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Each week, we focus on one of the major international stories making headlines, drawing upon the Financial Times's team of foreign correspondents and analysts to make sense of world events. Presented by Gideon Rachman and produced by Fiona Symon.
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Hugo Chavez returns to power

11:55 | Oct 10th, 2012

Hugo Chavez returns to power What does Hugo Chavez's return to power in Venezuela mean for his country, for Latin America, and for international politics? Gideon Rachman is joined by Richard Lapper, a Latin America expert who heads the FT's research...Show More
Bolsonaro's first six months

15:15 | May 30th

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, took office six months ago with a pledge to fight crime, revive economic growth and open the Amazon to development. Gideon Rachman discusses what he has achieved so far with Andres Schipani and Michael Stott.
Austria's ruling coalition falls apart

11:48 | May 23rd

Sebastian Kurz’s ruling coalition has been blown apart after an incriminating video was published in which Heinz Christian Strache, former vice-chancellor and far-right Freedom party leader, was seen promising lucrative government contracts in exchan...Show More
The fraying transatlantic alliance

12:38 | May 16th

Anne Sylvaine-Chassany discusses the sharp deterioration in relations between Europe and the US against the backdrop of growing tensions in the Middle East with Guy Chazan in Berlin and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington.
Istanbul mayoral vote puts Turkish democracy to the test

13:18 | May 9th

The decision to order a re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election which an opposition candidate won by a small margin is testing the faith of those who believe Turkish democracy can survive under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Barney Jopson discusses ...Show More
Tarnished ANC seeks re-election in South Africa

12:34 | May 1st

The ruling African National Congress is expected to fend off all challenges in South Africa's forthcoming elections - the country's sixth since the end of apartheid. But the party has a severely tarnished legacy amid corruption scandals and failing i...Show More
Ukraine's comedian president

11:50 | Apr 25th

Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience, has promised to crack down on corruption and try to bring peace to the war-torn Donbass region. Gideon Rachman discusses how his leadership is likely to affect the c...Show More
Fire in the heart of France

10:20 | Apr 18th

Gideon Rachman discusses the emotional, cultural and political impact of the fire that devastated France's Notre Dame cathedral this week with Victor Mallet and Edwin Heathcote
Italy's Salvini launches populist alliance in Europe

10:28 | Apr 11th

Italy's Matteo Salvini is seeking to upend the traditional balance of power in Brussels by forming an alliance of anti-immigration European populist parties. James Wilson discusses whether he can succeed with Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Miles Johnson.
Erdogan suffers setback in Turkey's elections

12:19 | Apr 3rd

The crucial local elections delivered a rare political disappointment for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What do the polls say about the state of democracy in the country, and what do they mean for the economy? Gideon Rachman discusses the way forwa...Show More
Netanyahu fights for a fifth term in office

13:01 | Mar 27th

Can Israel's long serving prime minister overcome allegations of corruption and renewed violence from Gaza to win a fifth term in office? Gideon Rachman discusses his prospects with Andrew England and Mehul Srivastava
China's Belt and Road Initiative goes to Italy

13:11 | Mar 20th

Gideon Rachman discusses Italy's controversial move to endorse China's Belt and Road Initiative with Miles Johnson and Christian Shepherd
Who will win the Democratic presidential nomination?

13:51 | Mar 14th

Lawyers, senators, millennials. The field of Democrats vying for the Oval Office two years from now already includes more than a dozen contenders, and promises a record number of women and non-white candidates. Gideon Rachman discusses which of the c...Show More
Algerians protest over entrenched autocracy

12:03 | Mar 6th

After decades of calm, Algerians have taken to the streets to rage against the candidacy of the ageing and ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April elections. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens next with Heba Saleh and Andrew England.
Can India and Pakistan step back from the brink?

16:36 | Feb 27th

Pakistan and India are facing their worst conflict in almost half a century after an Indian military jet was shot down over disputed Kashmir territory and an Indian fighter pilot was captured by Pakistani forces. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens...Show More
The uncertain fate of defeated Isis fighters

12:05 | Feb 21st

Now that Isis has been crushed in Syria and Iraq, who has responsibility for what happens to the defeated fighters, some of them European nationals, and their families? Barney Jopson discusses the question with Michael Peel and Chloe Cornish
Can Transatlantic rifts be healed in Munich?

10:03 | Feb 13th

Europe's pre-eminent gathering of the Transatlantic foreign policy elite gathers in Munich this week. Traditionally a show of affection between European and US officials, this year's event promises to be more divisive. Ben Hall discusses the rifts th...Show More
Does European industry need greater protection?

13:38 | Feb 6th

The EU decision to block a proposed tie up between French and German train companies Alstom and Siemens has angered politicians in Paris and Berlin. They have called for new rules to protect Europe's industry from allegedly unfair competition from co...Show More
What will Trump's tough stance towards Maduro achieve?

12:08 | Jan 30th

Gideon Rachman discusses the implicatons of Donald Trump's tough new stance towards the Maduro regime in Venezuela with Jonathan Wheatley and Gideon Long.
What did this week's Franco-German treaty achieve?

11:27 | Jan 24th

Germany and France signed a new treaty in the border town of Aachen on Tuesday that commits them to deeper co-operation on foreign and defence policy and closer economic integration. But critics say the treaty lacked depth and that President Emmanuel...Show More
Congo's moment of truth

13:28 | Jan 16th

FT analysis points to huge fraud in the first change of power since Joseph Kabila took over the presidency of the mineral-rich central African nation almost 18 years ago. Gideon Rachman discusses how the Democratic Republic of Congo's election author...Show More
Europe's watershed year

14:26 | Jan 11th

2019 will be momentous for the European Union, with all the top jobs up for grabs, elections in May that will test the strength of populist forces, and Britain's scheduled departure at the end of March. Anne-Sylvaine Chassany discusses how things cou...Show More
Where does Huawei affair leave the US-China trade dispute?

12:46 | Dec 12th, 2018

What impact will the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzho in Canada have on the trade negotiations between the US and China? Gideon Rachman discusses the repercussions with Demetri Sevastopulo Geoff Dyer.
Anger over Macron reforms boils over

09:48 | Dec 5th, 2018

An online protest against a proposed fuel tax rise has morphed into a wide-ranging, mass protest against stagnating wages, a decrease in purchasing power and the French president himself. Gideon Rachman discusses why Emmanuel Macron's reforms have me...Show More
How radical is Mexico's new president?

12:30 | Nov 29th, 2018

As Mexicans await the inauguration of their new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, at the weekend, rattled investors are watching to see which direction the leftwing maverick takes the country. Gideon Rachman looks at the choices facing Mexico's...Show More
The politics of Interpol

12:26 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Interpol, the global police organisation, has appointed its new chief. Usually a quiet affair, the appointment became headline news when it transpired that the frontrunner was a prominent Russian. Anne-Sylvaine Chassany takes a look at the institutio...Show More
Hong Kong dissent

13:34 | Nov 15th, 2018

Gideon Rachman discusses the rising political tensions in the Chinese territory with Ben Bland, Hong Kong correspondent, and Victor Mallet, Asia news editor.
Who won the US mid-term elections?

13:05 | Nov 8th, 2018

Gideon Rachman discusses the implications of the US mid-term election results for the Democrats and Republicans with the FT's Geoff Dyer and James Politi. Will a mood of reconciliation or confrontation prevail?
Europe without Merkel

11:00 | Nov 1st, 2018

Angela Merkel is on her way out as the leader of Germany. Her decision to stand down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union sets up a battle for the leadership of the German centre-right. Gideon Rachman discusses the end of the Merkel era and its...Show More
Global arms control arrangements under threat

14:01 | Oct 24th, 2018

Anne Sylvaine-Chassany and guests discuss Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from the so-called Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, How much of a question mark does this put over what is left of the arms control arrangements that have helped the...Show More
Saudi Arabia under pressure over alleged brutal murder of journalist Khashoggi

14:36 | Oct 18th, 2018

Gideon Rachman discusses the regional and international repercussions of the apparent murder by Saudi agents of an exiled journalist in Turkey with Laura Pitel and Andrew England.
Can the world avoid a climate change catastrophe?

15:13 | Oct 11th, 2018

A UN report on climate change this week concluded the earth had warmed by 1C since pre-industrial times and was likely to heat up by a further 2C by the turn of the century. Daniel Dombey discusses what this means with the FT's Leslie Hook and Ed Cro...Show More
Nafta is salvaged: how much did Trump gain?

16:06 | Oct 4th, 2018

Daniel Dombey discusses the new trilateral pact called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with the FT's Alan Beattie and James Politi
Brexit after Salzburg

11:38 | Sep 27th, 2018

Theresa May left last week’s EU summit in Salzburg in trouble: her Chequers plan for Britain's departure from the EU was rejected by other EU leaders. Where does this leave the Brexit negotiations — and Britain's domestic politics — with just six mon...Show More
Brazil's polarising vote

15:44 | Sep 20th, 2018

Weeks before Brazil's presidential election, voters appear to be gravitating to opposite ends of the political spectrum, with a right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro going head to head with the Workers' party candidate Fernando Haddad. Daniel Dombey dis...Show More
Africa's rapid urban expansion

10:32 | Sep 13th, 2018

Almost unnoticed, Africa has become the world’s most rapidly urbanising continent. Daniel Dombey discusses the implications with David Pilling and Barney Jopson Read David's article here
Sweden's lurch to the right

13:10 | Sep 6th, 2018

With polls showing a surge in support for the far right Sweden Democrats, Gideon Rachman discusses the outlook for Sweden's general election on September 9th with the FT's Ben Hall and Richard Milne.  
Iranians count the cost of renewed sanctions

13:15 | Aug 10th, 2018

Gideon Rachman discusses the impact on Iran's economic and political stability of the US decision to reimpose sanctions, with the FT's Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Andrew England
Zimbabwe’s pivotal election

12:33 | Aug 1st, 2018

The world is watching results come in from Zimbabwe's first presidential election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. The ruling Zanu-PF has secured a parliamentary majority, suggesting that the party's candidate, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is likely to ha...Show More
Imran Khan’s challenges as Pakistan’s prime minister

10:37 | Jul 26th, 2018

Imran Khan, who entered politics in 1996 after retiring from international cricket, is on track to become Pakistan’s next prime minister after an election clouded with accusations of vote rigging. But with an economic crisis looming for the next gove...Show More
Helsinki's missed opportunities

12:10 | Jul 19th, 2018

The Helsinki summit has left both President Trump and President Putin looking weaker as the missed opportunities of their first summit become apparent. Henry Foy in Moscow and Ed Luce in Washington discuss the repercussions with Gideon Rachman
What kind of president will López Obrador make?

