The Irish Times World View Podcast

The Irish Times World View Podcast

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The Irish Times’ unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Chris Dooley with regular contributors Patrick Smyth, Denis Staunton, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and


Inside China’s Detention Centres - with Peter Goff
Aug 20 • 26 min
The Chinese say their vocational training centres are voluntary and aimed at eradicating extremism and terrorism. Others say they are extra-judicial detention centres and part of an elaborate system to assimilate Muslims into Han China. Irish Times…
Who was Jeffrey Epstein? / Kashmir in Lockdown
Aug 13 • 35 min
The death in prison of financier Jeffrey Epstein has thrown up many questions, not least among them, how did US authorities allow this to happen? But who was Jeffrey Epstein and why was he such a notorious figure even before his arrest? Suzanne Lynch has…
Trump’s Foreign Policy, ‘Great-Power Competition’ & The 2020 Waiting Game - with Thomas Wright
Aug 6 • 43 min
This week’s podcast is a discussion with foreign policy expert Thomas Wright on: - The emergence of global “Great-power competition” - How Trump views the EU, and why the EU’s ‘wait-and-see’ approach to Trump’s presidency makes sense - The logic behind…
Trump Eyes Reelection and Ramps Up The Rhetoric / Boris’s First Week
Jul 30 • 38 min
Donald Trump launched fresh attacks on black political opponents this week, labeling civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton “a con man” who “Hates Whites & Cops”. It follows comments he made on Sunday about Congressman Elijah Cummings, an…
What Are Boris Johnson’s Beliefs? / Ukraine’s Political Novices Take Over
Jul 23 • 31 min
Boris Johnson is poised to become the next British prime minister after a resounding victory in the Tory leadership contest, beating his rival Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656. Johnson began his career as a journalist and is the author of a number of…
The US President Says “Go Back Where You Came From”
Jul 16 • 26 min
President Trump’s tweets calling for four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back to where they came from’ have elicited a strong international backlash - but not much condemnation from other Republicans. Will it matter in 2020? Meanwhile, for the Democrats…
Hunger, Slavery, Slaughter: The Plight of Europe-Bound Migrants Detained in Libya
Jul 9 • 27 min
Reporter Sally Hayden talks to Foreign Editor Chris Dooley about the plight of migrants from countries across Africa and the Middle East who, while trying to make their way to Europe, have instead been detained in Libya. Some of them have talked to Sally…
A Challenge to Biden, Trump 2020, Iran Conflict - with Suzanne Lynch
Jul 2 • 35 min
Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch is live in studio to talk with Foreign Editor Chris Dooley about the Democratic Party primary debates, President Trump’s own 2020 campaign launch, and the escalating tensions between the US and Iran.
Is Boris Faltering?
Jun 25 • 40 min
Boris Johnson remains the front runner in the Tory leadership race. However, as his campaign appears to be faltering, Jeremy Hunt seems to be a more formidable candidate than first thought. Boris is under pressure. Can he handle it? Denis Staunton is on…
Tensions in the Gulf / Hopes for a Brexitless EU Summit Dashed
Jun 18 • 35 min
The US is to send 1,000 extra troops to the Middle East, following a move last month to send 1,500 troops to the region. It comes as tensions between the US and Iran continue to escalate, amid fears that a misstep by either side could trigger a military…
The Tory Contenders / Hong Kong Protests
Jun 11 • 30 min
Protesters gathered in Hong Kong last Sunday demanding a looming extradition Bill be quashed, in one of the largest rallies since the region was returned to China more than 20 years ago. The bill, if enacted, would allow for crime suspects to be…
Trump in London / Who and What are the Spitzenkandidaten?
Jun 4 • 31 min
On the second day of his official State visit to the UK, US president Donald Trump on Tuesday promised Britain a “phenomenal” post-Brexit trade deal, suggesting Britain’s public health service should be on the table, and congratulated outgoing prime…
European Elections: Views from London and Brussels
May 28 • 36 min
This week’s podcast features analysis of the European election results in the UK and across Europe, from Denis Staunton and Patrick Smyth. Plus, the slow race to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader and UK Prime Minister.
