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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Will the UK’s politicians agree to block a no-deal Brexit? We also find out how Turkey is planning to help Syria’s refugees return home. Plus: the speed limit on Germany’s roads and the enduring impact of the Rothschild family on Austria.
Will Donald Trump reinstate the US government shutdown? We also profile a group of French political protesters who wear red scarves, have the latest on Nissan’s woes and find out about Condé Nast’s latest fashion publication.
Should The Queen intervene in the Brexit debate? Will Nicolás Maduro be granted amnesty if he cedes power in Venezuela? Plus, Finland tops The Good Country Index and Xi Jinping’s umbrella spawns a political movement.
We examine the German foreign minister’s attempts to curry favour with the White House. Plus: Airbus threatens to leave the UK, Russia and Japan remain at odds over the Kuril Islands and we find out about a Greek tennis prodigy who is taking the sport by storm.
Why are China’s leaders planning to overhaul the country’s military? Plus: Georgia’s government expresses concerns about Russian soldiers, Davos discusses the febrile political climate and we ask whether Canada’s animators could be about to take this year’s Oscars by storm.
Will Kamala Harris face Donald Trump for the US presidency? We also discuss criticism of Japan’s justice system over the Carlos Ghosn case, why Google may pull its news service from Europe and Montenegro’s tourism boom.
Israel carries out airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria. Plus: we discuss whether the UK can break its Brexit deadlock, go behind the scenes at the World Economic Forum in Davos and hear about a shake-up at Tribune Publishing.
President Donald Trump and House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s power struggle, a look at the new government in Sweden and the most fascinating stats of the week.
The power struggle between Donald Trump and House speaker Nancy Pelosi, how Vladimir Putin is trying to extend his influence in the Balkans and how the hospitality industry can beat challengers such as Airbnb.
We look at coverage of the Brexit chaos in international newspapers and the Pentagon’s concerns over Chinese military technology. Plus, which songs will be the biggest at this year’s carnival in Brazil?
A look-ahead to a crucial Brexit vote in Westminster, Emmanuel Macron tries to ease tensions with the ‘gilets jaunes’ and China’s attempts to become a top-class ski-jumping nation – with help from Finland.
The UK’s prime minister Theresa May makes her final push for her Brexit deal, how Brazil's right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro aims to transform the country and a round-up of today's newspapers and business news.
The latest from France as the yellow vests vandalise much of the country’s speed-camera network. Plus, a court in Myanmar rejects the appeals of two jailed Reuters journalists and the Vatican’s new national sports team.
What next for the US government shutdown as President Trump storms out of a meeting with Democrats? Plus: the biggest news stories from the Balkans and a check-in from the Pitti Uomo menswear fair in Florence.
We look at what US president Donald Trump might have achieved with his TV address and put you in the picture about a French-Italian row over Leonardo da Vinci. Plus, we check-in at Florence’s Pitti Uomo menswear fair.
Kim Jong-un’s unannounced visit to Beijing, how France’s ‘yellow vest’ movement is finding surprising friends in Italy and a Danish project to create a local Silicon Valley.
What’s happening with Donald Trump’s Syria withdrawal that was supposed to be imminent? Also in the programme: French president Emmanuel Macron’s continuing struggle with the yellow vest protests and the latest in the UK’s Brexit debate.
What does Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, have planned for his time in office? Plus: when will voters in the DRC find out who won the election held on Sunday and how have conspiracy theories entered mainstream politics?
A smart digest of the day's top stories from the US and Europe with Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan. Hear the latest reports alongside the business headlines, all live from Midori House in London.
How far is US president Donald Trump willing to go to secure money for the Mexico wall? Also in the programme: China’s latest call for Taiwan reunification and why Netflix pulled a comedy show from its service in Saudi Arabia.
It would be wrong to describe anti-Semitism as resurgent: it never went away. But it has become more voluble – and, in certain circles, more respectable. This episode looks at how the ancient conspiracy theory of furtive Jewish power has been amplified and legitimised by social media and by modern populism around the world, on the left and the right. This special episode of ‘The Briefing’ looks back at some of the best episodes of ‘The Foreign Desk’ from this year.
China does a good job of keeping its Uyghur minority out of international headlines. But, as more stories of huge numbers of Uyghurs incarcerated in detention centres emerge, so do less-than-convincing excuses from Beijing. What do the Uyghurs want that China fears so much? And could this type of persecution spread to China’s other ethnic and religious minorities? This special episode of ‘The Briefing’ looks back at some of the best episodes of ‘The Foreign Desk’ from this year.
