Podcast

Monocle 24: The Briefing

A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

Episodes

  • Friday 14 June

    Jun 14 2019

    Are Iran’s soldiers to blame for co-ordinated attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman? Plus: Donald Trump's spin doctor leaves the White House, the day's business headlines from Bloomberg and Russia’s beleaguered space programme.

  • Thursday 13 June

    Jun 13 2019

    Will Donald Trump use dirty tricks against his presidential rivals? Plus: the art of political protest, a crucial vote in the race to be the UK’s next prime minister, Greek newspapers and Argentinian pop music.

  • Wednesday 12 June

    Jun 12 2019

    Monocle’s Hong Kong bureau chief, James Chambers, has the latest as protests in the city-state turn ugly. Plus: the UK’s ‘net zero’ emissions target, worrying signs for Germany’s economy and Uber’s flying taxis.

  • Tuesday 11 June

    Jun 11 2019

    What should we know about the UK’s leadership hopefuls? Plus, Mary Harper and Jeffrey Howard on political turmoil in Sudan, La Sagrada Familia finally gets a building permit and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella visits Art Basel.

  • Monday 10 June

    Jun 10 2019

    Can Europe’s leaders save the Iran nuclear deal? We also discuss mass protests in Hong Kong and whether drug use should prevent politicians from holding office. Plus: Monocle’s Balkans correspondent on the politics of football in the region.

  • Friday 7 June

    Jun 07 2019

    Mexico deploys forces on the Guatemala border and UK PM Theresa May steps aside as leader of the Conservative party. Plus: will tiny living spaces get more enjoyable in the future thanks to new technology?

  • Thursday 6 June

    Jun 06 2019

    Can China stop the US from selling weapons to Taiwan? Also in the programme: Denmark’s election results, Huawei’s Russia deal and Donald Trump’s take on Ireland’s “border situation”.

  • Wednesday 5 June

    Jun 05 2019

    Russia and China have both seen relations with the West sour but can they support each other? And is Japan set to take a greater role in global diplomacy? Plus: raids cause concern about press freedom in Australia.

  • Tuesday 4 June

    Jun 04 2019

    Why Turkey’s President Erdogan is determined to buy a Russian missile-defence system, how the 2036 Olympics is causing controversy in Germany and a new South-Korean box-office hit boosts Seoul’s film industry.

  • Monday 3 June

    Jun 03 2019

    US President Donald Trump starts his state visit to the UK. Also in the programme: will Germany’s Angela Merkel be able to keep her coalition together after the resignation of its junior partner’s leader and the latest push in France for smoke-free parks.

  • Friday 31 May

    May 31 2019

    We discuss warnings from business leaders about a no-deal Brexit and look at what’s next in Israel as Benjamin Netanyahu urges Israelis to elect him for the second time this year. Plus: China and the Shangri-La Dialogue.

  • Thursday 30 May

    May 30 2019

    Robert Mueller declines to clear Donald Trump of wrongdoing; we assess the response to his statement. Plus: the world’s quietest nation and two years after the Grenfell Tower fire, are similar buildings in the UK safe?

  • Wednesday 29 May

    May 29 2019

    We have the latest as Huawei takes on the US government. Plus: the next EU Commission president, Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck reviews the day’s newspapers and why does the Louvre have a problem with overcrowding?

  • Tuesday 28 May

    May 28 2019

    What’s next for Brexit negotiations – and the future of the Tories – as Jeremy Hunt describes a no-deal Brexit as “political suicide”? Plus: Austria’s political crisis and we ask who is in line to lead the EU.

  • Monday 27 May

    May 27 2019

    What do the results of the EU elections mean for the continent’s biggest parties? Plus: Fiat’s planned merger with Renault, the new leader of Australia’s Labor party and Finland’s stunning victory in the Ice Hockey World Championship.

  • Friday 24 May

    May 24 2019

    Political writer and broadcaster Matthew Parris has the latest as Theresa May announces her resignation. Plus: the business headlines, Sri Lanka’s state of emergency and we speak to the organisers of Hay Festival.

  • Thursday 23 May

    May 23 2019

    The *Financial Times*’s political editor George Parker joins us as pressure mounts on Theresa May. Plus: business news, Australia’s general election and should music be banned based on the artist’s political views?

