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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 18 September:

The WHO’s warning of a coronavirus surge in Europe; a look at the warming relations between Taipei and Washington; and a highlight from Monocle’s The Chiefs summit in Switzerland.

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231618 Sep 2020
30 min

Friday 18 September: 

The WHO’s warning of a coronavirus surge in Europe; a look at the warming relations between Taipei and Washington; and a highlight from Monocle’s The Chiefs summit in Switzerland.

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231517 Sep 2020
30 min

Thursday 17 September: 

We cross over to Monocle’s The Chiefs conference to hear from Tyler Brûlé and we discuss the tensions between the UK government and US Democrats. Plus: Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks at the music charts.

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231416 Sep 2020
30 min

Wednesday 16 September: 

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, delivers her first State of the Union speech. Plus: how Russia wants to develop its relations with Belarus and a round-up of the week’s technology news.

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231315 Sep 2020
30 min

Tuesday 15 September: 

As the UAE and Bahrain normalise relations with Israel, we ask what that will mean for all three nations. Plus: Nato’s headache as the row between member states Greece and Turkey goes on, and we look ahead to Monocle’s eagerly awaited The Chiefs summit.

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231214 Sep 2020
30 min

Monday 14 September: 

Japan’s ruling party chooses a successor for Shinzō Abe and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko heads to Russia looking for support. Plus: Monocle’s Chiara Rimella on the week’s culture news.

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231111 Sep 2020
30 min

Friday 11 September: 

As tensions rise between London and Brussels, we ask if the UK has a Brexit strategy. Plus: the Afghan government is due to start talks with the Taliban and what we learned this week.

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231010 Sep 2020
30 min

Thursday 10 September: 

We look at the accusations that Donald Trump downplayed reports on Russian interference in the presidential election as well as the severity of coronavirus. Plus: why other countries might have to look to Sweden for lessons on fighting the pandemic, and the top singles in the Colombian charts.

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23099 Sep 2020
30 min

Wednesday 9 September: 

Why this might be the time for governments the world over to rethink their approach to fighting the pandemic. Plus: a wine row between Slovenia and Croatia, and is organising the Tokyo Olympics for next year a good idea?

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23088 Sep 2020
30 min

Tuesday 8 September: 

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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23077 Sep 2020
30 min

Monday 7 September: 

The British plan to escape what was promised as part of the EU withdrawal deal with Brussels, a spat between Serbia and Russia, and a round-up of the most interesting goings-on at Helsinki Design Week.

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23054 Sep 2020
30 min

Friday 4 September: 

The UK business community voices its alarm as a no-deal Brexit looks ever likelier. Also in the programme: the prospects for nationwide elections in Libya, plus what we’ve learned this week.

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23043 Sep 2020
30 min

Thursday 3 September: 

Would Joe Biden’s administration attempt police reform in the US? Plus: Monocle 24’s Dr Chris Smith tells us about the Russian nerve agent Novichok; Alexei Korolyov on the reopening of Vienna’s opera houses; and the best of Ukrainian pop music.

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23032 Sep 2020
30 min

Wednesday 2 September: 

Are Islamic State militants using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to regroup? Plus: an update from Finland, the latest on Japan’s leadership race and Monocle’s Nic Monisse joins us for a round-up of the week’s most interesting urbanism stories.

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23021 Sep 2020
30 min

Tuesday 1 September: 

How the Czech senate president’s visit to Taiwan is angering Beijing; Saudi Arabia fires its top commander in Yemen; and the history of reporting in Russia from Lenin to Putin.

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230131 Aug 2020
30 min

Monday 31 August: 

Die Welt’s Stefanie Bolzen has the latest on coronavirus protests in Germany. Plus: Beijing threatens to stamp out separatism in Tibet, an interview with a Swedish photojournalist who has been deported from Belarus and Andrew Mueller’s positive-news round-up.

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