08:25 | Jul 5th, 2018

Ben Hall discusses how Mexico's new leftist president will make good on his pledge to assist the poor, while keeping within budget. He has promised to slash fat-cat bureaucratic salaries and to crack down on corruption. But will that be enough?
What will Turkey's president do with his new powers?

18:11 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fulfilled his dream of taking the helm of an all-powerful executive presidency in Turkey. Daniel Dombey discusses what he will do with the unprecedented control he now has over the levers of the state with the FT's Laura Pite...Show More
Migration issue returns to haunt EU leaders

12:37 | Jun 21st, 2018

European leaders will attempt this month to overcome deep divisions over migration policy, at a time when the issue has flared up again in Germany, threatening to destabilise Angela Merkel's coalition government. Gideon Rachman discusses prospects fo...Show More
Will the Trump-Kim summit make Asia safer?

12:55 | Jun 14th, 2018

Who are the real winners from Donald Trump's rapprochement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Philip Stephens discusses how the summit has been viewed by countries in the region with the FT's Bryan Harris and Jamil Anderlini Contribute to our list...Show More
Football special: Russia prepares for the World Cup

22:54 | Jun 7th, 2018

Gideon Rachman, Murad Ahmed and Simon Kuper in Paris join Jonathan Derbyshire to discuss the World Cup, amid concerns about hooliganism, visitor numbers and a sense that international football these days is a diminished prospect in comparison with th...Show More
Italy's political stalemate

10:54 | May 31st, 2018

Italy's political crisis, lasting nearly three months, is the longest in the country’s postwar republican history. Gideon Rachman discusses the stalemate and how it might be resolved, as well as the market reaction this week, with the FT's James Poli...Show More
Ireland votes on whether to repeal divisive abortion ban

10:44 | May 24th, 2018

The people of Ireland are about to vote on whether to repeal a ban on abortions that has been enshrined in the constitution since 1983. The campaign to repeal the ban is supported by the leaders of all parties in the Irish parliament but the issue re...Show More
Italy on the brink of populist party rule

09:36 | May 17th, 2018

The leaders of Italy’s two leading populist parties are on the brink of a formal alliance after a nine-week stalemate followed by less than a week of serious negotiations. Gideon Rachman discusses the potential impact of their policies on Italy and t...Show More
Iran nuclear deal: what happens next?

15:51 | May 10th, 2018

What will be the impact of Donald Trump's decision to renounce the Iran nuclear deal on the Middle East and on global alliances? Daniel Dombey puts the question to the FT's Katrina Manson and Andrew England 
Transatlantic allies fall out over trade

20:34 | May 3rd, 2018

Jonathan Derbyshire discusses what's behind the trade row between the Trump administration and the European Union with the FT's Shawn Donnan and Guy Chazan
Iran-Israel tensions rise

10:48 | Apr 26th, 2018

Tensions have been building between Israel, Iran and Hizbollah, Iran's Lebanese ally, over Israel's concerns that its regional foes are looking to exploit the conflict in Syria to build weapons caches and bases close to the Israeli border. Gideon Rac...Show More
Will the real Trump step forward?

13:11 | Apr 19th, 2018

As another scandal breaks over allegations from the former FBI chief James Comey that Donald Trump is 'morally unfit', Gideon Rachman and Demetri Sevastopulo look back at the US president's first year in office and the challenges that lie ahead
Europe faces twin threats from Putin and Orban

09:53 | Apr 12th, 2018

Gideon Rachman discusses the growing confrontation between Russia and the west, and the re-election of Hungary's Viktor Orban, a populist leader who represents a challenge to the traditional values of the European Union, with the FT's Neil Buckley an...Show More
Macron's big test

09:36 | Apr 5th, 2018

The bitter confrontation between Emmanuel Macron and rail workers over plans to overhaul the country's state train operator is the French president’s most perilous gamble so far. Gideon Rachman discusses what is at stake and who is likely to come ou...Show More
Egypt’s president tightens his grip

14:38 | Mar 29th, 2018

Egyptians voted in a three-day election this week that is virtually certain to hand Abdel Fattah el-Sisi a second term as president. The only contender running against Mr Sisi, a former military chief who came to power in a popularly backed 2013 coup...Show More
Trump's legal woes mount

16:04 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Donald Trump was hoping that the Russia probe would be over by now but, if anything, it is intensifying with the news that Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organisation to turn over documents. Daniel Dombey asks the FT's Demetri Sevastopulo an...Show More
What next for Putin's Russia?

12:00 | Mar 15th, 2018

The poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter with a rare military-grade nerve agent has sent Russia's relations with the west to fresh lows. Ahead of this week's elections, what does this tell us about what we can expect from Vladimir Putin's next ter...Show More
Anti-establishment parties upend Italian politics

14:18 | Mar 8th, 2018

About half of Italians who voted in Sunday’s elections opted for one of the country’s anti-establishment parties and the country must now stitch together a coalition government. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens next with the FT’s Rachel Sanderso...Show More
China discards model of fixed-term presidency

11:19 | Mar 1st, 2018

By signalling his intention to remove the two-term limit on China’s presidency, China's strongman Xi Jinping is discarding more than three decades of precedent aimed at institutionalising the peaceful transition of power. Gideon Rachman discusses the...Show More
Trump versus Mueller

13:02 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The US president is being outplayed by special investigator Robert Mueller’s chess moves, but unless the Republican Party turns against him, his presidency still looks secure. Gideon Rachman discusses whether the special investigator's patience will ...Show More
What's Zuma's legacy for South Africa?

12:52 | Feb 14th, 2018

South Africa's president Jacob Zuma is clinging to power despite intensifying efforts to remove him. Gideon Rachman discusses the ruling ANC's predicament and whether its new leader Cyril Ramaphosa can restore the country's fortunes with the FT's And...Show More
Germany's new grand coalition

11:43 | Feb 8th, 2018

After four months of bargaining, Germany is to have a new government. Angela Merkel will remain chancellor and the foreign and finance minister jobs will be occupied by the centre-left SPD. EU officials are delighted with the pro-European tilt of the...Show More
Turkey's Syria incursion strains ties with US

11:51 | Jan 31st, 2018

Turkey’s attack on a prized US ally in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in north-western Syria has opened a new front in Syria’s seven-year-old civil war and highlights the depths to which Ankara’s relations with the US have sunk. Andrew England discusse...Show More
Davos special: Is the global trading system at risk?

10:00 | Jan 25th, 2018

Trade has dominated discussions at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos amid fears that Donald Trump's America-first approach will lead to fragmentation. Gideon Rachman sat down with Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics at the G...Show More
Italy faces prolonged political uncertainty

09:21 | Jan 17th, 2018

March elections in Italy could see a surge in support for the country’s eurosceptic opposition. Paolo Gentiloni’s ruling Democratic party is trailing both a resurgent centre-right coalition led by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the anti...Show More
The End of the Merkel Era

16:00 | Jan 11th, 2018

As Angela Merkel struggles to form a new government, Guy Chazan and Fred Studemann join Gideon Rachman to discuss if we are witnessing the end of the Merkel era?
Unrest shakes Iran's political establishment

14:16 | Jan 4th, 2018

What do Iran's recent anti-government demonstrations mean for the regime of Hassan Rouhani, and for the country's foreign policy? Gideon Rachman discusses the repercussions of the unrest with the FT's Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Andrew England.
What impact has Donald Trump had on US foreign policy?

11:49 | Dec 13th, 2017

Gideon Rachman and Geoff Dyer look back at the impact of Donald Trump's first year in office on Americz's relationship with the rest of the world, and what the foreign policy concerns
Brexit drives a wedge between the UK and Ireland

12:01 | Nov 29th, 2017

Disagreement over the future of the Northern Irish border after Brexit has strained Anglo-Irish relations. As the UK's negotiations with the EU approach a crucial stage, could Dublin derail the British government's pursuit of a Brexit deal?
Exit Robert Mugabe

12:37 | Nov 22nd, 2017

A tumultuous week in Zimbabwe culminates in the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, the country's leader of 37 years. Gideon Rachman is joined by Andrew England and David Pilling in Harare.
Threats loom for world trading system

14:38 | Nov 15th, 2017

As President Donald Trump's tour of Asia comes to a close, we ask whether the US stance on the TPP and Nafta agreements bodes ill for the stability of the world trading system. Gideon Rachman is joined by the FT's Martin Sandbu and Shawn Donnan in Wa...Show More
Turmoil in Saudi Arabia

12:09 | Nov 8th, 2017

Some of the most powerful figures in Saudi Arabia have been arrested in a new anti-corruption crackdown, while tensions between the gulf kingdom and Iran are being felt across the region. Gideon Rachman is joined by Simeon Kerr and Erika Solomon.
Donald Trump's visit to Asia

15:10 | Nov 1st, 2017

The US president is about to embark on a five-country tour of Asia. With tensions mounting over North Korea, what can we expect? Gideon Rachman is joined by Geoff Dyer and Katrina Manson.
The rise of populism in central Europe

09:27 | Oct 26th, 2017

Populist parties are on the rise in Poland, Hungary and now the Czech Republic after the election victory of a party led by Andrej Babiš, who some people label the Czech Donald Trump. Gideon Rachman discusses how serious a challenge this poses for th...Show More
Is Venezuela dismantling its democracy?

12:24 | Oct 19th, 2017

Flawed regional elections in the oil rich but cash strapped country have resulted in a victory for Nicolás Maduro’s socialist party, in spite of the fact that it has presided over perhaps the worst economic meltdown in Latin American history. Ben Hal...Show More
Turkey-US spat: who will blink first?

11:17 | Oct 11th, 2017

US-Turkish relations have plunged to a new low following America's decision to suspend issuing any non-immigrant visas to Turks. Gideon Rachman discusses how the rift came about and how serious it is with Daniel Dombey and Mehul Srivastava
Japan's Abe faces tough new challenge

12:13 | Oct 4th, 2017

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has called an early vote, but finds himself in a tougher fight than he bargained for after the emergence of a new opposition party led by the charismatic Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike. Gideon Rachman discusses this rad...Show More
Catalonia heads for clash with Spain

09:53 | Sep 28th, 2017

The Spanish authorities have pulled out all the stops to try to prevent an independence referendum in Catalonia this weekend which the Madrid government deems illegal. But the Catalan government is determined to press ahead. Ben Hall discusses Spain'...Show More
Why Sunday's German elections matter

17:52 | Sep 21st, 2017

Angela Merkel is expected to win a fourth term in office after Sunday's elections in Germany, so what difference will the vote make and why does it matter? Shashank Joshi puts the question to Gideon Rachman and Hans Kundnani during a discussion at th...Show More
What's next in the Korean nuclear crisis?

