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FT World Weekly

Each week, we focus on one of the major international stories making headlines, drawing upon the Financial Times's team of foreign correspondents and analysts to make sense of world events. Presented by Gideon Rachman and produced by Hannah Murphy.

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  • 17.07.2019
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    South Africa graft inquiry exposes ANC divisions

    The judicial inquiry into alleged graft under the presidency of Jacob Zuma is laying bare the divisions of the ruling ANC. Gideon Rachman discusses Mr Zuma's testimony with Joseph Cotterill in Johannesburg and David Pilling, Africa editor.

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  • 12.07.2019
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    What envoy's downfall tells us about UK-US relations

    Gideon Rachman discusses the crisis in Britain's relations with the US following the unscheduled departure of Kim Darroch as ambassador to Washington, with Ed Luce and Geoff Dyer.

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  • 05.07.2019
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    The European Union's new leadership team

    Gideon Rachman discusses the fraught process of selecting a new leadership team in Europe and the impact these choices will have on integration, Eastern Europe and the Brexit negotiations, with Jim Brunsden and Ben Hall

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  • 26.06.2019
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    What to expect from this year's G20 summit

    Martin Sandbu discusses the prospects that leaders attending this year's G20 summit in Osaka will be able to patch up their differences on trade and climate with Chris Giles and Leslie Hook.

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  • 19.06.2019
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    Europe's Balkan dilemma

    EU foreign ministers this week postponed a decision on whether to open membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia until October, prompting a warning from the two countries' leaders that the delay could strengthen the hand of nationalist forces. Gideon Rachmans discusses the EU's dilemma on the Balkans with Ben Hall and Valerie Hopkins.

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  • 12.06.2019
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    Hong Kong erupts over China extradition bill

    Protesters fought pitched battles with police in central Hong Kong in an eruption of public anger against an extradition bill that critics see as a fundamental threat to the territory’s civic freedoms and rule of law. Gideon Rachman discusses the protests and the government's harsh response with James Kynge and Sue-Lin Wong

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  • 06.06.2019
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    Trump's Mexico tariff threat

    The US has threatened to impose levies of 5 per cent starting on June 10 on all Mexican products unless Mexico takes action to contain migration, increasing to 25 per cent by October if there is no progress. Gideon Rachman discusses the impact of this move on Mexico and on global trade with Jude Webber and Alan Beattie.

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  • 30.05.2019
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    Bolsonaro's first six months

    Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, took office six months ago with a pledge to fight crime, revive economic growth and open the Amazon to development. Gideon Rachman discusses what he has achieved so far with Andres Schipani and Michael Stott.

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  • 23.05.2019
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    Austria's ruling coalition falls apart

    Sebastian Kurz’s ruling coalition has been blown apart after an incriminating video was published in which Heinz Christian Strache, former vice-chancellor and far-right Freedom party leader, was seen promising lucrative government contracts in exchange for political patronage. Gideon Rachman discusses the fallout for Mr Kurz and for far-right parties across Europe with Ben Hall and Sam Jones.

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  • 16.05.2019
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    The fraying transatlantic alliance

    Anne Sylvaine-Chassany discusses the sharp deterioration in relations between Europe and the US against the backdrop of growing tensions in the Middle East with Guy Chazan in Berlin and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington.

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  • 09.05.2019
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    Istanbul mayoral vote puts Turkish democracy to the test

    The decision to order a re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election which an opposition candidate won by a small margin is testing the faith of those who believe Turkish democracy can survive under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Barney Jopson discusses the ramifications with Ayla Jean Yackley and Daniel Dombey.

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  • 01.05.2019
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    Tarnished ANC seeks re-election in South Africa

    The ruling African National Congress is expected to fend off all challenges in South Africa's forthcoming elections - the country's sixth since the end of apartheid. But the party has a severely tarnished legacy amid corruption scandals and failing infrastructure. Fergus Ryan discusses the options facing the country's divided electorate with Joseph Cotterill and David Pilling.

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  • 25.04.2019
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    Ukraine's comedian president

    Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience, has promised to crack down on corruption and try to bring peace to the war-torn Donbass region. Gideon Rachman discusses how his leadership is likely to affect the country's relations with Russia and the west with Roman Olearchyk and Ben Hall.

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  • 18.04.2019
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    Fire in the heart of France

    Gideon Rachman discusses the emotional, cultural and political impact of the fire that devastated France's Notre Dame cathedral this week with Victor Mallet and Edwin Heathcote

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  • 11.04.2019
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    Italy's Salvini launches populist alliance in Europe

    Italy's Matteo Salvini is seeking to upend the traditional balance of power in Brussels by forming an alliance of anti-immigration European populist parties. James Wilson discusses whether he can succeed with Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Miles Johnson.

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  • 04.04.2019
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    Erdogan suffers setback in Turkey's elections

    The crucial local elections delivered a rare political disappointment for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What do the polls say about the state of democracy in the country, and what do they mean for the economy? Gideon Rachman discusses the way forward for Turkey with Laura Pitel and Dan Dombey

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  • 27.03.2019
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    Netanyahu fights for a fifth term in office

    Can Israel's long serving prime minister overcome allegations of corruption and renewed violence from Gaza to win a fifth term in office? Gideon Rachman discusses his prospects with Andrew England and Mehul Srivastava

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  • 20.03.2019
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    China's Belt and Road Initiative goes to Italy

    Gideon Rachman discusses Italy's controversial move to endorse China's Belt and Road Initiative with Miles Johnson and Christian Shepherd

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  • 14.03.2019
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    Who will win the Democratic presidential nomination?

    Lawyers, senators, millennials. The field of Democrats vying for the Oval Office two years from now already includes more than a dozen contenders, and promises a record number of women and non-white candidates. Gideon Rachman discusses which of the candidates has the best chance of winning the nomination with Ed Luce and Courtney Weaver

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  • 06.03.2019
    23 MB
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    Algerians protest over entrenched autocracy

    After decades of calm, Algerians have taken to the streets to rage against the candidacy of the ageing and ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April elections. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens next with Heba Saleh and Andrew England.

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  • 27.02.2019
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    Can India and Pakistan step back from the brink?

    Pakistan and India are facing their worst conflict in almost half a century after an Indian military jet was shot down over disputed Kashmir territory and an Indian fighter pilot was captured by Pakistani forces. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens next with the FT's Amy Kazmin and Farhan Bukhari

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  • 21.02.2019
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    The uncertain fate of defeated Isis fighters

    Now that Isis has been crushed in Syria and Iraq, who has responsibility for what happens to the defeated fighters, some of them European nationals, and their families? Barney Jopson discusses the question with Michael Peel and Chloe Cornish

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  • 13.02.2019
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    Can Transatlantic rifts be healed in Munich?