A Very Austrian Scandal / India: Despite Broken Promises, Modi Is Set to Retain Power
May 21 • 26 min
Less than two years after it came to power on an anti-corruption platform, the Austrian far-right Freedom Party is reeling from the resignation of its leader after an apparent sting in which he promised government contracts for campaign money.…
Brexit: Pressure Builds, But No Sign of A Deal / Australian Elections
May 14 • 30 min
First: Theresa May’s cabinet has set the Westminster summer recess as the deadline to pass the EU withdrawal agreement bill and agreed to continue their discussions with the Labour party in a bid to reach cross party support. With pressure growing on both…
The EU’s ‘Brexit-Free’ Summit / Japan’s New Emperor
May 7 • 26 min
Europe Editor Patrick Smyth looks ahead to the EU summit in Sibiru, Romania. It was billed as a Brexit-Free opportunity to plan for Europe’s future, but the failure of the UK to leave on time means the meeting still takes place in Brexit’s shadow. Also…
In Spain, A Rare Good Result for The Left / Biden’s 2020 Plan
Apr 30 • 39 min
It has been a good election for Spain’s centre left Socialist Party. But incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will still have difficulty forming a government in a political landscape overshadowed by the Catalan issue. Guy Hedgecoe reports. Joe Biden…
Brexit: Back to Business / Ukraine’s Comic President-Elect
Apr 23 • 35 min
Brexit talks between the British government and the Labour party resume today as MPs return to Westminster following the Easter break. Prime Minister Theresa May is on borrowed time and no closer to a deal with Jeremy Corbyn, after the EU extended the…
Lara Marlowe: Like France, Notre Dame Will Survive
Apr 16 • 30 min
The partial destruction of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral has stunned France, a nation already suffering from social and political unrest. What do we know about the cause of the fire, and will the country unite in the face of this calamity? We ask our…
EU Leaders Consider Brexit Extension / Another White House Clear-out
Apr 9 • 30 min
Theresa May is expected to be granted a Brexit extension when EU leaders meet tomorrow, but the British prime minister will first have to convince the bloc that she has a credible plan in place to get a deal passed. European Council president Donald Tusk…
Brexit: Extension Time? / A Blow to Erdogan
Apr 2 • 34 min
Denis Staunton on the ever-narrower set of options facing UK Prime Minister Theresa May as Parliament fails to find a way forward and the April 12th Brexit deadline draws near. Plus: Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on…
The Mueller Report / Ukraine’s Choice
Mar 26 • 35 min
The Mueller report is complete and while we only know what President Trump’s Attorney General has told us about its contents, it is being interpreted as a major fillip to the Republicans and their leader. Will they now seek to take revenge? Suzanne Lynch…
Brexit: Bercow Thwarts May, But What Next?
Mar 19 • 21 min
Patrick Smyth in Brussels and Denis Staunton in London talk about the latest Brexit developments, including Speaker John Bercow’s very consequential ruling, and why the EU is likely to agree to Theresa May’s request fora short extension but may baulk at a…
Brexit Breakdown / Venezuela Blackout
Mar 12 • 36 min
Theresa May secured what she claimed were significant legal changes to the Brexit backstop in Strasbourg on Monday night, but it hasn’t been enough to convince MPs. With just 17 days left until the UK is due to leave the EU, the prime minister’s plan…
Democrats Take On Trump / Macron’s Appeal to Europe
Mar 5 • 34 min
Is the net closing around Donald Trump? Certainly the pressure has intensified in recent weeks. With the publication of the Mueller report just around the corner, chairman of the House of Representatives judiciary committee Jerrold Nadler added further…
Brexit: No Deal Risk Recedes / Tensions Heighten in Kashmir
Feb 26 • 28 min
First: Denis Staunton on a whirlwind Brexit week in Westminster. Driven by fear of losing control of Brexit altogether, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has given ground, meaning Brexit is much more likely to be delayed if no deal has been struck by March…
In Spain, Political Turmoil Beckons / Mohammed bin Salman on Tour
Feb 19 • 28 min
Guy Hedgecoe on a looming general election in Spain that may herald the return of deadlock to the Cortes Generales. What role will Vox, the new right wing party, play? Middle East analyst Michael Jansen on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tour of…
Jason Rezaian on 544 Days Detained in Iran
Feb 12 • 27 min
In July 2014 Washington Post Iran correspondent Jason Rezaian was on the brink of a two-month sabbatical in the US with his wife Yeganeh when his Tehran home was raided by police. A gun was pointed at his head, he was arrested and accused of spying.…
The State of The Union / The Demise of A Nuclear Treaty
Feb 5 • 32 min
First: Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch on the achievements President Trump is likely to highlight in his State of the Union address this evening. Will he use the opportunity to declare a national emergency in order to get funding for his border…
Venezuela: Can Maduro Hang On? / Back to the Brexit Negotiating Table
Jan 29 • 28 min
First, Chris talks to Tom Hennigan about the political crisis in Venezuela. Protests had been growing since Nicolas Maduro began a second term as president this month. Then last week, opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself president, a move that…
Will ‘Plan B’ Break The Brexit Deadlock? / A New Franco-German Treaty
Jan 22 • 30 min
After her Brexit deal was rejected by MPs last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May returned to the House of Commons on Monday with her Plan B. Is it any different to Plan A? And, are there any other alternatives should it too be rejected by MPs?…
May’s Deal Will Be Defeated. What Then?
