Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'
June 19th, 2016
11:23 AM ET

Putin to Fareed Zakaria: 'The U.S. is a great power. At the moment, it is probably the only superpower and we accept this fact'

At 1:00pmET on CNN/U.S., a special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a wide-ranging discussion with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the subjects of U.S.-Russian relations, the European Union, the 2016 U.S. election, the extended conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and doping allegations against Russian athletes hoping to go to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi discusses the potential 'permanent' impact on Europe for a potential 'Brexit' vote; and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev discusses the possibility of a female president in his country in the future.

This wide-ranging discussion encores today on both CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   Please check here for additional airtimes across CNN's broadcast networks: http://edition.cnn.com/tv/schedule/europe


June 17th, 2016
01:26 PM ET

Vladimir Putin on Sunday's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – June 19

Three Heads of State Join FAREED ZAKARIA GPS

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will sit down with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev for wide-ranging discussions at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, June 17.

Topics covered in Zakaria's discussion with Mr. Putin included the sanctions imposed upon Russia by Europe and the U.S., Russia's relationship with Ukraine, the American presidential election, doping allegations against Russia's Olympic athletes, ‘Brexit,’ U.S.-Russia relations, the extended conflict in Syria, and more.

This special edition of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS was taped in St. Petersburg, Russia and will be broadcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.  Portions of the discussions will broadcast first across CNN’s television, mobile, and digital platforms on Friday and throughout the weekend.


In the United States (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

Sunday, June 19

  • CNN International: 7:00a.m., encore at 3:00p.m.
  • CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.

In Hong Kong (all times HKT):

Sunday, June 19 – CNN: 7:00p.m.

Monday, June 20 –  CNN: 10:00a.m.


Topics: CNN • CNN International • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Italy • Russia
October 4th, 2015
12:59 PM ET

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Renzi, Clinton, Soros on Europe's refugee crisis, economic woes

Today's CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured a panel interview with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, former President Bill Clinton, and philanthropist George Soros (Soros Fund Management) about during a session of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York City.  Their discussion focused on Europe’s refugee crisis and enduring economic woes.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS”



Fareed Zakaria, host, Fareed Zakaria GPS:  I have a real treat for you now: an all-star panel having a blockbuster discussion on Europe at the Clinton Global Initiative this week.

Joining President Clinton himself was the man who has been called Italy’s Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and the billionaire businessman and philanthropist George Soros.

It was a terrific, wide-ranging conversation. I want to show you the best parts.  I started off by asking Soros for an overall analysis of just how bad things look in Europe today.


GEORGE SOROS, FOUNDER, SOROS FUND MANAGEMENT: Unfortunately, Europe is in a state of disintegration. It started in 2008, and it continues to progress, and it's actually become non-linear. The disintegration in the last two months has accelerated because you've got not one crisis but multiple - at least five or six crises.

ZAKARIA: What are the main ones?

SOROS: Well...

ZAKARIA: Describe the disintegration.

SOROS: –you start with the euro crisis, which is at the root of it all. It came to fruition in the Greek crisis at the beginning of 2010. Then you have the Ukrainian situation and, of course, now, the migration crisis. And the most important thing, of course, is that there is also an external threat, namely from Putin's Russia. And the internal threats, or crises, are dividing Europe. This external threat ought to unite Europe, because everybody has to pull together to resist and to stand up to it.


ZAKARIA: The rising Russian bear on Europe’s borders and growling in so many different directions – I asked Prime Minister Matteo Renzi if Russian threats would cause Europe to find some common ground and common identity and coalesce and unite.


MATTEO RENZI, ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER: I think it could be a tragic mistake consider identity of Europe against Russia. I think we must defend integrity and the sovereignty of Ukraine. I think we must continue in a correct support to Poroshenko's government.

But if we think the future of Europe is create an identity, not in our values and our ideals, but against Russia, I think this is a tragic mistake.

First, because I think we must involve Russia in every dossier - in Syria, in Libya, Mediterranean. Second, because I think it's impossible for a place as Europe with a place in which in the past we won - we won only when we decide to open the borders, not close.

Europe - and President Clinton, obviously he's here the number one to verify this point - Europe has the identity when the Berlin Walls fell out. Now, the risk of Europe is not the problem of Russia for me; is not the problem of austerity for me - is that Hungary build a new wall, because for my mother, the moment of identity of Europe was when Berlin Walls fell out. For my children, I really worried if I think between Hungarian and Croatia, we can build a new wall.

ZAKARIA: President Clinton, can you tell us what you think about the main crisis that has been in the news recently, which is the migration crisis. And it’s accelerated but, as you well know, you mentioned to me earlier, this year we have seen the largest number of displaced people since World War II, 60 million people. It seems to me we've gotten to a point where, because technology and media and a certain degree of means allows - allow people to see a better life and to find a way to leave their countries, they can't get - they are not taken in anywhere and so you have 60 million people around the world trapped in this no man's land.

How do we solve this? What happens?

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Well, first, I'll do my best to answer that, but if you think about what George said and what the Prime Minister said, it wasn't until very long ago that Europeans were killing each other in large numbers. The European Union itself is a miracle.

The eurozone assumed great economic significance as long as the economy was growing. As soon as it turned down, the problems of the eurozone became apparent.

The world is no less interdependent than it was five years ago, 10 years ago. It's more interdependent. But in times of insecurity, fueled by both political problems and the absence of economic growth, negative identity politics tend to trump positive identity politics.

The European idea requires a level of security, personal and collective security, to embrace. It doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for or that the battle’s over. You know, we didn't repeal the laws of human nature. We didn't all of a sudden elevate human consciousness overnight. This is a long battle. But I'm with you, it's worth fighting - it's worth fighting for. So...

ZAKARIA: Can I ask you one corollary?


