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This Year in Quotes

This Year in Quotes

“You are free to kill the idiots.”

– Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose violent anti-drug campaign has led to thousands of civilian deaths, giving police their marching orders.


“He’s not my bride, and I’m not his bride or groom.”

– Russian President Vladimir Putin rejects talk of a special relationship with President Trump.

“We are fighting against a European Union that wants to squash us, that wants to eat us all in the same sauce.”

– Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who lost France’s presidential election to upstart Emmanuel Macron. #NoSoupForYou

“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job… My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”

– U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found himself at odds with the president throughout 2017, often to the detriment of key diplomatic objectives.

“Everyone already thought Medvedev was pathetic and pointless, but it turns out he’s pathetic, pointless and a billionaire.”

— Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, whose anti-corruption campaign brought out record numbers to protest this year. Navalny has been disqualified from running for president in 2018 against Putin.

“If they ask me what my final wish is, I would say the person who caused all this suffering and oppressed thousands of innocents, I want to spit in his face”

– Exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen — who the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the 2016 failed coup attempt — on the country’s descent into authoritarianism.

“What’s the requirement of my job? I don’t have to be very clever. I don’t have to know that much. I just do have to be calm.”

- British Brexit Secretary David Davis

“If you have been paid to boo me, boo, go ahead… I don’t care, I am powerful.”

- First Lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe. Six days later, the military took over the country, ending her husband’s 37-year reign.

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Watch her remarkable story on the latest episode of Faces of Eni.

"If [the election] is very close and it ends up in the courts, that kind of protracted situation I think will lead many Americans to believe that it was an unfair election." Rick Hasen, election law expert and author of Election Meltdown, lays out some of the worst-case scenarios for Election Day, ranging from unprecedented voter suppression to dirty tricks by foreign actors. The conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer. The episode begins airing nationally in the US on public television this Friday, October 30. Check local listings.

"No election is conducted perfectly, and elections have all kinds of problems.We're going to have more problems because we're running an election during a pandemic." Election law expert Rick Hasen cautions that both campaigns could misconstrue honest mistakes in the administration of this week's national election as nefarious acts. The integrity of the election, he warns, could be compromised by human error and the unprecedented challenges posed by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Hasen's especially concerned about key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. His conversation with Ian Bremmer is part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on Europe In 60 Seconds:

With COVID increasing in France, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere, has Europe lost control of the pandemic?

Well, I wouldn't say lost control, but clearly it is a very worrying situation. With COVID increasing virtually everywhere, we see a new wave of semi-lockdowns... it's not as bad as it was in the spring... with the hope of being able to contain the surge during the month of November. Let's wait and see.

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An extended conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former top State Department official under President Obama and the CEO of the think tank New America. Slaughter spoke with Ian Bremmer about how a "President Biden" could reshape US foreign policy.

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