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The Debate

A live debate on the topic of the day, with four guests. From Monday to Thursday at 7:10pm Paris time.

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NATO summit: Can a revitalised alliance deter Putin's Russia?

Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine is breathing new life into NATO, which has not only committed to turbocharging its eastern flank but is now more than doubling its borders with Russia, as Finland and Sweden join an alliance that has rediscovered its purpose.

46mins

30 Jun 2022

Rank #1

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Wartime economy: Can G7 stare down Russia over Ukraine?

Who has got who over a barrel? G7 leaders are pushing the idea of capping the price they pay for Russian oil and gas, effectively forcing Moscow to choose whether to supply at a discount or cut off the revenue stream of its pipelines.

44mins

27 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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Ready to bite the bullet? EU on collision course with Russia over Ukraine candidacy

It all started in 2013 with Russia steering Ukraine’s then president away from a trade partnership with Brussels. Eight years, one revolution and two invasions on, the EU is now set to grant Kyiv and Moldova EU candidate status. But what does this mean? And what will be the backlash? Would the bloc have the resolve to weather Russia cutting all gas exports? Putin may be assuring his people that Ukraine joining the EU is no big deal, but past pronouncements say otherwise.

44mins

23 Jun 2022

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All is forgiven? Saudi leader on first Turkey visit since Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman is visiting Turkey, less than four years after dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered his consulate in Istanbul, never to reemerge. Does President Recep Tayyip Erdogan burying the hatchet with the Gulf oil giant have anything to do with Turkey's skyrocketing inflation and soaring energy costs? As for the crown prince, this trip is part of a broader return to grace, precipitated by Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and the scramble for alternatives to Russian oil.

44mins

22 Jun 2022

Rank #4

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Israel's political merry-go-round: Nation on track for fifth election in three years

Israel is now on track for its fifth election in three years after PM Naftali Bennett called for parliament to be dissolved. In line with his coalition deal, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will be caretaking premier pending new elections, which will be held no more than five months from the day the bill is written into law. So what next? Could this be Benjamin Netanyahu's big chance at a comeback? And what does the Israeli public make of this never-ending electoral merry-go-round?

44mins

21 Jun 2022

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Re-elected then rejected: How will Macron govern without a majority?

Where did he go wrong? Eight weeks after his re-election, French President Emmanuel Macron is now in uncharted territory. On Sunday, voters left him no obvious path to a working majority in parliament. We ask about the strong inroads of an opposition split between a left-wing coalition and a far right that succeeded beyond its wildest expectations. More broadly, should this result be cheered as a result of the will of the people, or are France's institutions headed for crisis?

46mins

20 Jun 2022

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Ready for the EU? Leaders in Kyiv pledge arms, candidate status for Ukraine

What does EU candidate status for Ukraine really mean, and what have Europe's leaders really offered Volodymyr Zelensky? In the end, it was more just than a photo op. On a visit to Kyiv, Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz, Mario Draghi and Klaus Iohannis backed the idea of Ukraine joining the EU, or at least for it to be granted "candidate status" to the club.

44mins

16 Jun 2022

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Above international law? UK stands by Rwanda deportation scheme

What does today's Britain stand for? Do illegal migrants deserve to be deported thousands of kilometres away to a country they have never been to? An eleventh-hour ruling from the European Court of Human Rights is for now halting the maiden flight in a scheme to send them to Rwanda. Despite outcry that extends all the way up to Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the government vows to fight it and is even making veiled hints at reviewing its relationship with the ECHR.

45mins

15 Jun 2022

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Is it a tipping point? Bloody battle continues in Ukraine's eastern city of Severodonetsk

It's not the sort of news Ukrainian officials wanted to hear. The last bridge linking the eastern city of Severodonetsk with Ukrainian-controlled territory to the west has been destroyed. This comes as bloody street battles continue in the besieged city, with scores of civilians remaining stranded under relentless bombardment. This is all happening as French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting neighbouring Romania and then Moldova. We ask our panel what his trip means.

44mins

15 Jun 2022

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Macron's majority in doubt: Can a united left derail French centrists' lock on power?

After choosing between the familiar faces on offer in April's presidential vote, the French legislative election campaign that followed seemed to many like a seven-week snoozefest. That was until Sunday night. Now, with the first round's ballots counted, Emmanuel Macron has just one week to convince voters to return a centrist majority to parliament for his second term as president. We break down the odds for next week's run-offs.

44mins

13 Jun 2022

Rank #10