Andrew Mueller asks what countries can offer their international partners beyond trade and weapons – or just the cold shoulder. Whether it’s sport, music, food, technology or a quick trip into space, soft power can (if deployed correctly) win hearts, minds and allies. This special episode of 'The Briefing' looks back at some of the best episodes of 'The Foreign Desk' from 2018.
We profile Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. He campaigned on a promise to modernise India – a task not for faint of heart – but since taking office his lifelong links with Hindu nationalists have threatened to lead the country down a different path. This special episode of 'The Briefing' looks back at some of the best episodes of 'The Foreign Desk' from 2018.
Some are rousing, others are melancholic and some are just plain dreary. They’re belted out at sporting events, chanted in the streets to bring nations together and used as a political tool by those in power. But what makes a national anthem great, why are so many so terrible and, most importantly of all, which is the best? This special episode of 'The Briefing' looks back at some of the best episodes of 'The Foreign Desk' from 2018.
Host Tom Edwards is joined by Monocle editors and contributors for advice on how to receive a bad present with good grace. Plus: a Christmas check in from Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé and a special festive instalment of the Global Countdown.
Monocle editors and contributors join hosts Tom Edwards and Markus Hippi to offer their tips for the best films for Christmas Day and a guide to making an unusual seasonal snack. Plus: can you pass our Christmas citizenship quiz?
Why has US defence secretary James Mattis decided to leave his post? We also discuss a row between the BBC and the Kremlin over media impartiality and find out what the Monocle 24 team gets up to over Christmas.
We ask whether Isis is still a threat to stability in Syria and find out what can be done to tackle drones around major airports. Plus: today's front pages and the legacy of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
Has Donald Trump’s former national security adviser betrayed the US? Plus: political violence in Zimbabwe, the day’s front pages and why a petition is calling on Disney to drop its ‘hakuna matata’ trademark.
How can a lasting ceasefire in Yemen be implemented? We discuss the UK Labour party's plans to depose Theresa May, discuss Xi Jinping's speech on Chinese reform and ask why Cole Porter's piano is getting a makeover.
Why has Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the US deteriorated so rapidly? We also discuss Emmanuel Macron’s presidential-approval rating, Russia’s ambitions in the Arctic and the naming of a giant panda cub in Japan.
We discuss the security situation in France as police kill the main suspect in this week’s terrorist attack in Strasbourg. Plus: Kim Jong-un’s plans to visit Seoul, same-sex marriage in Brazil and Monocle’s Balkans correspondent tells us all about Croatia’s olive-oil boom.
Has the UK government lost its authority to negotiate Brexit? We also discuss the jailing of Donald Trump’s former lawyer and the reopening of Yemen’s main transport hub. Plus: do we worry too much about the amount of time we spend on our smartphones?
Will UK prime minister Theresa May be forced from power? We also have the latest on the manhunt for the Strasbourg gunman and ask whether US politics is more divided than ever. Plus: the Japanese ‘kanji’ for 2018.
Will the UK government be forced to call a second Brexit referendum? We also ask George W Bush’s former adviser why the current US president is struggling to find a chief of staff. Plus: what the abdication of Japan’s emperor will mean for the country’s royal family?
Can Emmanuel Macron calm the French public after a tumultuous weekend on the streets of Paris? Plus: we explore the challenges facing the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats, discuss political meddling in the Balkans and profile one of the world’s most innovative art galleries.
Who will succeed Angela Merkel as the head of Germany’s Christian Democrats? Plus: a snap election in Armenia, the world’s largest start-up event in Helsinki and why living coral has been named the colour of 2019.
Can UN-sponsored talks end the war in Yemen? We also ask whether Emmanuel Macron can appease disgruntled protesters in France, check in at Art Basel Miami Beach and find out why some residents of a small Swedish town sabotage a straw goat to celebrate Advent.
Will the the former US national security adviser Michael Flynn be spared a jail sentence in return for co-operation with Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry? Plus: Brazil’s welfare reforms, elections in Switzerland and we hear from the man behind the world’s leading start-up event.
Will the EU allow the UK to cancel Brexit and why is Venezuela’s leader travelling to Moscow? Plus: Australia’s crusade against single-use shopping bags and the expansion of the world’s oldest toy shop.
How will the US and Israel respond to Tehran’s decision to test a medium-range ballistic missile? We also discuss the resurgence of Spain’s far-right, a UN charter on sustainable fashion and find out how world leaders prepare for their most important meetings.
Ukraine bans Russian men from entering the country as tensions with the Kremlin continue to escalate. Plus: an update from the G20 in Buenos Aires and why ‘National Geographic’ has tipped Montenegro as the next big thing.
