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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.




May's Deal Will Be Defeated. What Then?

After more than two years of talks, British MPs will gather this evening to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. There is no doubt the deal will be rejected by the House of Commons, but what is not clear is just how big that defeat will be. Even less clear is what comes next. On a momentous day in British politics we talk to Europe Editor Patrick Smyth and London Editor Denis Staunton.


Brexit: Has The Arithmetic Changed? / US Government Shutdown

Denis Staunton from London as Westminster braces for a vote, finally, on Theresa May's Brexit deal. Has anything changed over Christmas? Suzanne Lynch from Washington on the continuing US government shutdown over President Trump's demand for border wall funding, which is about to be felt in a serious way as pay checks and food stamps fail to arrive. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have felt the political heat yet, but that may be about to change.


How Brussels Is Challenging The Far Right

Brexit has dominated the agenda in the EU throughout 2018 but today we take a look at the other major trend: how political parties on the far right have taken control in a number of member states, creating new tensions between those states and the European Union. What are the policies that challenge the authority of the European Union, and what has been the response from Brussels? With Europe Editor Patrick Smyth.


Brexit: Optimism Grows in Westminster / Hungary's Anti-Orban Protests

Denis Staunton on the last news from London including Jeremy Corbyn's motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May and a growing optimism among members of her government that her deal can pass. And Dan McLaughlin reports from Budapest where street protests against Hungarian PM Viktor Orban have been taking place. What is behind the demonstrations?


What The EU Still Can Offer Theresa May / Mueller Investigation Update

EU leaders have made it clear: there will be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal. So what then is left to be said? But Europe Editor Patrick Smyth says there still are things the EU can do to help Theresa May get her deal through the House of Commons. Plus: Suzanne Lynch in Washington on the latest developments in the Mueller Investigation and president Trump's search for a new chief of staff.


"A Devastating Political Crisis for Macron" / The Brexit Debate

In a major political humiliation for French President Emmanuel Macron, a tax increase on diesel, due to take effect in January, has been suspended for six months. The spectacular climbdown came on Tuesday after weeks of protests and rioting by the so-called Yellow Vests movement that have left four people dead. A fourth demonstration, to take place on Saturday, is expected to be a calmer affair, but Paris Correspondent Lara Marlowe says there is a feeling that we’re set for a long period of...


Conflict and Schism in Ukraine / Merkel's Successor

(An earlier version of this podcast was deleted due to a problem with the audio file. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.) As the conflict in eastern Ukraine grinds towards its fifth winter, there’s still no sense of how it will end. Thirty days of martial law have been announced by President Petro Poreshenko after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and captured their crews at the weekend. It has sparked fears of an attack by Russian, but what caused the clash? Dan McLaughlin...


Brexit: Few Paths Forward / A Colombian Peacemaker Visits Tipperary

The European Council is expected to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal text when it meets this Sunday 25th November. Theresa May appears to have seen off the detractors within the Tory party for now, but the real challenge for the British Prime Minister will come in the form of parliamentary arithmetic when she attempts to get that deal through the House of Commons. On the face of it right now, she doesn’t have the numbers. Could there be a narrow way through? London editor Denis Staunton...


Brexit: Is A Second Referendum Really Possible?

As Brexit negotiations enter what the British prime minister Theresa May has described as the ‘endgame’, what is the likelihood of a second referendum being held? Resigning as Transport Minister last week, Tory MP Jo Johnson said it would be a democratic travesty not to go back to the people for another vote. London editor Denis Staunton describes the likelihood of such an event and the complicated road to it. Later: Next month Spain will mark the 40th anniversary of its constitution, which...


Brexit: A Genuine Breakthrough? / A New Arms Race in Europe

First: In Brexit negotiations over the Northern Irish border, sides have moved closer in the last 24 hours, facilitated by new forms of words over the 'backstop'. Denis Staunton explains. Later: Donald Trump recently announced he wants to tear up the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and told reporters he would increase the US nuclear stockpile – including against China – “until people come to their senses”. Has a new arms race arrived, and what does it mean for security in...


US Midterms: Some Key Battles in A 'Referendum on Trump' / Victory for Bolsonaro

Suzanne Lynch previews some key battles in next week's midterm elections for the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Plus: Tom Hennigan on why Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's moderate victory speech should not reassure you.


