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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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Monday 16 July:

Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi has the latest from Helsinki as Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin. We also profile the nationalist who is hoping to lead Brazil and ask what we might expect from Qatar’s World Cup in 2022. Plus: Monocle’s Tokyo team tell us about their summer reads.

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174316 Jul 2018
30 min

Monday 16 July: 

Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi has the latest from Helsinki as Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin. We also profile the nationalist who is hoping to lead Brazil and ask what we might expect from Qatar’s World Cup in 2022. Plus: Monocle’s Tokyo team tell us about their summer reads.

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174213 Jul 2018
30 min

Friday 13 June: 

We examine tensions in the ‘Special Relationship’ as the US president Donald Trump visits London. Plus: a look at Monday’s summit in Helsinki, where Trump meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and why Brazil is suffering from a lack of political candidates.

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174112 Jul 2018
30 min

Thursday 12 July: 

An important day for Theresa May as she releases a white paper on the UK's departure from the EU. Plus: the role of misinformation in world politics and how the Paris Métro is going to get rid of paper tickets.

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174011 Jul 2018
30 min

Wednesday 11 July: 

How realistic are US president Donald Trump’s demands at the Nato summit? Also, Germany’s high-profile neo-Nazi court case and a look ahead to the rest of the week in the Fifa World Cup.

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173910 Jul 2018
30 min

Tuesday 10 July: 

What should we know about Donald Trump’s nominee for the US supreme court? We also ask whether France’s far-right has run out of money and look at what makes a great workspace. Plus: we have an update on the row between Serbia and Kosovo that is causing digital clocks to lose time.

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17389 Jul 2018
30 min

Monday 9 July: 

We ask what the resignation of the UK’s Brexit chief will mean for Britain’s exit from the EU and examine the legal tussle over the incarceration of Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Plus: we gab about gossip and wonder why European teams are dominating the Fifa World Cup.

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17376 Jul 2018
30 min

Friday 6 July: 

We ask whether the Iran nuclear deal is on the verge of collapse, examine China’s attempts to improve its difficult relationship with Japan and take you behind the scenes at Frieze Sculpture 2018. Plus: Monocle 24’s Tom Edwards gives us his take on the Fifa World Cup.

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17365 Jul 2018
30 min

Thursday 5 July: 

We ask whether US diplomat Mike Pompeo can gain assurances from North Korea about its denuclearisation, discuss the Russian nerve-agent novichok and find out how Japan is preparing for emperor Akihito’s abdication. Plus: a tour of east London’s Ridley Road Market.

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17354 Jul 2018
30 min

Wednesday 4 July: 

We’re in Poland, where people have taken to the streets to demonstrate over a new law forcing many of the supreme court's judges to retire. Plus: we look at what Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doing after gaining more powers and browse the day’s newspapers.

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17343 Jul 2018
30 min

Tuesday 3 July : 

Are Angela Merkel’s centre-left coalition partners getting itchy feet about the alliance? We also examine Washington’s strategic military relationship with Europe, ask whether a Japanese suit could revolutionise blue-collar workwear and look ahead to a big day in the World Cup.

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17332 Jul 2018
30 min

Monday 2 July: 

What do we need to know about Mexico’s new left-wing president? We also discuss Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to reform French culture and take you on a tour of one of Vienna’s most exquisite hotels.

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173229 Jun 2018
30 min

Friday 29 June: 

Why is the EU establishing detention centres to process asylum claims? We also review the week in statistics and cross live to Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference in Zürich. Plus: we review the day’s front pages with Monocle 24’s Daphne Karnezis.

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173128 Jun 2018
30 min

Thursday 28 June: 

We look at the contrasting World Cup headlines in Swiss and German newspapers today, then survey the Swiss media landscape while we’re at it. Plus: we unpack ‘Brand Zürich’ and go for a bike ride around the city.

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173027 Jun 2018
30 min

Wednesday 27 June: 

Ahead of Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference in Zürich, we get the lowdown on life in Switzerland’s biggest city, including running, swimming and sampling the best wines.

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172926 Jun 2018
30 min

Tuesday 26 June: 

We look at the ongoing challenge presented by ports in the Mediterranean refusing to dock migrant boats. Plus: why the UK is bracing for car manufacturers to leave post-Brexit and our upcoming Quality of Life Conference in Zürich.

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