11:46 | Sep 7th, 2017

On Sunday, North Korea tested what is says was a hydrogen bomb, and may be preparing a further missile test. Bryan Harris in Seoul and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington join Gideon Rachman to discuss the latest escalation of the nuclear crisis on th...Show More
The human consequences and market impact of Harvey

11:03 | Aug 31st, 2017

What are the human and economic consequences of the hurricane and floods that have devastated Houston, the United States’ fourth-largest city? Gideon Rachman discusses the situation with David J Lynch in Houston and Gregory Meyer in New York.
Barcelona terror attack

13:27 | Aug 23rd, 2017

As Spanish police investigate the origins of last week's terrorist attack on pedestrians in the Las Ramblas tourist district of Barcelona, Daniel Dombey asks Sam Jones and Michael Stothard what we know so far and how such attacks can be prevented.
US launches bid to rewrite trading relationships

13:34 | Aug 16th, 2017

Gideon Rachman discusses what are the chances of success of Donald Trump's bid to rewrite US trading relationships with Canada, Mexico and China, with Shawn Donnan, trade editor and James Kynge, emerging markets editor
Trump's dangerous war of words with North Korea

12:17 | Aug 9th, 2017

Tensions between the US and North Korea are at their highest in years over Pyongyang's accelerating efforts to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting America. Ben Hall discusses the options for ending the standoff with Katrina Manson, US diplomat...Show More
Venezuelan outlook darkens

12:45 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Venezuela's new constituent assembly will give President Maduro sweeping powers to rule as he pleases, but few foreign governments will recognise the laws that he and the assembly approve. James Wilson discusses what options are left for his opponent...Show More
EU and Poland clash over judicial overhaul

11:05 | Jul 26th, 2017

Poland has angered the Brussels authorities by promoting a series of laws to assert greater government control over the judiciary. James Wilson discusses what the EU's objections are and what it can do to try to bring Poland into line with Arthur Bee...Show More
Brazil's political system in turmoil

09:56 | Jul 19th, 2017

The whole Brazilian political class seems to have been caught up in corruption scandals from former president Lula da Silva to the current president Michel Temer. Joe Leahy and John Paul Rathbone discuss the local and regional repercussions with Gide...Show More
Trump troubles escalate over son's Russia meeting

13:53 | Jul 12th, 2017

Revelations of a hitherto secret meeting between Donald Trump's son and a Russian lawyer allegedly connected to the Kremlin have revived the scandal about Russian involvement in the US presidential election. Gideon Rachman discusses the latest twists...Show More
Syrian battle risks international conflict

14:20 | Jun 23rd, 2017

As rival forces scramble to recapture Isis territory in Syria and Iraq, the likelihood of international confrontation escalates. Gideon Rachman discusses the growing tensions in the region with the FT's Middle east commentator David Gardner and Geoff...Show More
Brexit wrangling begins

15:51 | Jun 19th, 2017

As Britain and the EU finally begin formal Brexit negotiations on Monday, Gideon Rachman discusses what to expect in the weeks ahead with Alex Barker, the FT's Brussels bureau chief, and Whitehall editor James Blitz.
The blockade of super rich Gulf state Qatar

10:59 | Jun 8th, 2017

Gideon Rachman discusses what's behind the siege of super rich Gulf state Qatar by its neighbours Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the FT's Simeon Kerr and Erika Solomon
The EU-US rift

11:27 | Jun 1st, 2017

Germany's Angela Merkel says Europe can no longer count on the US as a reliable partner, reflecting a widening rift with US president Donald Trump. Gideon Rachman discusses this deterioration in relations with FT Berlin correspondent Guy Chazan and G...Show More
Trump and the Middle East

10:22 | May 26th, 2017

Donald Trump reset US relations with the Sunni Arab world during a foreign trip that included visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel. But how much has the substance of US policy towards the Middle East changed? The FT's Ben Hall discusses the issue with d...Show More
Venezuela in crisis

12:01 | May 19th, 2017

Venezuela has become trapped in a downward spiral of economic decline, social turmoil and political unrest. Gideon Rachman discusses the worsening situation with Latin America editor John Paul Rathbone and Andes correspondent Gideon Long.
France's 'rock star' president

11:27 | May 12th, 2017

There are big expectations for France's new 'rock star' president, who has promised to overhaul politics in the country. Gideon Rachman asks Ben Hall and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany what his first priorities will be.
Europe's Brexit wrangling

19:49 | May 5th, 2017

It's been a tempestuous week in the world of Brexit. British prime minister Theresa May angrily denounced the EU for "meddling" in the British election, just days after reports were leaked of her acrimonious dinner with Brussels officials. Jonathan ...Show More
Macron close to victory in French presidential poll

12:26 | Apr 26th, 2017

Polls predict an easy victory for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of France's presidential elections, but a lot can happen in the final two weeks of campaigning. Gideon Rachman discusses the independent centrist and his prospects with the FT's To...Show More
Where does Erdogan go from here?

16:46 | Apr 20th, 2017

By winning last week's constitutional referendum, albeit narrowly, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved his long-held ambition of taming the country's institutions. Daniel Dombey discusses how he is likely to use his new powers with D...Show More
Is the world's policeman back on the beat?

11:32 | Apr 12th, 2017

Donald Trump's decision to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons has raised hopes that the world’s policeman is back on the beat. But does the move signal a genuine change of strat...Show More
Trump meets Xi Jinping

11:32 | Apr 6th, 2017

Donald Trump is welcoming Chinese president Xi Jinping to his Florida resort this week for their first ever face-to-face meeting, with discussions expected on centre on trade relations and the North Korean nuclear crisis. Geoff Dyer discusses the US-...Show More
Trump and the nuclear threat from North Korea

09:41 | Mar 28th, 2017

Tensions between North Korea and the US have escalated this month over Pyongyang’s fast-developing nuclear weapons programme. How is the Trump administration going to manage the reclusive state? Gideon Rachman puts the question to the FT's Seoul bure...Show More
Populism and politics in Europe

29:15 | Mar 21st, 2017

The FT's deputy editor Roula Khalaf chairs a panel discussion on the rise of the right in Europe, with the FT's Gideon Rachman and Simon Kuper and with Catherine Fieschi, a political consultant and longtime observer of the far right in France.
Hong Kong's democracy debate

08:15 | Mar 15th, 2017

This week, Gideon Rachman talks to two leading pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong about the city's "one country, two systems" agreement with China. Both Joshua Wong, 20, and Nathan Law, 23, played prominent roles in the Umbrella Movement in 2014 ...Show More
Netanyahu under fire

15:03 | Mar 10th, 2017

Benjamin Netanyahu should be feeling on top of the world after a high profile visit to the White House last month. But at home, the Israeli prime minister faces three police investigations that are testing his reputation for political invincibility. ...Show More
Fillon clings on as French election race heats up

13:41 | Mar 2nd, 2017

French presidential hopeful François Fillon has slumped in the polls after being placed under formal investigation over an alleged fake jobs scandal. But the one-time frontrunner has vowed to stay in the race. What does this mean for France - and for...Show More
Merkel's surprise challenger from the left

10:23 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Martin Schulz, the new face of Germany's Social Democratic Party, has surged in the polls to become a surprise challenger to chancellor Angela Merkel in September's elections. Gideon Rachman discusses what this could mean for Germany with the FT's St...Show More
South Africa's critical test

16:51 | Feb 16th, 2017

This year, the African National Congress - which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid - picks a new leader. But their embattled president, Jacob Zuma, will leave a legacy of scandal, corruption allegations and a sluggish economy. Gide...Show More
The fate of the euro

13:08 | Feb 9th, 2017

With economic growth reviving in the eurozone, is the euro crisis now over, or is this just a lull before another euro storm? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Claire Jones, FT correspondent in Frankfurt, and Martin Sandbu, economics commentator.
Trump travel ban sparks global backlash

11:36 | Feb 1st, 2017

Donald Trump's controversial visa ban has led to chaos at airports and condemnation from abroad. What are the consequences - at home and overseas - of this unprecedented move by the new president? Daniel Dombey, the FT's deputy world news editor, dis...Show More
France decides: battle for Élysée takes shape

12:38 | Jan 25th, 2017

The list of contenders for France's 2017 election will be finalised this week, as the socialists choose their candidate on Sunday. Gideon Rachman discusses what is set to be an unpredictable and closely fought battle for the presidency with Anne-Sylv...Show More
Trade, Trump and Brexit

15:35 | Jan 18th, 2017

This week, UK prime minister Theresa May laid out her plans for a 'hard' Brexit, as US president-elect Donald Trump expressed doubts about the EU's future and promised a 'quick' US-UK trade deal. How feasible would such a deal be? And is the west ret...Show More
Trump's confirmation hearings: nominees in the spotlight

11:25 | Jan 11th, 2017

A series of confirmation hearings for president-elect Donald Trump's controversial cabinet nominees began in the Senate this week, with Democrats eager to grill candidates. How smooth is the process likely to be and who is vulnerable? Gideon Rachman ...Show More
Turkey battles political turmoil and terrorists

12:18 | Jan 4th, 2017

The new year began with a terrorist attack on a nightclub in Istanbul which left 39 dead - the latest blow to hit a country still reeling from the aftermath of a failed coup last year and the political purges that followed. Gideon Rachman discusses T...Show More
How will the events of 2016 play out in the coming year?

15:01 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Daniel Dombey asks Gideon Rachman, the FT's chief foreign affairs columnist, and Fred Studemann, features editor, how the big events of 2016 - Brexit, the US election, and Syria - will play out on the world stage in the coming year.
Trump's Taiwan foray

09:48 | Dec 15th, 2016

Donald Trump created a diplomatic storm earlier this month by speaking on the telephone to Taiwan's leader - the first such official communication since 1979. He then suggested he might ditch US adherence to the One China policy - a bedrock of ties b...Show More
On the front lines in Yemen

12:40 | Dec 8th, 2016

Dr Natalie Roberts has spent several years on the front lines of conflict zones as an emergency doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières, providing medical care to critically injured and malnourished patients. She talks to the FT's Maggie Fick about her t...Show More
Cuba after Castro

10:30 | Nov 30th, 2016

Will Fidel Castro's influence over Cuba outlast his death, and will the Trump presidency reverse the detente with the US begun by Barack Obama? Gideon Rachman puts these questions to John Paul Rathbone, the FT's Latin America editor, and Geoff Dyer, ...Show More
Fillon is surprise favourite of French conservative voters

09:17 | Nov 24th, 2016

François Fillon, a former prime minister, looks on course to become the surprise presidential candidate of the centre-right in next year's French presidential elections. James Wilson asks Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, Paris correspondent, and Ben Hall, wo...Show More
Donald Trump and Europe: friend or foe?

