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.


  • Wednesday 26 February

    Feb 26 2020

    How is Russia trying to interfere in the US presidential election? Plus: Turkey’s role in Syria’s civil war, the world’s largest furniture fair is postponed due to coronavirus and Lucinda Elliott visits the Rio Carnival.

  • Tuesday 25 February

    Feb 25 2020

    Will US Democrat Bernie Sanders’ comments about Cuba damage his electoral hopes? Plus: former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91, Glenn Patterson on his book ‘Backstop Land’ and Frederick Studemann of the ‘Financial Times’ on whether German efficiency is a myth.

  • Monday 24 February

    Feb 24 2020

    How should national governments and global business tackle coronavirus? Plus: the changing shape of German politics, the “pact of free cities” in Eastern Europe and why a Croatian singer has fallen foul of her country’s politicians.

  • Friday 21 February

    Feb 21 2020

    How does South Korea’s response to coronavirus compare to others? And we hear from the authors of ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J Trump’s Testing of America’. Plus: the week’s stranger stories and Rio Carnival.

  • Thursday 20 February

    Feb 20 2020

    We have the latest as leading Democrats Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg go on the attack. Plus, the UK Labour Party attempts to resurrect itself, a look ahead to Rio Carnival and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella tells us why some of Raphael’s greatest work is returning to the Sistine Chapel.

  • Wednesday 19 February

    Feb 19 2020

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has sacked his top political aide, Michael Bloomberg has entered the US presidential race and we discuss the cultural impact of Brexit. Plus: why has South Korea launched an air-quality satellite?

  • Tuesday 18 February

    Feb 18 2020

    We have the latest as leading Democrats Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg go on the attack. Plus, the UK Labour Party attempts to resurrect itself, a look ahead to Rio Carnival and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella tells us why some of Raphael’s greatest work is returning to the Sistine Chapel.

  • Monday 17 February

    Feb 17 2020

    Are trade talks between the EU and the UK about to become increasingly hostile? Plus, leading economist Paul Krugman on the nature of politics in the US, Monocle’s editor, Andrew Tuck on the latest edition of the magazine and we discuss Croatia’s cultural heritage.

  • Friday 14 February

    Feb 14 2020

    The FT’s political editor, George Parker, and the former spin doctor Sean Kemp unpack a dramatic week in Westminster. Plus: what to expect from the Munich Security Conference, reflections from the campaign trail in New Hampshire and the best and worst of South Korean pop music.

  • Thursday 13 February

    Feb 13 2020

    Are the US and the Afghan Taliban preparing to broker a peace deal? Plus: Venezuela’s political crisis, the Chinese leadership’s handling of coronavirus and what makes a great live television programme?

  • Wednesday 12 February

    Feb 12 2020

    Can Bernie Sanders win the race to the White House? Will Sudan’s former leader Omar al-Bashir appear before the International Criminal Court? Plus: why Air Serbia is expanding, and promoting classical music.

  • Tuesday 11 February

    Feb 11 2020

    What will it take to end the war in Yemen? Plus: Australia’s high court rules that its indigenous population cannot be deported, a brief history of failed infrastructure projects and Monocle’s culture editor, Chiara Rimella, has the latest on Serpentine Pavilion 2020.

  • Monday 10 February

    Feb 10 2020

    Why are the Democrats' centrists squabbling ahead of the New Hampshire primary? Plus: national governments try to contain coronavirus, Japan’s diplomatic ties with Kosovo and Fernando Augusto Pacheco analyses the Oscars.

  • Friday 7 February

    Feb 07 2020

    Monocle’s transport correspondent, Gabriel Leigh, tells us how to stress test an airport and our design editor, Nolan Giles, reports from the Stockholm furniture fair. Plus: we discuss Emmanuel Macron and the future of France’s nuclear deterrent, while Fernando Augusto Pacheco is in the studio with his global countdown.

  • Thursday 6 February

    Feb 06 2020

    What impact will President Donald Trump’s acquittal have in the upcoming US election? Plus: a liberal German is elected with the help of the far-right, Joshua Wong on democracy in Hong Kong and we remember Kirk Douglas.

  • Wednesday 5 February

    Feb 05 2020

    The chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses continues and Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address. Plus: why has Algeria pardoned more than 3,000 prisoners? And author Ziya Tong on her book ‘The Reality Bubble’.