Jan 15 • 21 min
After more than two years of talks, British MPs will gather this evening to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. There is no doubt the deal will be rejected by the House of Commons, but what is not clear is just how big that defeat will be. Even less clear…
Brexit: Has The Arithmetic Changed? / US Government Shutdown
Jan 8 • 32 min
Denis Staunton from London as Westminster braces for a vote, finally, on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Has anything changed over Christmas? Suzanne Lynch from Washington on the continuing US government shutdown over President Trump’s demand for border wall…
How Brussels Is Challenging The Far Right
Jan 1 • 24 min
Brexit has dominated the agenda in the EU throughout 2018 but today we take a look at the other major trend: how political parties on the far right have taken control in a number of member states, creating new tensions between those states and the…
Brexit: Optimism Grows in Westminster / Hungary’s Anti-Orban Protests
Dec 18, 2018 • 31 min
Denis Staunton on the last news from London including Jeremy Corbyn’s motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May and a growing optimism among members of her government that her deal can pass. And Dan McLaughlin reports from Budapest where…
What The EU Still Can Offer Theresa May / Mueller Investigation Update
Dec 11, 2018 • 35 min
EU leaders have made it clear: there will be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal. So what then is left to be said? But Europe Editor Patrick Smyth says there still are things the EU can do to help Theresa May get her deal through the House of Commons.…
“A Devastating Political Crisis for Macron” / The Brexit Debate
Dec 4, 2018 • 38 min
In a major political humiliation for French President Emmanuel Macron, a tax increase on diesel, due to take effect in January, has been suspended for six months. The spectacular climbdown came on Tuesday after weeks of protests and rioting by the…
Conflict and Schism in Ukraine / Merkel’s Successor
Nov 27, 2018 • 28 min
(An earlier version of this podcast was deleted due to a problem with the audio file. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.) As the conflict in eastern Ukraine grinds towards its fifth winter, there’s still no sense of how it will end. Thirty days of…
Brexit: Few Paths Forward / A Colombian Peacemaker Visits Tipperary
Nov 20, 2018 • 42 min
The European Council is expected to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal text when it meets this Sunday 25th November. Theresa May appears to have seen off the detractors within the Tory party for now, but the real challenge for the British Prime Minister…
Brexit: Is A Second Referendum Really Possible?
Nov 13, 2018 • 34 min
As Brexit negotiations enter what the British prime minister Theresa May has described as the ‘endgame’, what is the likelihood of a second referendum being held? Resigning as Transport Minister last week, Tory MP Jo Johnson said it would be a democratic…
Brexit: A Genuine Breakthrough? / A New Arms Race in Europe
Nov 6, 2018 • 27 min
First: In Brexit negotiations over the Northern Irish border, sides have moved closer in the last 24 hours, facilitated by new forms of words over the ‘backstop’. Denis Staunton explains. Later: Donald Trump recently announced he wants to tear up the 1987…
US Midterms: Some Key Battles in A ‘Referendum on Trump’ / Victory for Bolsonaro
Oct 30, 2018 • 32 min
Suzanne Lynch previews some key battles in next week’s midterm elections for the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Plus: Tom Hennigan on why Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s moderate victory speech should not reassure you.
Brexit: Theresa May’s Crablike Progress / Saudi Arabia in Crisis
Oct 23, 2018 • 33 min
The immediate threat to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership receded this week as she made some progress and delivered a defiant speech to the Commons on Monday, setting out four Brexit backstop solutions. But even if she strikes a deal with…
Cracks in Merkel’s Coalition / Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance
Oct 16, 2018 • 35 min
First: German chancellor Angela Merkel faces another potential state election disaster in two weeks time, after her CSU allies were punished at the polls in Bavaria at the weekend, shaking an already wobbly coalition. Berlin correspondent Derek Scally is…
A New Stark Warning on Climate / Brazil: Support for Bolsonaro Shocks Establishment
Oct 8, 2018 • 31 min
Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on a major new report on climate change. The report paints a dire picture of a world devastated by the effects of climate change by the middle of this century unless action is taken now. Plus: Tom Hennigan from Sao Paolo on…
Kavanaugh’s Open Partisanship / Brexit: Boris Falls Short at Tory Conference
Oct 2, 2018 • 37 min
The FBI has broadened its investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But will they find anything conclusive? Expectations are low. Democratic lawmakers are instead focussing on the judge’s embittered…
Are Labour Inching Toward ‘Remain’? / A Far-Right Threat in Brazil
Sep 25, 2018 • 38 min
Denis Staunton is in Liverpool for the Labour Party conference. The party’s official stance on Brexit has always masked a deep division between principle and pragmatism. Is that about to change? Tom Hennigan reports from Sao Paolo on the candidacy of Jair…
Big Trouble for Brett Kavanaugh / Brexit: Something (Still) Has to Give