11:07 | Nov 17th, 2016

Does the election victory of Donald Trump represent an opportunity or a threat to Europe? Gideon Rachman discusses the mixed reaction across the continent with George Parker, the FT's political editor in London, and diplomatic correspondent Arthur Be...Show More
Trump win stuns America's allies

08:41 | Nov 9th, 2016

Donald Trump's momentous victory has stunned America's allies but also delighted populists and strongmen leaders around the world, notably Russia's Vladimir Putin. Ben Hall discusses the world response with Gideon Rachman and Guy Chazan.
China's return to strongman rule

12:55 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Chinese president Xi Jinping was anointed as the “core” leader of the Communist party last week, paving the way for a return to strongman rule. So is China moving towards a more autocratic system? Gideon Rachman discusses the question with the FT's B...Show More
The EU's trade conundrum

09:33 | Oct 26th, 2016

Wallonia, a Belgian region, has rejected the proposed Ceta trade deal with Canada, all but torpedoing the agreement for good. What does this mean for the EU's trade liberalisation agenda, transatlantic trade and the UK's Brexit negotiations? The FT's...Show More
Putin: opportunist or master strategist?

12:36 | Oct 19th, 2016

Vladimir Putin has been playing brinkmanship in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Is the Russian president a master strategist or are his moves merely opportunistic? Gideon Rachman discusses the question with Neil Buckley the FT's East Europe editor.
South Africa's political turmoil

10:18 | Oct 12th, 2016

South Africa has been shaken by news that the country's respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan is facing fraud charges in what appears to be the latest episode in a power struggle with President Jacob Zuma and his allies. Many suspect the charges ...Show More
Theresa May's Brexit vision

12:58 | Oct 6th, 2016

At the UK Conservative party conference this week we got a clearer sense of Theresa May's Brexit vision, with the prime minister announcing that the process for leaving the bloc will be formally set in motion early next year. So what are the implicat...Show More
Renzi's big test

10:25 | Sep 28th, 2016

This week Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister, set a date in December for his high-stakes referendum on constitutional reform. The vote will determine the political future of a leader already struggling with painful party defeats in local elections,...Show More
What can stop the war in Syria?

09:07 | Sep 22nd, 2016

After a brief ceasefire, the war in Syria has been renewed in all its horror. Is there anything that can stop it? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Geoff Dyer, US diplomatic correspondent and Erika Solomon, Middle East correspondent.
US election 2016: the what ifs

12:04 | Sep 14th, 2016

The US presidential election has taken a dramatic new turn with the sudden illness of Hillary Clinton, and a tightening in the opinion polls. Could Donald Trump actually win? Gideon Rachman discusses with the FT's chief political commentator Philip S...Show More
Merkel's populist challenge

11:16 | Sep 7th, 2016

Angela Merkel is facing a new challenge to her leadership after the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany dealt her party a stinging blow in a regional election on Sunday. What threat does the success of the populist party pose for German stabilit...Show More
Europe's fraying economic ties with America

10:54 | Aug 31st, 2016

Economic ties between Europe and the US took a knock this week when the EU slapped huge back taxes on Apple and several European politicians declared transatlantic trade talks to be effectively dead. Gideon Rachman asks Tony Barber, the FT's Europe e...Show More
Turkey's Syrian gamble

11:43 | Aug 25th, 2016

Turkey sent tanks into Syria on Wednesday, as part of a major offensive ostensibly against Isis - but also to contain Syrian Kurds. The move follows a recent coup attempt against President Erdogan and a deadly terrorist attack in the southern Turkish...Show More
Russia and Ukraine: a new crisis?

10:52 | Aug 19th, 2016

Russia has been back in the spotlight recently, after President Putin replaced his long-standing chief of staff Sergei Ivanov. Meanwhile, tensions have mounted in eastern Ukraine, prompting fears of a new Russian offensive. Russia is still heavily in...Show More
Trumponomics

11:49 | Aug 11th, 2016

This week, Donald Trump gave a major speech on the economy and Hillary Clinton fired back. While Trump attempted to appeal to a more traditional Republican base with many of his proposed policies, how is his trade protectionism being received? And is...Show More
The battle for Aleppo

10:35 | Aug 3rd, 2016

The battle for Syria's second city is both a grave humanitarian crisis and a potential turning point in the country's long civil war. The FT's Erika Solomon and David Gardner join Gideon Rachman.
Discord at the Democratic Convention

10:13 | Jul 26th, 2016

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a turbulent start this week, revealing deep divisions between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The FT's World News editor Ben Hall discusses what this means for Clinton's ...Show More
Turkey's bungled putsch

11:50 | Jul 21st, 2016

Following a failed military coup in Turkey, President Erdogan has launched a sweeping crackdown on alleged plot sympathisers. Who was responsible for the uprising? And how have Ankara's western allies responded? The FT's World News editor Ben Hall sp...Show More
Italy's struggling banks pose a test for Renzi and the EU

13:11 | Jul 13th, 2016

Italy's banking system is struggling in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and ahead of stress tests this month. What does this mean for the future of Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister, and for Europe's wider economic prospects...Show More
Chilcot report issues damning verdict on Iraq war

13:38 | Jul 7th, 2016

This week's Chilcot report delivered a damning verdict on Britain’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. The UK's political, military and intelligence establishments were all implicated, but particular criticism was reserved for Tony Blair, the for...Show More
European rivals eye London's banking business

11:48 | Jun 29th, 2016

How far will Frankfurt and Paris go to claim the business of the City of London once the UK has left the European Union? Which other cities are in the running and how many jobs does London stand to lose? Gideon Rachman puts these questions to Michael...Show More
What next for Modi's India?

11:42 | Jun 22nd, 2016

The Indian government announced welcome reforms to attract foreign investors this week. But India-watchers were distracted by the resignation of the much-respected head of the country's central bank, Raghuram Rajan. Gideon Rachman discusses the futur...Show More
France in crisis

08:48 | Jun 15th, 2016

Beset by strikes and deepening terrorism worries, France is struggling to cope as it hosts a major football championship, the Euro 2016 games. Gideon Rachman discusses the country's security problems and political strife with World News editor Ben Ha...Show More
Tensions rise in the South China Sea

12:15 | Jun 8th, 2016

China and the US clashed over the South China Sea at a defence forum last weekend, amid island-building by Beijing and increased naval and air patrols by the US. Gideon Rachman discusses the escalating tensions with Geoff Dyer, the FT's Washington co...Show More
Is Venezuela becoming a failed state?

11:04 | Jun 1st, 2016

Life in Venezuela is becoming increasingly difficult, with soaring crime, widespread food shortages, rampant corruption and a political stalemate that thwarts all attempts at change. Gideon Rachman discusses whether the country is becoming a failed s...Show More
Populism in Austria

09:07 | May 25th, 2016

Austria came within a whisker of electing a far-right candidate as its head of state this week. As EU leaders breath a collective sigh of relief, World News editor Ben Hall discusses the ramifications of the election with the FT's Austria corresponde...Show More
Filipinos elect 'wild card' president

14:01 | May 18th, 2016

The Philippines has taken a radical change of political direction with the election of Rodrigo Duterte as president. Gideon Rachman discusses why outsiders and investors are so taken aback by the development with Avantika Chilkoti and Tony Tassell.
Saudi Arabia's ambitious reforms

08:40 | May 11th, 2016

Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has shaken up expectations about the world's biggest oil exporter. MbS, as he's known, plans to wean the kingdom off oil and boost the private sector, slashing unemployment along the way. Ben H...Show More
Iraq and Syria fall apart

10:15 | May 4th, 2016

Iraq and Syria are coming apart, divided into warring factions that seem unable to reach an accommodation. Gideon Rachman talks to FT Middle East experts David Gardner and Erika Solomon about fading hopes for peace and what this means for the fight a...Show More
Are we headed for a Trump vs. Clinton general election race?

11:42 | Apr 27th, 2016

The latest round of the US presidential election has seen big victories for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. So is it now all-but-certain that we are looking at a Trump-Clinton contest in November? The FT's digital comment editor Sebastian Payne put...Show More
Russia's new nationalism

11:17 | Apr 21st, 2016

What are the origins of Eurasianism in Russia and how has it come to occupy a central place in Kremlin thinking today? Charles Clover, FT China correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief discusses his new book, Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of R...Show More
Ukraine in turmoil

11:06 | Apr 13th, 2016

How bleak is the outlook for Ukraine? The Prime Minister has resigned, the President is implicated in the Panama papers and the Dutch have rejected an EU-Ukraine trade deal. Gideon Rachman puts the question to the FT Ukraine correspondent Roman Olear...Show More
Europe's controversial refugee expulsion plan

10:03 | Apr 6th, 2016

The EU this week began expelling migrants from Greece and sending them back to Turkey - a controversial policy that has been criticised as a possible violation of the Geneva Convention and caused rioting in Greek refugee camps. However, there are sig...Show More
The Isis threat to European security

12:38 | Mar 30th, 2016

Last week's attacks in the Belgian capital have raised fresh questions about the extent of Isis operations in Europe and whether security services and law enforcement agencies are capable of containing the threat. Ben Hall discusses the attacks and ...Show More
Can Brazil's Rousseff stave off impeachment?

09:23 | Mar 23rd, 2016

A political crisis is threatening to cut short the presidency of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. Gideon Rachman is joined by John Paul Rathbone and Samantha Pearson to discuss the Petrobras scandal, the impeachment process and the economic meltdown that h...Show More
Can Angela Merkel survive Europe's refugee crisis?

11:20 | Mar 16th, 2016

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats suffered a setback in regional elections last weekend. How wounded is the chancellor and have German politics changed fundamentally under the pressure of the refugee crisis? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Fr...Show More
Can the EU-Turkey deal resolve Europe's migration crisis?

12:18 | Mar 10th, 2016

European leaders have negotiated a deal with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of refugees into the European Union. But can it work? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Alex Barker, the FT's European diplomatic editor, and Tony Barber, the FT's Euro...Show More
Is Trump a threat to American democracy?