    Europe's pre-eminent gathering of the Transatlantic foreign policy elite gathers in Munich this week. Traditionally a show of affection between European and US officials, this year's event promises to be more divisive. Ben Hall discusses the rifts that have opened up and how they can be healed with David Bond and Michael Peel 

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  • 06.02.2019
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    13:38
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    Does European industry need greater protection?

    The EU decision to block a proposed tie up between French and German train companies Alstom and Siemens has angered politicians in Paris and Berlin. They have called for new rules to protect Europe's industry from allegedly unfair competition from countries like China. Ben Hall discusses whether these arguments have any validity with Rochelle Toplensky in Brussels and Guy Chazan in Berlin.

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  • 30.01.2019
    23 MB
    12:08
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    What will Trump's tough stance towards Maduro achieve?

    Gideon Rachman discusses the implicatons of Donald Trump's tough new stance towards the Maduro regime in Venezuela with Jonathan Wheatley and Gideon Long.

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  • 24.01.2019
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    What did this week's Franco-German treaty achieve?

    Germany and France signed a new treaty in the border town of Aachen on Tuesday that commits them to deeper co-operation on foreign and defence policy and closer economic integration. But critics say the treaty lacked depth and that President Emmanuel Macron had pushed for much more ambitious goals. Ben Hall discusses what the treaty actually achieved with Victor Mallet in Paris and Tobias Buck in Berlin

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  • 16.01.2019
    19 MB
    13:28
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    Congo's moment of truth

    FT analysis points to huge fraud in the first change of power since Joseph Kabila took over the presidency of the mineral-rich central African nation almost 18 years ago. Gideon Rachman discusses how the Democratic Republic of Congo's election authorities and regional powers will respond to the revelations with Tom Wilson and David Pilling

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  • 11.01.2019
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    Europe's watershed year

    2019 will be momentous for the European Union, with all the top jobs up for grabs, elections in May that will test the strength of populist forces, and Britain's scheduled departure at the end of March. Anne-Sylvaine Chassany discusses how things could play out with Ben Hall, Europe editor, and Alex Barker, Brussels bureau chief.

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  • 12.12.2018
    18 MB
    12:46
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    Where does Huawei affair leave the US-China trade dispute?

    What impact will the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzho in Canada have on the trade negotiations between the US and China? Gideon Rachman discusses the repercussions with Demetri Sevastopulo Geoff Dyer.

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  • 05.12.2018
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    Anger over Macron reforms boils over

    An online protest against a proposed fuel tax rise has morphed into a wide-ranging, mass protest against stagnating wages, a decrease in purchasing power and the French president himself. Gideon Rachman discusses why Emmanuel Macron's reforms have met such resistance and how badly the weekend riots have damaged him with Harriet Agnew and Ben Hall

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  • 29.11.2018
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    How radical is Mexico's new president?

    As Mexicans await the inauguration of their new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, at the weekend, rattled investors are watching to see which direction the leftwing maverick takes the country. Gideon Rachman looks at the choices facing Mexico's new leader with Jude Webber, the FT's Mexico correspondent and Katie Martin, the FT's capital markets editor.

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  • 22.11.2018
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    The politics of Interpol

    Interpol, the global police organisation, has appointed its new chief. Usually a quiet affair, the appointment became headline news when it transpired that the frontrunner was a prominent Russian. Anne-Sylvaine Chassany takes a look at the institution with guests Henry Foy, the FT's Moscow bureau chief and Michael Peel, the FT's diplomatic editor.

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  • 15.11.2018
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    Hong Kong dissent

    Gideon Rachman discusses the rising political tensions in the Chinese territory with Ben Bland, Hong Kong correspondent, and Victor Mallet, Asia news editor.

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  • 08.11.2018
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    Who won the US mid-term elections?

    Gideon Rachman discusses the implications of the US mid-term election results for the Democrats and Republicans with the FT's Geoff Dyer and James Politi. Will a mood of reconciliation or confrontation prevail?

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  • 01.11.2018
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    Europe without Merkel

    Angela Merkel is on her way out as the leader of Germany. Her decision to stand down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union sets up a battle for the leadership of the German centre-right. Gideon Rachman discusses the end of the Merkel era and its implications for Europe with the FT's Guy Ghazan and Ben Hall.

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  • 24.10.2018
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    Global arms control arrangements under threat

    Anne Sylvaine-Chassany and guests discuss Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from the so-called Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, How much of a question mark does this put over what is left of the arms control arrangements that have helped the US and the Soviet Union contain the risk of nuclear confrontation.


    Contributors: Anne-Sylvaine-Chassany, world news editor, Daniel Dombey, deputy world editor, Henry Foy, Moscow bureau chief and Michael Peel, diplomacy correspondent. Producers: Fiona Symon and Sam Westran

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  • 18.10.2018
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    Saudi Arabia under pressure over alleged brutal murder of journalist Khashoggi

    Gideon Rachman discusses the regional and international repercussions of the apparent murder by Saudi agents of an exiled journalist in Turkey with Laura Pitel and Andrew England.

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  • 11.10.2018
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    Can the world avoid a climate change catastrophe?

    A UN report on climate change this week concluded the earth had warmed by 1C since pre-industrial times and was likely to heat up by a further 2C by the turn of the century. Daniel Dombey discusses what this means with the FT's Leslie Hook and Ed Crooks

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  • 04.10.2018
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    Nafta is salvaged: how much did Trump gain?

    Daniel Dombey discusses the new trilateral pact called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with the FT's Alan Beattie and James Politi

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  • 27.09.2018
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    Brexit after Salzburg

    Theresa May left last week’s EU summit in Salzburg in trouble: her Chequers plan for Britain's departure from the EU was rejected by other EU leaders. Where does this leave the Brexit negotiations — and Britain's domestic politics — with just six months to go? Is the Chequers plan really dead? Political editor George Parker and Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker join Dan Dombey to discuss.

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  • 20.09.2018
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    Brazil's polarising vote

    Weeks before Brazil's presidential election, voters appear to be gravitating to opposite ends of the political spectrum, with a right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro going head to head with the Workers' party candidate Fernando Haddad. Daniel Dombey discusses what this means for Brazil and the region with Joe Leahy and Jonathan Wheatley

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  • 13.09.2018
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    Africa's rapid urban expansion

    Almost unnoticed, Africa has become the world’s most rapidly urbanising continent. Daniel Dombey discusses the implications with David Pilling and Barney Jopson


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  • 06.09.2018
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    Sweden's lurch to the right

    With polls showing a surge in support for the far right Sweden Democrats, Gideon Rachman discusses the outlook for Sweden's general election on September 9th with the FT's Ben Hall and Richard Milne.  

