"I failed to thwart a disaster which had been expected for some months now, perhaps even years"
Defeated Socialist candidate
"We have lawful systems of immigration and shouldn't that be enforced?"
US Attorney General
"It looks like the upturn has legs"
Chief business economist, IHS Markit
"It's a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions."
US Secretary of Defense
"It's a horrible set of retail sales numbers"
Market strategist, BGC partners
"We've already got problems with unemployment, there aren't enough jobs. And on top of that, we're taking in more people! It doesn't make sense!"
Retired merchant navy officer
Bonus interview: Yo-Yo Ma
More excerpts from our interviews with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the pipa player Wu Man.