  • Tuesday 4 February

    Feb 04 2020

    We examine the UK’s future trade relationship with the EU, get the latest from Des Moines following a confusing night for the US Democrats and unpack Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s global tour. Plus: how Vienna wants to reward car-free travel with tickets to concerts and museums.

  • Monday 3 February

    Feb 03 2020

    We unpack what to expect from the Iowa caucuses as process to select the US presidential candidates begins, while Isabel Hilton and Tessa Szyszkowitz discuss the coronavirus and the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU. Plus: Sweden’s defence exercise and Milan’s car ban.

  • Friday 31 January

    Jan 31 2020

    Former head of communications in Downing Street, Lance Price, explains the UK’s exit from the EU. Plus: we profile Democratic Party presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, delve into the week’s stranger stories and host a very special edition of The Global Countdown.

  • Thursday 30 January

    Jan 30 2020

    We have the latest as New South Wales announces an inquiry into Australia’s bushfires. Plus: John Bolton’s book causes a political storm in Washington, why Italy’s newsstands want greater public funding and Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov on Austria’s hotel industry.

  • Wednesday 29 January

    Jan 29 2020

    Should people be placed in quarantine to help combat coronavirus? Plus: the lack of Russian outrage over Vladmir Putin’s constitutional reforms, a profile of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, and Monocle’s take on Japan’s cinematic renaissance.

  • Tuesday 28 January

    Jan 28 2020

    Why is Donald Trump’s administration continuing to blacklist journalists? Plus: the latest on Peru’s election, Netflix’s plan to open a new hub in Rome and we ask whether there should be a ban on discussing sport in the workplace.

  • Monday 27 January

    Jan 27 2020

    Beijing-based journalist Sophia Yan and consultant virologist Chris Smith discuss China’s coronavirus outbreak. Plus: Ireland’s leader warns the UK over EU trade talks, a rail link between Serbia and Kosovo and Fernando Augusto Pacheco unpacks the Grammy Awards.

  • Friday 24 January

    Jan 24 2020

    We hear from our Hong Kong bureau chief about the coronavirus outbreak, look ahead to India’s Republic Day and a Davos debrief. Plus: the week’s strangest stories and Azerbaijan’s charts, with Fernando Augusto Pacheco.

  • Thursday 23 January

    Jan 23 2020

    Why are US troops still stationed in Syria? Plus: how to keep our politicians safe, the latest on Lisbon’s proposed airport and Monocle’s fashion editor, Jamie Waters, tells us about a leaving party for one of the industry’s biggest names.

  • Wednesday 22 January

    Jan 22 2020

    US political expert Jacob Parakilas has the latest on Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Plus: Monocle’s team in Switzerland explore Davos, Fernando Augusto Pacheco on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and we look at the headlines from Latin America.

  • Tuesday 21 January

    Jan 21 2020

    Swiss special: what to expect from Davos. Plus, Donald Trump dodges his impeachment trial, why Switzerland might regulate its franc and Monocle’s technology correspondent, David Phelan, describes his latest gadgets.

  • Monday 20 January

    Jan 20 2020

    World powers emerge from a Berlin summit promising peace in Libya, Tyler Brûlé looks ahead to the World Economic Forum in Davos and an airline is up for grabs in Slovenia. Plus: business news, the papers and facial hair.

  • Friday 17 January

    Jan 17 2020

    Peace negotiator Jonathan Powell on the best ways to resolve a military conflict. Plus: China’s birth rate plummets, a row over a US ambassador’s moustache, the week’s strangest stories and Fernando Augusto Pacheco on Austrian pop music.

  • Thursday 16 January

    Jan 16 2020

    Could the US Senate vote to impeach Donald Trump? Plus: the latest on Putin’s power grab, Australian spin doctor Isaac Levido and Monocle’s Tomos Lewis on why a Welsh folk song has topped the UK’s iTunes chart.

  • Wednesday 15 January

    Jan 15 2020

    Could Donald Trump strike a nuclear deal with Iran? Plus: the virologist Chris Smith on the outbreak of a mysterious virus in China, one of the world’s biggest art fairs gets a new boss and we ask what constitutes a reasonable expenses claim.

  • Tuesday 14 January

    Jan 14 2020

    Could divisions in the US Democratic Party scupper its chances for the presidential election? Plus: Colombia's fragile peace, Germany's concerns for its auto industry and the buzz in Brazil about an Oscar nomination.

  • Monday 13 January

    Jan 13 2020

    Will Libya's warring factions agree to a ceasefire? Plus: a special report on Canada’s Iranian community, why Slovenia has fallen out of love with the Trumps and an update on Vienna's wooden skyscraper.

