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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.