Sep 18, 2018 • 30 min
First: Historical sexual assault allegations against President Trump’s supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have complicated what had appeared to be a smooth confirmation process. Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of a 1982…
Is Trump a Midterm Liability for Republicans? / Brexit: Chequers Under Fire
Sep 11, 2018 • 36 min
First: The White House press corps had their first briefing in 19 days on Monday, after weeks of a news cycle dominated by scandal. There were leaks from an explosive book by Bob Woodward offering insights into a chaotic presidency, followed closely by an…
Sweden’s Far Right / Sally Hayden on Libya’s Abandoned Refugees
Sep 4, 2018 • 23 min
First: It’s a familiar story. A far right party on the rise, causing a rightward shift across the political spectrum. It has happened across the continent and Sweden is no different, where a sense of doubt has crept in to a society once better known for…
An Irish Diplomat’s Experience at The Heart of The Ebola Crisis
Aug 28, 2018 • 54 min
The Ebola virus exploded in West Africa in 2014, causing the deaths of over 11,300 people. Sinead Walsh was there, serving as Ireland’s ambassador to Sierra Leone, and she witnessed first-hand how the international humanitarian system operated, and failed…
Considering ‘No Deal Brexit’ (with Patrick Smyth)
Aug 21, 2018 • 36 min
What happens if the UK crashes out of the EU? On the EU side, there is a special task force dedicated to figuring just that out, while the UK is publishing numerous papers covering what will happen in all walks of life. Little, though, is certain, and…
Lara Marlowe on France under Macron, War Reporting & Trump
Aug 14, 2018 • 47 min
Lara Marlowe has worked at the Irish Times for the past 22 years. During that time she has reported from far-flung locations including Algeria, Kosovo, Georgia and Iraq. She was the Irish Times Washington correspondent for the first term of Barack Obama’s…
Make Bavaria Great Again / Putin’s Turning Point: The Georgian War Ten Years On
Aug 7, 2018 • 40 min
First: Derek Scally on the harshening of political rhetoric emanating from Bavaria, and in particular its ruling party the CSU. Later: Dan McLaughlin looks back at the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. What caused it, how did it play out, and what did it symbolise?
Trump v The Koch Brothers, Midterm Elections / Historic Vote In Zimbabwe
Jul 31, 2018 • 28 min
This week’s podcast: Suzanne Lynch on the week in Washington. Ahead of crucial midterm elections, the downsides for Republicans of President Trump’s tariffs are becoming clear, while Trump’s deepening feud with billionaire right-wing donors Charles and…
Pakistan: A Populist Cricket Hero Closes In On Power / Brexit End Of Term
Jul 24, 2018 • 32 min
It is 26 years since Imran Khan cemented his status as a national hero by leading its cricket team to glory in the World Cup. Throughout that time, three things have remained constant in Pakistani politics: the Sharif dynasty, the Bhutto dynasty and the…
“The Worst Press Conference in History”
Jul 17, 2018 • 24 min
When historians reflect on Donald Trump’s presidency, will yesterday’s press conference alongside Vladimir Putin in Helsinki be seen as one of its defining moments?Trump sided with Putin over his own intelligence agencies, saying he saw no reason not to…
May Faces Down the Hard Brexiteers. Are the DUP Next?
Jul 10, 2018 • 28 min
British Prime Minister Theresa May has faced down the ‘big beasts’, David Davis and Boris Johnson, as she pushes for a soft Brexit. It is just the first of many battles she will have to win, at home and abroad, to get Brexit over the line and keep the…
Merkel’s Compromise, May’s Third Way
Jul 3, 2018 • 26 min
This week: Derek Scally on the last-minute deal struck to save Angela Merkel’s coalition government, after her Christian Democratic Party’s Bavarian sister party threatened to pull the plug over immigration. But there are doubts over the legality of what…
Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey / Trump Holds Firm on Immigration
Jun 26, 2018 • 31 min
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday, overcoming a revitalised opposition that in recent weeks had gained considerable momentum and looked capable of staging an…
A Tale of Two Presidents: Colombia’s Duque & Turkey’s Erdogan
Jun 19, 2018 • 29 min
Two world leaders, in two key elections, 10,000 km apart: One is a political novice, whose election last Sunday threatens to undo a historic and hard won peace deal. The other has been criticised for authoritarian tendencies after 15 years in charge of…
The Trump-Kim Summit / Rohingya in Bangladesh face Cyclone Season
Jun 12, 2018 • 39 min
On this week’s podcast, Clifford Coonan reports from Singapore where US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in a historic summit today. Comparisons have been drawn with president Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China to reopen…
Spain After Rajoy / The Babchenko Affair
Jun 5, 2018 • 32 min
Guy Hedgecoe on a dramatic week when Spanish politics was turned on its head. Mariano Rajoy is out. What comes next? Dan McLaughlin on the strange story of Ukrainian journalist Andrei Babchenko, who faked his own death in order to expose an alleged…
Italy’s Political Crisis / The Trump-Kim Summit
May 29, 2018 • 25 min
Chris Dooley talks to Patrick Smyth about Italy’s unfolding constitutional and political crisis, and to Suzanne Lynch about the scarcely believable saga of the Trump-Kim Summit.
