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Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.

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Friday 2 December:

Andrew Mueller and his studio guests discuss some of the biggest news stories of the day, including The Gambia’s surprise presidential election result, the logic behind Trump’s cabinet appointments and the upcoming bans for diesel cars in four capital cities around the world.

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12982 Dec 2016
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Friday 2 December: 

Andrew Mueller and his studio guests discuss some of the biggest news stories of the day, including The Gambia’s surprise presidential election result, the logic behind Trump’s cabinet appointments and the upcoming bans for diesel cars in four capital cities around the world.

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12971 Dec 2016
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Thursday 1 December: 

Why has Donald Trump changed his mind about Wall Street? We also ask why Belgium and the Netherlands are swapping small, uninhabited bits of land – and whether there is ever an inopportune time to promote your latest book.

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129630 Nov 2016
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Wednesday 30 November: 

Will Donald Trump scrap the Iran nuclear deal? We also discuss whether burning a country's flag should be a constitutional right – and is Saudi Arabia about to lift a ban that forbids women from driving?

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129529 Nov 2016
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Tuesday 29 November: 

Should politicians ever negotiate with terrorists? We also discuss whether the UN is powerless to prevent violence in the Syrian civil war – and is Donald Trump already having an impact on global events?

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129428 Nov 2016
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Monday 28 November: 

We ask whether Fidel Castro’s legacy should be reappraised and discuss why Donald Trump is so eager to claim that he won the popular vote in this month’s presidential election. Plus: what does the branding of a national carrier tell us about a country’s identity?

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129325 Nov 2016
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Friday 25 November: 

We look at the trend of strongman leaders taking power in locations ranging from the US, Turkey and Hungary. Plus, how might the Eurovision song contest possibly affect visa policies in Ukraine? And we ask whether the Iceland should really be concerned about a low-budget supermarket of the same name.

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129224 Nov 2016
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Thursday 24 November: 

We assess the multibillion-pound cost of Brexit to the UK, ask whether Donald Trump's cabinet appointments are suited to their roles, discuss the ongoing Farc peace deal in Colombia and weigh up whether the world really needs a laundry-folding robot.

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129123 Nov 2016
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Wednesday 23 November: 

We ask whether Donald Trump is softening his views towards ‘The New York Times’ and find out what African nations think of the incoming president. Plus: which countries have the most astronomical national debt?

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129022 Nov 2016
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Tuesday 22 November: 

We ask why US president-elect Donald Trump is suggesting who should be the UK ambassador to the US and what impact he will have on foreign policy in the Middle East. Plus: what is Sweden doing to counter the threat of Russia around the Baltic Sea?

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128921 Nov 2016
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Monday 21 November: 

We look at what lies ahead in the upcoming French and German elections and ask what was said in Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin’s possible last face-to-face meeting. Plus: why Obama’s successor is not happy with the cast in the musical ‘Hamilton’.

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128818 Nov 2016
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Friday 18 November: 

Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé is joined by the editorial team to look back on the best of this week, from politics and global hospitality to cultural picks and cuisine.

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128717 Nov 2016
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Thursday 17 November: 

We ask what Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will be discussing with US president-elect Donald Trump today, look at the latest headlines regarding Brexit and the future of Europe and question the purpose of parliamentary upper houses.

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128616 Nov 2016
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Wednesday 16 November: 

As independent candidate Emmanuel Macron declares his intention to run for president of France, we ask how the country’s election will shape up. Meanwhile, we assess Donald Trump’s potential impact on the environment and US-Chinese relations. Plus: why is far-right politics on the rise in Europe?

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128515 Nov 2016
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Tuesday 15 November: 

We assess how Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s relationship will affect the EU and ask when Theresa May will unveil some sort of Brexit strategy – and whether she has one. Plus: what does the US have in common with Greece?

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128414 Nov 2016
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Monday 14 November: 

We ask why Barack Obama is in Europe following Donald Trump’s election win, whether pro-Moscow candidates in the Bulgarian and Moldovan elections will cause headaches for the EU and what Hillary Clinton’s political legacy will be.

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