  • Wednesday 22 May

    May 22 2019

    Could Theresa May be forced from office in the UK? China’s airlines demand compensation from Boeing and we review the day’s front pages. Plus: why Shinzo Abe wants the West to use Japan’s naming convention.

  • Tuesday 21 May

    May 21 2019

    Why is the White House refusing to allow a former legal adviser to testify before Congress? Plus: the difficulties of defining terrorism, business headlines from Bloomberg and the kilogram gets a scientific makeover.

  • Monday 20 May

    May 20 2019

    John Hewson, former leader of Australia’s Liberal party, discusses the country’s shock election result. Plus: UK Conservatives make leadership pitches, business news from Bloomberg and an epic weekend at Eurovision.

  • Friday 17 May

    May 17 2019

    Cross-party Brexit talks end in the UK but does that make a second EU referendum any more likely? Plus: Taiwan becomes the first Asian country to approve same-sex marriage and Tel Aviv gets ready for Eurovision.

  • Thursday 16 May

    May 16 2019

    Why has Donald Trump declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks? We also examine the legacy of former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke, who has died at the age of 89, explore the strategic military importance of the Japanese island of Okinawa and get a Eurovision update from Tel Aviv.

  • Wednesday 15 May

    May 15 2019

    Why has the US pulled embassy staff from Iraq? And how do Ukrainians feel about the EU? Plus: political controversy at Cannes Film Festival and a look at the latest technology releases.

  • Tuesday 14 May

    May 14 2019

    What will be the legacy of Sri Lanka’s terror attacks? Plus: *Die Welt*’s Stefanie Bolzen on Brexit talks between the UK’s Conservative and Labour parties, business headlines from Bloomberg and how asteroids are named.

  • Monday 13 May

    May 13 2019

    Are the US and Iran running the risk of provoking a conflict in the Gulf? Plus: protests in Albania, Rachel Johnson on why she disagrees with brother Boris on Brexit and we take the temperature of the UK art market.

  • Friday 10 May

    May 10 2019

    Should the US intervene to help resolve Venezuela’s political crisis? Plus: business headlines from Bloomberg, Russia reappraises Stalin and Monocle’s Jessica Bridger tells us about Zürich's transition to summer.

  • Thursday 9 May

    May 09 2019

    We discuss the ongoing – and seemingly neverending – trade war between the US and China, the controversial verdict in Montenegro’s coup trial and the decline of democracy in Benin. Plus: why is Brazil losing friends?

  • Wednesday 8 May

    May 08 2019

    We ask whether the Iran nuclear deal is on the brink of collapse. Plus: the UK’s main political parties prepare to contest the European elections, Uber’s drivers strike ahead of the company’s initial public offering and we profile Norway’s gaffe-prone health minister.

  • Tuesday 7 May

    May 07 2019

    As two Reuters journalists jailed in Burma are released, we discuss press freedom in the country. Plus: Istanbul re-runs an election for its mayor and the US attorney general faces a contempt vote in Congress.

  • Monday 6 May

    May 06 2019

    The eight-nation Arctic Council meets in Rovaniemi, Finland. We ask what role it plays. Plus: The latest on India’s general election and why New York’s Met Gala is one of the fashion calendar’s most important events.

  • Friday 3 May

    May 03 2019

    Should the UN intervene in Libya? We also ask whether the UK’s Europhile parties are in the ascendency. Plus: the latest headlines from Bloomberg and we ask whether the French reassessing their love affair with wine.

  • Thursday 2 May

    May 02 2019

    We have the latest as UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson is sacked amid claims he leaked information from a high-level meeting. Plus: Australia’s One Nation party, the business headlines and the Venice Biennale.

  • Wednesday 1 May

    May 01 2019

    What role US politicians should play in attempts to oust Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro. Plus: business headlines from Bloomberg, Angela Merkel and the European elections, and nominations for the Tony Awards.

  • Tuesday 30 April

    Apr 30 2019

    What will Emperor Akihito’s abdication mean for Japan? We have business news from Bloomberg and examine talks between Serbia and Kosovo. Plus: why has a Eurovision winner waded into a debate about political boycotts?

  • Monday 29 April

    Apr 29 2019

    Is Sri Lanka’s government guilty of curbing civil liberties following the Easter Sunday attacks? Plus: Switzerland’s relationship with the EU, Australia’s elections and we ask whether cinema is witnessing a renaissance.

