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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.

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Wednesday 10 February: We analyse why Bernie Sanders connected with more female Democrat voters in New Hampshire than Hillary Clinton, get the latest aviation headlines and check in with the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

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111010 Feb 2016
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Wednesday 10 February: 

We analyse why Bernie Sanders connected with more female Democrat voters in New Hampshire than Hillary Clinton, get the latest aviation headlines and check in with the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

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11099 Feb 2016
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Tuesday 9 February: 

We discuss today’s train crash in Germany, get a primer on the New Hampshire primaries and learn why Spain’s royal family are having a testing time at the theatre in Madrid.

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11088 Feb 2016
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Monday 8 February: 

We get the view from Seoul on North Korea’s missile launch over the weekend, learn why Bill Clinton has unleashed a scathing attack on Bernie Sanders and review the biggest TV ads from Sunday’s Super Bowl sports event.

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11075 Feb 2016
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Friday 5 February: 

​We’re live in Spain as negotiations continue in an attempt to form a coalition government and we hear why a new report predicts it would take less than three days for Russian forces to occupy the Baltic nations. Plus: we chat with Gareth Bayley, the UK’s special representative for Syria.

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11064 Feb 2016
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Thursday 4 February: 

We look to London as world leaders get together for a Syria donor event. Meanwhile, the EU finally approves the €3bn package to help Ankara cope with Syrian migrants. Plus: why Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is not the most obvious choice for someone to open Milan Fashion Week.

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11053 Feb 2016
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Wednesday 3 February: 

We take a look at the world’s reactions to the North Korean plan of launching a satellite, discuss why the Obama administration wants to quadruple the defence budget for Europe and learn how eagles can catch hostile drones.

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11042 Feb 2016
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Tuesday 2 February: 

We discuss what the Iowa caucus results mean for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, wonder what kind of admissions the EU may give to the UK and learn why New Zealand is on the winning side in net migration from Australia.

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11031 Feb 2016
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Monday 1 February: 

We look to Burma as its first freely elected parliament for half a century holds its opening session. Plus: we examine the African Union’s decision not to send peacekeepers to Burundi and get the latest from the presidential caucus in Iowa.

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110229 Jan 2016
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Friday 29 January: 

We discuss Italy’s move to take a leading role at Europe’s decision table as Matteo Renzi sits down for lunch with Angela Merkel. We also assess the damage after last night’s Trump-free Republican debate. Plus: a new report finds corruption on the rise in Turkey.

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110128 Jan 2016
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Thursday 28 January: 

We look to Sweden as the country prepares to expel up to 80,000 would-be asylum seekers as the changing tide of Europe’s migrant crisis continues. We also discuss a new 60,000-seat stadium that is on the cards as Budapest heats up its bid for the 2024 Olympics. Plus: why have this year’s Australia Day honours resulted in such controversy?

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110027 Jan 2016
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Wednesday 27 January: 

We look to the French justice minister, who has quit as parliament is set to debate a controversial anti-terror bill. We also ask if Ukraine is deliberately holding out on a peace deal in a bid to extend sanctions against Russia. Plus: move over Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck, there’s a new character in Beatrix Potter’s town.

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109926 Jan 2016
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Tuesday 26 January: 

As Hassan Rouhani’s trip to Italy delivers a windfall for business, we ask whether France will be so welcoming. We also discuss Belgrade’s central train station as it roars back to life after nearly 40 years of dereliction. Plus: we have a play at the Nuremberg Toy Fair.

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109825 Jan 2016
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Monday 25 January: 

As Hassan Rouhani lands in Italy, we ask what the Iranian president aims to achieve politically and get the details of his deal with Airbus. We also head to the US to see if former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will be able to run the country as he hints at an independent candidacy in the upcoming elections.

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109722 Jan 2016
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Friday 22 January: 

We look to Burma as it releases political prisoners, visit Berlin’s ‘Superqueeroes’ exhibition and we get the week’s most fascinating stats from Ipsos Mori.

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109621 Jan 2016
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Thursday 21 January: 

We discuss a public inquiry that finds Russian president Putin may have been behind ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko’s death in London. We also wonder what’s next for the Ruble as it drops to its lowest level since 1998. Plus: the US offers Turkey new technology to help it secure its border to Syria.

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