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FT World Weekly

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 Hannah Murphy.

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Venezuela in crisis

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

19 May 2017

Rank #1

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The fate of the euro

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #2

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The blockade of super rich Gulf state Qatar

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

8 Jun 2017

Rank #3

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Netanyahu under fire

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. Gideon Rachman discusses what this could mean for Israel with the FT's Jerusalem bureau chief John Reed and FT International affairs editor David Gardner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

10 Mar 2017

Rank #4

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Iran-Israel tensions rise

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 Rachman discusses the recent skirmishes and the risk of further escalation with Mehul Srivastava and Andrew England.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Populism and politics in Europe

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

21 Mar 2017

Rank #6

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Macron close to victory in French presidential poll

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 Tony Barber and Michael Stothard  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

26 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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Iranians count the cost of renewed sanctions

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 EnglandSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Where does Huawei affair leave the US-China trade dispute?

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.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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US launches bid to rewrite trading relationships

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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On the front lines in Yemen

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 time working for the humanitarian organisation in war-torn Yemen. To read more about MSF and the FT Seasonal Appeal visit FT.com/appeal. Diary clips and photo courtesy of MSF.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

8 Dec 2016

Rank #11

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Why Sunday's German elections matter

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 the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

21 Sep 2017

Rank #12

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Trump's dangerous war of words with North Korea

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 diplomatic correspondent, and Lucy Hornby, China correspondent.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

9 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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Europe faces twin threats from Putin and Orban

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 and Alex BarkerSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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The human consequences and market impact of Harvey

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

31 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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Trump win stuns America's allies

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

8mins

9 Nov 2016

Rank #16

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The European Union's new leadership team

Gideon Rachman discusses the fraught process of selecting a new leadership team in Europe and the impact these choices will have on integration, Eastern Europe and the Brexit negotiations, with Jim Brunsden and Ben HallSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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Hong Kong's democracy debate

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 that took to streets to demand democratic elections for Hong Kong chief executive in 2014. Mr Law is the youngest elected member of the Hong Kong legislative council to date - but could be disbarred from office for his views.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

8mins

15 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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Trump's Mexico tariff threat

The US has threatened to impose levies of 5 per cent starting on June 10 on all Mexican products unless Mexico takes action to contain migration, increasing to 25 per cent by October if there is no progress. Gideon Rachman discusses the impact of this move on Mexico and on global trade with Jude Webber and Alan Beattie.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Iran-Saudi split damps hopes for regional conflict resolution

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 the regional implications of the dispute.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

6 Jan 2016

Rank #20