  • Friday 26 April

    Apr 26 2019

    Has Jair Bolsonaro damaged Brazil’s reputation for tolerance? Plus: the Democratic Party’s many presidential candidates, the latest headlines from Monocle’s Zürich bureau and Ben Page reviews the week in statistics.

  • Thursday 25 April

    Apr 25 2019

    Can Joe Biden become the 46th president of the US? Plus: Russia’s attempts to create a sovereign internet, Gabriel Leigh’s transport round-up and a sneak peek inside a new book by Argentina’s former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

  • Wednesday 24 April

    Apr 24 2019

    Should we be concerned that Huawei is building part of the UK’s 5G mobile network? Plus: Australia’s elections, Berlin’s Soviet War Memorial and Monocle’s senior editor Robert Bound discusses the changing face of art.

  • Tuesday 23 April

    Apr 23 2019

    Sri Lanka’s government imposes a state of emergency. Plus: business headlines from Bloomberg, cross-party Brexit talks in Westminster, China’s spectacular military parade and a bumper tulip harvest in the Netherlands.

  • Monday 22 April

    Apr 22 2019

    Could Sri Lanka’s government have prevented the country’s worst attacks since its civil war? We also profile Ukraine’s new president, speak to Lord Hain about Northern Ireland’s fragile peace and review the day’s papers.

  • Friday 19 April

    Apr 19 2019

    Why did Donald Trump try to fire Robert Mueller? We also ask whether more can be done to assist Libya’s government and preview North Macedonia’s election. Plus: inside The Monocle Guide to Shops, Kiosks and Markets.

  • Thursday 18 April

    Apr 18 2019

    Will Sudan's former president, Omar al-Bashir, ever face trial at the International Criminal Court? We also discuss General Khalifa Haftar’s advance on Libya, bring you the latest business headlines from Bloomberg and discuss James Murdoch's investment in the comic-book industry.

  • Wednesday 17 April

    Apr 17 2019

    Why has Donald Trump blocked an attempt to end the war in Yemen? We also ask whether far-right parties should be barred from TV debates, discuss Huawei’s criticism of politicians and hear from the man who is relaunching one of the UK’s most iconic publications.

  • Tuesday 16 April

    Apr 16 2019

    We discuss how Taipei might respond to China’s aggressive military drills. We also talk about the cultural significance of Notre-Dame, examine the rise of the far right in Austria and find out why the Speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, John Bercow, has a cult following.

  • Monday 15 April

    Apr 15 2019

    Will high-level meetings between Japan and China pave the way for Xi Jinping’s first state visit to Tokyo? Plus: Australian journalists go on trial over breaching a court order, Finland’s elections produce no clear winner and Tel Aviv gears up to host Eurovision.

  • Salone special: Live from Salone del Mobile

    Apr 14 2019

    Monocle’s Georgina Godwin presents a special weekend edition broadcast live from Salone del Mobile in Milan featuring some of the most celebrated names from the world’s leading design event.

  • Salone special: Live from Salone del Mobile

    Apr 13 2019

    A special weekend edition broadcast live from Salone del Mobile in Milan. Georgina Godwin is joined by some of the most celebrated names in design including Maurizio and Christian Mussati, the founders of WonderGlass.

  • Friday 12 April

    Apr 12 2019

    Ben Rylan and Gillian Dobias host live from Milan Design Week where Alberto Alessi and David Chipperfield tell us about their redesign of the classic Moka coffee pot, and the creative directors of Jil Sander discuss a new collaboration with the artist Linda Tegg. Plus: in the studio Oli Stratford, editor in chief of ‘Disegno’ magazine, gives his Salone highlights.

  • Thursday 11 April

    Apr 11 2019

    Live from Milan Design Week: Ben Rylan talks good-looking workplaces with McKinsey Design’s Rob Mathis and Ben Sheppard, and Knoll’s design director Benjamin Pardo. Urbanism consultant Luca Ballarini also discusses the challenges of mobility in Italian cities and we meet the founder of Salone Satellite, Marva Griffin Wilshire.

  • Wednesday 10 April

    Apr 10 2019

    We kickstart our series of live broadcasts from Milan Design Week in conversation with Omer Arbel, founder of lighting company Bocci, and the designers of a brand new Panasonic screen. Plus: at Salone del Mobile we meet Johanna Vuorio, CEO of timber-furniture specialist Nikari.

