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

  • Tuesday 25 September

    Sep 25 2018

    We assess the ousting of Sweden’s prime minister, Rod Rosenstein’s confusing Monday evening in Washington and the ambitious plan by the CEO of Sears to restore the fading department store’s fortunes.

  • Monday 24 September

    Sep 24 2018

    We review Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel’s diplomatic trip to the US, Comcast’s path to the world’s largest pay-TV operator and the confusing state of Brexit opposition. Plus: why did Australia’s public broadcaster sack its managing director?

  • Friday 21 September

    Sep 21 2018

    Have ordinary Russians had enough of the Kremlin meddling in domestic politics? We also discuss the reliability of Brazil’s polling data, find out why the world’s elite rugby players have to cover their tattoos during Japan’s World Cup and check-in with Monocle’s Jamie Waters at Milan Fashion Week.

  • Thursday 20 September

    Sep 20 2018

    Brett Kavanaugh: does Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court have the moral rectitude for the job? We also examine Shinzo Abe’s tenure as Japan’s PM, take you on a tour of the home of Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov and tell you about a giant spider’s web that has covered a Greek beach.

  • Wednesday 19 September

    Sep 19 2018

    Why has the German government forced the country’s domestic spy chief from his post? Plus: a diplomatic spat between Austria and Italy over South Tyrol, the latest business headlines and how the wonderfully named Red Star Belgrade have managed to return to football’s top table.

  • Tuesday 18 September

    Sep 18 2018

    Why is one of Emmanuel Macron's key political allies leaving his job at the Élysée Palace? Plus: the latest on the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria, one of the world's most famous architects and the winners and losers at the Emmy awards.

  • Monday 17 September

    Sep 17 2018

    Can the new billionaire owners of ‘Time’ magazine turn around the publication’s fortunes? Plus: London mayor Sadiq Khan wants to make a second Brexit referendum a possibility, plus a diplomatic spat between Switzerland and Russia.

  • Friday 14 September

    Sep 14 2018

    Ralph Atkins from ‘The Financial Times’ tells us about some of the stories making the headlines across Europe. We also put Swiss design in sharp focus, review the international front pages and tell you all you need to know about London Fashion Week.

  • Thursday 13 September

    Sep 13 2018

    We discuss Donald Trump’s decision to authorise sanctions against countries that interfere in US elections. Plus: what gets the Swiss watch industry ticking and fitness in Zürich.

  • Wednesday 12 September

    Sep 12 2018

    How should Brazil’s lawmakers respond to political chaos in the country? We also ask whether Slobodan Milosevic’s controversial legacy is stoking tensions in the Balkans, review the Polish front pages and sharpen our focus on fashion weeks in New York and London.

  • Tuesday 11 September

    Sep 11 2018

    The impact of the US-China trade war on the Swiss franc, the complexities in defining sustainable investing and a round-up of the day’s international front pages.

  • Monday 10 September

    Sep 10 2018

    Following Sweden’s general election, we look at the rise of right-wing parties across Europe and the most pressing challenges facing the continent. Plus: we ask what it takes for bricks-and-mortar businesses to fight back against e-commerce giants and discover some of the year’s biggest central European publishing phenomena.

  • Friday 7 September

    Sep 07 2018

    As US defence secretary James Mattis makes the trip to Afghanistan, we assess his agenda. Plus: a preview of Russia’s local elections, violence in Brazilian politics and Monocle heads to Maison & Objet.

  • Thursdy 6 September

    Sep 06 2018

    How will the UN respond to claims that elite Russian soldiers tried to assassinate a former spy on UK soil? We also discuss fears of contagion in emerging markets, railway diplomacy on the Korean peninsula and take you behind the scenes at the London Art Book Fair.

  • Wednesday 5 September

    Sep 05 2018

    US secretary of state Mike Pompeo touches down in Islamabad, a cross-party leftist alliance is launched in Germany and we profile the new French environment minister. Plus: the London Design Biennale opens to the public.

  • Tuesday 4 September

    Sep 04 2018

    The US Senate begins its hearing on Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, there are five days to go until Sweden votes for a new government and we hear about a former presidential candidate in Slovenia who has created an armed group. Plus: Haruki Murakami’s radio show in Tokyo.

  • Monday 3 September

    Sep 03 2018

    We talk press freedom in Myanmar, Japan’s defence budget and ask what happens when funeral services get political? Plus: the art of silent film-making.