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  • 10.08.2018
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    Iranians count the cost of renewed sanctions

    Gideon Rachman discusses the impact on Iran's economic and political stability of the US decision to reimpose sanctions, with the FT's Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Andrew England

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  • 01.08.2018
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    Zimbabwe’s pivotal election

    The world is watching results come in from Zimbabwe's first presidential election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. The ruling Zanu-PF has secured a parliamentary majority, suggesting that the party's candidate, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is likely to have won the closely-fought presidential race. The legitimacy of the election is seen as vital to whether Zimbabwe can re-engage with foreign donors and investors to end its long isolation and rebuild its shattered economy. But with the final result not yet declared, the opposition is already disputing the result. Gideon Rachman talks to the FT's Africa editor David Pilling in Harare and former southern Africa bureau chief Andrew England.

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  • 26.07.2018
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    Imran Khan’s challenges as Pakistan’s prime minister

    Imran Khan, who entered politics in 1996 after retiring from international cricket, is on track to become Pakistan’s next prime minister after an election clouded with accusations of vote rigging. But with an economic crisis looming for the next government to tackle, will he be able to fulfil his campaign promises to root out corruption and increase public spending on health and education? Gideon Rachman talks about the election and its aftermath with the FT’s Kiran Stacey and Victor Mallet.

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  • 19.07.2018
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    Helsinki's missed opportunities

    The Helsinki summit has left both President Trump and President Putin looking weaker as the missed opportunities of their first summit become apparent. Henry Foy in Moscow and Ed Luce in Washington discuss the repercussions with Gideon Rachman

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  • 05.07.2018
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    What kind of president will López Obrador make?

    Ben Hall discusses how Mexico's new leftist president will make good on his pledge to assist the poor, while keeping within budget. He has promised to slash fat-cat bureaucratic salaries and to crack down on corruption. But will that be enough?

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  • 02.07.2018
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    What will Turkey's president do with his new powers?

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fulfilled his dream of taking the helm of an all-powerful executive presidency in Turkey. Daniel Dombey discusses what he will do with the unprecedented control he now has over the levers of the state with the FT's Laura Pitel in Ankara


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  • 21.06.2018
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    Migration issue returns to haunt EU leaders

    European leaders will attempt this month to overcome deep divisions over migration policy, at a time when the issue has flared up again in Germany, threatening to destabilise Angela Merkel's coalition government. Gideon Rachman discusses prospects for the EU summit and whether Ms Merkel's government can survive with the FT's Tobias Buck and James Wilson. 

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  • 14.06.2018
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    Will the Trump-Kim summit make Asia safer?

    Who are the real winners from Donald Trump's rapprochement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Philip Stephens discusses how the summit has been viewed by countries in the region with the FT's Bryan Harris and Jamil Anderlini

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  • 07.06.2018
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    Football special: Russia prepares for the World Cup

    Gideon Rachman, Murad Ahmed and Simon Kuper in Paris join Jonathan Derbyshire to discuss the World Cup, amid concerns about hooliganism, visitor numbers and a sense that international football these days is a diminished prospect in comparison with the high-intensity club game. Produced by Murray Withers. Cover illustration by Nigel Buchanan

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  • 31.05.2018
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    Italy's political stalemate

    Italy's political crisis, lasting nearly three months, is the longest in the country’s postwar republican history. Gideon Rachman discusses the stalemate and how it might be resolved, as well as the market reaction this week, with the FT's James Politi and Miles Johnson.

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  • 24.05.2018
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    Ireland votes on whether to repeal divisive abortion ban

    The people of Ireland are about to vote on whether to repeal a ban on abortions that has been enshrined in the constitution since 1983. The campaign to repeal the ban is supported by the leaders of all parties in the Irish parliament but the issue remains one of the most divisive in national politics. Gideon Rachman discusses the background to the vote with the FT's Arthur Beesley and Orla Ryan

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  • 17.05.2018
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    Italy on the brink of populist party rule

    The leaders of Italy’s two leading populist parties are on the brink of a formal alliance after a nine-week stalemate followed by less than a week of serious negotiations. Gideon Rachman discusses the potential impact of their policies on Italy and the eurozone with the FT's James Politi and Ben Hall

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  • 10.05.2018
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    Iran nuclear deal: what happens next?

    What will be the impact of Donald Trump's decision to renounce the Iran nuclear deal on the Middle East and on global alliances? Daniel Dombey puts the question to the FT's Katrina Manson and Andrew England 

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  • 03.05.2018
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    Transatlantic allies fall out over trade

    Jonathan Derbyshire discusses what's behind the trade row between the Trump administration and the European Union with the FT's Shawn Donnan and Guy Chazan

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  • 26.04.2018
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    Iran-Israel tensions rise

    Tensions have been building between Israel, Iran and Hizbollah, Iran's Lebanese ally, over Israel's concerns that its regional foes are looking to exploit the conflict in Syria to build weapons caches and bases close to the Israeli border. Gideon Rachman discusses the recent skirmishes and the risk of further escalation with Mehul Srivastava and Andrew England.

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  • 19.04.2018
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    Will the real Trump step forward?

    As another scandal breaks over allegations from the former FBI chief James Comey that Donald Trump is 'morally unfit', Gideon Rachman and Demetri Sevastopulo look back at the US president's first year in office and the challenges that lie ahead

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  • 12.04.2018
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    Europe faces twin threats from Putin and Orban

    Gideon Rachman discusses the growing confrontation between Russia and the west, and the re-election of Hungary's Viktor Orban, a populist leader who represents a challenge to the traditional values of the European Union, with the FT's Neil Buckley and Alex Barker

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  • 05.04.2018
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    Macron's big test

    The bitter confrontation between Emmanuel Macron and rail workers over plans to overhaul the country's state train operator is the French president’s most perilous gamble so far. Gideon Rachman discusses what is at stake and who is likely to come out the winner with the FT's Ben Hall and David Keohane.

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  • 29.03.2018
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    Egypt’s president tightens his grip

    Egyptians voted in a three-day election this week that is virtually certain to hand Abdel Fattah el-Sisi a second term as president. The only contender running against Mr Sisi, a former military chief who came to power in a popularly backed 2013 coup, is an obscure politician who is a self-confessed supporter of the president. Gideon Rachman discusses what the election means for Egypt with the FT’s Heba Saleh in Cairo and Andrew England in London.

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  • 22.03.2018
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    Trump's legal woes mount

    Donald Trump was hoping that the Russia probe would be over by now but, if anything, it is intensifying with the news that Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organisation to turn over documents. Daniel Dombey asks the FT's Demetri Sevastopulo and Ed Luce how damaging this is for the US president and whether an end is in sight.

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  • 15.03.2018
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    What next for Putin's Russia?