The Trouble with Italy / Maduro’s Reelection in Venezuela
May 22, 2018 • 32 min
A bizarre political experiment in underway in Italy, and Brussels is watching with concern. Patrick Smyth on the makeup of the new government, its internal contradictions, its plans for the economy and immigration - and the novice who will likely become…
John Bolton, Mike Pompeo & Trump’s Foreign Policy(Interview with Thomas Wright)
May 15, 2018 • 38 min
Today’s guest is Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Washington-based thinktank The Brookings Institute. Last summer, Thomas talked to us about his expectations of the Trump Administration in the foreign policy…
The Stormy Daniels Affair
May 8, 2018 • 28 min
Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch explains the many twists and turns in the story of porn actor turned political player Stormy Daniels, and her alleged affair with President Donald Trump. Could his attempts to handle the controversy, including a…
Windrush Scandal Fallout / Spain’s #MeToo Moment
May 1, 2018 • 29 min
On this week’s World View podcast, London Editor Denis Staunton reports on the appointment of Conservative MP Sajid Javid as Home Secretary following the resignation of Amber Rudd. The son of Pakistani immigrants, Mr Javid has promised action on the…
The Korea Summit / Trump & Macron
Apr 24, 2018 • 23 min
This week podcast features Beijing Correspondent Clifford Coonan on the historic inter-Korean summit taking place at Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone this week. How did we get here, and what are the two nations hoping to achieve? The Korea summit will…
May’s Decision to Strike in Syria / The Windrush Scandal
Apr 17, 2018 • 20 min
London Editor Denis Staunton on the two stories dominating Westminster this week: Theresa May’s decision to join the United States and France in bombing Syria last weekend, and the appalling treatment of a group of immigrants who were welcomed to the…
Syria: Chemical Warfare & ‘Fake News Tourism’ / The Free Press Wilts in Orban’s Hungary
Apr 10, 2018 • 28 min
This week’s podcast.
Hungary’s Opposition Unites Against Orban / Bloodshed in Gaza
Apr 3, 2018 • 26 min
Hungarians head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections whose results may have consequences across Eastern Europe, says Dan McLaughlin on this week’s podcast. At stake in Budapest is Prime Minister Victor Orban’s supermajority in parliament,…
Catalonia Arrests: Why Has Madrid Upped The Ante? / Europe and Russia
Mar 27, 2018 • 23 min
Ireland today joined the collective move by western nations against Russia, announcing that one diplomat is to be expelled after a nerve attack on a former Russian agent earlier this month. It follows similar declarations by 16 other EU countries on…
Sarkozy & the Colonel’s Cash / Return of the Backstop
Mar 20, 2018 • 22 min
“I’ve covered a lot of financial scandals in French politics…. they usually get off”. Lara Marlowe talks to Chris about the latest financial scandal to cross her desk: the arrest of former president Nicolas Sarkozy on suspicion of taking illegal cash…
Russian Spy Attack Standoff / China’s ‘President For Life’
Mar 13, 2018 • 26 min
Theresa May says it’s “highly likely” that Russia was behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in Britain. Denis Staunton has the latest from London. Also, Clifford Coonan reports from…
Italy’s Messy Election Result / Slovakia: Murder Leads to Political Crisis
Mar 6, 2018 • 25 min
A hung parliament in Italy and the prospect of a government led by one of two populist parties has caused a considerable amount of nervousness in Brussels. The maverick, eurosceptic Five Star Movement, which before the election rejected any prospect of a…
Corbyn’s Brexit Shift / Faint Hope Grows for Gun Control
Feb 27, 2018 • 30 min
Another week, another milestone on the road to Brexit. This week features three such markers: a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that has caused a fresh headaches for Prime Minister Theresa May, a speech from May herself (to come on Friday) and the…
How Should Europe Handle The Rise of The Right?
