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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 7 May :

Former US diplomat Lewis Lukens has the latest on Washington’s planned retreat from Afghanistan. Plus: the crisis of social democracy in the UK and Western Europe, the headlines from El Salvador and Andrew Mueller’s wry assessment of the past seven days.

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24817 May 2021
30 min

Friday 7 May : 

Former US diplomat Lewis Lukens has the latest on Washington’s planned retreat from Afghanistan. Plus: the crisis of social democracy in the UK and Western Europe, the headlines from El Salvador and Andrew Mueller’s wry assessment of the past seven days.

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24806 May 2021
30 min

Thursday 6 May: 

Could a temporary lift on patent protection for coronavirus vaccines bring an early end to the pandemic? Plus: Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is sentenced to an additional 10 months in jail, the headlines from Colombia and a look at Kenya’s pop charts.

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24795 May 2021
30 min

Wednesday 5 May: 

Why is Donald Trump’s political future hanging in the balance? Plus: the impact of UK elections on independence movements in Wales and Scotland, Jacob Parakilas on strategic annoyance and Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks back on the life of the beloved Brazilian entertainer Paulo Gustavo.

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24784 May 2021
30 min

Tuesday 4 May: 

How can India’s government and its allies end the country’s health crisis? Plus, political scientist Robert Spitzer on US gun reform, Anna Rosenberg on Germany’s Greens and Monocle’s Balkans correspondent, Guy De Launey, on Serbia’s soft-power offensive.

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24773 May 2021
30 min

Monday 3 May: 

Monocle’s editorial director, Tyler Brûlé, asks why this week’s G7 meetings are particularly symbolic. Plus, a European newspaper review, the Covid-19 Stringency Index and reactions to Australia’s new travel ban.

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247630 Apr 2021
30 min

Friday 30 April: 

Monocle’s Andrew Mueller asks William Kristol, editor at large of The Bulwark, what he makes of president Biden’s first 100 days in office. Plus: former French generals face sanctions, Hong Kong’s new immigration bill and this week’s Global Countdown.

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247529 Apr 2021
30 min

Thursday 29 April: 

Monocle’s editorial director Tyler Brûlé asks whether Switzerland is starting to recalibrate its relationship with the European Union. Plus: an assessment of president Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office and Andrew Tuck and Nolan Giles round up the week’s design news.

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247428 Apr 2021
30 min

Wednesday 28 April: 

Has India’s coronavirus crisis damaged its image? Plus: the BBC’s Africa editor on Chad’s political transition, the latest business news, Europe’s tallest chimney and a culture roundup with Monocle’s Chiara Rimella.

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247327 Apr 2021
30 min

Tuesday 27 April: 

Why is California’s governor facing a recall election? Plus: ‘Financial Times’ political editor George Parker on Boris Johnson’s political crisis, the latest from Venezuela and an urbanism round-up with Nic Monisse.

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247226 Apr 2021
30 min

Monday 26 April: 

Could serious accusations of sleaze and impropriety bring down Boris Johnson’s government? Plus, the Kremlin prepares to outlaw Alexei Navalny’s political party, the latest on President Biden’s European plan and Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco rounds up the Oscars. 

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247123 Apr 2021
30 min

Friday 23 April: 

Why haven’t more nations declared China’s crackdown in Xinjiang a genocide? Plus: the role that both France and Libya play in Chad’s politics, an interview with the world-famous astronaut Chris Hadfield and Andrew Mueller’s round-up of the week’s stranger news stories.

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247022 Apr 2021
30 min

Thursday 22 April: 

Associate professor of political science at Villanova University Deborah Seligsohn breaks down the realities of president Joe Biden’s new climate targets. Plus: pre-election violence in Albania, a retracted science paper on smoking’s effects on coronavirus, and this week’s Global Countdown.

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246921 Apr 2021
30 min

Wednesday 21 April: 

George Floyd: Monocle’s Andrew Mueller and NYU’s Deborah Archer explain the significance of Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction. Plus: Fernando Augusto Pacheco reviews the Latin American newspapers and a roundup of the week’s cultural news.

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246820 Apr 2021
30 min

Tuesday 20 April: 

Editor of China Dialogue Isabel Hilton breaks down Chinese president Xi Jinping’s latest remarks challenging the US leadership. Plus: what the world is learning about emerging coronavirus variants, the Christian Democratic Union’s backing of Armin Laschet for German chancellor and the week’s outpost news.

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246719 Apr 2021
30 min

Monday 19 April: 

Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé and Benno Zogg have the latest on a dramatic spy row between Russia and the Czech Republic. Plus, we ask whether the Green Party’s Annalena Baerbock can win Germany’s federal elections, examine Cuba without the Castros and have an update on the Tokyo Olympics.

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