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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 24 March:

We discuss Donald Trump’s new ambassador to Israel, our Istanbul bureau chief shares the tense state of politics in Turkey and we find out about the latest controversy surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest.

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140224 Mar 2017
30 min

Friday 24 March: 

We discuss Donald Trump’s new ambassador to Israel, our Istanbul bureau chief shares the tense state of politics in Turkey and we find out about the latest controversy surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest.

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140123 Mar 2017
30 min

Thursday 23 March: 

Monocle’s Andrew Tuck, Steve Bloomfield and Tom Edwards discuss Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. Plus: healthcare in America, business news from Bloomberg and a check-in from the world’s most important watch fair, Baselworld.

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140022 Mar 2017
29 min

Wednesday 22 March: 

Our correspondent in Brussels shares the legacy of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, one year later. Plus: ways to defeat Islamic State, the FBI’s investigation of Russian ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the future of Nato membership for Montenegro, and the week’s top luxury news.

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139921 Mar 2017
30 min

Tuesday 21 March: 

Following FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, we ask whether Vladimir Putin might now regret supporting Donald Trump. Plus: former secretary of state for Northern Ireland Peter Hain discusses the legacy of Martin McGuinness, and our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé explains why a potential personal electronics ban on flights from Muslim countries to the US may backfire.

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139820 Mar 2017
30 min

Monday 20 March: 

We analyse Rex Tillerson's meeting with Xi Jinping and our correspondent in Paris discusses the French presidential election. Meanwhile, Norway has displaced Denmark as the world's happiest country: what’s the Norwegians’ secret?

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139717 Mar 2017
30 min

Friday 17 March: 

Angela Merkel and Donald Trump finally meet today after being delayed by a snowstorm. Plus: we discuss the €60bn worth of deals signed between China and Saudi Arabia as King Salman concludes his Asia tour, and we wrap up our series on intelligence services.

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139616 Mar 2017
30 min

Thursday 16 March: 

With nearly all votes counted, EU leaders have welcomed Geert Wilders’ defeat in the Dutch election. But are they celebrating too soon? We also turn to Tokyo where US secretary of state Rex Tillerson starts his first major foreign trip; and in Brazil, lawmakers are trying to fix corruption – by giving themselves amnesty.

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139515 Mar 2017
30 min

Wednesday 15 March: 

Donald Trump’s tax returns from 2005 have been made public, eliciting an angry response from the White House, and François Fillon has become the first candidate to run for the French presidency while under investigation for corruption. We've got the latest.

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139414 Mar 2017
30 min

Tuesday 14 March: 

Tension brews between Turkey and the Netherlands as diplomatic sanctions are imposed. We also look at encryption – as we continue our series on security services – and get the latest from the world of bathroom design thanks to Monocle’s Chiara Rimella, who’s at tradeshow ISH.

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139313 Mar 2017
30 min

Monday 13 March: 

As Turkey’s president calls the Dutch “Nazi remnants”, “cowardly” and “fascists”, we explain what caused the outburst and ask what might happen next. Plus: the future of Nato and travel chaos in Berlin.

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139210 Mar 2017
30 min

Friday 10 March: 

What now for South Korea after the impeachment of the country’s president? Plus: we discuss the likelihood of Scotland holding a second independence referendum and have a stats round-up with Simon Atkinson from Ipsos Mori.

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13919 Mar 2017
30 min

Thursday 9 March: 

We ask if the EU can prevent Russian meddling in the Balkans and whether we should trust the polling ahead of the French presidential elections. Plus: why is a town in northern England considering a ban on bad language?

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13908 Mar 2017
30 min

Wednesday 8 March: 

We ask whether Beijing has any interest in tempering North Korea’s behaviour and discuss plans by Israel’s parliament to impose a travel ban on some political opponents. Plus: are our TVs and smartphones being used to spy on us?

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13897 Mar 2017
30 min

Tuesday 7 March: 

We discuss the extraordinary tit-for-tat diplomacy between North Korea and Malaysia and howthe Republican party plans to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare. Plus: two of the tallest members of Monocle's team discuss what it's like to have no legroom on a flight.

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13886 Mar 2017
31 min

Monday 6 March: 

We ask if an internal feud is threatening to tear France’s Republican party apart and discuss the historical relationship between US presidents and their intelligence agencies. Plus: should your boss have the right to comment on your appearance?

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