Feb 20, 2018 • 37 min
The surge in support for populist parties across Europe in recent years is well documented. Right-wing populists are in office in Poland, Hungary and Austria, and in the Czech Republic, recently re-elected president Milos Zeman campaigned on an…
Colombia’s Difficult Path to Peace
Feb 13, 2018 • 32 min
Today’s podcast focusses on Colombia. It is now over a year since the government ratified a peace deal with Farc rebels that had been rejected by a narrow majority in a referendum. Today, progress is stalling as the country faces into national elections.…
The Customs Conundrum & Rees-Mogg’s ‘Rampage’ / FGM: 200 Million Victims
Feb 6, 2018 • 25 min
The UN estimates that more than 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone female genital mutilation. Today has been designated UN Zero Tolerance Day on FGM, and on today’s podcast reporter Sally Hayden describes her recent visit to the…
Bewildered Brussels / Lula’s Brazil
Jan 30, 2018 • 31 min
Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, the charismatic man of the people once dubbed ‘the most popular politician on Earth’ by Barack Obama, is barred from contesting the country’s presidential elections in October, after his conviction for corruption…
US Shutdown Ends but Migration Battle Looms / A New Era in German Politics
Jan 23, 2018 • 23 min
On today’s podcast: Suzanne Lynch on the government shutdown in Washington and what next for President Trump and Congressional Democrats and Republicans. Derek Scally on the tortuous path to a new ‘grand coalition’ between Angela Merkel’s Christian…
Sean Spicer, Former White House Press Secretary
Jan 12, 2018 • 28 min
Sean Spicer talks to Irish Times Foreign Editor Chris Dooley about his time in the West Wing, the nature of his former role, the contents of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, the Mueller investigation and more.
Inside ISIS - Interview with Rukmini Callimachi
Jan 9, 2018 • 29 min
Islamic State, or ISIS, has lost 98% of its territory in Iraq and Syria. But it persists, and even as its enemies declare victory, recent fatal attacks across the world, from New York to Kabul, remind us of the threat it still poses. Rukmini Callimachi is…
In Iran, Bloody Protests Reveal Economic and Political Dysfunction
Jan 2, 2018 • 14 min
The death toll is still rising in Iran as protests continue across the country. Middle East analyst Michael Jansen says that, while economics are behind the demonstrations’ unexpected strength, the spark for the protests came from conservative hardliners…
Correspondent’s Roundtable with Suzanne Lynch, Patrick Smyth & Ruadhán Mac Cormaic
Dec 26, 2017 • 47 min
Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch, Europe Editor Patrick Smyth and foreign affairs specialist Ruadhan Mac Cormaic stay down with host Chris Dooley to look back on another historic year in world affairs.
Decision Time in Catalonia / Zuma’s Successor
Dec 19, 2017 • 28 min
Catalonians cast ballots for the regional government on Thursday. Guy Hedgecoe reports on the campaign and some of the likely outcomes. In South Africa, the dominant ANC party has elected a new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. Reformers hope he will be a new…
A Day of Reckoning for Alabama / One Planet Summit
Dec 12, 2017 • 30 min
Some Alabama Republicans are ignoring President Donald Trump’s call to back their own party’s candidate for the Senate, Roy Moore, and are instead voting for Democrat Doug Jones. But many others are still backing Moore despite accusations he sexually…
What Next for Catalonia / Beyond the Caliphate: ISIS Fighters Return to Europe
Dec 5, 2017 • 28 min
From Barcelona, Guy Hedgecoe explains how things are shaping up for the Catalonian regional parliament’s snap election in two week’s time, the results of which could determine the future of the region - inside or outside Spain. In part two we talk to…
In The Balkans, Past Crimes Still Loom Large / Can Trump’s Tax Plan Pass?
Nov 28, 2017 • 33 min
Ratko Mladic, commander of ethnic Serb troops in Bosnia’s 1992-5 war, has now been convicted of genocide and jailed for life. But for years to come his victims and many others will continue to be unearthed across parts of former Yugoslavia.
Europe’s Latest Problem / What Next for Zimbabwe
Nov 21, 2017 • 22 min
The collapse of negotiations to form a coalition in Germany have led many to question whether Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold power for much longer. But the Christian Democratic Union leader has confounded critics before. And the rival Social…
Crisis-Stricken May, Ireland’s Position / Is Poland at Odds with Europe?
Nov 14, 2017 • 32 min
Prime Minister Theresa May is facing trouble on every front: in her Cabinet, in Westminster, with Taoiseach Varadkar and Minister Coveney in Dublin, and at the Brexit negotiating table. Who would want her job? Denis Staunton is on the line from London. In…
Texas Shooting: Outrage, But No Consensus / In Saudi Arabia, A Seismic Shift
Nov 7, 2017 • 29 min
This week’s podcast features Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch and Middle East analyst Michael Jansen.
