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The (political) power of alcohol

Alcohol. It's a dangerous drug that has ruined countless lives and derailed many a global summit. But it's also humanity's oldest social lubricant, a magical elixir that can fuel diplomatic breakthroughs, well into the wee hours of the night. As Winston Churchill once quipped, "I've taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me." On GZERO World, we take a deep dive down the bottle and examine the role alcohol has played in society, politics, and global summitry—from the earliest hunter-gatherer days to that memorable Obama Beer Summit in 2009. Joining Ian Bremmer is philosopher Edward Slingerland, whose new book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way Into Civilization makes a compelling, if nuanced, case for alcohol's place in the world.

Also: since alcohol isn't the only social drug, a look at the state of marijuana legalization across the US and around the world.

What the Lebanese people hope for in international response to Beirut blast

On GZERO World, Lebanese journalist and author Kim Ghattas discusses worldwide response to the recent explosion in Beirut. On French President Emmanuel Macron's visit, she tells Bremmer reaction has been "very positive." Ghattas explains that the Lebanese people want to hear words of empathy and support from other world leaders, and also have advised, "Don't give money to the government, give aid directly to the people, to recognized organizations, to hospitals. And second, we want justice. We want an international investigation."

Face mask couture: Which world leader wore it best? Global leaders in the COVID era

Fashion has always gone hand-in-hand with global politics, and mask-wearing during the COVID-19 era is no different. Ian Bremmer investigates on GZERO World.

Europe offers support to Beirut; all eyes on Lukashenko's election

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, with the view from Europe:

How will Europe help with the catastrophe in Beirut?

You will see Europe mobilizing quite a lot of help. President Macron of France rushed there. That's natural due to the historical links between France and Lebanon, but also the European Commission and other countries are now mobilizing quite substantially. We are nearby. We have an interest in helping them.

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Grande Force de l'Espace

French President Emmanuel Macron has decided to take a new approach to boost enrollment in the Grande Force de l'Espace.

France Unites Around Notre Dame Fire: World in 60 Seconds

Can President Micron unite France after the Notre Dame fire?

Yeah, I think he does actually have a shot. He's been taking it really hard for the last few months. Big demonstrations on the ground every week - the Yellow Vests. They're going to have to maintain a respectful distance given the level of disaster that they've just experienced and it gives Macron an opportunity to actually unify the country around something constructive in this case. Rebuilding this extraordinary cathedral.

What's the biggest issue at stake in Indonesia's election?

It's infrastructure, it's improving the economy. Joko - Jokowi, is the guy that's building the roads. A month ago, they finally got the first metro, underground metro, to actually start in Jakarta. Anyone who's been there, three hours to get from meeting to meeting. They desperately needed it. He's going to win again and it's gonna be helpful for the economy in the country.

Who's in charge in Sudan right now?

It is a rotating military council. They promised that the opposition can put anyone they want to be prime minister, but watch the military continue to control the country. That is, they're not giving up anytime soon.

Is the honeymoon over for Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president?

No, I wouldn't say it's over, but his popularity is starting to slip and the economy is getting a little soft. Job numbers don't look great right now. And he's having a hard time getting consensus because his party is relatively small and he doesn't want to work the traditional sausage making operations in Brazilian congress, which means that it's going to be a long term for this guy. But it also means that he's going to have to do business the way most Brazilian politicians do. He's not suddenly going to create an authoritarian Brazil = couldn't do it even if he wanted to.


And go deeper on topics like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence at Microsoft Today in Technology.

World in 60 Seconds: Brexit, French Riots, Yemen and Huawei

It was a messy week for UK politics and Brexit is about to get a whole lot messier.

It's your World in 60 Seconds with Ian Bremmer!


And go deeper on topics like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence at Microsoft Today in Technology.

MACRON AND THE MARSHAL

Speaking of World War I, take a moment too to consider the controversy  that erupted this week when French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Marshal Philippe Petain – the heroic commander of French forces during World War I who later disgraced himself by collaborating with the Nazi occupation. Macron acknowledged Petain’s “disastrous choices” in the Second World War but praised him as a “great soldier” in the First.

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