    The poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter with a rare military-grade nerve agent has sent Russia's relations with the west to fresh lows. Ahead of this week's elections, what does this tell us about what we can expect from Vladimir Putin's next term in office? Gideon Rachman discusses this question with the FT's Neil Buckley and Kathrin Hille.

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  • 08.03.2018
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    Anti-establishment parties upend Italian politics

    About half of Italians who voted in Sunday’s elections opted for one of the country’s anti-establishment parties and the country must now stitch together a coalition government. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens next with the FT’s Rachel Sanderson and Tony Barber.

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  • 01.03.2018
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    China discards model of fixed-term presidency

    By signalling his intention to remove the two-term limit on China’s presidency, China's strongman Xi Jinping is discarding more than three decades of precedent aimed at institutionalising the peaceful transition of power. Gideon Rachman discusses the implications of the move with the FT's Tom Mitchell and James Kynge.

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  • 22.02.2018
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    Trump versus Mueller

    The US president is being outplayed by special investigator Robert Mueller’s chess moves, but unless the Republican Party turns against him, his presidency still looks secure. Gideon Rachman discusses whether the special investigator's patience will pay off in the end with the FT's Ed Luce and Geoff Dyer.

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  • 14.02.2018
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    What's Zuma's legacy for South Africa?

    South Africa's president Jacob Zuma is clinging to power despite intensifying efforts to remove him. Gideon Rachman discusses the ruling ANC's predicament and whether its new leader Cyril Ramaphosa can restore the country's fortunes with the FT's Andrew England and Joseph Cotterill

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  • 08.02.2018
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    Germany's new grand coalition

    After four months of bargaining, Germany is to have a new government. Angela Merkel will remain chancellor and the foreign and finance minister jobs will be occupied by the centre-left SPD. EU officials are delighted with the pro-European tilt of the latest grand coalition. Daniel Dombey discusses what this means for Germany and Europe with the FT's Alex Barker and Guy Chazan

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  • 31.01.2018
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    Turkey's Syria incursion strains ties with US

    Turkey’s attack on a prized US ally in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in north-western Syria has opened a new front in Syria’s seven-year-old civil war and highlights the depths to which Ankara’s relations with the US have sunk. Andrew England discusses the implications for Syria, the Kurds, Turkey and the west with the FT's Laura Pitel and Erika Solomon

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  • 25.01.2018
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    Davos special: Is the global trading system at risk?

    Trade has dominated discussions at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos amid fears that Donald Trump's America-first approach will lead to fragmentation. Gideon Rachman sat down with Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and asked him how worried people should be about the integrity of the global trading system.

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  • 17.01.2018
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    Italy faces prolonged political uncertainty

    March elections in Italy could see a surge in support for the country’s eurosceptic opposition. Paolo Gentiloni’s ruling Democratic party is trailing both a resurgent centre-right coalition led by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in the polls. Gideon Rachman discusses what this means for Italy and the eurozone with the FT's Rome correspondent James Politi

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  • 11.01.2018
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    The End of the Merkel Era

    As Angela Merkel struggles to form a new government, Guy Chazan and Fred Studemann join Gideon Rachman to discuss if we are witnessing the end of the Merkel era?

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  • 04.01.2018
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    Unrest shakes Iran's political establishment

    What do Iran's recent anti-government demonstrations mean for the regime of Hassan Rouhani, and for the country's foreign policy? Gideon Rachman discusses the repercussions of the unrest with the FT's Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Andrew England.

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  • 13.12.2017
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    What impact has Donald Trump had on US foreign policy?

    How has Donald Trump's first year in office affected America's relationship with the rest of the world? Is he an isolationist, and if so, how do we interpret his assertive policy towards North Korea? Gideon Rachman and Geoff Dyer discuss these questions and look at the US foreign policy challenges of the coming year.

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  • 06.12.2017
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    Yemen's unending torment

    The long-running war in Yemen has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis and the killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the influential former president, this week curtailed a fledgling effort to reach a negotiated solution. Gideon Rachman discusses why the conflict has proved so protracted with the FT's Simeon Kerr and Andrew England. 

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  • 29.11.2017
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    Brexit drives a wedge between the UK and Ireland

    Disagreement over the future of the Northern Irish border after Brexit has strained Anglo-Irish relations. As the UK's negotiations with the EU approach a crucial stage, could Dublin derail the British government's pursuit of a Brexit deal?

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  • 22.11.2017
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    Exit Robert Mugabe

    A tumultuous week in Zimbabwe culminates in the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, the country's leader of 37 years. Gideon Rachman is joined by Andrew England and David Pilling in Harare.

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  • 15.11.2017
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    Threats loom for world trading system

    As President Donald Trump's tour of Asia comes to a close, we ask whether the US stance on the TPP and Nafta agreements bodes ill for the stability of the world trading system. Gideon Rachman is joined by the FT's Martin Sandbu and Shawn Donnan in Washington.

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  • 08.11.2017
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    Turmoil in Saudi Arabia

    Some of the most powerful figures in Saudi Arabia have been arrested in a new anti-corruption crackdown, while tensions between the gulf kingdom and Iran are being felt across the region. Gideon Rachman is joined by Simeon Kerr and Erika Solomon.

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  • 01.11.2017
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    Donald Trump's visit to Asia

    The US president is about to embark on a five-country tour of Asia. With tensions mounting over North Korea, what can we expect?

    Gideon Rachman is joined by Geoff Dyer and Katrina Manson.

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  • 26.10.2017
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    The rise of populism in central Europe

    Populist parties are on the rise in Poland, Hungary and now the Czech Republic after the election victory of a party led by Andrej Babiš, who some people label the Czech Donald Trump. Gideon Rachman discusses how serious a challenge this poses for the European Union as a club of like-minded democracies with Neil Buckley and James Shotter.

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  • 19.10.2017
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    Is Venezuela dismantling its democracy?

    Flawed regional elections in the oil rich but cash strapped country have resulted in a victory for Nicolás Maduro’s socialist party, in spite of the fact that it has presided over perhaps the worst economic meltdown in Latin American history. Ben Hall discusses why the opposition lost and how the international community will react with Gideon Long and Johnpaul Rathbone
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  • 11.10.2017
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    Turkey-US spat: who will blink first?