  • Friday 31 August

    Aug 31 2018

    Does Donald Trump really intend to withdraw from the World Trade Organisation? We also ask whether Australians could soon be heading back to the polls, examine bizarre political advertising in Brazil and look at collaboration on the International Space Station.

  • Thursday 30 August

    Aug 30 2018

    We ask if Argentina’s economy is on the brink of collapse and whether police in Germany have questions to answer over far-right protests. Plus: political ideologies in Iran and the brand-new fashion edition of the ‘Monocle Summer Weekly’.

  • Wednesday 29 August

    Aug 29 2018

    Former British General Simon Mayall explains Russia’s biggest military exercises since the Cold War. Meanwhile, we discuss a controversial plan to allow Serbia and Kosovo to swap territory, Thom Browne’s global expansion and the Swedish government’s manifesto sweetener.

  • Tuesday 28 August

    Aug 28 2018

    Why has Vladimir Putin’s domestic approval rating plummeted? We also discuss Donald Trump’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, ask whether Iran’s traditionalists are planning to oust President Hassan Rouhani and explore Tokyo’s plans to introduce flying cars.

  • Monday 27 August

    Aug 27 2018

    Mitt Romney’s former presidential campaign spokesman, Ryan Williams, looks back on the life of Republican senator John McCain. We also discuss a military deal between Iran and Syria, and explain Uber’s plans to diversify.

  • Friday 24 August

    Aug 24 2018

    We learn about Australia’s new prime minister, find out about Japan’s first female fighter pilot and uncover some weird and wonderful stories making news in the Balkans. Plus: the surprising popularity of Mezcal.

  • Thursday 23 August

    Aug 23 2018

    We ask whether UK citizens and businesses should take plans for a no-deal Brexit seriously, explore Donald Trump’s admission that he paid hush-money to two women during his presidential campaign and ponder who might become Australia’s next prime minister. Plus: a tour of London’s Hyde Park.

  • Wednesday 22 August

    Aug 22 2018

    What impact could Michael Cohen’s guilty plea have on Donald Trump’s presidency? We also find out why Brazil’s former leader is ahead in the polls despite still being in jail, bring you the latest on infighting in Australia's government and ask why Brussels is renaming some of its most famous streets.

  • Tuesday 21 August

    Aug 21 2018

    Could a crisis at the heart of Australia’s government claim the scalp of the country’s prime minister? We also find out why China is taking part in Russia’s military drills, discuss pioneering women designers and Berlin’s plans to prevent anti-social behaviour in the city’s U-Bahn stations.

  • Monday 20 August

    Aug 20 2018

    We report as families divided by the Korean war meet for the first time since the 1950s. We also ask whether Australia’s PM could face a leadership challenge and discuss Vladimir Putin’s attendance at the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding. Plus: why is ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ doing so well at the box office?

  • Friday 17 August

    Aug 17 2018

    The Pentagon warns that the Chinese military may be training for strikes against the US – how worrying a development is this? Also in the programme: the new CEO for Air France-KLM and what makes for a great pipe band?

  • Thursday 16 August

    Aug 16 2018

    US news organisations’ united response to Trump’s verbal attacks, the mysterious Russian satellite alarming the Pentagon and a Thai campaign to tackle the issue of overweight monks.

  • Wednesday 15 August

    Aug 15 2018

    We find out how Italy is responding to the collapse of a motorway bridge in Genoa, ask how allies of Brazil’s former leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are trying to get him released from prison and hear from the woman behind one of the world’s best-known fragrance brands. Plus: why are Parisians getting angry about outdoor toilets?

  • Tuesday 14 August

    Aug 14 2018

    We discuss the security situation in London following a suspected terrorist incident outside the Houses of Parliament, ask why Australia’s public appears to have fallen out of love with its two main political parties and hear about the competition-winning design for next year’s Dulwich Picture Gallery pavilion.

  • Monday 13 August

    Aug 13 2018

    We ask whether Turkey’s central bank can prevent a full-blown currency crisis, discuss Vladimir Putin’s popularity in his homeland and ask what Italy should do with its fascist-era architecture. Plus: would you swap your smartphone for a less sophisticated device?

  • Friday 10 August

    Aug 10 2018

    How is the US judiciary fighting back against Donald Trump’s draconian deportation plans? We also discuss Brazil’s televised presidential debates, branding in sport and why occupants of The White House are so eager to develop a coherent space strategy.