  • Friday 10 January

    Jan 10 2020

    What do we know about the plane crash in Iran? Plus: James Chambers on Taiwan’s elections, the demise of ‘Metro Boston’, and Robert Bound plays us the best of Ugandan pop music.

  • Thursday 9 January

    Jan 09 2020

    We discuss what we should expect in Taiwan’s presidential election. Plus: the role of Iran’s revolutionary guards in the country’s politics, Croatia’s PR push in Brussels and mysterious radio signals from outer space.

  • Wednesday 8 January

    Jan 08 2020

    We have the latest as Iran attacks US military bases in Iraq. Plus: talks between the UK and the EU resume in London, Monocle’s Robert Bound on the art of the apology and do beards make our leaders more trustworthy?

  • Tuesday 7 January

    Jan 07 2020

    Should Donald Trump have consulted US Congress before giving the order to kill Iran’s top general? Plus: the latest on Venezuela’s political crisis, the day’s business headlines, a fashion round-up and why the French are reluctant to give up alcohol in January.

  • Monday 6 January

    Jan 06 2020

    How will Iran respond to the assassination of its leading military commander? Plus: Croatia’s new president, the UK’s Labour party prepares to elect a new leader and the winners and losers from the Golden Globes.

  • Friday 3 January

    Jan 03 2020

    We have the latest as Iran’s top general, Qassem Suleimani, is assassinated on the orders of Donald Trump. Plus: Boris Johnson’s strategist seeks “weirdos and misfits” for the UK government and designer Kestin Hare.

  • Thursday 2 January

    Jan 02 2020

    Andrew Mueller has the latest from Australia as wildfires devastate the country. Plus: protests at the US embassy in Iraq, the UK government’s attempts to spin Brexit and a critical year for the European Space Agency.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Markus Zusak

    Jan 01 2020

    In this special edition of The Briefing we look back at the best of Meet The Writers in 2019. Georgina Godwin talks to internationally acclaimed Australian author Markus Zusak. His novel ‘The Book Thief’ has sold 16 million copies, spent more than 500 weeks on ‘The New York Times’ bestseller list and been made into a major film. After a 13-year wait, his new novel ‘Bridge of Clay’ was published in 2019.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Damian Barr

    Dec 31 2019

    "In this special edition of 'The Briefing', we look back at some of the year's best episodes of 'Meet The Writers'. Georgina Godwin talks to Damian Barr. His novel Maggie and Me was named the Sunday Times Memoir of the Year and his latest novel, You Will Be Safe Here, has already received high praise. The conversation covers his abusive childhood, his mentoring of other writers, how the British intervention in South Africa laid the ground for Apartheid and... the empathy of chickens.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Sarah Churchwell

    Dec 30 2019

    In this special edition of The Briefing, we revisit the best of the year on Meet The Writers. Here Georgina Godwin speaks to Sarah Churchwell, whose new book, ‘Behold America', examines the origins of the phrases ‘American Dream’ and ‘America First’ ¬– and discusses how they need to be understood afresh so that the true spirit of America can be reclaimed.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Howard Jacobson

    Dec 27 2019

    We look back at some of the year's best episodes of Meet The Writers. On this episode, Georgina Godwin speaks to Howard Jacobson. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize three times, winning it once in addition to many other prizes. He’s also a broadcaster, columnist and academic. He is known for his humour that often centres on his British Jewish characters. His 16th novel 'Live a Little' explored nonagenerian love.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Elif Shafak

    Dec 26 2019

    In this special edition of The Briefing, we revisit the year’s best episodes of Meet The Writers. In this edition, Georgina Godwin talks to award-winning British-Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, the most widely read female author in Turkey, about issues of identity, language and her most recent book.

  • "Christmas Day special "

    Dec 25 2019

    Tom Edwards is joined by Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé and editor Andrew Tuck to swap presents, take a look at Christmas around the world and learn how the residents of Zürich do the holiday season.

  • "The Briefing: Christmas Eve special "

    Dec 24 2019

    Monocle’s Tom Edwards and Markus Hippi gather to prepare for the big day by comparing festive playlists, revealing the story of Sweden’s Gävle goat, conducting a Christmas quiz – and an interview with Santa Claus himself.

  • Edition 2118

    Dec 23 2019

    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.