Foreign policy expert Mary Devesky profiles Georgia's first woman president. Why do Asian countries lag behind on LGBT rights and will the Pentagon ditch Trump’s space plans. Plus: will peace talks end war in Yemen?
As US Democratic House members vote on their nominee for speaker, we assess Nancy Pelosi's chances. Plus: the UK chancellor admits the economy will be worse after Brexit, Slovenia becomes the first Nato country to have a female army chief and a big shake-up at Condé Nast.
Did Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, lie to the FBI? Plus: Airbus delivers its first A330neo, Serbia’s military receives new helicopters and Fernando Augusto Pacheco rounds up the latest stories from Latin America and beyond.
How serious is the tense stand-off between Russia and Ukraine? Plus: Taiwan’s pro-independence party takes a battering at the polls, Switzerland’s public votes on the country’s laws and Italy and France argue over who is the rightful heir to Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest works of art.
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? We also ask what impact Dolce and Gabbana’s ill-advised ad campaign could have on its brand in China, find out why Slovenia’s transport hub is getting an upgrade and tell you about a resort in Bali that is clamping down on smartphones.
We discuss the target of Donald Trump’s latest war of words – and Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts’ extraordinarily feisty response. Plus: how much do we know about our neighbouring countries? For children in South Korea it’s surprisingly little – but is that about to change? And finally: can you ever have too many Santas?
What should we know about Interpol's new boss? We also explore Beijing’s military ambitions in the South China Sea, ask whether the alliance between Renault, Mitsubishi and Nissan can survive its current crisis and take you inside the pages of Monocle’s brand new Athens travel guide.
Why does a small political party in Northern Ireland hold so much sway over the UK’s government? We also have the latest on the crisis engulfing Nissan, discuss Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines and find out why a Japanese city has decided to change its name.
Could the war in Yemen be coming to an end? We also discuss the trial of pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong and the lack of originality in fashion. Plus: should cities tear down their car parks?
We have the latest as two senior members of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge are found guilty of committing genocide in the 1970s. We also discuss alleged plans to unseat Theresa May and Japan's use of sport as soft power. Plus: why is Switzerland updating its payment forms?
In this special edition we examine a day of political chaos in the UK. Our panel of experts ask whether resignations by key ministers will force prime minister Theresa May from her job. Plus: the latest stories in business and technology.
‘Financial Times’ political editor George Parker on "one of the most dramatic days in recent British politics". We also discuss Italy’s budget constraints, Calgary’s Winter Olympic bid withdrawal and the definition of a kilogram.
Will the UN intervene in the conflict between Israel and Palestine? We also ask whether Italy will fall in line with the EU’s budgetary rules and look at Calgary’s bid to host the Winter Olympics. Plus: how much does Monocle’s Balkans correspondent know about the Baltics?
Monocle's editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, tells us about the masters of persuasion in our Soft Power Survey. We also discuss multilateralism in Europe and China's shrewd propaganda push.
As top diplomats from the US and China meet in Washington, we discuss the growing unease between the two superpowers. Plus: the latest on the future of the Mueller investigation into the 2016 US election, Paris’s e-bike scheme and why two of Germany’s top department stores are announcing a merger.
Could Angela Merkel’s fragile political coalition be on the verge of collapse? We also examine Japan's energy strategy, ask whether Armistice Day has become a political football and examine what’s behind the variance in the global wine harvest.
What could Democrat gains in the US midterms mean for the 2020 presidential race? We also discuss plans for a European army, hear from an entrepreneur who is shaking up hotel offerings in Paris and ask whether China could become the world’s most visited country.
Monocle’s Tomos Lewis has the latest from Vermont as polls open for the US midterms. We also explore Japan's military strategy and ask why football in the Balkans can't escape the region’s turbulent political past.
We ask whether a diplomatic push by the king of Saudi Arabia is anything more than a PR exercise. Plus: China's attempts to promote free trade, the impact of Iranian oil sanctions and attempts by Nasa to send astronauts back to the moon.
What impact will the US’s new sanctions have on Iran, who is Brazil’s new justice minister and why is New Caledonia holding a referendum on whether to get independence from France? Plus: Amsterdam’s mayor is planning to change the face of the city’s infamous red-light district.
Why Stockholm turned down the opportunity for an Apple-funded overhaul of one of its parks and the mayor of Taipei’s new strategy for attracting young voters: the release of a hip-hop video. Plus: a highlight from last night’s special edition of ‘The Urbanist’, live from Midori House.