  • Thursday 9 August

    Aug 09 2018

    What are China’s leaders discussing at their clandestine conclave? We also profile Ontario’s populist leader Doug Ford and ask whether Australia’s politicians are seeking to censor the country’s broadcasters. Plus: what’s happened to Bolivia’s historic presidential medal?

  • Wednesday 8 August

    Aug 08 2018

    We examine what a no-deal Brexit would look like, assess Germany’s attempts to clamp down on foreign investment and ask whether this year’s football World Cup has changed the Russian public’s perception of foreigners. Plus: can Disney’s new streaming service rival Netflix?

  • Tuesday 7 August

    Aug 07 2018

    Are leaders in Washington guilty of waging “psychological warfare” against Iran? We also examine whether Nato is considering setting up a military base in Albania and ask if broadcasters should ever air the views of extremists. Plus: was Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece “Salvator Mundi” painted by somebody else?

  • Monday 6 August

    Aug 06 2018

    We ask what’s behind Saudi Arabia’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Canada, profile the runners and riders in Brazil’s presidential election and find out what’s causing record-breaking temperatures across the northern hemisphere. Plus: the latest news from the world of fashion.

  • Friday 3 August

    Aug 03 2018

    We ask whether Donald Trump has helped to legitimise attacks on the US media, Monocle’s technology correspondent David Phelan explores the unstoppable rise of Apple and we find out how UK prime minister’s plan for their succession. Plus: the week’s most interesting statistics.

  • Thursday 2 August

    Aug 02 2018

    We ask when the United Nations should intervene in domestic politics, explore Australia’s media landscape and examine Saudi Arabia’s plans to build a super city. Plus: should journalists be charged to attend the European Union’s summits?

  • Wednesday 1 August

    Aug 01 2018

    We ask what impact a trade war between the world’s two largest economies would have on the rest of us, find out why the Kremlin wants Russia’s army to become more patriotic and get the latest headlines from the Balkans. Plus: can ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ turn Paramount’s fortunes around?

  • Tuesday 31 July

    Jul 31 2018

    We ask whether Iran’s leaders are prepared to host Donald Trump in Tehran, find out how Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has enraged voters and discuss Brazil’s dramatic increase in book sales. Plus: we check-in with the Monocle team in Zürich.

  • Monday 30 July

    Jul 30 2018

    We ask if Robert Mugabe’s shadow is still looming over Zimbabwean politics, examine Brazil’s attempts to recover money from the country’s largest-ever corruption scandal and look at Japan’s new state-of-the-art radar system. Plus: why are we so fascinated by the holidays of our world leaders?

  • Friday 27 July

    Jul 27 2018

    The UK’s former ambassador to North Korea, John Everard, explains Pyongyang’s relationship with Washington. We also look at the popularity of Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and find out how Belgium is coping with the heatwave. Plus: we take you on summer stroll through London’s Regent’s Park.

  • Thursday 26 July

    Jul 26 2018

    We ask two people who have met Imran Khan what Pakistan might look like under his leadership and Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, explains a merger between two of Australia’s big media beasts. Plus: we look at a stretch of elevated motorway that was built as part of a scheme to turn London into a motor city.

  • Wednesday 25 July

    Jul 25 2018

    We discuss the security situation in Pakistan as millions of voters head to the polls and examine Russia’s attempts to prevent Sweden and Finland forming a stronger relationship with the Nato alliance. Plus: Ivanka Trump closes her brand and Hong Kong unveils cutting-edge banknotes.

  • Tuesday 24 July

    Jul 24 2018

    We ask why former US defence secretary Ash Carter is visiting Taiwan and whether the proposed legalisation of cannabis in France will provide good business for the country’s Tabacs. Plus: the former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, tells us about her new podcast.

  • Monday 23 July

    Jul 23 2018

    We examine a heated exchange between Donald Trump and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, profile the candidates in this year’s Brazilian presidential election and ask why one of Germany’s top footballers no longer wants to represent his country. Plus: London’s most impressive green spaces.

  • Friday 20 July

    Jul 20 2018

    We ask how difficult it is to agree a bilateral free-trade deal, whether Slovenians could soon be heading back to the polls and how fashion houses should best protect their brands. Plus: how do you create a perfect music compilation?

  • Thursday 19 July

    Jul 19 2018

    Why is the UK embarking on an expensive fighter-jet programme? We also examine Japan's attempts to stub out smoking and the Spanish government's plans to move the body of the country’s former dictator, General Francisco Franco.

