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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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Tuesday 11 December:

Will the UK government be forced to call a second Brexit referendum? We also ask George W Bush’s former adviser why the current US president is struggling to find a chief of staff. Plus: what the abdication of Japan’s emperor will mean for the country’s royal family?

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184911 Dec 2018
30 min

Tuesday 11 December: 

Will the UK government be forced to call a second Brexit referendum? We also ask George W Bush’s former adviser why the current US president is struggling to find a chief of staff. Plus: what the abdication of Japan’s emperor will mean for the country’s royal family?

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184810 Dec 2018
30 min

Monday 10 December: 

Can Emmanuel Macron calm the French public after a tumultuous weekend on the streets of Paris? Plus: we explore the challenges facing the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats, discuss political meddling in the Balkans and profile one of the world’s most innovative art galleries.

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18477 Dec 2018
30 min

Friday 7 December: 

Who will succeed Angela Merkel as the head of Germany’s Christian Democrats? Plus: a snap election in Armenia, the world’s largest start-up event in Helsinki and why living coral has been named the colour of 2019.

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18466 Dec 2018
30 min

Thursday 6 December: 

Can UN-sponsored talks end the war in Yemen? We also ask whether Emmanuel Macron can appease disgruntled protesters in France, check in at Art Basel Miami Beach and find out why some residents of a small Swedish town sabotage a straw goat to celebrate Advent.

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18455 Dec 2018
30 min

Wednesday 5 December: 

Will the the former US national security adviser Michael Flynn be spared a jail sentence in return for co-operation with Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry? Plus: Brazil’s welfare reforms, elections in Switzerland and we hear from the man behind the world’s leading start-up event.

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18444 Dec 2018
30 min

Tuesday 4 December: 

Will the EU allow the UK to cancel Brexit and why is Venezuela’s leader travelling to Moscow? Plus: Australia’s crusade against single-use shopping bags and the expansion of the world’s oldest toy shop.

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18433 Dec 2018
30 min

Monday 3 December: 

How will the US and Israel respond to Tehran’s decision to test a medium-range ballistic missile? We also discuss the resurgence of Spain’s far-right, a UN charter on sustainable fashion and find out how world leaders prepare for their most important meetings.

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184230 Nov 2018
30 min

Friday 30 November: 

Ukraine bans Russian men from entering the country as tensions with the Kremlin continue to escalate. Plus: an update from the G20 in Buenos Aires and why ‘National Geographic’ has tipped Montenegro as the next big thing.

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184129 Nov 2018
30 min

Thursday 29 November: 

Foreign policy expert Mary Devesky profiles Georgia's first woman president. Why do Asian countries lag behind on LGBT rights and will the Pentagon ditch Trump’s space plans. Plus: will peace talks end war in Yemen?

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184028 Nov 2018
30 min

Wednesday 28 November: 

As US Democratic House members vote on their nominee for speaker, we assess Nancy Pelosi's chances. Plus: the UK chancellor admits the economy will be worse after Brexit, Slovenia becomes the first Nato country to have a female army chief and a big shake-up at Condé Nast.

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183927 Nov 2018
30 min

Tuesday 27 November: 

Did Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, lie to the FBI? Plus: Airbus delivers its first A330neo, Serbia’s military receives new helicopters and Fernando Augusto Pacheco rounds up the latest stories from Latin America and beyond.

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183826 Nov 2018
30 min

Monday 26 November: 

How serious is the tense stand-off between Russia and Ukraine? Plus: Taiwan’s pro-independence party takes a battering at the polls, Switzerland’s public votes on the country’s laws and Italy and France argue over who is the rightful heir to Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest works of art.

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183723 Nov 2018
30 min

Friday 23 November: 

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? We also ask what impact Dolce and Gabbana’s ill-advised ad campaign could have on its brand in China, find out why Slovenia’s transport hub is getting an upgrade and tell you about a resort in Bali that is clamping down on smartphones.

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183622 Nov 2018
30 min

Thursday 22 November: 

We discuss the target of Donald Trump’s latest war of words – and Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts’ extraordinarily feisty response. Plus: how much do we know about our neighbouring countries? For children in South Korea it’s surprisingly little – but is that about to change? And finally: can you ever have too many Santas?

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183521 Nov 2018
30 min

Wednesday 21 November: 

What should we know about Interpol's new boss? We also explore Beijing’s military ambitions in the South China Sea, ask whether the alliance between Renault, Mitsubishi and Nissan can survive its current crisis and take you inside the pages of Monocle’s brand new Athens travel guide.

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