  • Friday 20 December

    Dec 20 2019

    Australia’s PM, Scott Morrison, faces the music over his handling of the country’s bushfires. Plus: Bloomberg’s Yuan Potts profiles the Bank of England’s new governor, Andrew Mueller on the week’s weird and wonderful stories and we play hits from the decade’s most popular albums.

  • Thursday 19 December

    Dec 19 2019

    Republican Ryan Williams tells us how his party feels about Donald Trump’s impeachment. Plus: the UK’s Labour Party seeks a new leader, Zagreb’s Christmas market and Monocle 24’s Paige Reynolds plays a Christmas belter.

  • Wednesday 18 December

    Dec 18 2019

    Former White House insider Amy Pope discusses today’s impeachment hearing. Plus: Australia’s Kevin Rudd on the crisis of the centre-left, libraries in LA and Monocle 24’s Bill Leuty plays his favourite festive song.

  • Tuesday 17 December

    Dec 17 2019

    Why is Nato facing the most ‘complex security’ environment in its history? Plus: the latest on Trump’s impeachment, a dramatic year in Latin America and Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan plays us his favourite Christmas song.

  • Monday 16 December

    Dec 16 2019

    Can the UK’s Labour Party recover from its crushing election defeat? Plus: China’s leadership becomes embroiled in a row with a top footballer, Vladimir Putin prepares to celebrate 20 years as Russia’s leader and a former spin doctor tells us why he’s written a children’s novel.

  • Friday 13 December

    Dec 13 2019

    A special programme on the UK general election examines the Conservative Party’s resounding victory, Labour’s collapse and the Liberal Democrats' loss of its leader. Plus: Andrew Mueller on the week’s quirkier stories and our pop countdown gets political.

  • Thursday 12 December

    Dec 12 2019

    Monocle’s Ed Stocker surmises the impeachment case against Donald Trump. Plus: the latest on Libya’s civil war, the EU’s plan to save the planet and why Vanna White has finally taken the reins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

  • Wednesday 11 December

    Dec 11 2019

    Why is China imprisoning record numbers of journalists? Plus: the last day of campaigning in the UK’s general election, Balkan nations boycott the Nobel prize for literature and how Christmas music encourages us to part with our hard-earned cash.

  • Tuesday 10 December

    Dec 10 2019

    Are US Democrats ready to outline the impeachment case against Donald Trump? Plus: Argentina’s Alberto Fernández takes office, the European Space Agency’s plan to clear up space junk and Monocle’s Nic Monisse talks Australian skyscrapers.

  • Monday 9 December

    Dec 09 2019

    Monocle’s Hong Kong team reflect on six months of mass protests in the city-state. Plus: we profile Finland’s 34-year-old prime minister, meet the man behind Miami’s Perez Art Museum and ask if tactical voting can keep Boris Johnson from Downing Street.

  • Friday 6 December

    Dec 06 2019

    We discuss the allegations that Russia has been posting agents in the French Alps to launch operations in the EU. Plus: why homelessness in LA is a political talking point, the latest from Design Miami and we listen to some of Iceland’s most popular current chart hits.

  • Thursday 5 December

    Dec 05 2019

    Could the UK’s general election deliver a shock result? Plus: pension reform in France, party politics in Brazil, the day’s main business stories and we hear from the official spokesperson for Sweden’s Gävle Goat.

  • Wednesday 4 December

    Dec 04 2019

    Why has Kamala Harris withdrawn from the US presidential race? Plus: Montenegro bids to join the EU, 2019’s Turner Prize is split four ways and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reports live from Art Basel in Miami Beach.

  • Tuesday 3 December

    Dec 03 2019

    We have the latest from the Nato summit as Donald Trump takes aim at his allies. Plus: Finland’s prime minister quits, North Korea hails the completion of its ‘modern mountainous city’ and technology guru David Phelan.

  • Monday 2 December

    Dec 02 2019

    Are the UK’s leaders making ‘political capital’ out of the London Bridge terror attack? Plus: Joe Biden’s presidential campaign gets underway, Germany’s SPD shifts to the left and Monocle’s Josh Fehnert discusses the apostrophe’s demise with Robin Lustig.

  • Friday 29 November

    Nov 29 2019

    We discuss Donald Trump’s attempts to broker a peace agreement with the Afghan Taliban. Plus: a sideways take on the week’s news with Monocle’s Andrew Mueller, the best (and worst) of Angolan pop music and why the Danes are so fond of societies.

  • Thursday 28 November

    Nov 28 2019

    Will the US and China come to blows over Hong Kong? Plus: digital media in the UK’s election, leftist title *Jacobin* publishes a Brazilian edition and author Priya Basil tells us why we should all be more hospitable.