  • Wednesday 18 July

    Jul 18 2018

    Will Taiwan’s decision to send elite attack helicopters into service enrage Beijing? We also find out how Theresa May is trying to appease her Conservative colleagues over Brexit and why ‘GQ’ is launching in the Middle East. Plus: Monocle’s Melkon Charchoglyan tells us about his classical reading list.

  • Tuesday 17 July

    Jul 17 2018

    We ask whether US intelligence agencies have been undermined by Donald Trump’s pronouncements on alleged Russian meddling. We also discuss a major study that examines our views on mobile phone use on airlines and Monocle’s Robert Bound ponders whether robots can create artistic masterpieces.

  • Monday 16 July

    Jul 16 2018

    Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi has the latest from Helsinki as Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin. We also profile the nationalist who is hoping to lead Brazil and ask what we might expect from Qatar’s World Cup in 2022. Plus: Monocle’s Tokyo team tell us about their summer reads.

  • Friday 13 June

    Jul 13 2018

    We examine tensions in the ‘Special Relationship’ as the US president Donald Trump visits London. Plus: a look at Monday’s summit in Helsinki, where Trump meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and why Brazil is suffering from a lack of political candidates.

  • Thursday 12 July

    Jul 12 2018

    An important day for Theresa May as she releases a white paper on the UK's departure from the EU. Plus: the role of misinformation in world politics and how the Paris Métro is going to get rid of paper tickets.

  • Wednesday 11 July

    Jul 11 2018

    How realistic are US president Donald Trump’s demands at the Nato summit? Also, Germany’s high-profile neo-Nazi court case and a look ahead to the rest of the week in the Fifa World Cup.

  • Tuesday 10 July

    Jul 10 2018

    What should we know about Donald Trump’s nominee for the US supreme court? We also ask whether France’s far-right has run out of money and look at what makes a great workspace. Plus: we have an update on the row between Serbia and Kosovo that is causing digital clocks to lose time.

  • Monday 9 July

    Jul 09 2018

    We ask what the resignation of the UK’s Brexit chief will mean for Britain’s exit from the EU and examine the legal tussle over the incarceration of Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Plus: we gab about gossip and wonder why European teams are dominating the Fifa World Cup.

  • Friday 6 July

    Jul 06 2018

    We ask whether the Iran nuclear deal is on the verge of collapse, examine China’s attempts to improve its difficult relationship with Japan and take you behind the scenes at Frieze Sculpture 2018. Plus: Monocle 24’s Tom Edwards gives us his take on the Fifa World Cup.

  • Thursday 5 July

    Jul 05 2018

    We ask whether US diplomat Mike Pompeo can gain assurances from North Korea about its denuclearisation, discuss the Russian nerve-agent novichok and find out how Japan is preparing for emperor Akihito’s abdication. Plus: a tour of east London’s Ridley Road Market.

  • Wednesday 4 July

    Jul 04 2018

    We’re in Poland, where people have taken to the streets to demonstrate over a new law forcing many of the supreme court's judges to retire. Plus: we look at what Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doing after gaining more powers and browse the day’s newspapers.

  • Tuesday 3 July

    Jul 03 2018

    Are Angela Merkel’s centre-left coalition partners getting itchy feet about the alliance? We also examine Washington’s strategic military relationship with Europe, ask whether a Japanese suit could revolutionise blue-collar workwear and look ahead to a big day in the World Cup.

  • Monday 2 July

    Jul 02 2018

    What do we need to know about Mexico’s new left-wing president? We also discuss Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to reform French culture and take you on a tour of one of Vienna’s most exquisite hotels.

  • Friday 29 June

    Jun 29 2018

    Why is the EU establishing detention centres to process asylum claims? We also review the week in statistics and cross live to Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference in Zürich. Plus: we review the day’s front pages with Monocle 24’s Daphne Karnezis.

  • Thursday 28 June

    Jun 28 2018

    We look at the contrasting World Cup headlines in Swiss and German newspapers today, then survey the Swiss media landscape while we’re at it. Plus: we unpack ‘Brand Zürich’ and go for a bike ride around the city.

  • Wednesday 27 June

    Jun 27 2018

    Ahead of Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference in Zürich, we get the lowdown on life in Switzerland’s biggest city, including running, swimming and sampling the best wines.

  • Tuesday 26 June

    Jun 26 2018

    We look at the ongoing challenge presented by ports in the Mediterranean refusing to dock migrant boats. Plus: why the UK is bracing for car manufacturers to leave post-Brexit and our upcoming Quality of Life Conference in Zürich.