Admissions and Denials in Washington / Catalonia in Disarray as Puigdemont Leaves Town
Oct 31, 2017 • 31 min
Suzanne Lynch reports from Washington as the city comes to grips with the indictment of former Trump campaign personnel. Former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates plead not guilty to 12 charges. Meanwhile it was revealed…
Brexit: The View from Brussels / A Weakened Merkel
Oct 24, 2017 • 30 min
This week’s podcast features Europe Editor Patrick Smyth and Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally. The Brexit negotiations look painful from here. How do they look from Brussels? Can negotiations get back on track? Is the problem of the Irish border still…
Arrests in Catalonia / “An Amazing Talent”: Sebastian Kurz’s Meteoric Rise
Oct 17, 2017 • 35 min
This week’s podcast.
Iran Deal in Peril / Martin Bell on “War And The Death of News”
Oct 10, 2017 • 36 min
As a candidate, President Trump promised to rip up the Iran nuclear deal. Is he about to partially fulfil that promise by refusing to certify that the Iranians are keeping their side of the bargain? Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch explains how all…
Catalonia & Rajoy’s Greatest Mistake
Oct 2, 2017 • 18 min
Guy Hedgecoe, who reports from Spain for The Irish Times, talks to David McKechnie about the events of the weekend in Catalonia as a prohibited vote on independence went ahead, the atmosphere there now, and whether Catalonian attitudes have much changed…
Spain’s Catalonian Problem Grows / The Future of AfD
Sep 26, 2017 • 27 min
In Spain, conflict between Madrid and Catalonia has reached a new high, but it is still not clear whether an independence vote will take place on Sunday. Guy Hedgecoe reports from Barcelona. And in Germany political party Alternative für Deutschland are…
Rohingya “Slaughter” / German Elections / Back -Seat Boris
Sep 19, 2017 • 36 min
On today’s podcast we talk to Erin Kilbride of NGO Frontline Defenders who is on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, where thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees are fleeing a campaign of village torchings, extrajudicial killings and gang rape by…
Obama Speechwriter Cody Keenan on ‘Dreamers’, Key Speeches & Trump’s White House
Sep 12, 2017 • 42 min
“This was specifically one of the issues he said he would speak up about. Whenever American values are threatened, whenever various groups of Americans are targeted”. Cody Keenan helped former U.S. president Barack Obama draft his recent statement…
“Utter chaos” - Maureen Dowd on Politics, War and Media in The Age of Trump
Sep 5, 2017 • 23 min
Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the New York Times talks to Chris Dooley about the Trump presidency, which she says is “the craziest thing that’s ever happened in American political history”. She shares her unique insight into the…
Unreliable Egypt Falls Out Of Trump’s Favour / Hurricane Harvey
Aug 29, 2017 • 25 min
The delay in dealing with the case of Ibrahim Halawa has left Irish observers with a negative view of Egypt’s human rights record. It is a view apparently shared by the U.S. State Department, which last week cut $300 million in military and economic aid…
Will Terror Change Barcelona? / Europe’s Forgotten War
Aug 22, 2017 • 32 min
In eastern Ukraine people are still being killed every day in a conflict between the Kiev government and Russian-backed separatists. And the conflict could be set to intensify. The two sides are drawing nearer, and the Unites States is ramping up its…
Charlottesville / South Korea
Aug 15, 2017 • 29 min
Why did it take Donald Trump several days to explicitly renounce the racist groups behind a weekend protest that turned violent and left one counter-protester dead? Suzanne Lynch on the fallout from Charlottesville, the enduring, painful legacy of slavery…
Suzanne Lynch: Travels in Trump’s America
Aug 8, 2017 • 31 min
Our Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch is travelling south from the capital city through states that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. It’s a region divided by race, class and political dispensation. What she has heard will not be welcome news to…
‘Social Collapse’ Looms in Venezuela / ‘Disappointed’ Putin Reacts to Sanctions
Aug 1, 2017 • 29 min
In Venezuela, the arrest of opposition leaders and the establishment of a new assembly with no opposition representation is a major rupture with the nation’s democratic past. At the same time, economic breakdown could imminently lead to a ‘complete social…
Global Power Struggles That Will Shape The Future - Interview With Thomas Wright
Jul 25, 2017 • 45 min
It has become a truism that the global order is weakening and American power in particular is on the wane. But what should or can be done to arrest the decline? Should the U.S. now step back, having failed to spread liberal democracy to Russia, China and…
An Ignored Crisis in East Africa / Spain’s Nuclear Option
Jul 18, 2017 • 29 min
Article 155 has been called “the biggest taboo in the constitution” of Spain. That’s because it grants unspecified but potentially broad powers to the government and could be used to forestall a push for Catalonian independence. Guy Hedgecoe reports. But…