11:22 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Donald Trump now looks highly likely to secure the Republican nomination for the US presidency. Gideon Rachman discusses what this means for US democracy and the rest of the world with FT columnists Edward Luce and Martin Wolf.
Russia's foreign policy resurgence

12:56 | Feb 24th, 2016

Russian air power has changed the course of the civil war in Syria and its annexation of Crimea remains largely unchallenged. Gideon Rachman talks to Neil Buckley, FT East Europe editor, and Sam Jones, defence and security editor, about Russia's ren...Show More
Antonin Scalia's legacy and the US Supreme Court

13:03 | Feb 17th, 2016

How influential was Antonin Scalia as the longest serving Justice on the US Supreme Court? Martin Sandbu discusses his legacy and the political repercussions of his demise with FT Washington correspondents Barney Jopson and Geoff Dyer.
What happens if Aleppo falls?

10:48 | Feb 10th, 2016

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power are on the brink of encircling the northern city of Aleppo, a stronghold of the moderate rebels in what could prove to be a decisive moment in Syria's murderous civil war. Ben Hall discusses the im...Show More
Britain's referendum on the EU

12:18 | Feb 3rd, 2016

David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, announced the details of Britain's draft deal to renegotiate its relationship with the EU - but where does that leave the debate? Gideon Rachman discusses with George Parker, UK political editor and Alex Bark...Show More
Iowa offers first test for US presidential hopefuls

11:17 | Jan 28th, 2016

After months of build-up, the Iowa caucus will offers US presidential candidates their first chance to get ahead. Gideon Rachman reviews the chances of the Republican and Democratic rivals with Courtney Weaver and Edward Luce.
Lifting of sanctions offers hope to Iran's ailing economy

10:34 | Jan 21st, 2016

The lifting of UN sanctions on Iran reconnects a potentially vibrant emerging economy to world markets, with the allure of a bonanza for international and local investors and a brighter future for a restive young population. The FT's Siona Jenkins as...Show More
Brussels launches probe into rule of law in Poland

11:57 | Jan 13th, 2016

Poland's conservative government has taken decisions about the courts and media that are causing concern across Europe, prompting the European Commission to launch an investigation into the rule of law in Poland. Gideon Rachman discusses the unprec...Show More
Iran-Saudi split damps hopes for regional conflict resolution

10:15 | Jan 6th, 2016

The year has begun with a sharp deterioration in the relationship between the two major powers in the Gulf region: Iran and Saudi Arabia. Gideon Rachman is joined by Roula Khalaf, foreign editor, and Geoff Dyer, Washington correspondent, to discuss t...Show More
Has the rise of France's National Front been halted?

10:01 | Dec 15th, 2015

France's far-right National Front failed to win control of any regions in this weekend's elections, but its performance was strong enough to shock the mainstream parties. Gideon Rachman asks Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Hugh Carnegy how worried they sh...Show More
Brazil's political quagmire

10:16 | Dec 9th, 2015

Brazil's economy is shrinking, President Dilma Rousseff's popularity is at an all time low and now opposition politicians have begun impeachment proceedings against her. Gideon Rachman asks John Paul Rathbone and Joe Leahy what this means for the cou...Show More
What hope for the Paris climate talks?

11:59 | Dec 2nd, 2015

How much progress is likely at this week's global talks on combating climate change? Gideon Rachman discusses the prospects for agreement on reducing carbon emissions with Michael Stothard and Martin Sandbu.
Can world powers make common cause against Isis?

12:38 | Nov 25th, 2015

France has been courting US and Russian support for a war on Isis in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. But while Russia and Turkey, a Nato member, claim to be fighting the same foe, they themselves saw armed combat this week when Turkey shot down...Show More
Paris atrocity exposes European security shortcomings

10:07 | Nov 18th, 2015

The Paris terror attacks have exposed Europe's security and intelligence shortcomings and fulfilled officials' worst fears about blow back from Syria's bloody civil war. Ben Hall discusses the attacks and their implications with Sam Jones, defence a...Show More
Cameron's message to the European Union

12:51 | Nov 11th, 2015

David Cameron has set out his demands for a new relationship with the European Union ahead of a referendum on Britain's membership. Gideon Rachman discusses how the UK prime minister's message is being received at home and in the rest of Europe with ...Show More
The US climate change divide

10:53 | Nov 4th, 2015

As world powers prepare to negotiate a new global accord on greenhouse gas emissions in Paris, one of the big questions is what happens in the US, the world’s second biggest emitter. Ben Hall discusses the issue with Pilita Clark and Demetri Sevastop...Show More
Poland's shift to the right

10:28 | Oct 28th, 2015

The election victory of Poland's Law and Justice party took many by surprise given the successful economic record of the outgoing government. Gideon Rachman discusses why Poles voted for change, and what the result means for the country's ties with t...Show More
UK rolls out the red carpet for China

11:22 | Oct 21st, 2015

President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK has featured all the pomp and circumstance the UK can muster. Has it cemented the UK's place as a prosperous best friend to China in the West or has Britain bowed too deeply to an authoritarian regime? J...Show More
Turmoil in Turkey

10:52 | Oct 14th, 2015

Turkey suffered its worst terrorist attack at the weekend, but rather than uniting the country in grief, it has exacerbated suspicions that the ruling AK party is intent on stoking ethno-sectarian tensions ahead of next month's elections. Ben Hall di...Show More
What the TPP means for US-Asia ties

10:51 | Oct 7th, 2015

The US reached agreement this week with Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim economies on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. Gideon Rachman discusses the scope of the pact and what it will mean for those who have signed up, and those left out, with Shawn Donnan ...Show More
Merkel under pressure

10:08 | Sep 30th, 2015

Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an array of problems ranging from the scandal at Volkswagen to the arrival of up to a million refugees in the country. Gideon Rachman discusses the extent of Germany's difficulties and whether it amounts t...Show More
Russia raises its profile in the Middle East

13:54 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Russia has moved fighter jets, tanks and troops into a base in Syria, meanwhile Vladimir Putin, Russian president, is gearing up to make a major speech at the United Nations. What are the Russians up to? Gideon Rachman discusses this question with N...Show More
Europe's fraying union

10:47 | Sep 16th, 2015

Mark Vandevelde, executive comment editor, joins Gideon Rachman, Tony Barber and Peter Spiegel to discuss how the dual euro and refugee crises are putting strain on the EU, what role the Schengen agreement may or not have played in the latter, and wh...Show More
Lebanon and Turkey struggle to meet the needs of Syrian refugees

12:51 | Sep 9th, 2015

The future of Syria and its neighbouring states, Lebanon and Turkey, remains unsure as they are struggling to cope with millions of refugees from the Syrian conflict. Gideon Rachman talks to Erika Solomon, FT correspondent in Beirut, and Dan Dombey, ...Show More
Europe's borders under strain

11:03 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis in decades, with Germany assuming the greatest burden for absorbing the asylum seekers. Gideon Rachman talks to Jeevan Vasagar, FT correspondent in Berlin, and Tony Barber, FT Europe editor, about the polit...Show More
How risky is China's volatility for the global economy?

12:57 | Aug 26th, 2015

The impact of China's stock market volatility has been felt around the world this week. Martin Sandbu is joined by the FT's economics editor Chris Giles, and US economics editor Sam Fleming, to discus show risky this is for the health of the global e...Show More
Ukraine faces battles on two fronts

10:29 | Aug 19th, 2015

Rising violence in eastern Ukraine has prompted the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine to convene an emergency summit to try to halt the fighting; at the same time Kiev's negotiations with its creditors are reaching a critical point. Ben Hall dis...Show More
China's renminbi devaluation

13:39 | Aug 11th, 2015

China this week stunned financial markets with the biggest devaluation of the renminbi in two decades, only to intervene to stop the slide. Was it a move towards liberalisation or a desperate bid to halt the country's economic slowdown? Ben Hall disc...Show More
Barack Obama's climate plan

09:12 | Aug 5th, 2015

President Barack Obama this week unveiled America's most far reaching action so far on climate change by imposing stringent emissions cuts on the power sector. Orla Ryan asks Pilita Clark and Barney Jopson about the significance of the move.
Turkey steps up its battle on terror

12:20 | Jul 29th, 2015

Nato allies have welcomed Turkey's decision to step up its fight against Isis. But its decision to include Kurdish opponents as the target of its attacks is causing some to question Ankara's true motives. Siona Jenkins discusses Turkey's strategy wit...Show More
Iran nuclear deal: historic breakthrough or mistake?

09:16 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Years of painstaking negotiations between Iran and the world powers have finally led to a deal. Was it the biggest international diplomatic breakthrough in decades or a historic mistake? Roula Khalaf, FT foreign editor, and Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran ...Show More
Who loses most from the Greek rescue deal?

12:41 | Jul 15th, 2015

On Monday Athens was given a long list of economic reforms it needed to implement in return for another EU bailout. Was it a humiliation for the Greeks or a capitulation by the Germans? Gideon Rachman and Wolfgang Munchau discuss who was the biggest ...Show More
Europe's moment of decision on Greece

10:34 | Jul 8th, 2015

Is this week finally the one when Greece defaults on its debts and crashes out of the euro? Gideon Rachman is joined by Henry Foy and Ferdinando Giugliano to discuss an apparent hardening of opinion among Europe's politicians towards Greek appeals fo...Show More
Terror attacks hit Tunisia's economy

09:51 | Jul 1st, 2015

Last week saw the second deadly attack on Western tourists in Tunisia in four months, dealing a severe blow to the industry that is the country's economic mainstay. Siona Jenkins is joined by Erika Soloman and Roula Khalaf to discuss what the governm...Show More
Nato renews its commitment to collective defence

10:29 | Jun 24th, 2015

Defence ministers from the Atlantic Alliance's 28 members are meeting in Brussels to discuss the reinvigoration of the alliance in the face of Russian aggression. The US is to make the biggest reinforcement of its forces in eastern Europe since the f...Show More
What happens if Greece defaults?

12:35 | Jun 17th, 2015

Is Greece about to default on its debts and if so, what happens next? Gideon Rachman and his guests Tony Barber and Martin Sandbu discuss what has gone wrong between Greece and its eurozone creditors and whether the political rifts can be repaired.
Turkey's dramatic change of direction

14:51 | Jun 10th, 2015

Turkey's dramatic election results have set back the political ambitions and increasingly personalised rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gideon Rachman discusses what this means for the country's future with Daniel Dombey and David Gardner.
Will Italy's regional poll results weaken Renzi's reforms?