  • Wednesday 27 November

    Nov 27 2019

    Will Germany’s ‘grand coalition’ survive the SPD’s leadership election? Plus: the parallels between US Republicans and the UK’s Conservatives, a round-up of stories from the Balkans and why feminists think Father Christmas should get a makeover.

  • Tuesday 26 November

    Nov 26 2019

    Will protests in Georgia help transform the country’s political landscape? Plus, Germany’s government mounts a defence of the Nato alliance, the UK sketch writer John Crace on satirising Westminster and we discuss history’s most audacious heists.

  • Monday 25 November

    Nov 25 2019

    Can Michael Bloomberg win next year’s US presidential election? Plus: LVMH buys Tiffany & Co, the global shortage of halloumi cheese and Monocle’s affairs editor, Chris Cermak, reviews the day’s papers.

  • Friday 22 November

    Nov 22 2019

    Why has the UK refused to return control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius? Plus: the rise of Austria’s Greens, the latest from the world’s biggest tech conference and the start of Switzerland’s ski season.

  • Thursday 21 November

    Nov 21 2019

    Former White House insider Amy Pope has the latest on the impeachment investigation. Plus: Canada gets a new cabinet, Monocle’s executive editor, Josh Fehnert, takes us inside the pages of ‘The Winter Weekly’ and we ask what it’s like to stand in an election you know you won’t win.

  • Wednesday 20 November

    Nov 20 2019

    Israel launches one of its biggest raids on Syria in recent years. Plus: Shinzo Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, the role of fact-checking websites and the Global Countdown live from Zürich.

  • Tuesday 19 November

    Nov 19 2019

    What should we expect from the UK’s televised general-election debate? Plus: left-wing politics in the US, business headlines from Bloomberg and Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan discusses plans to scrap film-distribution rules.

  • Monday 18 November

    Nov 18 2019

    What should we know about Sri Lanka's new president? Plus: Germany’s ‘grand coalition’, Russia’s footballers refuse to wear their new Adidas kit and Vicky Pryce on her new book, ‘Women vs Capitalism’.

  • Friday 15 November

    Nov 15 2019

    Will Lebanon’s new government be more successful than the last? Plus: we ask whether the UK’s Liberal Democrats are in the ascendency, discuss the value of workplace meetings and hear some Ukrainian chart toppers.

  • Thursday 14 November

    Nov 14 2019

    Can Germany’s SPD recover from its abysmal approval rating? Plus: Why countries are wary of recognising Kosovo, Switzerland’s relationship with coffee and former US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, tells us how to diffuse a political scandal.

  • Wednesday 13 November

    Nov 13 2019

    What should we expect from today’s impeachment hearing? Plus: ‘Times’ columnist Matthew Parris leaves the UK’s Conservatives, Jair Bolsonaro launches a new political party and we discuss museum diplomacy in China.

  • Tuesday 12 November

    Nov 12 2019

    We concentrate on the escalation in tensions between Israel and Gaza, after an airstrike kills a senior commander of militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Plus: a long history of leaders in exile and why the International Space Station might be doing a few more laps than anticipated.

  • Monday 11 November

    Nov 11 2019

    We have the latest as Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is released from jail. Plus: Spain’s general election, Austria’s spy agencies, and one of the UK’s top satirists tells us why he’s excited about the country’s general election.

  • Friday 8 November

    Nov 08 2019

    Emmanuel Macron takes aim at Nato. Plus: the importance of radical policy in the UK’s general election, Andrew Mueller’s sideways take on the week’s best stories and we find out why scientists are sending wine to space.

  • Thursday 7 November

    Nov 07 2019

    What is the power balance between the US and Iran in the Middle East? Plus: we ask whether alliances in politics work and find out why Finland is debating the annual publication of residents’ tax information.

  • Wednesday 6 November

    Nov 06 2019

    Have Democrat state-election gains delivered a hammer blow to Donald Trump’s presidency? Plus: The UK’s general election kicks off, a diplomatic spat between Venezuela and El Salvador, and Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan on the best way to preserve film.

  • Tuesday 5 November

    Nov 05 2019

    Why is the UK government sitting on a report into alleged Russian meddling? Plus: Donald Trump’s relationship with the GOP, what colours tell us about our political parties and whether abolishing daylight saving would improve our health.

