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Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.

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Mary Dejevsky and Phil Clark discuss the day’s main stories including the surprise results in Polish and Spanish elections, the latest developments in Burundi and why China organises prison tours for government officials.

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909 25 May 2015
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Monday 25 May: 

Mary Dejevsky and Phil Clark discuss the day’s main stories including the surprise results in Polish and Spanish elections, the latest developments in Burundi and why China organises prison tours for government officials.

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908 22 May 2015
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Friday 22 May: 

Andrew Mueller is joined by guests Jane Kinninmont and Michael Binyon to discuss the topics of the day, including the Isis threat to Syria, Ireland’s referendum on gay marriage and David Cameron’s bid to reform the UK’s relationship with the EU as he meets leaders in Latvia.

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907 21 May 2015
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Thursday 21 May: 

We discuss how much weight the celebrity-endorsement factor carries in the race for political power in the US; Ivor Gaber and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera share their insights. Also, as record numbers of migrants reach Britain’s shores, are domestic politics preventing Europe from tackling the core of the issue?

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906 20 May 2015
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Wednesday 20 May: 

As Hillary Clinton calls for the speedy release of her emails from her time as secretary of state, we discuss technology, transparency and democracy. We also ask whether all leaders should serve for only two terms, after West African heads of state shelve a plan to limit regional presidents’ power. Plus: we read up on what makes for a world literary star.

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905 19 May 2015
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Tuesday 19 May: 

In the race for the White House, how much weight does a vice-presidential nominee carry? In addition, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos problem isn’t going away, Prince Charles meets Sinn Féin’s leader and another big bank mulls over fleeing the UK as a potential EU exit looms.

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904 18 May 2015
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Monday 18 May: 

EU ministers have decided on new measures to fight against people-smugglers – but will they work? Samira Shackle and Jeffrey Kofman discuss this and other news stories, including Ukraine’s ban on Soviet symbols and the death sentence of Egypt’s ex-leader Mohammed Morsi.

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903 15 May 2015
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Friday 15 May: 

Shashank Joshi and Robert Fox discuss potential solutions for migrant-ship crises, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China and a new Russian law to ban ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations.

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902 14 May 2015
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Thursday 14 May: 

With an attempted coup d’etat taking place in Burundi, Andrew Mueller and guests discuss the risks of an escalating conflict in the fragile African state. Also, after the reported death of an Isis deputy in a US-led coalition air strike, we question whether such killings edge conflicts towards resolution. Plus: what exactly is France’s moral debt to Haiti?

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901 13 May 2015
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Wednesday 13 May: 

Andrew Mueller and guests discuss reports of an attempted coup in Burundi where the president has been seeking an unconstitutional third term. We also ask whether David Cameron is right to say that the UK is a “passively tolerant society” and tackle the Palestinian Football Association’s bid to bar Israel from international football.

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900 12 May 2015
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Tuesday 12 May: 

After US secretary of state John Kerry met Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Tom Edwards and guests ask what was on the pair’s agenda. We also discuss whether a planned humanitarian ceasefire will succeed in Yemen and consider the ones to watch in the new UK cabinet appointed by returning prime minister David Cameron.

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899 11 May 2015
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Monday 11 May: 

Andrew Mueller and guests discuss the chance that North Korea could soon develop a missile-launching submarine fleet. We also discuss what hope remains for debt-ridden Greece after further talks today among Eurozone finance ministers and weigh up proposals for EU states to take in refugees under a quota system.

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898 8 May 2015
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Friday 8 May: 

After such feverish anxiety and uncertainty, Britain's ‘new reality’ looks a lot like the old one (albeit with fewer familiar faces). Where next for Labour? How has the Scottish turn-out impacted the result? And could Britain really consider leaving the European Union? Steve Bloomfield joins George Brock and Isabel Hilton for this post-election special edition of Midori House.

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