Monday 3 January
00:00 / 00:00
3 January 2022
Could Omicron help some nations to reach herd immunity? Plus: Turkey’s currency crisis, Monocle’s Guy De Launey on Croatia’s attempts to lure back its expat community and space scientist David Whitehouse on the James Webb telescope.
3 January 2022
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle’s email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
The Briefing - latest episodes
Live from Zürich: Monocle 24's Chris Cermak, Tyler Brûlé and Carlota Rebelo have the latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos. Plus, President Biden vows to defend Taiwan, Dr Chris Smith explains monkeypox and Fernando…
Is Russia trying to hold the world’s grain supplies to ransom? We also look forward to the World Economic Forum and pay tribute to Greek composer Vangelis who has passed away at the age of 79.
Has Russia finally conquered what is left of Mariupol? We bring the biggest news from Cuba and Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks at the Lebanese music charts.
We discuss Nato expansion ahead of Mevlot Cavusoglu’s meeting with US counterpart Anthony Blinken and look at the possibility of a trade war between the EU and the UK. Plus: Japan’s gradual opening to tourists.
Turkey's president says that he is opposed to Finland and Sweden joining Nato but what does that mean for security in the region? We profile France's new prime minister Élisabeth Borne, the first woman to hold the post in…
Reports suggest that Russia has lost a third of its ground combat forces in Ukraine. We discuss the implications for Finland and Sweden as they prepare their Nato applications. Plus: North Korea and Eurovision.
How is Russia viewing Finland’s attempts to join Nato? Plus: an update on Lebanon’s election and Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto speaks to Alessandro Cattelan, the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Why are Finland’s leaders calling for the country to apply to join Nato “without delay”? Plus, we discuss France’s new left-wing coalition, find out why the sale of Maradona’s 1986 World Cup shirt is going down badly in…
What role are Western spy agencies playing in the war in Ukraine? Plus: Monocle’s Beirut correspondent on Lebanon’s elections, Vicky Pryce on the World Bank and we speak to Finland’s Eurovision entry, The Rasmus.
What is behind French president Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a “new European community”? Plus: emergency talks over power-sharing in Northern Ireland, the Australian campaign trail and Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco…
What does Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech tell us about Russia’s war objectives? Plus: Beijing and Shanghai impose further lockdown measures, Brazil’s Lula launches his presidential campaign and, as it’s Europe Day, we…
The latest from Ukraine: new evacuation efforts begin for the hundreds of civilians trapped inside Mariupol’s steelworks and Monocle’s Ed Stocker reports from Berlin, where he met refugee Masha Gontar. Plus: Japan’s plans…
How is Russian state-run media portraying prospective Nato members? Plus: why Chile’s leftist leader is in trouble, broadcaster Juliet Linley reviews the papers from Zürich and Japan’s pop charts.
Why is the Belarusian army conducting fresh military drills? Plus: France’s conservatives consider a pact with president Emmanuel Macron, Bloomberg’s Yuan Potts brings us the day’s business news and David Phelan on the…
Is the US Supreme Court preparing to overturn the nationwide right to abortion? Plus: divisions among EU member states on how soon they should end their dependence on Russian energy, the latest business news and plans for…