  • Monday 4 November

    Nov 04 2019

    Sir William Patey, former UK ambassador to Iraq, tells us about the protests that have engulfed the country. Plus: the world’s most profitable company prepares to go public, the UK parliament elects a new speaker and Finland anticipates a particularly cold winter.

  • Friday 1 November

    Nov 01 2019

    What should we know about Russia's new internet laws? Plus: the UK’s pro-European parties attempt to prevent a Conservative majority, New York City Council bans foie gras and Monocle 24's David Stevens joins us for a special edition of The Global Countdown.

  • Thursday 31 October

    Oct 31 2019

    Why are there new concerns over Boeing’s 737 fleet? Plus: James D Zirin, author of ‘Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 Lawsuits’, the value of news for children and political adverts on social media.

  • Wednesday 30 October

    Oct 30 2019

    As the UK gets ready for its sixth significant poll in as many years, we discuss where the battle lines will be drawn. Plus: Serbia and Russia join forces for military exercises known as the Slavic Shield and we ask how to write an obituary for someone truly ghastly.

  • Tuesday 29 October

    Oct 29 2019

    Have protests brought Hong Kong’s economy to the brink of recession? Plus: the difficulties facing Justin Trudeau’s minority administration in Canada, Taiwan’s concerns over tourist numbers and a world exclusive from our technology correspondent.

  • Monday 28 October

    Oct 28 2019

    Are Germany’s political extremists in the ascendency? Plus: Argentina’s new president, press freedom in Australia and we ask a veteran hack what it’s like to cover a winter election in the UK.

  • Friday 25 October

    Oct 25 2019

    Can a top political strategist become Argentina’s next president? Plus: the latest on Robert Mueller’s investigation, the rise of Europe’s Green parties, Andrew Mueller’s take on the week’s stories and pop in Uruguay.

  • Thursday 24 October

    Oct 24 2019

    When will UK voters head back to the polls? Plus: Argentina’s presidential election, political protest in Lebanon, an age-old dispute between India and Pakistan and whether the location of historical statues matters.

  • Wednesday 23 October

    Oct 23 2019

    Are Turkey and Russia attempting a power grab in the Middle East? Plus, we have the latest on protests in Chile, discuss EU accession talks with the Western Balkans and find out why railways are often the source of aggravation between major powers.

  • Tuesday 22 October

    Oct 22 2019

    We have the latest as Justin Trudeau wins Canada’s federal elections but falls short of an outright majority. Plus: Taiwan’s plans to build its own fighter jet and ‘The Times’ transforms one of London’s busiest Underground stations.

  • Monday 21 October

    Oct 21 2019

    Monocle’s team in Canada unpacks the country’s most uncertain federal election in decades. Plus: Bolivia’s president fights for his future, climate change and Austria’s grapes, and Germany plans to build a spaceport.

  • Friday 18 October

    Oct 18 2019

    The latest on the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry and Canada’s election, with opinion polls showing that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party and the Progressive Conservatives are neck and neck. Plus: Brazil’s singles chart.

  • Thursday 17 October

    Oct 17 2019

    Does international diplomacy have written rules? We consider this question and also ask whether the proposed new Brexit deal will have the support of politicians in Westminster. Plus: The science behind a 20-hour non-stop flight and a look inside the latest edition of Monocle magazine.

  • Wednesday 16 October

    Oct 16 2019

    Has Madrid’s stance on Catalan independence emboldened the secessionists? Plus: James Verini on life as a war reporter, former ambassador Sir David Warren on Japan’s monarchy, and the value of televised political debates.

  • Tuesday 15 October

    Oct 15 2019

    Could a Brexit deal be agreed this week? Plus: Cuba’s relationship with its Communist party, the challenges facing France’s wine producers and Slovenia’s attempts to attract tourists who want eco-friendly holidays.

  • Monday 14 October

    Oct 14 2019

    The latest on Typhoon Hagibis, Japan’s worst storm in decades. Plus: Scotland’s leader calls for another vote on independence, we ask whether diplomatic immunity should be scrapped and the Monocle 24 team get excited about the season finale of ‘Succession’.

  • Friday 11 October

    Oct 11 2019

    Two Trump donors are embroiled in a legal case over campaign funding. Plus: Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Adam LeBor on the Nobel Peace prize, the Berlin Wall and Fernando Augusto Pacheco on Kosovo’s pop music.

  • Thursday 10 October

    Oct 10 2019

    How dynamics are shifting after the Turkish assault on northern Syria. Plus: is there something wrong with how Brexit is reported and why is Iceland trying to attract foreign artists to its recording studios?