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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 19 January:

We ask whether Ukraine’s relationship with Russia has reached rock bottom and why words matter so much to Greece and Macedonia. Plus: the week in stats and an extract from our interview with Jude Kelly as she steps down from her role at London’s Southbank Centre.

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161719 Jan 2018
30 min

Friday 19 January: 

We ask whether Ukraine’s relationship with Russia has reached rock bottom and why words matter so much to Greece and Macedonia. Plus: the week in stats and an extract from our interview with Jude Kelly as she steps down from her role at London’s Southbank Centre.

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161618 Jan 2018
30 min

Thursday 18 January: 

We examine a global poll that lays bare the lack of confidence in US leadership and ask whether the EU is considering allowing the UK to stay in the bloc. Plus: a brief history of controversy at the Olympic Games.

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161517 Jan 2018
30 min

Wednesday 17 January: 

We find out why Japan has issued a warning over North Korea’s behaviour and discuss how Marine Le Pen intends to rebrand France’s far-right. Plus: we examine internet censorship in China and ask what next for the men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton?

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161416 Jan 2018
30 min

Tuesday 16 January: 

We ask whether Burma’s Rohingya population should be repatriated from Bangladesh and look at how the treatment of France’s prison staff could prompt widespread industrial unrest. Plus: Monocle’s technology correspondent tells us how electric cars have become big business.

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161315 Jan 2018
30 min

Monday 15 January: 

We ask whether Germany is heading back to the polls, find out why an artistic troupe is at the centre of high-level diplomatic talks on the Korean peninsula and check-in with our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé at Milan Men’s Fashion Week.

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161212 Jan 2018
30 min

Friday 12 January: 

We ask whether Germany’s politicians are close to forming a government, examine why Beijing has blocked Marriott International’s Chinese websites and discuss the possibility of a second EU referendum in the UK. Plus: what will Donald Trump’s medical involve?

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161111 Jan 2018
30 min

Thursday 11 January: 

Will the EU and Tehran reaffirm their commitment to the Iran deal without Donald Trump's blessing? We also look at why South Korea is seeking to outlaw crypto currencies and discuss the right to bear arms in the US. Plus: why are Brazilian soap operas undergoing a radical makeover?

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161010 Jan 2018
30 min

Wednesday 10 January: 

We ask whether Donald Trump’s administration will loosen controls on nuclear weapons and find out why Poland’s prime minister sacked some high-profile colleagues. Plus: Japan’s low gun-crime rate and a check-in with our contributing editor in Zürich.

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16099 Jan 2018
30 min

Tuesday 9 January: 

We ask whether the 2018 Winter Olympic Games could ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and get the latest on Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s team and Moscow. Plus: what are the best ways to avoid talking to the press?

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16088 Jan 2018
30 min

Monday 8 January: 

Can Angela Merkel’s coalition talks help break Germany’s political stalemate? Meanwhile, Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco has the latest on an extraordinary night at the Golden Globes and we find out about the French president’s bizarre diplomatic gift to his Chinese counterpart.

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16075 Jan 2018
30 min

Friday 5 January: 

We look at what impact a new book about Donald Trump might have on the US’s image abroad. Plus: why Pakistan is in the spotlight for its handling of militant groups – and how much is too much to get into a top museum?

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16064 Jan 2018
30 min

Thursday 4 January: 

What is behind Donald Trump’s spat with his former strategist Steve Bannon? We also ask whether Iran's rebellion is over, discuss how France is looking to tackle fake news and find out how Iceland is tackling equal pay.

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16053 Jan 2018
30 min

Wednesday 3 January: 

A leading former Nato commander tells us about the threat that Russia poses to eastern Europe and we ask Mitt Romney’s ex-spokesman whether his old boss is preparing for a comeback. Plus: the latest on Germany’s political impasse and what makes a great winter getaway.

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16042 Jan 2018
30 min

Tuesday 2 January: 

Are Iran’s foreign enemies really whipping up protests in the country? We also ask why Russia’s president won’t let his fiercest critic stand against him in this year’s presidential election. Plus: which films should we be watching in 2018?

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16031 Jan 2018
30 min

The best of The Big Interview: the world of fashion: 

In this special edition of ‘The Briefing’, we look back at some of the year’s highlights on ‘The Big Interview’. Today: French fashion designer Agnes B and runway show producer Alexandre de Betak on the world of fashion.

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