IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – interview with former president of Estonia

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Text: “‘Why Bother Talking To Liars?’ Estonia’s Former President Says No Point Negotiating With Russia.” Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty https://www.rferl.org/amp/ukraine-war-ilves-interview-western-response/31805297.html

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty is a news organization that is funded by the U.S. government. To what extent might this influence the content and form of the interview?
  • The text starts with a brief bit of biographical information about Ilves which is typical of many interviews. There is not that much information though – only one sentence. Why does the text only provide this small amount of information about the subject of the interview?
  • Ilves uses strong statements and language throughout the interview and is particularly critical of Germany and Georgia. To what extent might this criticism overlap with U.S. foreign policy aims and objectives in Europe?
  • What evidence does Ilves provide to support his arguments?

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