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The Briefing

A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

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Friday 16 February:

As Theresa May heads to Berlin to meet Angela Merkel, we ask if Europe’s patience is running out when it comes to Brexit. We also get the latest from the Munich Security Conference and ask if France will be able to overhaul its indebted public-rail operator. Plus: why are the Dutch so good at speed skating?

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163716 Feb 2018
30 min

Friday 16 February: 

As Theresa May heads to Berlin to meet Angela Merkel, we ask if Europe’s patience is running out when it comes to Brexit. We also get the latest from the Munich Security Conference and ask if France will be able to overhaul its indebted public-rail operator. Plus: why are the Dutch so good at speed skating?

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163615 Feb 2018
30 min

Thursday 15 February: 

Is the Afghan Taliban preparing to negotiate with the US? We also hear from one of Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics and ask what Rio’s carnival tells us about Brazilian society. Plus: Monocle’s Fashion editor Jamie Waters previews London Fashion Week.

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163514 Feb 2018
30 min

Wednesday 14 February: 

We ask what France thinks about the reintroduction of military service and find out why Russia’s Communist presidential candidate isn’t your average Soviet-era politician. Plus: have monorails had their day? And what roles do animals play in modern-day espionage?

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163413 Feb 2018
30 min

Tuesday 13 February: 

Quentin Peel, who interviewed Andrea Nahles for ‘The Financial Times’, tells us about the woman who is expected to lead Germany’s SPD. We also ask whether the UK’s navy risks angering Beijing and examine electoral fraud in Russia. Plus: what makes a great official portrait?

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163312 Feb 2018
30 min

Monday 12 February: 

We ask if South Africa’s ruling ANC party is preparing to oust President Jacob Zuma and whether Donald Trump could turn the International Space Station over to private enterprise. Plus: the Italian newspapers and Lisbon’s conference on sound and architecture.

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16329 Feb 2018
30 min

Friday 9 February: 

Are the Olympic Games still relevant? Plus: we profile the candidates standing against Vladimir Putin in next month’s presidential elections and Julian Radcliffe from the Art Loss Register explains how his organisation tries to recover stolen paintings and sculptures.

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16318 Feb 2018
30 min

Thursday 8 February: 

Daimler garners some seriously bad karma for quoting the Dalai Lama in a Mercedes-Benz advert and Malcolm Turnbull offers a national apology to Australian victims of sexual abuse. Plus: the rising cost of gig tickets.

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16307 Feb 2018
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Wednesday 7 February: 

Germany finally has a government – but what does it look like? Plus: the latest business headlines, what next for SpaceX and why does Trump want a military parade?

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16296 Feb 2018
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Tuesday 6 February: 

Should we worry that the markets have the jitters? Plus: we take a closer look at Corsican nationalism, find out about one of Europe’s most famous art heists and ask if Elon Musk’s new space project is all it’s cracked up to be.

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16285 Feb 2018
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Monday 5 February: 

We ask what the Winter Olympics will do for the relationship between the countries on the Korean peninsula and examine Greece’s mass demonstrations over Macedonia. Plus: how can Ralph Lauren recover from its recent slump?

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16272 Feb 2018
30 min

Friday 2 January: 

With clashes between migrants in Calais and 90 feared drowned off the Libyan coast, we ask what – if anything –Europe can do to stop the suffering. Plus: Alphabet and Aramco look to build a technology hub in Saudi Arabia and we ask whether the cinema-subscription service Moviepass is worth the money.

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16261 Feb 2018
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Thursday 1 February: 

We find out how a memo has caused a crisis of trust between the FBI and the White House and examine the significance of Poland’s controversial bill on the Holocaust. Plus: the Serpentine prepares to make its global debut and we look at wine production in Bordeaux.

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162531 Jan 2018
30 min

Wednesday 31 January: 

Why does the conflict in Yemen matter? We also examine a bitter row between Beijing and Taipei over new flight paths in the Taiwan Strait and look at the changing nature of some of the world's most elite military units. Plus: why is Team Norway’s kit for the Winter Olympics causing such a stir?

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162430 Jan 2018
30 min

Tuesday 30 January: 

Monocle’s Business editor, Matt Alagiah, tells us how a new car scandal could affect Brand Germany. Plus: what has gone so wrong at ‘The Los Angeles Times’? We also ask what makes a great speech as Bobby Kennedy’s grandson prepares to respond to Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address.

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162329 Jan 2018
30 min

Monday 29 January: 

We ask whether Russia’s opposition leader is right to urge his supporters to boycott the country’s presidential elections and find out why Saab is considering cancelling its fighter-jet contract with the Brazilian Air Force. Plus: Monocle’s Design editor Nolan Giles looks back at the life of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad.

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