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The Briefing

This one-hour show airs at 12 noon London time and includes analysis of the day’s news in Europe. This is also our drivetime show for the US East Coast.

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We discuss the reaction of Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif to yesterday’s massacre by the Taliban at a Peshawar school, learn what might be on the agenda as Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko visits Poland, and get the top stories from this week’s technology news.

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810 17 Dec 2014
01:00:00

We discuss the reaction of Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif to yesterday’s massacre by the Taliban at a Peshawar school, learn what might be on the agenda as Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko visits Poland, and get the top stories from this week’s technology news.

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809 16 Dec 2014
00:59:25

We get the latest from Australia after yesterday’s deadly hostage crisis, hear of the political legacy of former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara and look at the week in aviation.

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808 15 Dec 2014
01:00:00

We get an update on the hostage situation in Sydney, discuss the controversy surrounding Turkey's media-company raids and dissect the day's biggest business stories from New York.

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807 12 Dec 2014
00:59:30

We look ahead to Sunday’s general election in Japan with Professor Ian Neary of Oxford University. Plus a report from the West Bank as tensions continue to rise and we ask why Norway's Christmas tree exports are on the slide.

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806 11 Dec 2014
00:59:33

Journalist Hannah Lucinda Smith allegations accusing the Syrian government of continuing its use of chemical weapons, Christine Ockrent assesses the prospect of French economic reform, and we profile the world’s most famous set designer, Sir Ken Adam.

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805 10 Dec 2014
00:59:25

Robert Freer of Amnesty International assesses the implications for countries identified in the recent report focusing on torture allegations against the CIA, we ask what Vladimir Putin hopes to gain from his visit to India, and discuss new reforms to Thailand’s education system.

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804 9 Dec 2014
00:59:30

Defence commentator Robert Fox assesses the report that is set to call US interrogation techniques into question. Plus we ask how Turkey intends to bring stability to Libya and review the day’s North American newspapers.

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803 8 Dec 2014
00:59:25

Monocle’s Fiona Wilson assesses implications ahead of Sunday’s snap general election in Japan, we learn how South Korea’s president is becoming an increasing diplomatic force in the region, and ask why inmates at Russian prisons may soon be taught how to tell jokes.

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802 5 Dec 2014
00:59:53

We ask why Australian minister Scott Morrison has just been given unprecedented powers to send immigrant boats back to sea. Plus, we discuss Polish soft power with Ambassador Witold Sobków, get our weekly intake of vital statistics, and get an update of diplomacy between China and Israel.

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801 4 Dec 2014
01:00:52

After Vladimir Putin’s address to Russia on the state of the nation, we ask how long he can remain popular as recession looms. Plus we hear from Art Basel in Miami and get this week’s biggest media stories.

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800 3 Dec 2014
01:00:00

The latest from Sweden as its minority government faces defeat in a vital budget vote, we look to Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismisses two ministers and seeks an early election to renew his mandate, and we also discuss allegations that Iran has conducted air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.

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799 2 Dec 2014
00:59:20

As Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partner fail to reconcile their differences, we ask whether Israel is heading for an early election. Plus: a focus on Brussels as Nato foreign ministers gather and we meet the co-founder of 23andMe as it launches a personal DNA-testing kit in the UK.

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