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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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2003

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Monday 15 July:

Will Donald Trump’s racist outburst be a turning point in his presidency? Plus: Putin’s populist alliance, more leaks from the UK’s US embassy, movie remakes and Taiwan’s president faces a pro-China election opponent.

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200315 Jul 2019
1 hour

Monday 15 July: 

Will Donald Trump’s racist outburst be a turning point in his presidency? Plus: Putin’s populist alliance, more leaks from the UK’s US embassy, movie remakes and Taiwan’s president faces a pro-China election opponent.

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200212 Jul 2019
1 hour

Friday 12 July: 

Why is president Donald Trump so keen to include a question on citizenship in next year’s US census? Plus: Turkey receives the first parts of a Russian missile-defence system and we find out why Finland loves tango.

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200111 Jul 2019
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Thursday 11 July: 

What does the row over the resignation of the UK's ambassador to the US say about the state of UK politics? Plus: the last Volkswagen Beetle leaves the factory and Poland’s top five songs.

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200010 Jul 2019
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Wednesday 10 July: 

The US wants a military coalition to safeguard the waters surrounding Iran and Yemen - but does anyone else? Plus: the Australian government promises a referendum on recognising indigenous people in the constitution and Finland considers female conscription.

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19999 Jul 2019
1 hour

Tuesday 9 July: 

As a “roadmap for peace” in Afghanistan is agreed, we ask how significant a breakthrough it is. Plus: Michael Binyon and Stefanie Bolzen discuss the headlines and Ben Aitken explains his move from the UK to Poland.

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19988 Jul 2019
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Monday 8 July: 

Can Greece’s new prime minister fulfil his bold promises? Plus: Australia mulls a plan to refuse terror suspects entry, advertising pioneer Stewart Greene and leaked UK memos describe Trump’s administration as “inept”.

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19975 Jul 2019
1 hour

Friday 5 July: 

Former UK foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind discusses reports that Downing Street tried to withhold sensitive intelligence from Boris Johnson. Plus: John Limbert, replica art and the Tour de France.

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19964 Jul 2019
1 hour

Thursday 4 July: 

What should we expect from Donald Trump’s self-aggrandising military parade? We also explore how nations make the transition from dictatorship to democracy, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé tells us why people are flocking to Switzerland and Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco gives us his global musical countdown.

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19953 Jul 2019
1 hour

Wednesday 3 July: 

Stefanie Bolzen from ‘Die Welt’ and Bloomberg’s Sebastian Salek profile the favourites for Europe’s top jobs. Plus: Russia’s military chiefs hold an emergency meeting, Japan clamps down on smoking and we find out why fast radio bursts continue to baffle space scientists.

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19942 Jul 2019
1 hour

Tuesday 2 July: 

Should the UN intervene in Libya? We also discuss Greece’s election and the anger of Spain’s authorities at a cinematic portrayal of people from Malaga. Plus: is the health of politicians a matter of public interest?

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19931 Jul 2019
1 hour

Monday 1 July: 

John Everard, the UK’s former ambassador to North Korea, analyses Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un. Plus: Vladimir Putin’s relationship with the rest of the world, the safety of electric vehicles and Monocle’s executive editor, Josh Fehnert, tells us all about our Quality of Life Conference in Madrid.

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199228 Jun 2019
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Friday 28 June: 

We dissect Vladimir Putin’s interview on liberalism and populism with the ‘Financial Times’. Plus: the latest on protests against an extradition bill in Hong Kong and Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference in Madrid.

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199127 Jun 2019
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Thursday 27 June: 

We have the latest as Nato weighs up its options over Russian belligerence. Plus: the Democratic party's presidential hopefuls clash in a spiky TV debate, Paris swelters in a heatwave and we speak to astronaut Chris Hadfield.

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199026 Jun 2019
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Wednesday 26 June: 

How can the Democrats defeat Donald Trump in next year’s presidential election? Plus: we ask whether political parties should adopt ‘gender parity leadership’ like Germany’s SPD, discuss San Francisco's decision to ban e-cigarettes and find out why Moscow is targeting Georgian wine.

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198925 Jun 2019
1 hour

Tuesday 25 June: 

Why is Beijing refusing to discuss the Hong Kong protests at the G20 summit? Plus: a major report on improving social mobility, ABC’s legal challenge to police raids in Sydney and why the Ferrari 250 GTO has been classified as a work of art.

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