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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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Thursday 19 January:

We find out what world leaders at Davos think of the UK government’s plans to leave the EU and discuss Barack Obama’s relationship with the press. Plus: is French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron really a political outsider?

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135619 Jan 2017
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Thursday 19 January: 

We find out what world leaders at Davos think of the UK government’s plans to leave the EU and discuss Barack Obama’s relationship with the press. Plus: is French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron really a political outsider?

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135518 Jan 2017
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Wednesday 18 January: 

We examine European press coverage of the UK government’s plans to leave the EU and get the reaction to President Obama’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Plus: all you need to know about the new president of the European Parliament.

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135417 Jan 2017
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Tuesday 17 January: 

How is the UK prime minister's posturing over Brexit being perceived by her European counterparts? We also discuss the UN’s calls for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen and bring you the latest from Monocle's team at Milan Fashion Week.

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135316 Jan 2017
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Monday 16 January: 

Have Donald Trump's interviews with the press given us a clearer idea of the way he views the world? We also discuss the refurbishment of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and debate whether politicians should ever feature in fashion publications.

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135213 Jan 2017
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Friday 13 January: 

As Lithuania’s foreign minister prepares for a possible Russian strike before Donald Trump’s inauguration, we ask whether the spread of Nato troops across Eastern Europe could play into Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal. Plus: the FBI is investigated over its handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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135112 Jan 2017
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Thursday 12 January: 

Who is Christopher Steele? We look into the career of a former MI6 officer believed to have authored an unsubstantiated report on Donald Trump's involvement with Russia. Plus: a review of Rex Tillerson’s Senate questioning for secretary of state and why yet more big-screen talent is taking to our televisions.

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135011 Jan 2017
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Wednesday 11 January: 

We discuss a potentially explosive yet unsubstantiated report that alleges that Russia has compromising information about Donald Trump – but can we believe it? Plus: voting on Madrid’s urbanism and the latest from Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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134910 Jan 2017
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Tuesday 10 January: 

Is the White House going to be Donald Trump's new family business? We look at moves to install the president-elect's son-in-law as a top adviser. Plus: why Australia’s political establishment is looking forward to Brexit, plans to teach migrants about the UK’s cultural quirks and a review of the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas.

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13489 Jan 2017
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Monday 9 January: 

Syria's president says he’s ready to negotiate but what could that mean for relations inside his war-torn country and beyond? Meanwhile, Italy’s Five Star Movement considers switching allegiance to a pro-Euro liberal group and Meryl Streep gets political at the Golden Globes.

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13476 Jan 2017
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Friday 6 January: 

We ask whether President Obama’s administration can influence Donald Trump before he takes office and discuss the start of Russia’s withdrawal from Syria. Plus: should we take Bavaria’s independent movement seriously?

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13465 Jan 2017
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Thursday 5 January: 

We ask how Barack Obama’s presidency will be remembered and discuss Turkey’s volatile relationship with Syria. Plus: why is Switzerland’s transport system the envy of the world?

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13454 Jan 2017
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Wednesday 4 January: 

We ask whether the UK government’s plans to leave the European Union are in tatters and discuss Finland’s plan to pay its unemployed citizens an unconditional monthly sum. Plus: why are Indian filmgoers being made to stand for the national anthem?

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13443 Jan 2017
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Tuesday 3 January: 

We ask why Republicans have voted to scrap the body that investigates claims of misconduct against members of US Congress and get the latest from Istanbul as authorities hunt the man suspected of carrying out the recent nightclub attack in the city. Plus: what are the most memorable diplomatic spats?

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13432 Jan 2017
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Monday 2 January: 

Should we attempt to predict what this year might bring? In this special programme, three former foreign correspondents tell us about all the international events and challenges that we need to know about in 2017.

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134230 Dec 2016
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Special - John Simpson interview: 

For a special episode of The Briefing we've raided the Monocle 24 vault for the best of our Big Interview series. Today Steve Bloomfield goes global with the BBC's world affairs editor – and long-time foreign correspondent – John Simpson.

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