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The Foreign Desk

Presented by Steve Bloomfield, this is Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show featuring interviews with political leaders and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the day. Featured as a ‘best classic podcast’ in the iTunes best of 2016 collection.

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After Mosul:

The battle for Mosul was supposed to be over by now but the coalition has found it harder than it predicted. The toll has been great: hundreds of civilians have died and tens of thousands have fled. What happens next?

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16825 Mar 2017
29 min

After Mosul: 

The battle for Mosul was supposed to be over by now but the coalition has found it harder than it predicted. The toll has been great: hundreds of civilians have died and tens of thousands have fled. What happens next?

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22 Mar 2017
3 min

Explainer 57: Why Trump needs the media: 

As the fallout from the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s tour of Asia shows, treating the media like the enemy can cause problems.

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16718 Mar 2017
29 min

Iceland’s triumph: 

No nation fell as far during the 2008 global financial crisis as Iceland. But unlike other countries Iceland decided to hold those responsible for the crash to account. Now, nine years on, the country has recovered. What can other nations learn from Iceland’s actions?

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15 Mar 2017
4 min

Explainer 56: Should we be working fewer hours?: 

The dream of working less and relaxing more is not a new one. But for too long we’ve talked about work purely in terms of money.

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16611 Mar 2017
28 min

Why the Dutch election matters: 

The first of Europe’s big-three elections of 2017 takes place next week; in the Netherlands it is yet another test for liberal democracy. Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield is joined by Philippe Remarque, editor in chief of ‘De Volkskrant’, and Emilie van Outeren, a political journalist for ‘NRC’, to discuss why this vote matters.

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8 Mar 2017
3 min

Explainer 55: When Angela meets Donald: 

German chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington to meet Donald Trump. It will be his trickiest meeting since taking office – Merkel is one of the few world leaders who has made no attempt to hide her disdain for him.

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1654 Mar 2017
30 min

Brexit – what Europe wants: 

At some stage this month the UK prime minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally announcing that the UK wishes to leave the European Union, kickstarting two years (or more) years of negotiations. We’ve heard a lot from May and her merry band of Brexiteers about what the UK wants – indeed, expects – from the negotiations. But what does Europe want? And isn’t it about time that the UK started to listen?

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1 Mar 2017
5 min

Explainer 54: Why Turkey’s referendum matters: 

Turkey is gearing up for a constitutional referendum in April that could give executive powers to President Erdoğan. Our Istanbul bureau chief Christopher Lord explains how important and disruptive this could be for the country.

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16425 Feb 2017
28 min

The revival of American satire: 

President Trump presents a formidable challenge to satirical writers, broadcasters, comedians and visual artists. What are the ins and outs of covering such an unpredictable president and more importantly, how do you satirise the self-satirising?

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22 Feb 2017
4 min

Explainer 53: Nato’s Trump card?: 

Could Donald Trump’s presidency end up leaving Nato better armed and better defended?

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16318 Feb 2017
29 min

North Korea in the age of Donald Trump: 

Kim Jong-un now finds himself facing a foe who also understands the awesome and disorienting power of unpredictability. How will North Korea negotiate the age of Donald Trump?

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15 Feb 2017
5 min

Explainer 52: What will Brexit mean for the UK’s border with Ireland?: 

With the triggering of Article 50, Brexit will mean that the UK will have a physical border with the EU. But how would that work?

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16211 Feb 2017
29 min

Who is Martin Schulz?: 

As Germany gears up for the federal election in September, we profile SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz. After a successful stint as European Parliament president, his popularity at home is growing. But is it enough to beat Angela Merkel?

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8 Feb 2017
4 min

Explainer 51: The Southern Cameroons crisis: 

Southern Cameroons is predominantly English-speaking, whereas the rest of Cameroon speaks French. While this might not seem like a big deal it has been at the centre of a conflict between both region and in recent weeks, the squabble has flared up again.

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1614 Feb 2017
28 min

How to defeat Trump: 

In just two weeks Donald Trump has come up against an almost uncountable number of objections, lawsuits and protests criticising his actions and policies. But what is his main opposition and is there anything that might stop him serving his full four-year term?

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