  • Monday 25 June

    Jun 25 2018

    Could Turkey be sliding towards totalitarianism? We also find out why Japan's Shinzo Abe is riding high in the polls and find out more about Zürich's drinking fountains.

  • Friday 22 June

    Jun 22 2018

    Will the UK government rethink a hard Brexit as Airbus threatens to quit the UK? We also find out why Japan has scrapped evacuation drills and discuss France’s plan to join the space race. Plus: Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco provides us with some quirky World Cup facts.

  • Thursday 21 June

    Jun 21 2018

    Are Donald Trump’s draconian immigration plans in tatters? We also examine the bidding war for 21st Century Fox and look at why the future is bright for Syria’s cultural artefacts. Plus: Monocle’s Balkans correspondent Guy De Launey explains why the Macedonia naming dispute is still rumbling on.

  • Wednesday 20 June

    Jun 20 2018

    Will political developments in the US put pressure on the Nato alliance? We also discuss Canada’s decision to legalise cannabis and hear from Monocle 24's Eurovision expert, who tells us why covering the competition is a full-time job.

  • Tuesday 19 June

    Jun 19 2018

    Are Beijing and Washington at risk of a full-blown trade war? We also ask what we should expect from Austria’s presidency of the EU Commission and look at Donald Trump’s plans to create a “space force”. Plus: why is Canada opening its first Arctic university?

  • Monday 18 June

    Jun 18 2018

    We find out why immigration has put Angela Merkel’s coalition government on shaky ground in Germany, learn about Colombia’s new president elect and ask whether the Glasgow School of Art can feasibly be restored to its former glory after being wrecked by fire for a second time.

  • Friday 15 June

    Jun 15 2018

    We discuss Angela Merkel’s coalition-government headache over migrants and the Russian threat of retaliation if Norway invites more US marines to be stationed in the country. Plus: the latest goings-on at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

  • Thursday 14 June

    Jun 14 2018

    We discuss Washington’s move to ease the concerns of South Korea and Japan over Donald Trump’s concession to North Korea, and find out how Vladimir Putin plans to showcase Russia with the backdrop of the World Cup. Plus: we look at the Italian and French papers as a row between Rome and Paris over migration heats up.

  • Wednesday 13 June

    Jun 13 2018

    We get the latest on Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition launches a major attack on a key Houthi port. Plus: we discuss Donald Trump’s concession to Pyongyang, which is being celebrated by North Korean state media.

  • Tuesday 12 June

    Jun 12 2018

    We get the latest from Singapore following the historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump and ask what’s behind China’s call to ease sanctions on Pyongyang. Plus: the latest business headlines and a look at fashion in football ahead of the World Cup.

  • Monday 11 June

    Jun 11 2018

    We discuss the aftermath of the G7 summit in Canada and the stand-off between Italy and Malta over migrants. Plus: why Russia and China want to explore space together.

  • Friday 8 June

    Jun 08 2018

    We head to Québec – as leaders at the G7 summit prepare to confront Donald Trump on trade – and Austria, where the right-wing government says it will crack down on Islamist influence by shutting mosques and expelling imams. Plus: should Parisian cafés have Unesco heritage protection?

  • Thursday 7 June

    Jun 07 2018

    China expert David Schlesinger on Taiwan’s military drills and what they mean for a fraught relationship with China. We also check in on Madrid, where Spain’s new prime minister has been commended for naming a cabinet mostly made up of women.

  • Wednesday 6 June

    Jun 06 2018

    We ask if duties announced by Mexico against US products marks the start of a trade war and get all the scoops from the International Air Transport Association gathering in Sydney. We’ll also have the latest business and newspaper headlines and find out how ‘Roseanne’ can carry on as a series – without Roseanne.

  • Tuesday 5 June

    Jun 05 2018

    We find out how Tehran’s plans to increase uranium production could impact the future of relations with the West and the Iran nuclear deal. Plus: why demonstrations are continuing in Jordan – even after the prime minister resigned – and one man’s attempt to be the first person to swim across the Pacific.

  • Monday 4 June

    Jun 04 2018

    North Korea shakes up its military leadership and Slovenia becomes the latest European country to swing to the political right – plus a round-up of the day's top business news.

  • Friday 1 June

    Jun 01 2018

    We ask how Europe, Canada and Mexico will respond to the introduction of US tariffs and whether Italy’s new government can solve the country’s political crisis. Plus: why is chocolate ownership causing such a stir in Belgium?

