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Friday 14 December:

Monocle’s Andrew Mueller, Carlota Rebelo, Fernando Augusto Pacheco and Augustin Macellari look back at this “no confidence” week for both the UK’s Theresa May and France’s Emmanuel Macron and ask who are the leaders doing things right in 2018? Plus: how this year already broke box-office records and the two Berlin nightclubs opening their doors for the city’s homeless people this winter.

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181214 Dec 2018
30 min

Friday 14 December: 

Monocle’s Andrew Mueller, Carlota Rebelo, Fernando Augusto Pacheco and Augustin Macellari look back at this “no confidence” week for both the UK’s Theresa May and France’s Emmanuel Macron and ask who are the leaders doing things right in 2018? Plus: how this year already broke box-office records and the two Berlin nightclubs opening their doors for the city’s homeless people this winter.

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181113 Dec 2018
30 min

Thursday 13 December: 

We discuss the day’s top stories, including the latest on British politics and the potentially de-escalating US-China trade war. Plus: we hear why Russia’s Vladimir Putin is launching a crackdown on hip-hop and how, for the first time in decades, there are no journalists in prison in Ethiopia.

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181012 Dec 2018
30 min

Wednesday 12 December: 

Monocle’s Andrew Mueller is joined by our bureaux team – Ed Stocker, James Chambers, Tomos Lewis and Kenji Hall – to go through the top stories from their regions.

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180911 Dec 2018
30 min

Tuesday 11 December: 

We assess what Theresa May is trying to achieve from this latest European tour, take a look at air quality in India and get the latest from France. Plus: the role of journalism in 2018.

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180810 Dec 2018
30 min

Monday 10 December: 

Theresa May delays a crucial parliamentary vote on a deal to take the UK out of the EU, France’s Emmanuel Macron tries to manage a crisis and Mexico’s new president starts delivering on his promises. Plus: after 187 years of keeping women out, The Garrick in London debates a vote on letting them in.

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18077 Dec 2018
30 min

Friday 7 December: 

We look ahead to this weekend’s election in Armenia, discuss whether a Brexit TV debate would help clarify anything about an increasingly confused political issue, get the latest from Canada and discuss Pantone’s chosen colour of the year.

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18066 Dec 2018
30 min

Thursday 6 December: 

We assess the first week in office for Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as Amlo. Plus: we discuss the memorial for former US president George HW Bush, get the latest from the Cop24 climate summit and learn why Luxembourg is looking to make public transport free.

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18055 Dec 2018
30 min

Wednesday 5 November: 

We discuss the political options available to Emmanuel Macron who is facing protests in France, analyse the US and China’s trade-war truce, look at the latest developments on Brexit, and ask whether snowballs can be categorised as “missiles”.

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18044 Dec 2018
30 min

Tuesday 4 December: 

As the UK government is found to be in contempt of parliament, we discuss what’s ahead for Theresa May’s ambitions for Brexit. Plus, the latest on the case of Jamal Khashoggi, we look at the rise of the far right in Spain and ask whether the era of the plastic bag is over.

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18033 Dec 2018
30 min

Monday 3 December: 

Jacob Parakilas and Isabel Hilton discuss the day’s top stories including a recap of the G20 summit, why world leaders are gathering in Poland to tackle climate change, the weekend’s unrest in Paris and why the revolving door of Australian politics might be confusing even Angela Merkel.

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180230 Nov 2018
30 min

Friday 30 November: 

Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco, Ben Rylan and Georgina Godwin discuss the main topics of the day including the G20 summit, Lars von Trier’s latest release and – of course – Christmas.

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180129 Nov 2018
30 min

Thursday 29 November: 

Linda Yueh and Florence Biedermann discuss the G20, Georgia’s new president and, in the wake of an original piece of the Eiffel Tower being sold off, which part of a national monument they would like to buy.

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180028 Nov 2018
30 min

Wednesday 28 November: 

Carlo Bonura and Stephen Dalziel discuss the G20 meeting and Putin accusing Ukraine of provocation in the Black Sea. Plus: will Nancy Pelosi become the new speaker?

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179927 Nov 2018
30 min

Tuesday 27 November: 

Carole Walker and Joy Lo Dico discuss Trump’s warning that Brexit could hurt a US/UK deal, the effect of the fuel protests on Macron’s presidency and what to expect from Mexico’s new leader.

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179826 Nov 2018
30 min

Monday 26 November: 

Samira Shackle and Jeffrey Howard discuss the latest on the caravan heading to the US border, what to expect from the G20 summit in Argentina and the measures being taken to reduce the number of visitors to Hong Kong bridge.

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