  • Tuesday 9 April

    Apr 09 2019

    Could Libya be on the brink of a new civil war? Plus: why Donald Trump is threatening the EU with new tariffs, behind the scenes at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg and the latest from Salone del Mobile in Milan.

  • Monday 8 April

    Apr 08 2019

    Could a coalition of nationalist parties threaten the EU’s future ahead of the bloc’s elections? Plus: the UK unveils plans for regulating the technology sector, the private life of Benjamin Netanyahu and Shazam’s long journey back to the big screen.

  • Friday 5 April

    Apr 05 2019

    We have the latest on the ongoing political stalemate in the UK parliament, a round-up of the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo and plenty of praise for nature documentaries.

  • Thursday 4 April

    Apr 04 2019

    We have the latest on the preliminary report into the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash that occurred last month. Plus: Nissan’s former boss Carlos Ghosn is rearrested in Japan, Australia's government pins its hope on a new budget and we ask why vintage video gaming is making a comeback.

  • Wednesday 3 April

    Apr 03 2019

    We have the latest as the UK’s two main parties prepare to hold crucial talks on Brexit. Plus: a trade deal between the US and China appears to be nearing completion, Germany claims that Russia has violated a key nuclear-arms treaty and we assess the challenges facing Europe’s broadcasters.

  • Tuesday 2 April

    Apr 02 2019

    We have the latest as Greece’s prime minister begins his historic visit to North Macedonia. Plus: we profile the philosophy teacher who is hoping to rejuvenate right-wing politics in France, discuss Nasa’s row with the Indian government and find out why Europeans are still very much in love with radio.

  • Monday 1 April

    Apr 01 2019

    We have the latest as Turkey's ruling party suffers heavy losses in key local elections. Plus: the UK's former ambassador to Tokyo, Sir David Warren, on the country's new imperial era and we hear from Slovakia’s new president.

  • Friday 29 March

    Mar 29 2019

    Why has Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó been barred from public office? We also discuss Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the French civil service, Theresa May’s attempts to hold a third vote on her Brexit deal and find out why museums are facing repatriation requests for their fossils.

  • Thursday 28 March

    Mar 28 2019

    How do governments decide whether to ban an extremist group? Plus: Taiwan’s plans to expand its army, Ukraine’s presidential elections and a row about labelling products as “Macedonian”.

  • Wednesday 27 March

    Mar 27 2019

    The Financial Times’ political editor George Parker explains the UK’s attempts to break the Brexit deadlock. Plus: Nato’s concerns over China, orders that gag the media and Disney’s adaptations of classic films.

  • Tuesday 26 March

    Mar 26 2019

    Will Donald Trump's plans to build a wall end in failure? Plus: concerns about the legitimacy of Thailand's general election, big tech's questionable efforts to combat extremism and an art project in Stockholm cheering up anxious commuters.

  • Monday 25 March

    Mar 25 2019

    We have the latest as Donald Trump is cleared of conspiring with Russia. Plus: the UK government considers replacing Theresa May over her handling of Brexit, Amsterdam attempts to clamp down on property magnates and Monocle’s Gabriel Leigh rounds up the biggest stories from the world of transport.

  • Friday 22 March

    Mar 22 2019

    Why is the Golan Heights so important? Plus, we discuss why Brazil’s former president Michel Temer has been detained, the cities that have changed their names and whether our interpretation of famous art matters.

  • Thursday 21 March

    Mar 21 2019

    Can the US help to end the war in Yemen? Plus: the EU’s attempts to tackle fake news and disinformation, a satirical take on Brexit and why Arkansas wants statues that are more representative.

  • Wednesday 20 March

    Mar 20 2019

    Are EU leaders in the mood for renegotiating Brexit? We also find out why Kazakhstan’s leader resigned after 30 years, discuss China’s interest in Italy and assess plans to build a tunnel between Austria and Slovenia.

  • Tuesday 19 March

    Mar 19 2019

    What can the world’s politicians learn from New Zealand’s handling of the Christchurch attacks? We also discuss the difficulties of reforming the US voting system, explore historically low interest rates in Switzerland and find out how the UK’s top music artists are trying to save the country’s live-music scene.