    US-Turkish relations have plunged to a new low following America's decision to suspend issuing any non-immigrant visas to Turks. Gideon Rachman discusses how the rift came about and how serious it is with Daniel Dombey and Mehul Srivastava For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 04.10.2017
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    Japan's Abe faces tough new challenge

    Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has called an early vote, but finds himself in a tougher fight than he bargained for after the emergence of a new opposition party led by the charismatic Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike. Gideon Rachman discusses this radical change in Japan's political landscape with Robin Harding and Roger Blitz For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 28.09.2017
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    Catalonia heads for clash with Spain

    The Spanish authorities have pulled out all the stops to try to prevent an independence referendum in Catalonia this weekend which the Madrid government deems illegal. But the Catalan government is determined to press ahead. Ben Hall discusses Spain's political and constitutional crisis with Michael Stothard, FT correspondent in Madrid, and Tony Barber, Europe editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 21.09.2017
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    Why Sunday's German elections matter

    Angela Merkel is expected to win a fourth term in office after Sunday's elections in Germany, so what difference will the vote make and why does it matter? Shashank Joshi puts the question to Gideon Rachman and Hans Kundnani during a discussion at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in London. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 07.09.2017
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    What's next in the Korean nuclear crisis?

    On Sunday, North Korea tested what is says was a hydrogen bomb, and may be preparing a further missile test. Bryan Harris in Seoul and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington join Gideon Rachman to discuss the latest escalation of the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 31.08.2017
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    The human consequences and market impact of Harvey

    What are the human and economic consequences of the hurricane and floods that have devastated Houston, the United States’ fourth-largest city? Gideon Rachman discusses the situation with David J Lynch in Houston and Gregory Meyer in New York. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 23.08.2017
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    Barcelona terror attack

    As Spanish police investigate the origins of last week's terrorist attack on pedestrians in the Las Ramblas tourist district of Barcelona, Daniel Dombey asks Sam Jones and Michael Stothard what we know so far and how such attacks can be prevented. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 16.08.2017
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    US launches bid to rewrite trading relationships

    Gideon Rachman discusses what are the chances of success of Donald Trump's bid to rewrite US trading relationships with Canada, Mexico and China, with Shawn Donnan, trade editor and James Kynge, emerging markets editor For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 09.08.2017
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    Trump's dangerous war of words with North Korea

    Tensions between the US and North Korea are at their highest in years over Pyongyang's accelerating efforts to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting America. Ben Hall discusses the options for ending the standoff with Katrina Manson, US diplomatic correspondent, and Lucy Hornby, China correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 02.08.2017
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    Venezuelan outlook darkens

    Venezuela's new constituent assembly will give President Maduro sweeping powers to rule as he pleases, but few foreign governments will recognise the laws that he and the assembly approve. James Wilson discusses what options are left for his opponents with Gideon Long and John Paul Rathbone For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 26.07.2017
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    EU and Poland clash over judicial overhaul

    Poland has angered the Brussels authorities by promoting a series of laws to assert greater government control over the judiciary. James Wilson discusses what the EU's objections are and what it can do to try to bring Poland into line with Arthur Beesley and James Shotter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 19.07.2017
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    Brazil's political system in turmoil

    The whole Brazilian political class seems to have been caught up in corruption scandals from former president Lula da Silva to the current president Michel Temer. Joe Leahy and John Paul Rathbone discuss the local and regional repercussions with Gideon Rachman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 12.07.2017
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    Trump troubles escalate over son's Russia meeting

    Revelations of a hitherto secret meeting between Donald Trump's son and a Russian lawyer allegedly connected to the Kremlin have revived the scandal about Russian involvement in the US presidential election. Gideon Rachman discusses the latest twists with Courtney Weaver and Max Seddon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 23.06.2017
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    Syrian battle risks international conflict

    As rival forces scramble to recapture Isis territory in Syria and Iraq, the likelihood of international confrontation escalates. Gideon Rachman discusses the growing tensions in the region with the FT's Middle east commentator David Gardner and Geoff Dyer, former Washington correspondent For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 19.06.2017
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    Brexit wrangling begins

    As Britain and the EU finally begin formal Brexit negotiations on Monday, Gideon Rachman discusses what to expect in the weeks ahead with Alex Barker, the FT's Brussels bureau chief, and Whitehall editor James Blitz. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 08.06.2017
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    The blockade of super rich Gulf state Qatar

    Gideon Rachman discusses what's behind the siege of super rich Gulf state Qatar by its neighbours Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the FT's Simeon Kerr and Erika Solomon For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 01.06.2017
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    The EU-US rift

    Germany's Angela Merkel says Europe can no longer count on the US as a reliable partner, reflecting a widening rift with US president Donald Trump. Gideon Rachman discusses this deterioration in relations with FT Berlin correspondent Guy Chazan and Geoff Dyer, former Washington correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 26.05.2017
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    Trump and the Middle East

    Donald Trump reset US relations with the Sunni Arab world during a foreign trip that included visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel. But how much has the substance of US policy towards the Middle East changed? The FT's Ben Hall discusses the issue with deputy editor Roula Khalaf, Gulf correspondent Simeon Kerr and Jerusalem bureau chief John Reed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 19.05.2017
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    Venezuela in crisis

    Venezuela has become trapped in a downward spiral of economic decline, social turmoil and political unrest. Gideon Rachman discusses the worsening situation with Latin America editor John Paul Rathbone and Andes correspondent Gideon Long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 12.05.2017
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    France's 'rock star' president

    There are big expectations for France's new 'rock star' president, who has promised to overhaul politics in the country. Gideon Rachman asks Ben Hall and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany what his first priorities will be. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 05.05.2017
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    Europe's Brexit wrangling

    It's been a tempestuous week in the world of Brexit. British prime minister Theresa May angrily denounced the EU for "meddling" in the British election, just days after reports were leaked of her acrimonious dinner with Brussels officials. Jonathan Derbyshire joins the FT's Gideon Rachman and Daniel Dombey to discuss the future of the UK-EU relationship. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 26.04.2017
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    Macron close to victory in French presidential poll

    Polls predict an easy victory for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of France's presidential elections, but a lot can happen in the final two weeks of campaigning. Gideon Rachman discusses the independent centrist and his prospects with the FT's Tony Barber and Michael Stothard For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 20.04.2017
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    Where does Erdogan go from here?

    By winning last week's constitutional referendum, albeit narrowly, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved his long-held ambition of taming the country's institutions. Daniel Dombey discusses how he is likely to use his new powers with Delphine Strauss and Mehul Srivastava. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 12.04.2017
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    Is the world's policeman back on the beat?