12:35 | Jun 3rd, 2015

The government of Matteo Renzi has done badly in regional elections. Gideon Rachman and guests discuss whether his reformist project is now in trouble and what that would mean for the rest of Europe.
Scandal engulfs football's governing body

14:19 | May 29th, 2015

Despite the arrest this week of several of Fifa's top officials, football's world governing body has re-elected Sepp Blatter as its president. Roger Blitz joins Gideon Rachman to discuss the implications of the scandal for the business of the global ...Show More
Narendra Modi's first year in office

11:38 | May 20th, 2015

Narendra Modi's election a year ago was accompanied by hopes for economic regeneration but anxiety about his Hindu nationalist agenda. Gideon Rachman discusses the Indian prime minister's first year in office with Victor Mallet and James Lamont.
Will Britain stay in the European Union?

09:38 | May 13th, 2015

Britain's first majority Conservative government for 18 years is pushing for a renegotiation of its relationship with the EU and has promised an in-out referendum on membership by the end of 2017. Ben Hall discusses Britain's place in the EU with Geo...Show More
Greece on the brink

13:24 | May 6th, 2015

Greece is said to be about to run out of money and yet there's no sign of a deal with its creditors. Gideon Rachman is joined by Martin Sandbu and Kerin Hope to discuss whether a further crisis can be avoided.
Obama seeks to cement Japan ties

10:25 | Apr 30th, 2015

Siona Jenkins, Gideon Rachman and Lindsay Whipp discuss the Japanese prime minister's visit to Washington as the US seeks to cement defence and trade ties with Japan, a key ally in its bid to push back against growing Chinese influence in Asia.
Europe's Mediterranean migrant crisis

10:37 | Apr 22nd, 2015

EU leaders are scrambling to respond to the deaths of thousands of refugees who have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya towards a better life in Europe. Ben Hall is joined by Peter Spiegel and Borzou Daragahi to discuss Europe's mig...Show More
Obama's rapprochement with Cuba: how far can it go?

09:46 | Apr 16th, 2015

Gideon Rachman is joined by Geoff Dyer and John Paul Rathbone to discuss the rapprochement between Obama's America and Castro's Cuba. How far can it go and what are the international implications?
Iran and Saudi Arabia wage proxy war in Yemen

09:57 | Apr 9th, 2015

Ben Hall is joined by Roula Khalaf and Najmeh Bozorgmehr to discuss the civil war in Yemen, and the growing hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia, who are backing different sides in the conflict.
Rush to join China-led bank embarrasses Washington

09:23 | Apr 1st, 2015

It seems odd that an international bank for building roads and airports in Asia should become a yardstick for the rise of China as a global power and of the relative decline of the US. But that is what Beijing appears to achieved with its Asia Infras...Show More
Can the Iran nuclear talks succeed?

14:00 | Mar 25th, 2015

Gideon Rachman is joined by Roula Khalaf and Sam Jones to discuss the controversial international talks on Iran's nuclear programme. What kind of a deal is on the table and can the talks succeed?
Brazil president's troubles multiply

10:23 | Mar 18th, 2015

The popularity of Brazil's president Dilma Roussef has plummeted only months after she was re-elected in the face of a floundering economy, mass street protests and a corruption scandal. Gideon Rachman discusses what went wrong with Jonathan Wheatley...Show More
Israel's knife edge general election

08:12 | Mar 12th, 2015

Isaac Herzog's centre left Zionist Union has overtaken Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party in the polls, signalling that Israel's electorate, which appeared to be veering ever more to the right in recent years with security concerns takin...Show More
Who killed Boris Nemtsov?

12:56 | Mar 4th, 2015

Gideon Rachman is joined by Kathrin Hille and John Thornhill to discuss the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov. How has his death been handled by the Kremlin and the Russian media and to what extent is the prevailing atmosphere of wa...Show More
Presidential poll puts Nigeria to the test

12:52 | Feb 25th, 2015

Nigeria's presidential election next month is the closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999 and is taking place against a worrying backdrop of civil conflict and economic trouble. Gideon Rachman is joined by Tom Burgis and William Wallis...Show More
How strong is the Islamic State?

15:05 | Feb 18th, 2015

Islamist terrorists have grabbed headlines in the Arab world with horrific atrocities, but there are signs their influence may be on the wane. Gideon Rachman discusses the extent of their power with Borzou Daragahi and David Gardner.
Are Europe's politicians ready to contemplate Grexit?

14:24 | Feb 11th, 2015

Gideon Rachman is joined by Ferdinando Giugliano and Stefan Wagstyl to discuss the growing stand-off between Greece and its eurozone creditors as the language becomes more uncompromising on both sides. What would happen if Greece left the eurozone an...Show More
Time to start arming the Ukraine government?

09:47 | Feb 4th, 2015

The upsurge in fighting between pro-Russian separatist rebels and Ukrainian government forces has shown how little diplomatic leverage the west now appears to have with the Kremlin. There is an increasingly lively debate about whether the west should...Show More
How stable is Saudi Arabia?

14:03 | Jan 29th, 2015

Saudi Arabia's new monarch King Salman takes over at a time of unprecedented challenges in the shape of regional chaos as well as a sharply falling oil price. Gideon Rachman is joined by Roula Khalaf and Simeon Kerr to discuss how stable the kingdom ...Show More
Will the European Central Bank's QE work?

09:29 | Jan 21st, 2015

Ben Hall is joined by Claire Jones and Ferdinando Giugliano to discuss the European Central Bank's battle against deflation and whether its long awaited bond buying plan will work
France after the Islamist attacks

10:43 | Jan 14th, 2015

France has been through a traumatic week following several terrorist attacks and demonstrations by millions in response to the killings. Gideon Rachman is joined by Hugh Carnegy and Michael Stothard to discuss the impact of these events and whether F...Show More
Will the Greek election reignite the eurozone crisis?

11:11 | Jan 7th, 2015

Snap elections are being held in Greece later this month in which the radical left Syriza party is expected to come out on top. Gideon Rachman is joined by Kerin Hope, Athens correspondent, and Tony Barber, Europe Editor, to discuss the implications ...Show More
Consequences of the US-Cuba rapprochement

10:26 | Dec 18th, 2014

Following president Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States will begin normalising relations with Cuba, John Paul Rathbone, Latin America editor, joins Gideon Rachman to examine how quickly the island state's Soviet-style economy is likely...Show More
Japan's snap elections

08:32 | Dec 11th, 2014

Shinzo Abe's decision to call snap elections only two years into his term perplexed many people. Was it simply cover for a U-turn on a planned rise in consumption tax or was the prime minister seeking a renewed mandate for more radical measures to ki...Show More
Can Russia's economy weather the storm?

11:18 | Dec 3rd, 2014

Gideon Rachman is joined by Neil Buckley and Kathrin Hille to discuss the state of the Russian economy, How well can it weather the impact of the falling oil price and falling Rouble, in addition to western sanctions? What are the likely political re...Show More
US foreign policy after Chuck Hagel's resignation

12:52 | Nov 26th, 2014

This week Chuck Hagel stepped down as US defence secretary at a time when doubts are growing about the administration's ability to manage growing threats in the Middle East and Europe. Gideon Rachman discusses what the resignation means for American ...Show More
A breakthrough in the fight against climate change

12:21 | Nov 19th, 2014

The US and China surprised the world last week with an outline agreement in which both countries agreed to limit emissions of greenhouse gases. Gideon Rachman is joined by Pilita Clark, FT environment correspondent, and Paul Bledsoe, senior fellow on...Show More
Mexican president under fire

11:09 | Nov 12th, 2014

Until recently Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, was getting a great press, with the Mexican economy going well and important reforms pushed through, but now he seems to be in serious political trouble. Gideon Rachman is joined by John-Paul Rat...Show More
What hopes for detente between Japan and China?

12:35 | Nov 6th, 2014

What are the prospects for some form of detente between Japan and China? Ahead of next week's Apec summit, where leaders of the two countries are expected to meet, Ben Hall discusses the reasons for the strained relations between the two countries wi...Show More
US mid-term elections and their longer term repercussions

09:46 | Oct 29th, 2014

In next week's US mid-terms, the Republicans are looking to win back control of the Senate and increase their majority in the House of Representatives, giving them control of the legislative agenda and the ability to further constrain President Barac...Show More
Europe's budget wrangles

12:08 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Gideon Rachman is joined by Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief, and Tony Barber, Europe editor, to discuss the threat that the European Commission will reject the budgets of some of Europe’s biggest nations, in particular France and Italy. Is such ...Show More
Turkey's role in the war against Isis

11:11 | Oct 16th, 2014

Gideon Rachman is joined by David Gardner and Daniel Dombey to discuss Turkey's role in the unfolding war against the jihadist movement Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Does Turkey share western war aims or is the government of President Erdogan more...Show More
Brazil at the crossroads

10:08 | Oct 9th, 2014

The first round of voting in Brazil's presidential elections is over and the incumbent Dilma Rousseff will face a centre right candidate Aécio Neves in the second round. Gideon Rachman discusses the differences between the candidates and what is at s...Show More
Hong Kong's political crisis

09:38 | Oct 2nd, 2014

The scale and persistence of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have taken many by surprise. Gideon Rachman is joined by David Pilling, Asia editor, and Tom Mitchell, Beijing correspondent, to discuss the crisis and China's response.
Sarkozy returns to frontline politics

10:41 | Sep 23rd, 2014

With President François Hollande languishing at record lows in the polls, former president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that he plans to return to frontline politics, which almost certainly means a view to running for the presidency in 2017. Gideon ...Show More
Isis and the new war in Iraq

10:00 | Sep 16th, 2014

Barack Obama, the US president, promised in a televised address to destroy Isis, the self-proclaimed Islamist state in Iraq. Does that mean another western war in the Middle East is under way? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Roula Khalaf, FT for...Show More
Scottish referendum outcome too close to call

11:24 | Sep 11th, 2014

A late surge in support for Scotland's pro-independence camp a week ahead of the referendum has set alarm bells ringing among politicians in London. James Blitz is joined by Michael Stott and Mure Dickie to discuss the arguments being used to sway S...Show More
Rising tensions over war in Ukraine

13:35 | Sep 3rd, 2014

The War in Ukraine, the rising tensions between Russia and the West, Vladimir Putin's objectives, and how ordinary Russians and Russia's other neighbouring states see the conflict. Neil Buckley, the FT's eastern Europe editor and Jack Farchy, Moscow ...Show More
Ebola: what risk does the virus pose to Africa and the wider world?

11:11 | Jul 30th, 2014

Parts of Western Africa are gripped by the Ebola virus, with more than 670 dead in the current outbreak. Gideon Rachman is joined by Clive Cookson, science editor, and Javier Blas, Africa editor, to discuss how serious a threat the virus poses to the...Show More
Crisis over the MH17 atrocity

14:30 | Jul 23rd, 2014

Russia and the west have been increasingly at odds following the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine, an atrocity that has been widely blamed on pro-Russian separatists. What are Vladimir Putin's options, and what diplomatic ac...Show More
Gaza crisis: what does current conflict mean for Netanyahu, Hamas and the wider middle east?