  • Monday 18 March

    Mar 18 2019

    New Zealand vows to tighten gun laws in response to the country’s worst mass shooting. Plus: Germany’s biggest banks mull a merger, Macron unveils anti-rioting measures and Japan’s space agency teams up with Toyota.

  • Friday 15 March

    Mar 15 2019

    The latest on the Christchurch shootings. Is enough being done to tackle far-right extremism? Plus, cultural heritage in the Balkans, Tom Ford and the CFDA and will Shinzo Abe lead his party for a fourth term?

  • Thursday 14 March

    Mar 14 2019

    Can a former Texan punk rocker become the next US president? We also explore how Russia is commemorating the annexation of Crimea, discuss how an economic recession is defined and take you behind the scenes at a trade fair that is dedicated to water and energy.

  • Wednesday 13 March

    Mar 13 2019

    Will Joe Biden run for the US presidency in 2020? We also ask whether a second Brexit referendum is the only way to avert a full-blown political crisis in the UK, review the day’s front pages and ask whether fashion in politics matters as much at it used to.

  • Tuesday 12 March

    Mar 12 2019

    What happens if the UK parliament refuses to pass Theresa May’s Brexit deal? Plus: more countries temporarily bar the Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet from flying in and out of their countries, Finland's strict surveillance laws and the politics of US art.

  • Monday 11 March

    Mar 11 2019

    Has Isis finally been defeated in Syria? Plus: the latest on the release of the woman who stands accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea's leader, a check-in with our correspondent at the Geneva Motor Show and do we need more prefixes for numbers?

  • Friday 8 March

    Mar 08 2019

    Are the European Union and the UK government close to agreeing a new Brexit deal? We also find out why Finland's government has collapsed, explore the rapid expanse of 5G networks and our correspondent, Alexei Korolyov, hitches a ride on one of the Austria's sleeper trains.

  • Thursday 7 March

    Mar 07 2019

    Chinese technology giant Huawei takes legal action against the US government. Plus: Russia’s intelligence agencies take on the West, Italy’s high-speed rail link with France and Air India’s show of soft power.

  • Wednesday 6 March

    Mar 06 2019

    Should EU member states revoke the citizenship of jihadists who have fought in Syria? Plus: claims that North Korea is rebuilding a rocket launch site it had promised to dismantle, the difficulties facing new political parties and the latest from Geneva Motor Show.

  • Tuesday 5 March

    Mar 05 2019

    Can Emmanuel Macron reinvigorate the EU? Plus: the latest from Canada as a top minister resigns over the government’s handling of a corruption inquiry, political protests in the Balkans and a fitting tribute to Karl Lagerfeld in Paris.

  • Monday 4 March

    Mar 04 2019

    Why is there a surge in support for Eurosceptic parties? We also ask whether the US and China are close to signing a trade deal and why Germans seem to trust China more than the US. Plus: Canada’s ambitious space plans.

  • Friday 1 March

    Mar 01 2019

    Has Donald Trump endured the worst week of his presidency? We also find out why some Asian countries have introduced strict cyber-security laws, ask whether older politicians have an advantage in their chosen profession and have a preview of Monocle 24’s interview with acclaimed actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

  • Thursday 28 February

    Feb 28 2019

    Why has the Trump-Kim summit failed so spectacularly? We also ask whether there is any truth in reports that Germany will sign a “no-spying agreement” with China, examine Okinawa’s relationship with the US military and find out why Ukraine has quit the Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Wednesday 27 February

    Feb 27 2019

    Are India and Pakistan on the brink of war? Plus: we ask whether Hillary Clinton is a help or a hindrance to the Democrats, give a masterclass in international diplomacy and review the day’s front pages from Zürich.

  • Tuesday 26 February

    Feb 26 2019

    We discuss the departure of Iran’s foreign minister. Plus: how Russian media wages psychological warfare against Moscow’s critics, the latest from Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress and Serbia’s new regional airport.

  • Monday 25 February

    Feb 25 2019

    Will the UK government decide to call a second vote on Brexit? We also find out why Emmanuel Macron's popularity has surged, discuss Kim Jong-un's ludicrously long train journey to Vietnam and look back at a dramatic night at the Oscars.

  • Friday 22 February

    Feb 22 2019

    We have the latest as Iran conducts war games in the Gulf. Plus: Venezuela’s relationship with its neighbours and how journalists should deal with politicians in the age of Trump.