We ask whether the man investigating Russian interference in the US election is being deliberately smeared by right-wing critics. Plus: we consider Croatia’s attempts to join the euro, explore dramatic military drills off the coast of Norway and find out why London’s police service wants to launch a clothing range.
Will Donald Trump unequivocally denounce white nationalism before he visits Pittsburgh? We also find out what Australia’s spymaster thinks about Chinese meddling, get the latest business headlines from Bloomberg and take you on a tour of Sweden’s National Museum.
What should we know about the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia? We also find out why Angela Merkel no longer wants to carry on as head of her CDU party, review the Brazilian newspapers and find out about a woman who became an accidental author.
We get the latest on Brazil's presidential election race being decided this weekend, look at why Austria and Germany are rethinking their relationships with Saudi Arabia and enjoy a highlight from Monocle’s Travel Top 50 event.
Does Donald Trump’s rhetoric put US politicians and journalists in danger? We ask whether Japan is seeking to build an economic alliance with China and bring you the latest news from the world of technology. Plus: we give you a sneak peek of the impressive redevelopment of London’s Coal Drops Yard.
What should we expect from Nato’s military drills in Norway? We also ask whether Brazil's left-wing Workers' party is gaining momentum ahead of this weekend's crucial presidential election, discuss the importance of a beautiful workplace and find out why the Netherlands’ flower industry is in full bloom.
Are the US and Russia preparing to enter a new arms race? Plus: We discuss the rise of Germany’s Greens, Monocle’s Daniel Bach looks at the challenges facing Toronto’s re-elected mayor and we ask whether artificial intelligence will make the artist’s paint brush redundant.
How much does Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman know about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi? We also ask whether Australians have had enough of Punch and Judy politics, and discuss bilateral talks between South Korea and Japan. Plus: has tourism become a dirty word?
What should we expect from Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections? We also find out about Kosovo’s plan to upgrade its security forces, examine what Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazilian government might look like and explore an ambitious seven-year mission to Mercury.
Why are the world’s leaders so reluctant to criticise Saudi Arabia? We also discuss plans for an enormous pro-independence rally in Taiwan, ask who might stand against Donald Trump in the US presidential election in 2020 and explore Norway’s proud relationship with its Viking past.
Why does Canada’s decision to legalise cannabis matter to the rest of the world? We also discuss the controversy surrounding Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine, explore Croatia’s plans to join the Schengen Area and hear from a man who wants to make renting a flat a far more pleasurable experience.
Could Australia be about to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? We also hear from the former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, discuss political polling in Brazil and find out about General Electric’s designs for a commercial supersonic aircraft engine.
We get the latest on Brexit, after the UK said it had hit an impasse in negotiations over the Irish border. We also look at the reopening of the border between Jordan and Syria, get the latest business headlines and hear about the protests in Hong Kong about the government’s land-reclamation plan.
We examine whether this weekend’s state elections could reshape far more than just the political balance of Bavaria. Plus: a whole new meaning for the term ‘west wing’ and our editor explains what we should prioritise when it comes to building real communities in our cities.
Do the latest polls from Brazil indicate that the country will elect a far-right president? We also discuss whether Switzerland could vote to cement sovereignty over international law, ask whether anyone will want to replace Nikki Haley at the UN and tell you all about The Shed project in New York.
Could Japan be preparing to host a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un? We also discuss concerns over press freedom in Hong Kong and Brazil’s attempts to tackle fake news during the country’s presidential election. Plus: how is ‘Vogue’ looking to make its mark at next year’s Met Gala?
Has Bashar al-Assad won the war in Syria? We also take a look at Angela Merkel’s in-tray and explore how a low-cost carrier has been able to compete with some of its more established transatlantic rivals. Plus: should pop and politics ever mix?
Why has China detained the head of Interpol? Plus: the mood in Brazil as it prepares to elect a new leader, why Bosnia-Herzegovina's elections are so complicated and a new font that might be able to help people who struggle to remember facts.
Monocle 24's Fernando Augusto Pacheco gives us his guide to the presidential election in his home country of Brazil. Plus: we profile the woman who is hoping to lead Austria, discuss the row over Japan's ‘rising sun’ flag and find out why Tronc has decided to change its name back to Tribune Publishing.
Could the FBI’s report into Brett Kavanaugh’s past derail his Supreme Court bid? Plus: Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco on Brazil’s presidential election, a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, and an update from one of the world’s biggest art fairs.
Will Russia halt the development of its new cruise missiles? Plus: we explore the dramatic rise in the price of oil, find out why an Italian mayor has been arrested for helping migrants and discuss Netflix’s plans to let viewers decide TV and film endings.