his analysis on the news of the day in global politics:

What stood out in President Trump's Davos speech and how is it received?

Well, I mean, you know, his victory lap stuff. I mean he's talking a lot about how amazing the economy is and the trade deals is getting done that are better than ever. Look, he has some actual accomplishments to trumpet now. His exaggerations were pretty great. How it was received as interesting; In the crowd, some tittering, people shaking their heads. But the reality, we're talking privately, is they like a lot of what he's doing compared to a lot of the Democrats that are running. Remember, these are CEOs of industry. These are financial titans. They're much more aligned with Trump than they are say, Greta on the environment. Important to know that when you think about how people make decisions.

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What does the impeachment trial mean for Senators Warren, Klobuchar and Sanders?

Politico's Ben White offers his analysis on US Politics on this special Martin Luther King Jr. Day edition of Politics In 60 Seconds:

How long do you expect the impeachment trial to last?

Well, the true answer is nobody has any idea. It depends how much wrangling there is over witnesses and whether there are witnesses. If there are, I think it could take up to a month. If there are not, it could be wrapped up within a couple of weeks. Republicans want it over by the State of the Union, which is February 4th.

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Combat online bullying with troll scores?

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, discusses combating cyberbullying, CCPA and tech "fashion":

What is a "troll score" and is it a realistic way to combat online bullying?

Something that Kayvon Beykpour, head of product at Twitter and I talked about, and the thought was: Twitter doesn't give you a lot of disincentives to be a jerk online. But what if there were a way to measure how much of a jerk someone is and put it right in their profile? Wouldn't that help? I think it's a pretty good idea. Though, you can see the arguments against it.

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Is Prime Minister Modi weakened by ongoing social protests?

Ian Bremmer joins us from Mumbai to provide his analysis on the news of the day in global politics:

Is Prime Minister Modi weakened by ongoing social protests?

Absolutely is. They're losing states, the BJP. You know, I mean it is absolutely true that there is strong anti-Muslim sentiment here. But there are also a lot of people among Hindus and in the opposition parties that see an opportunity to rebuild as a consequence. And with the economy doing worse, both those things are hurting him.

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Betty Liu explains financial market impacts from global unrest

How can global unrest impact financial markets?

So geopolitical events do affect financial markets. And these events are everything from wars, civil unrest, natural disaster, terrorism. During those times, investors flock to safe haven assets. So, that can be gold, it can be defensive stocks that generally have stable earnings and dividends. As you saw back in 9/11, investors flocked to safe haven assets.

How did the markets respond to the recent events in Iran?

So, Iran is in a region that accounts for about a third of the world's oil. So, what you saw was oil prices spike to a seven year high to seventy dollars a barrel. There was concern at that time that basically, oil production would be disrupted. And so that's why you saw investors flock to safe haven assets.

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CES 2020 update: Ivanka Trump, 5G, deepfakes

There were a lot of people who didn't want Ivanka Trump at CES because she doesn't work a lot on tech policy and a lot of people who are in the tech industry don't like the Trump administration. My view, hey, she wants to speak about tech. She's a pretty senior official. Fine for her to be here. Second controversy: She talked a lot about retraining the workforce. A lot of people who feel like the Trump administration has been anti worker and that's not an appropriate position for her to push. More sympathetic to that argument.

What does the killing of Suleimani mean for Europe?

Great concern for the consequences for the region. Primarily, apart from the stability of Iraq, what's going to happen there? It's a very fragile place. And if that is made into a battleground between the US and Iran, it's going to be very, very negative for the country and for the region. But then, of course, the fear of a further escalation also between the US and Iran. Almost unavoidable by now.

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