Russia’s threat to Europe
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by Financial Times
6d ago
How much of a threat would Russia pose to Europe if its invasion of Ukraine was successful? Given recent remarks by the US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, does Europe have the firepower to defend itself without the aid of the US? Gideon discusses these questions with the writer and historian Anne Applebaum, just back from the 2024 Munich Security Conference. Clip: Deutsche Welle Free links to read more on this topic: Ursula von der Leyen calls on EU to subsidise defence production Russian victories shake global leaders’ faith in Ukraine war prospects Alexei Navalny, Russian op ..read more
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Is China’s power on the wane?
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by Financial Times
1w ago
China’s property crisis and slowing growth rate have raised questions about its future as an economic and military power. Gideon discusses whether it’s time to call ‘peak China’ with Richard McGregor, senior fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. Clip: Bloomberg Free links to read more on this topic: China’s consumers tighten belts even as prices fall China’s growth enigma The looming trade tensions over China’s subsidies We shouldn’t call ‘peak China’ just yet Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon R ..read more
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Why we need the UN
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by Financial Times
2w ago
Gideon talks to Mark Malloch-Brown, former deputy secretary-general of the UN and president of the Open Society Foundation, about the role of the United Nations. While it sometimes struggles to make an impact on matters of global security, it plays a unique and often unrecognised role in shaping policy on migration, refugees and climate. Clip: The Guardian ICJ’s Israel judgment seeks to restore rule of law to a brutal conflict Head of UN agency for Palestinians defies Israeli calls to quit A ‘multipolar’ world defies the ‘rules-based’ order Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get yo ..read more
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Germans push back against extremist AfD
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by Financial Times
3w ago
Germans have been staging mass protests against the far-right ideology of the AfD party. This followed revelations about a meeting late last year in which the party and its backers discussed the potential for mass deportations of people of foreign origin. Gideon discusses whether this could be a turning point in German politics with international affairs analyst Constanze Stelzenmüller. Clip: The Guardian Free links to read more on this topic: In praise of mass immigration German far right defeated in regional election Germany’s top court paves way for financing ban on extremist political par ..read more
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The battle for the control of Poland’s institutions
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by Financial Times
1M ago
Donald Tusk’s re-election cheered democrats across Europe and paved the way for the biggest change in Poland since the fall of communism. He’s hoping to rebuild the country's institutions and began with a clear-out of state TV that had become a mouthpiece for the previous government. Now he's waging war with the president and constitutional court. Ben Hall, the FT’s Europe editor, discusses Tusk’s first month in office and what lies ahead with Andrzej Bobiński, managing director of Polityka Insight. Clips: CNBC, tvp Free links to read more on this topic: EU to sidestep Pol ..read more
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Introducing Untold: The Retreat
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by Financial Times
1M ago
Introducing Untold, a new podcast from the special investigations team at the Financial Times. In its first series, The Retreat, host Madison Marriage examines the world of the Goenka network, which promotes a type of intensive meditation known as Vipassana. Thousands of people go on Goenka retreats every year. People rave about them. But some people go to these meditation retreats, and they suffer. They might feel a deep sense of terror, or a break with reality. And on the other side, they’re not themselves anymore. Untold: The Retreat launches Jan. 24. Subscribe and listen on: Apple Podcast ..read more
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Putin’s nemesis in the west
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by Financial Times
1M ago
Bill Browder tells Gideon the story of his battle against Russian corruption, which took off when his lawyer was murdered in a Russian prison in 2009. The war in Ukraine has turbocharged his campaign. Can he now take it further to persuade western governments to use frozen Russian assets for the benefit of Ukraine? Clip: World Economic Forum Free links to read more on this topic: Washington puts forward G7 plan to confiscate $300bn in Russian assets The west would harm itself with rash seizures of frozen Russian assets We must keep fighting Russia with banks as well as tanks Freezing Ord ..read more
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Can a wider Middle East war be averted?
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by Financial Times
1M ago
As Israel continues its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, more and more regional actors are being drawn in, from the Houthis in Yemen, to Isis in Iraq and Syria. Gideon discusses whether a widening regional war can be averted with Kim Ghattas, distinguished fellow at Columbia University's Institute of Global Politics. Clip: Reuters Free links to read more on this topic: US intensifies efforts to prevent Middle East conflagration Senior Hizbollah and Hamas figures killed as fears grow of regional war The edge of the abyss looms in the Middle East Subscribe to The Rachman Review ..read more
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The future of Europe
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by Financial Times
2M ago
It's an important year for the European Union, which holds parliamentary elections in June. As geopolitical turbulence continues to test the strength of global alliances, will Europe pursue further integration or start to pull apart? Gideon discusses these questions, and the role played by European Commission presidents, past and present, with Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform in London. Clip: European Commission Free links to read more on this topic: Jacques Delors, who drove EU integration, dies at 98 How migration is pushing Europe to the right EU readies €20bn plan ..read more
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The world in 2024
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by Financial Times
2M ago
Who will win the US presidential election? Will China continue its rapprochement with the west? What are the prospects for an end to the wars in Ukraine and Gaza? Gideon discusses these and other questions with the FT’s Martin Wolf, Karin von Hippel, director-general of the Royal United Services Institute, and Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group. Clip: CNN Free links to read more on this topic: Americans won’t be terrified into rejecting Trump Time is of the essence in defending Ukraine America’s cultural supremacy and geopolitical weakness Peace is impossible without resolving t ..read more
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