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The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Patrick Smyth with regular contributors Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.

The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Patrick Smyth with regular contributors Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.
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The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Patrick Smyth with regular contributors Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.




Considering 'No Deal Brexit' (with Patrick Smyth)

What happens if the UK crashes out of the EU? On the EU side, there is a special task force dedicated to figuring just that out, while the UK is publishing numerous papers covering what will happen in all walks of life. Little, though, is certain, and much is entirely unclear. Especially unclear is what will happen on the Irish border. But whatever the outcome, the world will be a very different place the day after. Our guest today is Europe Editor Patrick Smyth, who talks though what is...


Lara Marlowe on France under Macron, War Reporting & Trump

Lara Marlowe has worked at the Irish Times for the past 22 years. During that time she has reported from far-flung locations including Algeria, Kosovo, Georgia and Iraq. She was the Irish Times Washington correspondent for the first term of Barack Obama's presidency and as Paris correspondent - her current role - she has covered France under four presidents. On today's podcast Marlowe talks to Chris Dooley about how that country has changed from the Chirac era to Macron, and how it has...


Make Bavaria Great Again / Putin's Turning Point: The Georgian War Ten Years On

First: Derek Scally on the harshening of political rhetoric emanating from Bavaria, and in particular its ruling party the CSU. Later: Dan McLaughlin looks back at the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. What caused it, how did it play out, and what did it symbolise?


Trump, The Koch Brothers & The Midterms / Historic Vote In Zimbabwe

This week's podcast: Suzanne Lynch on the week in Washington. Ahead of crucial midterm elections, the downsides for Republicans of President Trump's tariffs are becoming clear, while Trump's deepening feud with billionaire right-wing donors Charles and David Koch threatens to further alienate elements within the party. Plus: Bill Corcoran in Zimbabwe on what we know so far about a historic election, the first of the post-Mugabe era.


Pakistan: A Populist Cricket Hero Closes In On Power / Brexit End Of Term

It is 26 years since Imran Khan cemented his status as a national hero by leading its cricket team to glory in the World Cup. Throughout that time, three things have remained constant in Pakistani politics: the Sharif dynasty, the Bhutto dynasty and the powerful military. But now polls show Khan's party leading ahead of next week's elections. We talk to Lorraine Mallinder about the charismatic Khan and the campaign which has been marred by violence as well as the usual accusations of...


"The Worst Press Conference in History"

When historians reflect on Donald Trump’s presidency, will yesterday’s press conference alongside Vladimir Putin in Helsinki be seen as one of its defining moments?Trump sided with Putin over his own intelligence agencies, saying he saw no reason not to believe the Russian president when he said they did not try to fix the 2016 election. The performance has been dubbed embarrassing, disgraceful and treasonous, drawing criticism from both the left and right, with even Fox News saying it was...


May Faces Down the Hard Brexiteers. Are the DUP Next?

British Prime Minister Theresa May has faced down the 'big beasts', David Davis and Boris Johnson, as she pushes for a soft Brexit. It is just the first of many battles she will have to win, at home and abroad, to get Brexit over the line and keep the Conservative Party intact - potentially including one with the DUP. But there is also now the possibility that no solution to the Brexit riddle exists within Westminster. Has the likelihood of a no deal Brexit just increased? Guests: London...


Merkel's Compromise, May's Third Way

This week: Derek Scally on the last-minute deal struck to save Angela Merkel's coalition government, after her Christian Democratic Party's Bavarian sister party threatened to pull the plug over immigration. But there are doubts over the legality of what is being proposed, and over whether the weakened Chancellor can endure much more political punishment. And Denis Staunton on another one of those big weeks in Brexit. With her mysterious "third proposal", can Theresa May find her way onto...


Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey / Trump Holds Firm on Immigration

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday, overcoming a revitalised opposition that in recent weeks had gained considerable momentum and looked capable of staging an upset. Stephen Starr reports on the win, which gives Erdogan sweeping executive powers and extends his grip on the nation of 81 million until at least 2023. In the second part of the show, Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch reports on...


A Tale of Two Presidents: Colombia's Duque & Turkey's Erdogan

Two world leaders, in two key elections, 10,000 km apart: One has been criticised for authoritarian tendancies after 15 years in charge of his country. The other is a politcal novice, whose election last Sunday threatens to undo a historic and hard won peace deal. Tom Hennigan reports from Colombia where Iván Duque, the conservative political newcomer, was elected as the country's president last Sunday. Meanwhile in Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party...


The Trump-Kim Summit / Rohingya in Bangladesh face Cyclone Season

On this week's podcast, Clifford Coonan reports from Singapore where US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in a historic summit today. Comparisons have been drawn with president Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China to reopen relations with Chairman Mao Zedong. But with a good deal of vagueness in the wording and nothing concrete on denuclearisation plans, the day was largely symbolic with much left to be done. In the second part of the show, nine months after many...


Spain After Rajoy / The Babchenko Affair

Guy Hedgecoe on a dramatic week when Spanish politics was turned on its head. Mariano Rajoy is out. What comes next? Dan McLaughlin on the strange story of Ukrainian journalist Andrei Babchenko, who faked his own death in order to expose an alleged Russian plot to assassinate him.


Italy's Political Crisis / The Trump-Kim Summit

Chris Dooley talks to Patrick Smyth about Italy's unfolding constitutional and political crisis, and to Suzanne Lynch about the scarcely believable saga of the Trump-Kim Summit.


The Trouble with Italy / Maduro's Reelection in Venezuela

A bizarre political experiment in underway in Italy, and Brussels is watching with concern. Patrick Smyth on the makeup of the new government, its internal contradictions, its plans for the economy and immigration - and the novice who will likely become the next Prime Minister. Plus, Tom Hennigan on the reelection, widely seen as democratically illegitimate, of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite his win, Maduro faces huge obstacles both within and without the chavista movement he...


John Bolton, Mike Pompeo & Trump's Foreign Policy(Interview with Thomas Wright)

Today's guest is Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Washington-based thinktank The Brookings Institute. Last summer, Thomas talked to us about his expectations of the Trump Administration in the foreign policy arena. Almost a year on, the Trump Administration has made many consequential foreign policy moves, including pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, striking in Syria and agreeing to a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump has...


The Stormy Daniels Affair

Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch explains the many twists and turns in the story of porn actor turned political player Stormy Daniels, and her alleged affair with President Donald Trump. Could his attempts to handle the controversy, including a payment made by attorney Michael Cohen that is now under investigation, potentially lead to his downfall?


Windrush Scandal Fallout / Spain's #MeToo Moment

On this week’s World View podcast, London Editor Denis Staunton reports on the appointment of Conservative MP Sajid Javid as Home Secretary following the resignation of Amber Rudd. The son of Pakistani immigrants, Mr Javid has promised action on the Windrush immigration targets scandal that led to the exit of his predecessor. Described as unsentimental, a Thatcherite and a man prone to recitations of Ayn Rand, his appointment should take some of the poison out of the crisis for the Prime...


What Should We Expect from The Korea Summit? / Trump & Macron

This week podcast features Beijing Correspondent Clifford Coonan on the historic inter-Korean summit taking place at Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone this week. How did we get here, and what are the two nations hoping to achieve? The Korea summit will also be watched closely in Washington, where our correspondent Suzanne Lynch is covering the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.


May's Decision to Strike in Syria / The Windrush Scandal

London Editor Denis Staunton on the two stories dominating Westminster this week: Theresa May's decision to join the United States and France in bombing Syria last weekend, and the appalling treatment of a group of immigrants who were welcomed to the United Kingdom as children but have lately found their lives becoming more difficult.