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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 5 March:

We speak to the head of the UN, António Guterres, discuss a controversial referendum in Switzerland and examine the Pope’s first foreign visit in 15 months. Plus: a culture roundup with Monocle’s Chiara Rimella.

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24365 Mar 2021
30 min

Friday 5 March: 

We speak to the head of the UN, António Guterres, discuss a controversial referendum in Switzerland and examine the Pope’s first foreign visit in 15 months. Plus: a culture roundup with Monocle’s Chiara Rimella.

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24354 Mar 2021
30 min

Thursday 4 March: 

What is known about a possible militia plot to attack the US Capitol? Plus: Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott rounds up the Chilean headlines, Bloomberg’s take on the UK budget and Fernando Augusto Pacheco explores Togo’s music charts.

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24343 Mar 2021
30 min

Wednesday 3 March: 

The UK’s economic recovery plan; Antony Blinken’s first major foreign-policy speech; an update on the Tokyo Games; and Monocle’s Louis Harnett O’Meara has a roundup of news from the world’s more remote regions.

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24332 Mar 2021
30 min

Tuesday 2 March: 

China’s National People’s Congress prepares to enact “electoral reform” in Hong Kong; an update on Lebanon’s political crisis; and a row over the map of the Balkans. Plus: a review of the Brazilian newspapers.

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24321 Mar 2021
30 min

Monday 1 March: 

Germany’s sluggish vaccine rollout; Donald Trump’s return to politics; and award-winning director Bryan Fogel tells us about his new film ‘The Dissident’. Plus: Andrew Mueller examines the week’s more cheerful news stories.

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243126 Feb 2021
30 min

Friday 26 February: 

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair tells Monocle about the value of vaccine certificates. Plus: the US conducts airstrikes in Syria; India and China establish a hotline; and Andrew Mueller reflects on the past seven days.

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243025 Feb 2021
30 min

Thursday 25 February: 

Why has Amnesty stripped Alexei Navalny of his ‘prisoner of conscience’ status? Plus: Turkey’s crackdown on the PKK; film-maker James Fletcher on his Trump documentary and we explore Pakistan’s pop charts.

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242924 Feb 2021
30 min

Wednesday 24 February: 

Tyler Brûlé and Christopher Cermak discuss a landmark meeting between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau. Plus: the value of political and economic sanctions, the Latin American papers and a round-up of luxury news.

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242823 Feb 2021
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Tuesday 23 February: 

Could Donald Trump face criminal proceedings over his financial records? And will G7 nations and the EU will work together to end political violence in Myanmar. Plus: the week’s urbanism news and a new Pelé documentary.

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242722 Feb 2021
30 min

Monday 22 February: 

We have the latest as Boeing recommends grounding 777s after an issue with engine failure. Plus: the Italian newspapers, Andrew Mueller’s good news round-up and will the UK’s current lockdown be its last?

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242619 Feb 2021
30 min

Friday 19 February: 

Is the US preparing to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal? Plus: fears over the independence of Hong Kong’s public service broadcaster, the latest from Colombia and Andrew Mueller reflects on the past seven days.

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242518 Feb 2021
30 min

Thursday 18 February: 

Australia’s government says that it is ‘not intimidated’ by Facebook as the social media giant blocks its news feeds in the country. Plus: Joe Biden’s financial stimulus package, Outpost News and Poland’s pop charts.

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242417 Feb 2021
30 min

Wednesday 17 February: 

Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé and guests discuss whether it’s time for European nations to end lockdown restrictions. Plus: an update on political uncertainty in Myanmar and Lufthansa considers procuring smaller planes.

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242316 Feb 2021
30 min

Tuesday 16 February: 

What will an independent commission into the Capitol riot mean for the US? Plus: Nato says that it is in no rush to withdraw from Afghanistan, Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott joins us from Uruguay and the week’s cultural news.

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242215 Feb 2021
30 min

Monday 15 February: 

What lessons could other countries learn from the UK’s vaccine programme? And can the Iran nuclear deal be revived? Plus: a record-breaking hit at the Chinese box office and a round-up of good news.

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