ZAKARIA: Do you think that that issue of negative versus positive identity, when you have slow growth, is true in America, as well?

CLINTON: Absolutely. Absolutely. You get these - that's the Republican presidential debates. You have people who live in coal country who lost 20,000 jobs before Barack Obama took the oath of office responding to Mr. Trump saying that if I just throw the immigrants out who are undocumented and stop the Chinese products from coming in, you will be hunky-dory.

But the truth is, they're physically isolated in an industry where employment peaked in 1920 - 95 years ago. And nobody has done anything for them. It is a microcosm of what you see in Greece, what you see in parts of Italy, what you see in parts of Spain - the whole deal.

And we need to all just take a step back and say if this is worth fighting for, let's just take this thing piece by piece.

But I don't think you should give up on the European dream, nor do I think you can get it back as it was in the heyday of the '90s overnight. You have to build it back, and you have to realize oh, this is really terrible - compared to what? What Europe was in the 1940s? I don't think so. What it was in the 1870s? No. See, we just have to keep going.

We can't get away from each other, so the world is going to be defined by positive identity politics or negative identity politics. In insecure times, the negative always has the advantage.  You have to fight it. And you don't win in a day. You win a long, long battle.

### END ###

Topics: CNN • CNN International • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Italy • Syria
July 18th, 2013
11:28 AM ET

Italian P.M. Letta to Amanpour: "It's really a shame, and I will continue to ask him to resign"

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta from London on Wednesday.  In a wide-ranging interview, Letta, who just recently was sworn in to his office on 28 April 2013, discussed his chief ministerial priorities, whether Italy would seek a bailout from the E.U., the state of Italian economic reforms, and his own headline-making personal austerity.

Letta also commented on the controversial racist description of one of his top ministers, Cécile Kyenge, made by one of Italy’s most prominent Senators, Roberto Calderoli, who said she resembled an orangutan and that her success in Italy encouraged illegal immigrants to come to Italy.  Integration Minister Kyenge is an Italian citizen who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Of this matter, Letta told Amanpour:

AMANPOUR:  Italy has a very prominent first black member, black cabinet member, and we were quite shocked to hear one of the senior Italian parliamentarians refer to her as an orangutan.  Should he be out of a job?  Is that the kind of person we want as a parliamentarian in Italy?

LETTA:  No, he has to go out from his job.  And I asked him to resign.  It was a shock for Italy and for, of course, all the public opinion.  You know my choice to ask Cécile Kyenge to be minister was a choice very clear for the country.  Italians has - they have to understand that the internal integration is one of the main issues for the future.  And the message was very clear.  Of course, there are today problems and I asked to this Member of Parliament to resign, is a shame, is really a shame.  And I will continue to ask him to resign.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm and 5:00pm Eastern.  The full transcript for this edition of the program may be found here.

CNN's online pope coverage: what you need to know
March 11th, 2013
11:03 AM ET

CNN's online pope coverage: what you need to know

CNN.com offers full coverage leading up to and during the conclave at CNN.com/Pope, a special section also available in the CNN mobile apps, with content explaining how the new pope will be chosen, a glimpse into the Catholic Church today and why this matters to non-Catholics. CNN.com/live will also live stream coverage of the smoke that comes from the Vatican's rooftop online and on the CNN Apps.

Additionally, CNN.com presents two interactives related to the pope: one that explains how the next pope will be decided and another that breaks down information on the possible papal contenders. Users can also click through photo galleries of the shortest-reigning popes and the longest-reigning popes.

CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, invites users to submit their predictions as to who will be the next pope and what they think this means for the Catholic Church.

Topics: CNN Digital • iReport • Italy • Mobile • Pope • Vatican Conclave
February 25th, 2013
05:21 PM ET

'Amanpour' broadcasts live from Rome during last week of the papacy of Benedict XVI

CNN International's Christiane Amanpour anchors live from Rome all this week – the last week for the papacy of Benedict XVI.

On Monday's program, she spoke with Tom Rosica, assistant spokesperson to the Holy See, about today's announced resignation of the U.K.'s Cardinal Keith O'Brien, amid claims that he made sexual advances towards other priests, and also Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, criticized for his handling the priest sexual abuse crisis.  Despite the circulation of a petition to protest his participation in the upcoming Vatican conclave to select a new pope, Father Rosica confirmed during his interview with Amanpour that Cardinal Mahony is now in Rome and expects to participate in the selection process.

In addition to Father Rosica, Amanpour interviewed journalist and former Dominican friar, Mark Dowd, who is openly gay, who describes homosexuality as a "ticking time bomb in the Catholic Church," suggesting that perhaps half of the clergy are homosexual.

And also on Monday's program, Amanpour interviewed veteran Vatican journalist, Marco Politi, of la Repubblica about the factors that may have influenced the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, about clergy practicing their sexuality despite their vows of celibacy, and other challenges facing the new pope.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pmET in North America, and at 9:00pmCET in Europe.  The full transcript of this program may be found here.


September 25th, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Italian Prime Minister #Monti to #Amanpour: "No, I will not run for the elections."

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti about his nation's economic austerity, whether he will stand for national election in Italy, and his relationships with his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, and Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel:

AMANPOUR:  Well, let me ask you, because obviously you were the unelected prime minister.  There are elections coming up.  Will you run?  Will you enter the race for the  leadership?

MONTI:  No, I will not run for the elections.  By the way, I don't need to, because the president of the republic appointed me senator for life.  And I think it's important that the full political game resumes in Italy, hopefully with a higher degree of responsibility and of maturity.  We are helping that by being part of the European Union.  Obviously, I will facilitate as much as I can the evolution.

The full transcript for this interview will be posted here.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.


Topics: Amanpour • Christiane Amanpour • CNN • CNN International • Italy