Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk


News & Politics

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


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China and Trump

January 14th, 2017

What will Donald Trump's presidency mean for China? He's tested the water with tough rhetoric – and that phone call to Taiwan – and Beijing has reacted accordingly, albeit with caution. But which of the two greatest powers will come out on top? Steve Bloomfield sits down with ambassador Chas Freeman and NYU professor Ann Lee.

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Recent European-Russian relations have been as strained as ever, with strong rhetoric, hard sanctions and equally punchy responses from the Kremlin. But is Europe starting to go soft on the former Soviet state? And are leaders starting to realise that they need Putin more than they’d like to admit?

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Obama’s legacy

January 7th, 2017

As Barack Obama’s eight years as president draw to an end and the unpredictable era of Trump looms, Steve Bloomfield discusses his legacy. From wars in the Middle East to Obamacare, social justice and the environment – what could his administration have done better and how many policies will survive after 20 January?

Do Europeans really hate Europe? Not as much as you might think, as Steve Bloomfield explains.