  • Thursday 21 February

    Feb 21 2019

    Will another vote in the UK parliament help to break the Brexit impasse? Plus: the complexities of governing Taiwan, why a respected diplomat is leaving Australian politics and a tour of a modernist icon in Finland.

  • Wednesday 20 February

    Feb 20 2019

    Can Europe’s Nato members rely on the might of the US military? Plus: Russia’s relationship with Belarus, the resignations of senior members of the UK's Conservative Party and the world’s greatest railway journeys.

  • Tuesday 19 February

    Feb 19 2019

    Has the era of two-party politics in Europe had its day? Plus, Trump’s border-wall struggles, Germany prepares to allow joint defence projects with France and we examine the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld, who died today.

  • Monday 18 February

    Feb 18 2019

    As seven Labour MPs quit the UK party, we look at new divisions and the need for more central politics in the country. Plus: escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, and a round-up of the week’s top transport stories.

  • Friday 15 February

    Feb 15 2019

    India threatens to “completely isolate” Pakistan after a suicide attack in Kashmir. Plus: Australia reopens another detention centre, a look ahead to London Fashion Week and Apple’s mysterious new streaming service.

  • Thursday 14 February

    Feb 14 2019

    Why is Airbus halting production of the world’s largest passenger plane? We also preview high-level trade talks between China and the US, ask whether Spain’s government is teetering on the brink and find out how Japan is preparing for the accession of the country’s new emperor.

  • Wednesday 13 February

    Feb 13 2019

    Will Donald Trump block attempts to end the war in Yemen? Plus: the man behind Emmanuel Macron’s election victory leaves the Élysée, Serbia’s opposition boycotts parliament and Paris’s first international wine fair.

  • Tuesday 12 February

    Feb 12 2019

    Monocle’s Madrid correspondent Liam Aldous has the latest on the trial of Catalonia’s separatist leaders. Plus: the latest on Brexit, Mark Dittli reviews the Swiss newspapers and cherry blossoms in Japan.

  • Monday 11 February

    Feb 11 2019

    Who will face Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election? Plus: the UK’s trade deal with Switzerland, Australia’s multibillion-dollar submarine fleet and the importance of Lapland to Finland’s economy.

  • Friday 8 February

    Feb 08 2019

    When will US forces withdraw from Syria? We also find out how Germany’s politicians are clamping down on the internet giants, take you on a tour of an expressionist landmark in Vienna and ask whether Melania Trump’s meteoric rise has benefited Slovenia.

  • Thursday 7 February

    Feb 07 2019

    Is Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva the victim of a political witch hunt? Plus, how Brexit could affect Ireland, the politics of hosting an international summit and a revamp at Helsinki’s airport.

  • Wednesday 6 February

    Feb 06 2019

    What should we know about Russia’s plans to build a new missile system? Plus, the possible merger of Europe’s two largest rail companies, the age of Japan’s politicians and the high demand for Estée Lauder’s products.

  • Tuesday 5 February

    Feb 05 2019

    Will Angela Merkel play a pivotal role in brokering any potential Brexit deal? We also discuss plans to find a political settlement in Venezuela, explore North Macedonia's attempts to join the Nato alliance and find out why Indonesia's government isn't a huge fan of K-pop.

  • Monday 4 February

    Feb 04 2019

    We ask whether the US is in danger of being dragged into an armed conflict in Venezuela. Plus: Emmanuel Macron takes on France’s far-right, Australia’s banks face tougher regulation and we explore plans for a cycling trail that will take in the best of the western Balkans.

  • Friday 1 February

    Feb 01 2019

    What should we know about Lebanon’s new unity government? We also examine The Kremlin’s attack on the BBC’s World News service, Australia’s attempts to use rugby league to woo the Pacific region and a turbulent week for Apple.

  • Thursday 31 January

    Jan 31 2019

    What Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive has achieved, Donald Trump’s relationship with Taiwan and the financial cost of Brexit. Plus: our Eurovision expert Fernando Augusto Pacheco gives us a brief history of the competition’s most controversial moments.

  • Wednesday 30 January

    Jan 30 2019

    What are the world’s nuclear powers discussing at a secretive meeting in Beijing? We head to Brussels for more on the Brexit debate, discuss Norway’s plan for a floating tunnel and brave the cold in Finland.