March 7th, 2016
Episode 660 of 1091 episodes
Ankara promises more to help stem the flood of refugees into Europe. But to win co-operation, are EU leaders turning a blind eye to Turkey's crackdown on the media? Mehul Srivastava from the Financial Times in Turkey offers us his assessment. Also in the programme, the annual National People's Congress is underway in China. Beijing has lowered its economic growth forecast to 6.5% for the coming year, and Mark Williamson from Capital Economics tells us how much of a challenge that will be to achieve. In Spain, political parties have been given another two months to try and form a government, following elections last December. The BBC's Guy Hedgecoe reports on the prospects for a deal. Plus our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, tells us about the office pranks of her friends, and why modern corporate culture frowns at practical joking.
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