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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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Tuesday 23 August:

The leaders of the EU’s three biggest economies announce a “new beginning” for the union, while the Czech prime minister’s calls for a European army. Plus: we assess Donald Trump’s post-election ambitions and remember Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans, who has died at the age of 94.

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122523 Aug 2016
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Tuesday 23 August: 

The leaders of the EU’s three biggest economies announce a “new beginning” for the union, while the Czech prime minister’s calls for a European army. Plus: we assess Donald Trump’s post-election ambitions and remember Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans, who has died at the age of 94.

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122422 Aug 2016
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Monday 22 August: 

We discuss the European project in the wake of a meeting between Angela Merkel, Matteo Renzi and François Hollande. Meanwhile, we look to Turkey as the country is devastated by yet another suicide attack. Plus: how Brexit has prompted a rush to foreign embassies and Shinzo Abe’s super cameo at the Rio Olympics Games closing ceremony.

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122319 Aug 2016
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Friday 19 August: 

As Donald Trump reshuffles his team again and Hillary Clinton launches a podcast, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé is joined by editor Andrew Tuck and executive producer Tom Edwards to measure the temperature of the race to the White House. Plus: we ask what happens when diplomatic immunity goes too far and if Kalashnikov’s new souvenir shop is good or bad branding.

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122218 Aug 2016
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Thursday 18 August: 

We look to Australia as the country decides to close the Manus Island detention centre for asylum seekers. Meanwhile, South Sudan’s vice president goes into exile and we examine Bolivia’s plan for an anti-imperialist military academy. Plus: why have Brazilians been booing so much at the Olympics?

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122117 Aug 2016
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Wednesday 17 August: 

Donald Trump reshuffles his campaign team – again. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton launches her own podcast and Turkey wants to release 38,000 prisoners to make room for those arrested during the coup. Plus: a look at the North Korean diplomat in London who defected to South Korea.

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122016 Aug 2016
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Tuesday 16 August: 

As the single largest transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees takes place, we ask if President Obama’s vision of closing down the detention facility can actually happen. Plus: tension rises on the border between Russia and Ukraine and yet another Turkish newspaper is ordered to shut down.

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121915 Aug 2016
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Monday 15 August: 

As the Kremlin’s chief of staff is dismissed and Ukraine places its troops on high alert, we ask what Vladimir Putin is up to. Plus: we examine Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, find out where right-wing party Alternative for Germany wants to deport migrants and assess the political sensitivities of housing athletes in the Olympic Village.

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121812 Aug 2016
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Friday 12 August: 

We assess how Canada is dealing with extremism, look at how media organisations share stories across the globe and discuss the future of London as a design city.

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121711 Aug 2016
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Thursday 11 August: 

We discuss why Vladimir Putin is having to manage conflicts in both Syria and Crimea, learn about Australia’s problem with the perception of asylum seekers and ask whether politics determine where politicians go on holiday.

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121610 Aug 2016
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Wednesday 10 August: 

We debate Saudi-US relations, ask if Donald Trump’s gun-law comment could have disastrous consequences and find out why Brazil has the loudest voices at the Olympics. Plus: will Germany’s new anti-terror proposals help it tackle extremism?

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12159 Aug 2016
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Tuesday 9 August: 

We take stock of Russian-Turkish relations, look into why the UK has bungled its plan to build a new nuclear power station, test the diplomatic undercurrents of the Olympics and discuss why red tape is often a necessary element of a well-run nation.

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12148 Aug 2016
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Monday 8 August: 

We reflect on Sunday’s rally in Istanbul, which saw more than a million people gather to support Turkey's president. We also address the issue of US elections depending more on big money than high voter turnout and question the Australian media's approach to depicting the nation's indigenous communities.

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12135 Aug 2016
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Friday 5 August: 

What are the risks of giving presidential candidates such as Donald Trump access to sensitive intelligence documents? Plus: why Turkey is accusing Austria of racism, a look ahead to this weekend's Olympic events in Rio and our guests fill us in on their most unusual summer jobs.

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12124 Aug 2016
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Thursday 4 August: 

Why is the Republican party using Iran as a political bargaining tool in the US? We also count the pennies regarding the UK's economic outlook, look into why world leaders are giving the Olympics a miss and find out whether Norway could do with fewer tourists.

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12113 Aug 2016
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Wednesday 3 August: 

As the Republican party continues to implode, we ask what its long-term future might involve post-Trump. Plus: why London has unveiled 600 new heavily armed police and why beef is being used as a bribe in South Korea.

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