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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 November:

We discuss the possibilities of Germany’s grand coalition making a comeback and the meeting between the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Russia. Meanwhile, we ask whether the US gun-control debate is finally moving forward? Plus: the EU blocks UK cities from bidding for European Capital of Culture.

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154323 Nov 2017
30 min

Thursday 23 November: 

We discuss the possibilities of Germany’s grand coalition making a comeback and the meeting between the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Russia. Meanwhile, we ask whether the US gun-control debate is finally moving forward? Plus: the EU blocks UK cities from bidding for European Capital of Culture.

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154222 Nov 2017
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Wednesday 22 November: 

We ask what the collapse of coalition talks in Germany means for Europe, discuss Ratko Mladic’s life sentence and examine CBS’s handling of the allegations against Charlie Rose. Plus: art diplomacy.

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154121 Nov 2017
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Tuesday 21 November: 

We discuss Robert Mugabe’s resignation as president of Zimbabwe, the collapse of coalition talks in Germany and the meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

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154020 Nov 2017
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Monday 20 November: 

Our guests Linda Yueh and Jane Kinninmont discuss the collapse of coalition talks in Germany, the relocation of EU agencies from London, Robert Mugabe defying his resignation deadline and the whereabouts of Lebanon's Saad Hariri.

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153917 Nov 2017
29 min

Friday 17 November: 

Nato’s latest tensions with Turkey, Germany’s international image on the rise and the end of gay-marriage tourism for New Zealand. Plus: which city has the best public transport in the world?

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153816 Nov 2017
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Thursday 16 November: 

Isabel Hilton and Jacob Parakilas discuss the day’s top stories, including French president Emmanuel Macron leading the way on climate change, why the US Senate is questioning Donald Trump’s power to unilaterally order nuclear strikes and whether China had any involvement in Zimbabwe’s coup.

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153715 Nov 2017
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Wednesday 15 November: 

Our guests Daniella Peled and Carole Walker discuss the military takeover in Zimbabwe, Australia’s historic vote on same-sex marriage, the UK's ongoing debate over the EU withdrawal bill and how all staff at the US House of Representatives will have anti-harassment training.

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153614 Nov 2017
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Tuesday 14 November: 

Roger Boyes, diplomatic editor of ‘The Times', and London's AFP bureau chief Florence Biedermann discuss Theresa May accusing Russia of disseminating fake news, Myanmar’s military exonerating itself of any crimes against Rohingya people and the US launching a media fund for Hungary to aid press freedom.

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153513 Nov 2017
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Monday 13 November: 

Andrew Tuck, Alessio Patalano and Terry Stiastny discuss the EU’s defence pact and ask, should world leaders make friends with despots and who cares what Bob Geldof thinks? Plus, the frightfully worrying absence of gradable adverbs.

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153410 Nov 2017
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Friday 10 November: 

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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15339 Nov 2017
30 min

Thursday 9 November: 

With UK prime minister Theresa May’s government in crisis, we ask how much longer she can hang on. Meanwhile, what does the future hold for Saudi Arabia following its recent purge? Plus: how to cover the actions of the far right and returning to everyday life after leaving the presidential office.

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15328 Nov 2017
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Wednesday 8 November: 

We ask how the Democrats achieved their big wins in this week’s US governorship elections and whether Vladimir Putin really needs a new private army. Plus: why UK politician Priti Patel is in the spotlight and Disney has fallen out with the ‘LA Times’.

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15317 Nov 2017
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Tuesday 7 November: 

We assess the damage done to the UK’s global image by the likes of Boris Johnson, review the latest findings from the Panama Papers and discuss how Russia is marking the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Plus: why is France looking at the relationship between gender and language?

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15306 Nov 2017
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Monday 6 November: 

We ask what the Paradise Papers mean for business dealings around the world, whether meaningful US gun-law reform is possible following the weekend’s mass shooting in Texas and if Theresa May has the UK’s business community onside. Plus: analysis of a dramatic weekend in the Middle East.

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15293 Nov 2017
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Friday 3 November: 

We look back on a week of uncertainty for Catalonia, get the latest in publishing news, ask how Donald Trump lost access to his tweets for a whole 11 minutes and ponder whether pasta and high-fashion branding belong together.

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