    Donald Trump's decision to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons has raised hopes that the world’s policeman is back on the beat. But does the move signal a genuine change of strategy? Ben Hall puts the question to the FT's Gideon Rachman and Geoff Dyer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 06.04.2017
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    Trump meets Xi Jinping

    Donald Trump is welcoming Chinese president Xi Jinping to his Florida resort this week for their first ever face-to-face meeting, with discussions expected on centre on trade relations and the North Korean nuclear crisis. Geoff Dyer discusses the US-China relationship with FT Beijing bureau chief Tom Mitchell, and Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington bureau chief. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 28.03.2017
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    Trump and the nuclear threat from North Korea

    Tensions between North Korea and the US have escalated this month over Pyongyang’s fast-developing nuclear weapons programme. How is the Trump administration going to manage the reclusive state? Gideon Rachman puts the question to the FT's Seoul bureau chief Bryan Harris and Geoff Dyer, a former FT foreign affairs correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 21.03.2017
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    Populism and politics in Europe

    The FT's deputy editor Roula Khalaf chairs a panel discussion on the rise of the right in Europe, with the FT's Gideon Rachman and Simon Kuper and with Catherine Fieschi, a political consultant and longtime observer of the far right in France. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 15.03.2017
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    Hong Kong's democracy debate

    This week, Gideon Rachman talks to two leading pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong about the city's "one country, two systems" agreement with China. Both Joshua Wong, 20, and Nathan Law, 23, played prominent roles in the Umbrella Movement in 2014 that took to streets to demand democratic elections for Hong Kong chief executive in 2014. Mr Law is the youngest elected member of the Hong Kong legislative council to date - but could be disbarred from office for his views. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 10.03.2017
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    Netanyahu under fire

    Benjamin Netanyahu should be feeling on top of the world after a high profile visit to the White House last month. But at home, the Israeli prime minister faces three police investigations that are testing his reputation for political invincibility. Gideon Rachman discusses what this could mean for Israel with the FT's Jerusalem bureau chief John Reed and FT International affairs editor David Gardner. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 02.03.2017
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    Fillon clings on as French election race heats up

    French presidential hopeful François Fillon has slumped in the polls after being placed under formal investigation over an alleged fake jobs scandal. But the one-time frontrunner has vowed to stay in the race. What does this mean for France - and for Marine Le Pen's chances for taking the Élysée? FT world news editor Ben Hall discusses the question with Gideon Rachman, the FT's chief international commentator, and Paris correspondent Michael Stothard. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 23.02.2017
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    Merkel's surprise challenger from the left

    Martin Schulz, the new face of Germany's Social Democratic Party, has surged in the polls to become a surprise challenger to chancellor Angela Merkel in September's elections. Gideon Rachman discusses what this could mean for Germany with the FT's Stefan Wagstyl and Guy Chazan in Berlin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 16.02.2017
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    South Africa's critical test

    This year, the African National Congress - which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid - picks a new leader. But their embattled president, Jacob Zuma, will leave a legacy of scandal, corruption allegations and a sluggish economy. Gideon Rachman discusses the future of Africa's largest economy with the FT's Africa editor David Pilling, and South Africa correspondent Joseph Cotterill. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 09.02.2017
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    The fate of the euro

    With economic growth reviving in the eurozone, is the euro crisis now over, or is this just a lull before another euro storm? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Claire Jones, FT correspondent in Frankfurt, and Martin Sandbu, economics commentator. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 01.02.2017
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    Trump travel ban sparks global backlash

    Donald Trump's controversial visa ban has led to chaos at airports and condemnation from abroad. What are the consequences - at home and overseas - of this unprecedented move by the new president? Daniel Dombey, the FT's deputy world news editor, discusses the question with Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo and Erika Solomon, Middle East correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 25.01.2017
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    France decides: battle for Élysée takes shape

    The list of contenders for France's 2017 election will be finalised this week, as the socialists choose their candidate on Sunday. Gideon Rachman discusses what is set to be an unpredictable and closely fought battle for the presidency with Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, the FT’s Paris bureau chief, and former bureau chief Hugh Carnegy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 18.01.2017
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    Trade, Trump and Brexit

    This week, UK prime minister Theresa May laid out her plans for a 'hard' Brexit, as US president-elect Donald Trump expressed doubts about the EU's future and promised a 'quick' US-UK trade deal. How feasible would such a deal be? And is the west retreating from a free trade model that has taken decades to roll out? Daniel Dombey, the FT's Brexit editor, discusses with Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker and FT world trade editor Shawn Donnan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 11.01.2017
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    Trump's confirmation hearings: nominees in the spotlight

    A series of confirmation hearings for president-elect Donald Trump's controversial cabinet nominees began in the Senate this week, with Democrats eager to grill candidates. How smooth is the process likely to be and who is vulnerable? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Courtney Weaver, the FT's White House correspondent, and Barney Jopson, the US policy correspondent in Washington. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 04.01.2017
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    Turkey battles political turmoil and terrorists

    The new year began with a terrorist attack on a nightclub in Istanbul which left 39 dead - the latest blow to hit a country still reeling from the aftermath of a failed coup last year and the political purges that followed. Gideon Rachman discusses Turkey's prospects with Daniel Dombey and Mehul Srivastava For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 22.12.2016
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    How will the events of 2016 play out in the coming year?

    Daniel Dombey asks Gideon Rachman, the FT's chief foreign affairs columnist, and Fred Studemann, features editor, how the big events of 2016 - Brexit, the US election, and Syria - will play out on the world stage in the coming year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 15.12.2016
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    Trump's Taiwan foray

    Donald Trump created a diplomatic storm earlier this month by speaking on the telephone to Taiwan's leader - the first such official communication since 1979. He then suggested he might ditch US adherence to the One China policy - a bedrock of ties between the two world powers. Does he really mean to change US policy and if so what will the consequences be for US-China ties? Ben Hall puts the question to the FT's James Kynge and Demetri Sevastopulo. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 08.12.2016
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    On the front lines in Yemen

    Dr Natalie Roberts has spent several years on the front lines of conflict zones as an emergency doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières, providing medical care to critically injured and malnourished patients. She talks to the FT's Maggie Fick about her time working for the humanitarian organisation in war-torn Yemen. To read more about MSF and the FT Seasonal Appeal visit FT.com/appeal.

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  • 01.12.2016
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    Cuba after Castro

    Will Fidel Castro's influence over Cuba outlast his death, and will the Trump presidency reverse the detente with the US begun by Barack Obama? Gideon Rachman puts these questions to John Paul Rathbone, the FT's Latin America editor, and Geoff Dyer, Washington correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 24.11.2016
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    Fillon is surprise favourite of French conservative voters

    François Fillon, a former prime minister, looks on course to become the surprise presidential candidate of the centre-right in next year's French presidential elections. James Wilson asks Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, Paris correspondent, and Ben Hall, world news editor, what his appeal is and how he would fare in a contest against the far-right populist leader Marine Le Pen. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 17.11.2016
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    Donald Trump and Europe: friend or foe?