  • Thursday 31 May

    May 31 2018

    How will Russia respond to the resurrection of Arkady Babchenko? We also look ahead to Slovenia’s elections and take you on a tour of London’s recently refurbished 19th-century gem: the Principal Hotel.

  • Wednesday 30 May

    May 30 2018

    What should we expect when North Korea’s former spymaster visits New York? We also discuss the cities that offer the best value for your earnings and find out about a rail spat between Malaysia and Singapore. Plus: will Papua New Guinea launch an alternative to Facebook?

  • Tuesday 29 May

    May 29 2018

    Will Brazil’s government deploy the army to suppress transport strikes? We also explore Angela Merkel’s concerns about international co-operation and why the notion of citizenship is under the spotlight at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Plus: why are Japan’s temples offering rooms to rent?

  • Monday 28 May

    May 28 2018

    We ask whether Italy’s deepening political crisis will force another general election and get the latest on the will-they-won’t-they meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Plus: why Serbia is claiming a Hollywood film icon as its own and a roundup from the world of luxury.

  • Friday 25 May

    May 25 2018

    What was behind Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly cancel his meeting with Kim Jong-un? We also discuss the EU’s new rules on data protection and Georgia’s emerging art market. Plus: ‘Monocle’ editor, Andrew Tuck, tells us all about the Venice Architecture Biennale.

  • Thursday 24 May

    May 24 2018

    Will Emmanuel Macron be able to influence his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin? We also have a round-up of the stories making the headlines in Japan, and profile Austria’s long-serving mayor Michael Häupl. Plus: has the theft of the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966 finally been solved?

  • Wednesday 23 May

    May 23 2018

    We look back at the life of literary giant Philip Roth, who has died at the age of 85. We also ask whether the F-35 stealth fighter is worth its hefty price tag and question whether the CV of the man who wants to be Italy's prime minister stands up to scrutiny.

  • Tuesday 22 May

    May 22 2018

    How will Tehran’s leadership respond to the imposition of US sanctions? We also find out why Thai protesters are demanding that they head to the polls and look at the ability of films to influence our views. Plus: how is Albania giving its past a new lease of life?

  • Monday 21 May

    May 21 2018

    As a possible coalition government takes shape in Italy we ask whether the country’s famously dysfunctional political system might scupper its agenda. Plus: how an alternative approach to gun reform could have an impact in the US, China’s world leadership ambitions and a review of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

  • Friday 18 May

    May 18 2018

    We ask whether North Korea is trying to get John Bolton sacked, hear from UK prime minister Theresa May and take a closer look at Austrian politics. Plus: Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco gives us his take on the best kits at this year’s Fifa World Cup.

  • Thursday 17 May

    May 17 2018

    We ask whether European companies should continue to do business in Iran and whether China is trying to privatise its space industry. Plus: The Monocle’s Spring Weekly newspaper and why Japan’s stock of premium whisky is drying up.

  • Wednesday 16 May

    May 16 2018

    Has Donald Trump underestimated North Korea's belligerence? We also discuss why Italy’s populist parties are trying to negotiate the country’s exit from the single currency and examine German defence spending. Plus: film critic Jason Solomons with the latest from Cannes.

  • Tuesday 15 May

    May 15 2018

    We ask whether the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem has ended hopes of lasting peace in the Middle East and find out how leaders in Seoul and Pyongyang are attempting to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. Plus: Slovenia’s love of bees and how Cannes is taking on Netflix.

  • Monday 14 May

    May 14 2018

    We’re in Israel ahead of the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Then: is Italy finally getting a government? Plus: business headlines and we wrap up our coverage of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Friday 11 May

    May 11 2018

    We discuss Hezbollah’s relationship with Iran and examine how Taipei might respond to increasingly hostile military manoeuvres by China’s military. Plus: a fashion round-up with Monocle’s Jamie Waters and a look ahead to Eurovision’s grand final in Lisbon.

  • Thursday 10 May

    May 10 2018

    We ask if Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal has emboldened war-hungry nations in the Middle East and whether the age of our leaders actually matters. Plus: Monocle’s new travel guide to Beirut and Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi.

  • Wednesday 9 May

    May 09 2018

    Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved? We also examine a joint military venture between France and Germany, and look at historic transport links between Vienna and Bratislava. Plus: how will Starbucks be received in the land of the espresso?