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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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Tuesday 31 January:

Joe Biden draws the line on sending fighter jets to Ukraine, Greece’s prime minister is in Tokyo to strengthen ties with Japan and we turn our focus to Paraguay, as the country gears up for another election. Plus: today’s business headlines.

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294731 Jan 2023
30 min

Tuesday 31 January: 

Joe Biden draws the line on sending fighter jets to Ukraine, Greece’s prime minister is in Tokyo to strengthen ties with Japan and we turn our focus to Paraguay, as the country gears up for another election. Plus: today’s business headlines.

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294630 Jan 2023
30 min

Monday 30 January: 

As details emerge of a call between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the UK’s then-prime-minister Boris Johnson, we get the latest from Aliona Hlivco and James Rodgers. Plus: Antony Blinken’s Middle East tour, Fernando Augusto Pacheco reviews the newspapers and Monocle’s fashion editor Natalie Theodosi on the future of LVMH.

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294527 Jan 2023
30 min

Friday 27 January: 

Ukraine’s government launches an anti-corruption drive to restore public faith, France pulls its troops out of Burkina Faso and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit draws to a close in Buenos Aires. Plus: Andrew Mueller’s What We Learned.

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294426 Jan 2023
30 min

Thursday 26 January : 

We report on the growing protests in Peru, where the president has asks for a national truce, and Sweden’s defence minister’s visit to the Nato HQ in Brussels. We also bring you the business news with Bloomberg and Fernando Augusto Pacheco’s Global Countdown takes us to India.

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294325 Jan 2023
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Wednesday 25 January: 

Germany has confirmed that it will send heavy tanks to Ukraine. Could this prompt other European nations to follow suit? Meanwhile, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah El-Sisi touches down in New Delhi ahead of India’s Republic Day celebrations and we’re in Bangkok to look at the tourism boom across Thailand. Plus: the comeback of the printed map.

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294224 Jan 2023
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Tuesday 24 January : 

We get the latest on the military aid situation in Ukraine as Poland prepares to send in German-made tanks. Then we head to the world’s oldest society to ask what Japan can do about its ageing population. Plus, France pushes ahead with raising its pension age and a flick through the morning’s papers in Zürich.

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294123 Jan 2023
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Monday 23 January : 

As a Swedish politician burns the Quran, we look at this weekend’s protests in Sweden and Turkey and ask how it might affect Sweden’s Nato bid. We then head to Lagos, where the country is preparing for polls next month. Plus, a check-in with our Latin America correspondent and the men’s fashion weeks in Paris and Milan wrap up.

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294020 Jan 2023
30 min

Friday 20 January: 

Our final live broadcast from the World Economic Forum comes as this year’s gathering comes to a close. We’ll look at the key takeaways from this edition with Thomas Seifert, deputy editor-in-chief of Austria’s ‘Wiener Zeitung’; hear from former US ambassador to Ukraine, John E Herbst, on the ongoing war and sit down with the CEO of Heathrow airport, John Holland-Kaye. Plus: Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo and Tom Webb recap the week for us.

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293919 Jan 2023
30 min

Thursday 19 January: 

After New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, shocked the nation with her surprise resignation, we look at the strategy behind her decision. Then we head to Paris for a check-in from this year’s Maison & Objet trade fair and catch up with our team at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Plus: Fernando Augusto Pachecho heads to Spain for ‘The Global Countdown’.

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293818 Jan 2023
30 min

Wednesday 18 January: 

A special broadcast from the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos. We hear from Greece’s former defence minister Evangelos Apostolakis; Markus Diem Meier, editor in chief of Swiss business paper ‘Handelszeitung’; and Caroline Casey, founder of The Valuable 500, who is in Davos to explain why inclusion is good for business.

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293717 Jan 2023
30 min

Tuesday 17 January: 

For the first time since 1961, China’s population has fallen. We ask how this could affect the country for decades to come. Plus: we find out more about the man tipped to be Germany’s new defence minister and bring you the latest from the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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293616 Jan 2023
30 min

Monday 16 January: 

A special edition of The Briefing, live from the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi, Tom Webb and Carlota Rebelo report on the ground. We also hear from Alexandre Edelmann, head of Presence Switzerland, and Deepak Bagla, CEO of Invest India. Plus: spotting plane-spotters at Zürich Airport.

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293513 Jan 2023
30 min

Friday 13 January: 

Monocle’s Seoul correspondent, Jeyup Kwaak, on the police investigations into last year’s Halloween crush that killed 159 people. Plus: Monocle’s Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson has the latest as the suspect in the assassination of Shinzo Abe is charged with murder, and Andrew Mueller is back with What We Learnt.

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293412 Jan 2023
30 min

Thursday 12 January: 

After the discovery of a second batch of classified documents at a location linked to Joe Biden, we ask what we know so far – and how serious this might be for the US president. Plus, the release of Human Rights Watch’s annual report, a check-in with our Latin affairs correspondent in Montevideo and we head to French Polynesia for The Global Countdown.

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293311 Jan 2023
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Wednesday 11 January: 

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge orders the arrest of top officials in connection with the riots in Brasília. And we’re in Japan to hear how Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s tour of Europe and North America is being perceived at home. Plus: business news with Bloomberg and the reopening of Austria’s parliament following restoration works.

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