The Briefing


A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

  • 34 minutes 23 seconds
    Trump endorsements and the mayor of Paris takes a plunge

    Defeated Republican rivals for the presidential nomination offer endorsements in Milwaukee, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo plunges into the Seine ahead of the Olympics and the hidden ties between Google and Amazon’s Project Nimbus and Israel’s military. Plus: Rio de Janeiro, the tale of two airports.

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    17 July 2024, 11:50 am
  • 31 minutes 52 seconds
    The Republican National Convention kicks off

    Donald Trump makes an emotional entrance to the Republican National Convention and names his running mate. We look at how the weekend’s events might affect the direction of travel for the Republican Party. We also analyse Kaja Kallas’s vision for EU diplomacy as she takes up a foreign-policy role at the bloc after serving as Estonia’s first female prime minister. Plus: Ukraine’s mobilisation drive, the fortunes of a once iconic British fashion house and the business headlines.

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    16 July 2024, 12:01 pm
  • 35 minutes 50 seconds
    The political aftermath of an assassination attempt

    As Donald Trump heads for the Republican National Convention, we look at whether the attempt on his life might affect the presidential campaign. We also catch up with Latvia’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the Nato Summit and look at whether China can find a fix for its laggardly economic growth as its third plenum kicks off in Beijing.

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    15 July 2024, 11:49 am
  • 32 minutes 47 seconds
    The Nato summit and Biden’s blunders

    As the Nato summit draws to a close, we analyse Joe Biden’s performance and his political future. Then: we head to Kenya to examine the political situation there as president William Ruto dismisses most of his cabinet. Plus: the latest business news, a look at Narendra Modi’s move to cosy up to Moscow and the “wedding of the century”.

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    12 July 2024, 11:49 am
  • 33 minutes 20 seconds
    Is Ukraine on an “irreversible path” to Nato membership?

    As leaders gathered at Nato’s 75th-anniversary summit in Washington dodge questions about Joe Biden’s fitness to be the “leader of the free world”, Ukraine has been put on a supposedly “irreversible path” to alliance membership. But how long will the journey be? Plus, business news and France’s former first lady faces the music. 

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    11 July 2024, 11:53 am
  • 32 minutes 3 seconds
    Gaza ceasefire talks continue in Qatar and Biden’s Nato appearance

    Delegations from Egypt, the US, Qatar and Israel meet in Qatar to continue Gaza truce talks. Also on the programme: Joe Biden makes his highest-profile policy speech since questions arose about his fitness for office, Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, makes his first public appearances since his assassination attempt and Microsoft quits the board of Open AI amid antitrust scrutiny. Plus: we try out the sauna in Finnair’s Helsinki non-Schengen lounge. 

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    10 July 2024, 11:46 am
  • 30 minutes 55 seconds
    Kyiv’s day of mourning and Nato’s aid package to Ukraine

    Mayor Vitali Klitschko declares a day of mourning in Kyiv following the worst wave of Russian missile strikes in months. Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s health and fitness to serve are under scrutiny at the Nato summit. Plus, why tea prices risk boiling over and Greece’s six-day working week.

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    9 July 2024, 12:13 pm
  • 32 minutes 51 seconds
    What’s next for France following the surprise election results?

    As France faces the prospect of a hung parliament, what happens next? Meanwhile, Boeing agrees to plead guilty in the 737 Max criminal case. Plus, the latest on the Gaza ceasefire proposal, business news and a big week for Joe Biden.

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    8 July 2024, 11:47 am
  • 29 minutes 54 seconds
    The UK’s Conservative Party suffers a historic loss

    After 14 years in power, the UK’s Conservative Party suffers the most brutal defeat in its history. We’ll look at what’s next and examine how events in the Middle East impacted the vote. Plus, why Hungary’s president, Viktor Orbán, is making more headlines than usual and what to expect from India prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow. All that and a look at the latest film news. 

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    5 July 2024, 11:50 am
  • 41 minutes 30 seconds
    Hezbollah launches barrage of rockets at Israel following commander's killing

    Hezbollah responds to the killing of a senior commander with a barrage of rockets at Israel. And: As Rupert Murdoch’s ‘The Sun’ declares for the UK’s Labour Party on the eve of the election, is the late call a death knell for tabloids? Plus: how “democracy’s biggest year” is going and Japan declares victory in its war on floppy disks.

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    4 July 2024, 11:57 am
  • 36 minutes 12 seconds
    Japan’s new banknotes and Joe Biden’s jet-lag excuse for his faltering debate performance

    Joe Biden says that he “almost fell asleep onstage” during his debate with Donald Trump last Thursday because of jet lag. Meanwhile, Japan unveils its first banknote redesign in 20 years and tributes pour in at the funeral of Albanian novelist and poet Ismail Kadare, who died on Monday at 88. Plus, why the Vatican has banned tattoos and body piercings for workers at St Peter’s Basilica.

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    3 July 2024, 11:59 am
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