    Does the election victory of Donald Trump represent an opportunity or a threat to Europe? Gideon Rachman discusses the mixed reaction across the continent with George Parker, the FT's political editor in London, and diplomatic correspondent Arthur Beesley in Brussels. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 09.11.2016
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    Trump win stuns America's allies

    Donald Trump's momentous victory has stunned America's allies but also delighted populists and strongmen leaders around the world, notably Russia's Vladimir Putin. Ben Hall discusses the world response with Gideon Rachman and Guy Chazan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 02.11.2016
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    China's return to strongman rule

    Chinese president Xi Jinping was anointed as the “core” leader of the Communist party last week, paving the way for a return to strongman rule. So is China moving towards a more autocratic system? Gideon Rachman discusses the question with the FT's Beijing correspondent Lucy Hornby, and James Kynge, former bureau chief in the capital. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 26.10.2016
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    The EU's trade conundrum

    Wallonia, a Belgian region, has rejected the proposed Ceta trade deal with Canada, all but torpedoing the agreement for good. What does this mean for the EU's trade liberalisation agenda, transatlantic trade and the UK's Brexit negotiations? The FT's world news editor Ben Hall speaks with Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker and our diplomatic correspondent, Arthur Beesley. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 19.10.2016
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    Putin: opportunist or master strategist?

    Vladimir Putin has been playing brinkmanship in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Is the Russian president a master strategist or are his moves merely opportunistic? Gideon Rachman discusses the question with Neil Buckley the FT's East Europe editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 12.10.2016
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    South Africa's political turmoil

    South Africa has been shaken by news that the country's respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan is facing fraud charges in what appears to be the latest episode in a power struggle with President Jacob Zuma and his allies. Many suspect the charges are trumped up and designed to give Mr Zuma total control of the levers of power. Ben Hall discusses what happens next with Joseph Cotterill and Andrew England For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 06.10.2016
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    Theresa May's Brexit vision

    At the UK Conservative party conference this week we got a clearer sense of Theresa May's Brexit vision, with the prime minister announcing that the process for leaving the bloc will be formally set in motion early next year. So what are the implications at this stage for Britain - and for Europe? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Daniel Dombey, the FT's Brexit editor, and Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 28.09.2016
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    Renzi's big test

    This week Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister, set a date in December for his high-stakes referendum on constitutional reform. The vote will determine the political future of a leader already struggling with painful party defeats in local elections, troubles in Italy's banking system and a persistently weak economy. Ben Hall discusses with James Politi, the FT's Italy correspondent and Europe news editor Joshua Chaffin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 22.09.2016
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    What can stop the war in Syria?

    After a brief ceasefire, the war in Syria has been renewed in all its horror. Is there anything that can stop it? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Geoff Dyer, US diplomatic correspondent and Erika Solomon, Middle East correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 14.09.2016
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    US election 2016: the what ifs

    The US presidential election has taken a dramatic new turn with the sudden illness of Hillary Clinton, and a tightening in the opinion polls. Could Donald Trump actually win? Gideon Rachman discusses with the FT's chief political commentator Philip Stephens and Shawn Donnan, the world trade editor based in the Washington bureau. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 07.09.2016
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    Merkel's populist challenge

    Angela Merkel is facing a new challenge to her leadership after the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany dealt her party a stinging blow in a regional election on Sunday. What threat does the success of the populist party pose for German stability and for Merkel's chance of remaining as chancellor? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Stefan Wagstyl, the FT's Berlin bureau chief and Fred Studemann, comment editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 31.08.2016
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    Europe's fraying economic ties with America

    Economic ties between Europe and the US took a knock this week when the EU slapped huge back taxes on Apple and several European politicians declared transatlantic trade talks to be effectively dead. Gideon Rachman asks Tony Barber, the FT's Europe editor, and Shawn Donnan, the FT's world trade editor, what hopes remain for a successful conclusion to the TTIP talks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 25.08.2016
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    Turkey's Syrian gamble

    Turkey sent tanks into Syria on Wednesday, as part of a major offensive ostensibly against Isis - but also to contain Syrian Kurds. The move follows a recent coup attempt against President Erdogan and a deadly terrorist attack in the southern Turkish town of Gaziantep. Andrew England, the FT's Middle East editor, speaks with Turkey correspondent Mehul Srivastava and former Turkey correspondent Daniel Dombey. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 19.08.2016
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    Russia and Ukraine: a new crisis?

    Russia has been back in the spotlight recently, after President Putin replaced his long-standing chief of staff Sergei Ivanov. Meanwhile, tensions have mounted in eastern Ukraine, prompting fears of a new Russian offensive. Russia is still heavily involved in Syria. Is a new crisis building? Gideon Rachman speaks with Kathrin Hille, the FT's Moscow bureau chief, and Neil Buckley, Eastern Europe editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 11.08.2016
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    Trumponomics

    This week, Donald Trump gave a major speech on the economy and Hillary Clinton fired back. While Trump attempted to appeal to a more traditional Republican base with many of his proposed policies, how is his trade protectionism being received? And is Clinton tacking to the left or heading for the centre ground? Gideon Rachman puts the questions to Shawn Donnan, the FT's World Trade editor and Sam Fleming, US economics editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 03.08.2016
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    The battle for Aleppo

    The battle for Syria's second city is both a grave humanitarian crisis and a potential turning point in the country's long civil war. The FT's Erika Solomon and David Gardner join Gideon Rachman. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 26.07.2016
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    Discord at the Democratic Convention

    The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a turbulent start this week, revealing deep divisions between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The FT's World News editor Ben Hall discusses what this means for Clinton's campaign for the White House with Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo and Gideon Rachmann, the FT's chief foreign affairs commentator. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 21.07.2016
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    Turkey's bungled putsch

    Following a failed military coup in Turkey, President Erdogan has launched a sweeping crackdown on alleged plot sympathisers. Who was responsible for the uprising? And how have Ankara's western allies responded? The FT's World News editor Ben Hall speaks to Mehul Srivastava, the FT's correspondent in Turkey, and former Turkey correspondent Daniel Dombey. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 13.07.2016
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    Italy's struggling banks pose a test for Renzi and the EU

    Italy's banking system is struggling in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and ahead of stress tests this month. What does this mean for the future of Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister, and for Europe's wider economic prospects? Daniel Dombey puts the question to the FT's Alex Barker and James Politi. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 07.07.2016
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    Chilcot report issues damning verdict on Iraq war

    This week's Chilcot report delivered a damning verdict on Britain’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. The UK's political, military and intelligence establishments were all implicated, but particular criticism was reserved for Tony Blair, the former prime minister. Daniel Dombey discusses the report's findings with the FT's James Blitz and Roula Khalaf For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 29.06.2016
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    European rivals eye London's banking business

    How far will Frankfurt and Paris go to claim the business of the City of London once the UK has left the European Union? Which other cities are in the running and how many jobs does London stand to lose? Gideon Rachman puts these questions to Michael Stothard, the FT's Paris correspondent and James Shotter, Frankfurt correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 22.06.2016
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    What next for Modi's India?