09:20 | Jul 16th, 2014

As bombing reaches its ninth consecutive day, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is facing criticism abroad for causing unnecessary bloodshed, and at home for not sending troops into Gaza. Gideon Rachman is joined by Siona Jenkins, Middle east...Show More
US-German relations strained over new spying allegations

11:35 | Jul 9th, 2014

Germany has summoned the US envoy following allegations that an agent working for Germany’s intelligence agency was spying for the US. Gideon Rachman is joined by James Blitz, former security correspondent, and Jeevan Vasagar, Berlin correspondent, t...Show More
What would an Erdogan presidency mean for Turkey?

13:34 | Jul 1st, 2014

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced he will run in the country's first every directly elected presidential contest next month. Ben Hall is joined by Istanbul correspondent Daniel Dombey and FT columnist David Gardner to discuss...Show More
Who are the winners and losers in a Juncker presidency?

12:32 | Jun 25th, 2014

With Jean-Claude Juncker increasingly likely to be appointed as the next president of the European Commission, Gideon Rachman is joined by Tony Barber, Europe editor, and Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief, for an in-depth look at what this would m...Show More
Isis pushes Iraq to the brink

10:46 | Jun 18th, 2014

Isis’ lightning offensive has pushed Iraq to the brink of outright civil war and a return to the murderous sectarian bloodshed that nearly tore it apart in 2006. President Obama is considering limited military intervention to take on the terrorists b...Show More
Brazil 2014: Political tensions surround World Cup

13:36 | Jun 11th, 2014

About half the world's population is expected to watch the World Cup in Brazil, but the run up to the tournament has been troubled by demonstrations in Brazil and all-too-familiar allegations of corruption at the heart of Fifa, world football's gover...Show More
US and China taking climate change seriously

11:21 | Jun 5th, 2014

Gideon Rachman is joined by Pilita Clark, environment correspondent, and Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief, to discuss renewed efforts to tackle climate change. The Obama administration appears to have succeeded in making climate change a pub...Show More
The fallout from the European elections

13:38 | May 26th, 2014

The recent European Parliament elections have transformed the continent’s political landscape. Anti-establishment parties have scored remarkable victories in countries such as France, Greece and the UK while mainstream forces have done less well. But...Show More
Relations between Russia and China

11:05 | May 21st, 2014

President Vladimir Putin's recent visit to Beijing took on added significance because of the deep divisions between Russia and the west, caused by the Ukrainian crisis. The two countries signed a landmark deal on gas supplies, as well as other agreem...Show More
EU elections - the populists are coming

14:18 | May 15th, 2014

This week's podcast explores the rise of Europe's populist parties, and internal ructions over the election process for José Manuel Barroso's successor as EU President. Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief, and Tony Barber, Europe editor, join Gideon...Show More
How should Nigeria tackle the militant threat of Boko Haram?

12:04 | May 9th, 2014

Nigeria’s status as the new economic powerhouse of Africa was supposed to be the talking point of a meeting of African leaders and top executives in Abuja this week. Instead, the world is in uproar over the government’s slow response to the abduction...Show More
The differing responses to the Ukraine crisis

09:48 | Apr 29th, 2014

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama, and Ukraine will top the agenda. Washington has led the way on sanctions, imposing asset freezes and travel bans on dozens of senior Russians and score...Show More
Obama’s state visit to Japan

12:53 | Apr 23rd, 2014

This week, we look at Japan, where President Barack Obama is concluding a state visit. The US leader and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have vital business to discuss, from Japan’s delicate and rather dangerous relationship with China, to the state of the...Show More
The fragile middle

11:32 | Apr 15th, 2014

Decades of rapid growth have created a new middle class in the developing world, prompting multinational companies to invest heavily in emerging markets as they attempt to serve millions of new consumers. But rising inequality and slowing growth has ...Show More
India goes to the polls

11:29 | Apr 10th, 2014

India, the world’s largest democracy, is in the midst of conducting its general election. Voting has started and is set to go on for several weeks, with the result declared in mid-May. That result could be dramatic, with polls and pundits predicting ...Show More
A new direction for France?

11:45 | Apr 1st, 2014

President François Hollande's socialist party took a serious drubbing in Sunday's local elections. He responded by swiftly sacking his prime minister and replacing him with Manuel Valls, a tough interior minister and economic reformer from the party'...Show More
Turkey in turmoil over Erdogan's Twitter ban

14:07 | Mar 26th, 2014

Gideon Rachman is joined by Daniel Dombey, Turkey correspondent, and Leyla Boulton, head of special reports and former Turkey correspondent, to discuss Prime Minister Erdogan's ban on Twitter and what the year ahead holds for the country and its divi...Show More
Europe’s response to the Crimean crisis

11:19 | Mar 19th, 2014

Ben Hall is joined by Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief and Neil Buckley, East Europe editor to discuss Europe’s response to Russia’s summary annexation of Crimea, the first such grab for sovereign territory by a European nation since the second w...Show More
The turmoil in Venezuela

10:32 | Mar 12th, 2014

While the crisis in Ukraine has grabbed the headlines, Venezuela, once the toast of the radical left around the world, has also been in the grip of a violent political crisis. In the last three weeks, protests have left at least 20 dead. Gideon Rachm...Show More
The international crisis over Ukraine

12:42 | Mar 5th, 2014

Russian troops are in effective control of many parts of the Ukrainian region of Crimea and the United States is threatening Russia with isolation if it doesn’t back down. In this week’s podcast, Gideon Rachman is joined by Neil Buckley, East Europe ...Show More
Crimea and a cash shortage take centre stage in Ukraine

10:02 | Feb 26th, 2014

Viktor Yanukovich has fled the scene of last week's brutal crackdown on protests, but Ukraine still faces real danger from separatist tensions that could spiral into violence and the threat of financial meltdown. Ben Hall is joined over the phone by ...Show More
Can Renzi break Italian deadlock?

14:49 | Feb 20th, 2014

In Italy, the government of Enrico Letta has fallen and the country is set to have its youngest Prime Minister ever. Matteo Renzi promises to be a radical reformer. In this week’s podcast Guy Dinmore, Rachel Sanderson and Ferdinando Giugliano join Gi...Show More
The Sochi Winter Olympics and the image of modern Russia

11:06 | Feb 12th, 2014

Even by Olympic superlative standards, the Sochi games are an extraordinary event. The most expensive Olympics ever, these games are the personal project of President Vladimir Putin, bankrolled by the country’s billionaire oligarchs. In this week’...Show More
Will Scotland go it alone?

12:57 | Feb 7th, 2014

The referendum on Scottish independence takes place in seven months and if the Scots vote to go it alone, they will break up a union which has existed for over 300 years. On Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron made an impassioned plea to Scots: “We ...Show More
Obama's zen-like State of the Union address

12:19 | Jan 29th, 2014

President Obama has just delivered his State of the Union speech to Congress. As usual, it was full of uplifting stories and calls for action, punctuated by standing ovations. But many believe that the sad reality is that this is a presidency that is...Show More
Prospects for peace in Syria

11:38 | Jan 22nd, 2014

World powers are gathering in Switzerland in an attempt to find a diplomatic solution to Syria's three-year civil war, which has cost more than 130,000 lives drawn in regional powers to fight a proxy sectarian war. The conference nearly fell apart be...Show More
Can Hollande get the French economy back on track?

13:37 | Jan 16th, 2014

By an unfortunate coincidence, President François Hollande’s efforts to relaunch his presidency with an announcement of bold economic reforms have coincided with the revelation that he appears to be having an affair with an actress. Meanwhile, the ec...Show More
The turmoil in Turkey

12:32 | Jan 9th, 2014

Turkey is in political turmoil. In recent weeks a corruption scandal has gripped the government, resulting in a series of arrests, the moving of hundreds of senior police officers, a challenge to the power base of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...Show More
Protests continue in Ukraine

15:52 | Dec 12th, 2013

Mass protests continue in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych. The government had refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union, apparently in favor of closer ties to Russia. Neil Buc...Show More
China and Japan in the struggle of the century

11:10 | Dec 5th, 2013

Aerial posturing over disputed territories in the East China Sea has caused concern among the international community. After China declared an air identification zone over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the US despatched two B-52 bombers in an apparent ...Show More
International reaction to the Iran nuclear deal

13:03 | Nov 27th, 2013

The United States and European Union are clearly delighted with the historic nuclear deal struck with Iran in Geneva last week, but some key US allies in the region, notably Israel and Saudi Arabia are not happy. John Reed, Jerusalem correspondent, J...Show More
The tug of war over the future of Ukraine

11:44 | Nov 20th, 2013

Ukraine finds itself caught between Russia and the EU ahead of a summit next week in Vilnius, where the country’s president Viktor Yanukovich will have the opportunity to sign a major free trade deal and political association agreement with the EU. R...Show More
China’s third plenum could lead to far-reaching reforms

12:25 | Nov 12th, 2013

Xi Jinping was appointed Chinese president just over a year ago and promised to shake up China's economy. Now Mr Xi's agenda for the next decade has become a little clearer with the conclusion of a party plenum in Beijing on Tuesday. In a statement t...Show More
Spying scandal spotlight moves from US to UK

14:49 | Nov 7th, 2013

As the scandal around spying and surveillance continues, Gideon Rachman is joined by James Blitz in the studio and Geoff Dyer down the line from Washington, to discuss the latest developments. Much of the focus in recent weeks has been on the activit...Show More
Spain: a cautious return to growth

13:44 | Oct 31st, 2013

Spain is back! Or is it? In this week’s podcast Ben Hall, world news editor, talks to Tobias Buck, Madrid bureau chief about Spain’s nascent recovery – is it gathering momentum? Also joining us is Michael Steen, Frankfurt bureau chief, to put some of...Show More
Where does President François Hollande go from here?

12:26 | Oct 23rd, 2013

In this edition of World Weekly, Gideon Rachman is joined by Hugh Carnegy, Paris bureau chief and Ben Hall, world news editor and former Paris correspondent, to focus on France, where President François Hollande's approval ratings have dropped to a s...Show More
Prospects of a deal over the Iranian nuclear programme

12:39 | Oct 17th, 2013

After the most productive talks on Iran's nuclear programme in years in Geneva this week, Gideon Rachman is joined by defence and diplomatic editor James Blitz and Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran correspondent, to examine what was discussed by the diplomat...Show More
The Republican role in the budget battles gripping Washington DC

14:21 | Oct 9th, 2013

As the government shutdown drags on into its second week and the US teeters on the brink of defaulting on its debt, Ben Hall, world news editor, is joined by Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief, and Edward Luce, chief US commentator, to discuss...Show More
A resurgence of global terrorism?

