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FT World Weekly

Updated 13 days ago

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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 Hannah Murphy.

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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 Hannah Murphy.

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Gets to the heart of the matter

By SuccesfulBusinessmanDanceParty - Dec 23 2014
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This podcast wastes no time in elucidating the most complex aspects of it’s chosen topic. Great journalism, I never miss an episode.

Excellent Summary of News

By Beavis3600 - Oct 08 2011
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Brief podcast that covers only a few topics, but is more intelligent and useful than network news.

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
28
16
3
5
4

Gets to the heart of the matter

By SuccesfulBusinessmanDanceParty - Dec 23 2014
Read more
This podcast wastes no time in elucidating the most complex aspects of it’s chosen topic. Great journalism, I never miss an episode.

Excellent Summary of News

By Beavis3600 - Oct 08 2011
Read more
Brief podcast that covers only a few topics, but is more intelligent and useful than network news.
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FT World Weekly

Updated 13 days ago

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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 Hannah Murphy.

Rank #1: Hong Kong protests: what happens next?

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In this special episode from Hong Kong, Gideon Rachman talks to Regina Ip, a member of the territory's Executive Council and Legislative Council, and to student activist Joshua Wong about the continuing protests and what happens next.

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Aug 01 2019
15 mins
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Rank #2: Venezuela in crisis

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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 19 2017
12 mins
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Rank #3: Populism and politics in Europe

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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 21 2017
29 mins
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Rank #4: The blockade of super rich Gulf state Qatar

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 08 2017
10 mins
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Rank #5: Where does Erdogan go from here?

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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 Delphine Strauss and Mehul Srivastava. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 20 2017
16 mins
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Rank #6: Iran-Israel tensions rise

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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.

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Apr 26 2018
10 mins
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Rank #7: Hong Kong's democracy debate

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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 15 2017
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Rank #8: Iranians count the cost of renewed sanctions

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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

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Aug 10 2018
13 mins
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Rank #9: Macron close to victory in French presidential poll

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 26 2017
12 mins
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Rank #10: Britain's tanker dispute with Iran

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What are the factors Britain and its allies need to consider as they weigh their response to Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz? Barney Jopson discusses the difficult waters Iran and the west must navigate to avoid a further escalation with Andrew England and Najmeh Bozorgmehr

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Jul 25 2019
12 mins
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Rank #11: Syrian battle risks international conflict

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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 Dyer, former Washington correspondent For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 23 2017
14 mins
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Rank #12: Trump troubles escalate over son's Russia meeting

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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 with Courtney Weaver and Max Seddon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 12 2017
13 mins
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Rank #13: Brexit drives a wedge between the UK and Ireland

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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?

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Nov 29 2017
12 mins
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Rank #14: Turmoil in Saudi Arabia

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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.

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Nov 08 2017
12 mins
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Rank #15: Brazil's political system in turmoil

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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 Gideon Rachman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 19 2017
9 mins
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Rank #16: Donald Trump's visit to Asia

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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.

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Nov 01 2017
15 mins
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Rank #17: The rise of populism in central Europe

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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 the European Union as a club of like-minded democracies with Neil Buckley and James Shotter.

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Oct 26 2017
9 mins
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Rank #18: Yemen's unending torment

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The long-running war in Yemen has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis and the killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the influential former president, this week curtailed a fledgling effort to reach a negotiated solution. Gideon Rachman discusses why the conflict has proved so protracted with the FT's Simeon Kerr and Andrew England. 

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Dec 06 2017
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Rank #19: Will the real Trump step forward?

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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

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Apr 19 2018
13 mins
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Rank #20: The End of the Merkel Era

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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?

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Jan 11 2018
16 mins
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