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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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Thursday 23 February:

We ask whether Donald Trump’s treatment of Mexico has hindered his plans to deport people from the US and discuss the Syrian peace talks in Geneva. Plus: should we be wary of a website that claims to tackle fake news in Russia?

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134823 Feb 2017
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Thursday 23 February: 

We ask whether Donald Trump’s treatment of Mexico has hindered his plans to deport people from the US and discuss the Syrian peace talks in Geneva. Plus: should we be wary of a website that claims to tackle fake news in Russia?

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134722 Feb 2017
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Wednesday 22 February: 

Are populist politicians making people angrier? We also discuss Bavaria's plans to ban the full-face veil even though it only has a small Muslim population – and why has the president of Iceland been forced to clarify his comments on pizza toppings?

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134621 Feb 2017
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Tuesday 21 February: 

We ask if Nato members spend enough on defence and discuss whether there is such a thing as absolute free speech. We also ask if China can do more to curb the excesses of North Korea and whether other countries will benefit from Donald Trump’s plans to restrict visitors to the US.

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134520 Feb 2017
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Monday 20 February: 

After Donald Trump's confusing reference to "what's happening in Sweden", Michael Goldfarb joins Mary Dejevsky and Tom Edwards to discuss some of the real issues affecting the nation. Plus: how Trump's America has hit television writers – and what if Russia was threatening the border of Alaska?

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134417 Feb 2017
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Friday 17 February: 

We ask how Canada’s prime minister managed to deliver a speech to the European Parliament without mentioning Brexit or Donald Trump. Monocle editor Andrew Tuck joins Istanbul bureau chief Chris Lord and Andrew Mueller to unpick Justin Trudeau’s romancing of the media. Plus: the dangers of assessing Trump’s mental health via television, Tonga’s first postal system and we ask how many of us know who or what is pictured on a nation’s currency.

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134316 Feb 2017
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Thursday 16 February: 

We ask whether ‘The New York Times’ was right to call on Congress to investigate Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia. Plus: a political cost-benefit analysis of information leaks, what happens when the media targets judges and why a UK institution is banning boozy lunches.

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134215 Feb 2017
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Wednesday 15 February: 

We discuss North Korea’s history of foreign assassinations and ask how the UK’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, was received in the Gambia. Plus: could the Nokia 3310 be about to make a comeback?

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134114 Feb 2017
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Tuesday 14 February: 

Just seven hours after declaring that the White House had full confidence in its national security adviser, Michael Flynn resigned. We assess the fallout. Plus: Turkey’s president on tour, the Brexit effect hits Champagne and nudity makes a comeback on the pages of Playboy.

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134013 Feb 2017
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Monday 13 February: 

We ask just how much trouble Donald Trump’s national security adviser is in. Plus: how to cope in the chaotic White House, the fading role of TV debates, a look at Germany’s new president and why Trump can’t stop watching Saturday Night Live.

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133910 Feb 2017
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Friday 10 February: 

Donald Trump’s third week in the White House was much like his first two: controversial, divisive and confrontational. We ask what might come next. Plus: France plans a security fence around the Eiffel Tower, we ask why Dutch prisons are so empty and Prince enters the age of music streaming.

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13389 Feb 2017
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Thursday 9 February: 

How deep does the anti-establishment mood run in France? Monocle 24’s Tom Edwards is joined by Quentin Peel and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera to ask whether Marine Le Pen has a serious shot at the presidency. Meanwhile in Washington, was the appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney-general politically unwise? Plus: Vladimir Putin's grip on power tightens and Julian Assange's departure from the Ecuadorian embassy draws near.

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13378 Feb 2017
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Wednesday 8 February: 

After Elizabeth Warren’s silencing in the US senate, Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck asks Raffaello Pantucci and James Boys whether it ever pays to quash a political critic. Meanwhile in London the UK house speaker is accused of breaking impartiality after he criticised Donald Trump. Plus: businesses warn against a Chinese trade war and we ask why there are never enough restrooms.

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13367 Feb 2017
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Tuesday 7 February: 

The US president says that journalists “have their reasons” to play down threats posed by terrorism. Monocle’s Andrew Mueller is joined by journalist Michael Goldfarb and journalism professor George Brock to unpick Donald Trump’s complicated relationship with the media. They also ask whether there’s anything that might eventually lead to his unravelling.

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13356 Feb 2017
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Monday 6 February: 

Are you tiring of Trump? Monocle's Andrew Mueller asks Martin Plaut and Sebastian Borger whether we ought to be restricting our media diet. Plus: how Europe might react to a change in German leadership – and could television depictions of Islamic terrorism should be smarter?

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13343 Feb 2017
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Friday 3 February : 

Join Monocle’s Andrew Mueller, Tom Edwards and Steve Bloomfield as they discuss the week’s most interesting news stories.

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