14:22 | Sep 30th, 2013

The terrible attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi has refocused the world’s attention on the threat of urban terrorism. Gideon Rachman is joined in the studio by defence and diplomatic editor James Blitz, and down the line from Nairobi by ...Show More
Climate change special: should we be worried by the latest findings on global warming?

18:11 | Sep 24th, 2013

As the world’s leading climate scientists gather in Stockholm to discuss new findings on climate change, Clive Cookson, science editor, is joined by environmental correspondent Pilita Clark and Simon Buckle, policy director at Imperial College's Gran...Show More
Is Obama becoming a lame duck?

12:44 | Sep 18th, 2013

A week that has seen US president Barack Obama zigzag between diplomacy and military action on Syria and back away from nominating Lawrence Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve has raised questions about the president's leadership. Gideon Rachm...Show More
What will decide the German election?

12:00 | Sep 10th, 2013

The German federal election is less than two weeks away, and the consensus among experts is that Angela Merkel will secure a third term in office. As the world’s fourth largest economy, Germany appears socially and financially secure, so what issues ...Show More
Obama's political gamble on Syria

12:50 | Sep 3rd, 2013

President Barack Obama’s decision to consult Congress before launching any military strikes on Syria came as a surprise to friend and foe alike. How is this political gamble likely to work out and what are the implications for the crisis in Syria and...Show More
The debt dragon: China's growing debt burden

12:45 | Aug 27th, 2013

China's debt has ballooned over the past five years raising questions over the sustainability of such a burden amid slowing growth. Simon Rabinovitch, China correspondent, explains the country's debt dynamics and answers some of the questions FT read...Show More
Currency jitters in India and emerging markets

10:37 | Aug 21st, 2013

India was once seen as a rising superpower and one of the world’s most dynamic economies, but now its rupee is plunging and the economy is stalling. What’s more, this seems to be part of a broader problem in emerging markets, as Indonesia, Turkey, So...Show More
What comes after the crackdown in Egypt?

11:47 | Aug 15th, 2013

The Egyptian army's efforts to clear supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood from camps around Cairo has led to hundreds of deaths and a deepening political crisis. So what is the future for Egypt, and how is the rest of the world likely to react? Heba ...Show More
Can Spain's scandal-plagued government survive?

13:25 | Jul 17th, 2013

Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, and his Popular Party are embroiled in a scandal that threatens to bring down the government. The flare-up in the long-rumbling scandal comes at a bad time for Spain, which continues to struggle to revive an eco...Show More
Can President Hollande turn things around?

12:18 | Jul 9th, 2013

This week the French government announced a multi-billion euro programme of investment, designed to boost the economy and President Hollande's flagging poll ratings. In this podcast, Gideon Rachman is joined by Hugh Carnegy, Paris bureau chief and Be...Show More
How should the world react to Morsi's overthrow?

14:18 | Jul 4th, 2013

What happens to Egypt following the overthrow of the government of President Mohammed Morsi, and how should the world react? Borzou Daragahi in Cairo and David Gardner, FT senior commentator based in the Middle East, join Gideon Rachman.
China's cash crunch

12:01 | Jun 25th, 2013

It's been a nervous few days on Chinese stock markets in the wake of last week's cash crunch, which saw interbank lending rates in China rise to as high as 28 per cent. The Chinese central bank has made reassuring statements, but some commentators ha...Show More
The impact of Iran's election

11:32 | Jun 18th, 2013

What does the surprise victory in Iran’s presidential election of Hassan Rohani, the candidate backed by reformists, mean for the country and the region? Roula Khalaf, Middle East editor, and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran join Gideon Rachman
The Istanbul protests and the future of Turkish politics

14:10 | Jun 12th, 2013

What prompted the unrest in Istanbul? What does it mean? What does the future hold for Turkish politics and the wider region? Dan Dombey, Turkey correspondent, and Lex's Vincent Boland, a former Turkey correspondent, join Gideon Rachman.
The Xi-Obama summit

12:54 | Jun 5th, 2013

Later this week, the presidents of the United States and China will hold a two-day summit, the first since Xi Jinping's elevation to the top job in China. It comes as US-China tensions are fairly high on a number of issues, from cyber attacks to terr...Show More
What next for Syria?

15:27 | May 29th, 2013

With the Syrian conflict now over two years old and political positions hardening, Roula Khalaf, Middle East editor, James Blitz, diplomatic editor and Beirut correspondent Abigail Fielding-Smith join world news editor Shawn Donnan to discuss the dis...Show More
Russia's role in world politics

13:39 | May 23rd, 2013

Under the second Putin presidency, the Russian government seems to have become even harder to deal with, be it in seeking to forge international agreement on Syria, spy scandals, energy diplomacy, or neighbourhood diplomacy. Charles Clover, Moscow bu...Show More
Britain's future in the EU

12:30 | May 14th, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron thought that his promise to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the EU, and to hold an in-out referendum on British membership in 2017 had bought him domestic political peace. Instead, many in his own Conserv...Show More
A turning point for Pakistan?

10:10 | May 7th, 2013

As Pakistan prepares to go to the polls in the first transfer of power between one democratically elected government and another since the foundation of the state, optimists say the elections will mark an important turning point for the country. But ...Show More
The debate over intervention in Syria

09:56 | May 1st, 2013

The death toll in Syria is now estimated at a horrifying 70,000, and the pressure on the United States to intervene is mounting, particularly with the suggestion that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons. Geoff Dyer in Washington and ...Show More
Prospects for a new Italian government

13:58 | Apr 24th, 2013

The political chaos in Rome seems to be about to come to an end as the bickering parties prepare to form a broad coalition government led by Enrico Letta of the centre-left Democrats. Will the coalition be able to rise to the challenges facing Italy,...Show More
The Thatcher legacy

16:17 | Apr 16th, 2013

The past week in Britain has been a reminder of the bitterness of the politics of the 1980s as a vehement debate has broken out about the legacy of Margaret Thatcher since her death last week. For Conservatives, she remains a hero who rescued the Bri...Show More
Portugal’s painful austerity programme runs into trouble

10:24 | Apr 11th, 2013

Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal’s prime minister, is one of Europe’s staunchest backers of austerity. But his government’s painful two-year programme of structural adjustment has yet to deliver the results promised. And late last week, the country’s co...Show More
Is war with North Korea imminent?

10:40 | Apr 3rd, 2013

In the last two weeks, tension on the Korean peninsula has risen dramatically, as North Korea has threatened to target US territories in the Pacific and blocked South Korean workers from entering a joint industrial complex in the North. In this week’...Show More
What next for the Brics?

10:54 | Mar 27th, 2013

The Brics started life as a marketing gimmick dreamt up by Goldman Sachs to promote emerging markets, but the notion has taken on a life of its own and this group of nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - are now a formal organisat...Show More
What lies ahead for Cyprus and the eurozone?

15:34 | Mar 21st, 2013

After a failed bailout plan that involved taxing the deposits of small savers, Cyprus is now the epicentre of the eurozone crisis. Lawmakers are now seeking an alternative before Monday, when the European Central Bank will cut emergency liquidity to ...Show More
A tale of two Middle East anniversaries

15:57 | Mar 13th, 2013

March 15 marks the second anniversary of the start of the uprising against the Assad regime in Syria and on March 20 it will have been a decade since the start of the Iraq war, a conflict that still reverberates around the region and the world. Abiga...Show More
Chavismo after Hugo Chavez?

10:09 | Mar 7th, 2013

Does the death of Hugo Chavez spell the end of Latin American radicalism, or will Chavismo live on? John Paul Rathbone, Latin America editor, and Benedict Mander, FT correspondent in Caracas, join Gideon Rachman to discuss Venezuela after Chavez.
Japan's Abenomics and the world economy

15:06 | Mar 6th, 2013

Japan is still the world's third-largest economy, but has also been stagnating and idling for twenty years. Now a new government led by Shinzo Abe has come to power pledging to take dramatic steps to turn the situation around. The potential rewards o...Show More
Instability rules in Italy

14:57 | Feb 27th, 2013

Italian national elections have ended in chaos and the voters' message is that they are tired of austerity and the political elite. The country faces a hung parliament after votes were split between a former comedian, an ex-prime minister who faces c...Show More
What the strange trial of a dead man tells us about Putin's Russia

12:29 | Feb 20th, 2013

Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Moscow jail in 2009 after making allegations of tax fraud against interior ministry officials, is to be tried on tax-evasion charges in a Russian court beginning on Monday. Charles Clover, Moscow bureau chief;...Show More
How dangerous is North Korea's nuclear test?

12:51 | Feb 13th, 2013

Within hours of the North Korean nuclear test this week, the UN security council was meeting in emergency session. But how dangerous is this development, and what is likely to happen next? James Blitz, diplomatic and defense editor, Christian Oliver,...Show More
The most important Italian election for 30 years?

11:39 | Feb 7th, 2013

Some argue that the elections to be held in Italy are the most important for that country in three decades, since the fate of the euro could be at stake. Tony Barber, Europe editor, and Guy Dinmore, Rome bureau chief, join Gideon Rachman to discuss t...Show More
A post-Davos debrief on the state of the world economy

10:09 | Feb 1st, 2013

As US growth shrinks and fears of a catastrophic collapse in the eurozone recede, Gideon Rachman, FT editor Lionel Barber and economic editor Chris Giles discuss the strength of world economy in this week's podcast (also available on video)
Foreign policy priorities for Obama's second term

12:13 | Jan 23rd, 2013

As President Obama begins his second term in office, Shawn Donnan, world news editor, is joined by Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief, Geoff Dyer, US diplomatic correspondent and Roula Khalaf, Middle East editor to discuss what the administrat...Show More
The French intervention in Mali

11:23 | Jan 16th, 2013

Why has France intervened militarily in Mali and what is at stake? William Wallis, Africa editor; Hugh Carnegy, Paris bureau chief, and Xan Rice, FT correspondent in west Africa, join Gideon Rachman.
Demonstrations over censorship in China and Obama's pick for US defense secretary

14:58 | Jan 9th, 2013

Could the demonstrations over censorship at Southern Weekend newspaper be a significant turning point in the battle for free speech in China? Kathrin HIlle reports from Guangzhou. In Washington, President Obama has nominated Chuck Hagel, to be the ne...Show More