    The Indian government announced welcome reforms to attract foreign investors this week. But India-watchers were distracted by the resignation of the much-respected head of the country's central bank, Raghuram Rajan. Gideon Rachman discusses the future of prime minister Narendra Modi's reform programme with the FT's South Asia bureau chief Amy Kazmin and former Mumbai correspondent James Crabtree. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 15.06.2016
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    France in crisis

    Beset by strikes and deepening terrorism worries, France is struggling to cope as it hosts a major football championship, the Euro 2016 games. Gideon Rachman discusses the country's security problems and political strife with World News editor Ben Hall and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, the FT's Paris bureau chief. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 08.06.2016
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    Tensions rise in the South China Sea

    China and the US clashed over the South China Sea at a defence forum last weekend, amid island-building by Beijing and increased naval and air patrols by the US. Gideon Rachman discusses the escalating tensions with Geoff Dyer, the FT's Washington correspondent and former Beijing bureau chief, and James Crabtree, contributing editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 01.06.2016
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    Is Venezuela becoming a failed state?

    Life in Venezuela is becoming increasingly difficult, with soaring crime, widespread food shortages, rampant corruption and a political stalemate that thwarts all attempts at change. Gideon Rachman discusses whether the country is becoming a failed state with the FT's Latin America editor John Paul Rathbone and Andes correspondent, Andres Schipani. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 25.05.2016
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    Populism in Austria

    Austria came within a whisker of electing a far-right candidate as its head of state this week. As EU leaders breath a collective sigh of relief, World News editor Ben Hall discusses the ramifications of the election with the FT's Austria correspondent Ralph Atkins and Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 18.05.2016
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    Filipinos elect 'wild card' president

    The Philippines has taken a radical change of political direction with the election of Rodrigo Duterte as president. Gideon Rachman discusses why outsiders and investors are so taken aback by the development with Avantika Chilkoti and Tony Tassell. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 11.05.2016
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    Saudi Arabia's ambitious reforms

    Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has shaken up expectations about the world's biggest oil exporter. MbS, as he's known, plans to wean the kingdom off oil and boost the private sector, slashing unemployment along the way. Ben Hall discusses the kingdom's ambitious reform plans with Anjli Raval and Simeon Kerr. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 04.05.2016
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    Iraq and Syria fall apart

    Iraq and Syria are coming apart, divided into warring factions that seem unable to reach an accommodation. Gideon Rachman talks to FT Middle East experts David Gardner and Erika Solomon about fading hopes for peace and what this means for the fight against Isis. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 27.04.2016
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    Are we headed for a Trump vs. Clinton general election race?

    The latest round of the US presidential election has seen big victories for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. So is it now all-but-certain that we are looking at a Trump-Clinton contest in November? The FT's digital comment editor Sebastian Payne puts the question to Gideon Rachman and Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo​. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 21.04.2016
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    Russia's new nationalism

    What are the origins of Eurasianism in Russia and how has it come to occupy a central place in Kremlin thinking today? Charles Clover, FT China correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief discusses his new book, Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia's New Nationalism with Gideon Rachman. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 13.04.2016
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    Ukraine in turmoil

    How bleak is the outlook for Ukraine? The Prime Minister has resigned, the President is implicated in the Panama papers and the Dutch have rejected an EU-Ukraine trade deal. Gideon Rachman puts the question to the FT Ukraine correspondent Roman Olearchyk and the FT's Eastern Europe Editor, Neil Buckley. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 06.04.2016
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    Europe's controversial refugee expulsion plan

    The EU this week began expelling migrants from Greece and sending them back to Turkey - a controversial policy that has been criticised as a possible violation of the Geneva Convention and caused rioting in Greek refugee camps. However, there are signs that the influx into Greece is slowing. Can the system work? Peter Spiegel put the question to Alex Barker in Brussels and Stefan Wagstyl in Berlin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 30.03.2016
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    The Isis threat to European security

    Last week's attacks in the Belgian capital have raised fresh questions about the extent of Isis operations in Europe and whether security services and law enforcement agencies are capable of containing the threat. Ben Hall discusses the attacks and their ramifications with Peter Spiegel, the FT's Brussels bureau chief and Sam Jones. defence and security editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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    Can Brazil's Rousseff stave off impeachment?

    A political crisis is threatening to cut short the presidency of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. Gideon Rachman is joined by John Paul Rathbone and Samantha Pearson to discuss the Petrobras scandal, the impeachment process and the economic meltdown that have all contributed to the crisis. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 16.03.2016
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    Can Angela Merkel survive Europe's refugee crisis?

    Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats suffered a setback in regional elections last weekend. How wounded is the chancellor and have German politics changed fundamentally under the pressure of the refugee crisis? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Fred Studemann and Stefan Wagstyl. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 10.03.2016
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    Can the EU-Turkey deal resolve Europe's migration crisis?

    European leaders have negotiated a deal with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of refugees into the European Union. But can it work? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Alex Barker, the FT's European diplomatic editor, and Tony Barber, the FT's Europe editor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 02.03.2016
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    Is Trump a threat to American democracy?

    Donald Trump now looks highly likely to secure the Republican nomination for the US presidency. Gideon Rachman discusses what this means for US democracy and the rest of the world with FT columnists Edward Luce and Martin Wolf. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 24.02.2016
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    Russia's foreign policy resurgence

    Russian air power has changed the course of the civil war in Syria and its annexation of Crimea remains largely unchallenged. Gideon Rachman talks to Neil Buckley, FT East Europe editor, and Sam Jones, defence and security editor, about Russia's renewed confidence on the global stage and whether this is justified. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 17.02.2016
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    Antonin Scalia's legacy and the US Supreme Court

    How influential was Antonin Scalia as the longest serving Justice on the US Supreme Court? Martin Sandbu discusses his legacy and the political repercussions of his demise with FT Washington correspondents Barney Jopson and Geoff Dyer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 10.02.2016
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    What happens if Aleppo falls?

    Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power are on the brink of encircling the northern city of Aleppo, a stronghold of the moderate rebels in what could prove to be a decisive moment in Syria's murderous civil war. Ben Hall discusses the implications with Erika Solomon, FT Middle East correspondent, and Geoff Dyer, FT US diplomatic correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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    Britain's referendum on the EU

    David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, announced the details of Britain's draft deal to renegotiate its relationship with the EU - but where does that leave the debate? Gideon Rachman discusses with George Parker, UK political editor and Alex Barker, Brussels Correspondent For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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  • 28.01.2016
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    Iowa offers first test for US presidential hopefuls

    After months of build-up, the Iowa caucus will offers US presidential candidates their first chance to get ahead. Gideon Rachman reviews the chances of the Republican and Democratic rivals with Courtney Weaver and Edward Luce. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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