Brexit: Theresa May's Crablike Progress / Saudi Arabia in Crisis

The immediate threat to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership receded this week as she made some progress and delivered a defiant speech to the Commons on Monday, setting out four Brexit backstop solutions. But even if she strikes a deal with the EU, can Mrs May get it through the house and will she have to rely on support from the Labour back benches? Denis Staunton is on the line from London. Later, Irish Times Middle East analyst Michael Jansen is in studio with her take on the...


Cracks in Merkel's Coalition / Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance

First: German chancellor Angela Merkel faces another potential state election disaster in two weeks time, after her CSU allies were punished at the polls in Bavaria at the weekend, shaking an already wobbly coalition. Berlin correspondent Derek Scally is in studio to explain what might happen next. Later: Saudi Arabia is reported to be preparing to acknowledge the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared in Istanbul two weeks ago. Just how much damage has the controversy caused...


A New Stark Warning on Climate / Brazil: Support for Bolsonaro Shocks Establishment

Science Editor Kevin O'Sullivan on a major new report on climate change. The report paints a dire picture of a world devastated by the effects of climate change by the middle of this century unless action is taken now. Plus: Tom Hennigan from Sao Paolo on Jair Bolsonaro's strong showing in the first round of Brazil's presidential election. The crude candidate has done so well, he has brought several down-ballot candidates along with him. His success in the second round seems likely - more...


Kavanaugh's Open Partisanship / Brexit: Boris Falls Short at Tory Conference

The FBI has broadened its investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But will they find anything conclusive? Expectations are low. Democratic lawmakers are instead focussing on the judge’s embittered comments in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, arguing he demonstrated a partisan attitude unsuited to the highest court. Do they have a point? We talk to Ruadhán MacCormaic and Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch. Later:...


Are Labour Inching Toward 'Remain'? / A Far-Right Threat in Brazil

Denis Staunton is in Liverpool for the Labour Party conference. The party's official stance on Brexit has always masked a deep division between principle and pragmatism. Is that about to change? Tom Hennigan reports from Sao Paolo on the candidacy of Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right demagogue with a history of misogyny and a fondness for authoritarian figures. Could he ride an anti-political mood to power in Brazil's presidential election?


Big Trouble for Brett Kavanaugh / Brexit: Something (Still) Has to Give

First: Historical sexual assault allegations against President Trump’s supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have complicated what had appeared to be a smooth confirmation process. Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of a 1982 sexual assault, will give their sides of the story when they testify in the Senate next Monday. With memories of the Anita Hill case in the ether in Washington, Republicans are treading carefully ahead of crucial mid-term elections in November....


Is Trump a Midterm Liability for Republicans? / Brexit: Chequers Under Fire

First: The White House press corps had their first briefing in 19 days on Monday, after weeks of a news cycle dominated by scandal. There were leaks from an explosive book by Bob Woodward offering insights into a chaotic presidency, followed closely by an anonymous and damning Oped by a senior administration staffer in the New York Times and then Barack Obama stepped out of the shadows to attack the president directly in a speech last week. Suzanne Lynch is on the line to take us through a...


Sweden's Far Right / Sally Hayden on Libya's Abandoned Refugees

First: It's a familiar story. A far right party on the rise, causing a rightward shift across the political spectrum. It has happened across the continent and Sweden is no different, where a sense of doubt has crept in to a society once better known for its successes, but now concerned about migration and a perception of rising crime rates. Our correspondent Derek Scally reports from Stockholm. Later: Journalist Sally Hayden on the strange plight of hundreds of refugees who were abandoned in...


An Irish Diplomat's Experience at The Heart of The Ebola Crisis

The Ebola virus exploded in West Africa in 2014, causing the deaths of over 11,300 people. Sinead Walsh was there, serving as Ireland's ambassador to Sierra Leone, and she witnessed first-hand how the international humanitarian system operated, and failed to operate, under the toughest of circumstances. Getting to Zero, the book Walsh has co-written with Oliver Johnson, a British doctor who ran an Ebola isolation unit in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, is a powerful account of the...