‘I Love It’ - Donald Trump Jnr Revelations / Theresa May Attempts to Reboot
Jul 11, 2017 • 18 min
Donald Trump jnr was told by the publicist Rob Goldstone that he had information “that would incriminate Hillary Clinton and her dealings with Russia” and that the information was “part of Russia and its government’s support” for Trump, the president’s…
Justin Trudeau’s Balancing Act / Emmanuel Macron’s State of The Union
Jul 4, 2017 • 34 min
So you don’t have to, Lara Marlowe reread all 18 pages of President Macron’s highly unusual “State of the Union” style address. She breaks it down for us. But first we talk to Canadian journalist Jared Lindzon about another popular young leader, Justin…
Trumpcare In Trouble, Canny Merkel, Hong Hong Anniversary
Jun 27, 2017 • 27 min
The latest on the Republican Party’s struggle to pass legislation replacing Obamacare, and what failure means for Donald Trump’s young presidency. A report from Berlin on the latest twists and turns on the run-in Germany’s general election campaign.…
Is A Voter Revolt Against Trump About To Begin? / An Infamous Crime in France
Jun 20, 2017 • 26 min
Today Republicans are hoping voters in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District will choose their party’s candidate again, as they have four decades straight. But the race is tight. How did this red district turn purple? Is Donald Trump to blame? And why is…
No Easy Options for Humiliated May / Macron’s Feel-Good Factor
Jun 13, 2017 • 30 min
The leaders of France and the United Kingdom are having very different weeks. Theresa May’s occupancy of Number 10 is perhaps fatally threatened after she failed to secure the overall majority and must now rely on the DUP for support. In light of Brexit,…
Terror And Politics, Tories Target Labour Strongholds, Ian Black On Qatar
Jun 6, 2017 • 41 min
Another terror attack, this time in London, has placed security issues firmly on the political agenda just days ahead of a general election in the United Kingdom. From London Denis Staunton reports on the final days of the campaign. Meanwhile in…
The Battle For Number 10 / Merkel Stands Up For Europe
May 30, 2017 • 24 min
In Britain the general election is back on. As the campaign progresses, its beginning to look like the likely winners will feel like losers and the losers will be quite pleased with themselves, says London Editor Denis Staunton. Angela Merkel has been…
A Cruel Attack In Manchester
May 23, 2017 • 26 min
Denis Staunton, our London Editor, is in Manchester today where a bomb killed 22 people last night including several children. Denis assesses the particular depravity of this assault on the innocent, and the wider implications for UK security and…
Trump’s Disclosures, Unhappy Iran Goes to Polls, Moscow’s “Non-Political” Protests
May 16, 2017 • 26 min
On the podcast this week: Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch on the latest scandal to embroil Donald Trump’s White House. Iran analyst Ellie Geranmayeh on the issues and candidates in next weekend’s presidential election. Voters are unhappy that the…
Macron Wins But Uncertainty Remains / Rosita Boland On War’s Dangerous Legacy In Laos
May 9, 2017 • 26 min
On the podcast today, Lara Marlowe explains what comes next for France after the election of Emmanuel Macron last weekend. And Rosita Boland tells us about her recent trip to Laos, reporting on the horrific legacy of unexploded bombs dropped on the…
May & Juncker’s Parallel Universes / David McKechnie on Colombia’s new era
May 2, 2017 • 33 min
Part one: Denis Staunton and Pat Leahy on a pivotal weekend in Europe. Just as we were celebrating the outcome of an EU Brexit Summit that contained a commitment to protecting Ireland’s interests in any Brexit deal, news emerged of a disastrous…
Macron Comforts Europe’s Battered Centre / Understanding “Lone Wolf” Terrorists
Apr 25, 2017 • 30 min
Part one: How can Emmanuel Macron, a political neophyte, govern in the Élysée Palace? (That is, if he beats Marine Le Pen in the second round of French presidential elections two weeks from now, as polls strongly predict he will.) And what will his…
May Gambles; A Contest “Unprecedented in French History”; Stephen Starr on Erdogan’s Triumph
Apr 18, 2017 • 29 min
This week’s podcast is all about political power and the ballot box. In the United Kingdom, Theresa May is gambling that a snap election will give her a mandate to push Brexit through with authority, says London Editor Denis Staunton. In France, the…
Trump & Syria: What Next? / Eta Disarms
Apr 11, 2017 • 30 min
What is President Trump’s plan for Syria? That’s the million dollar question, says Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch in the latest episode of the World View podcast. Last week’s US missile attack on Shayrat air base in response to a suspected gas…
Trump’s “Emotional” Strike Against Assad
Apr 7, 2017 • 14 min
As well as throwing the delicate balance of power in Syria into further confusion, the missile attack on a Syrian air base ordered by Donald Trump has won support from traditional conservatives and foreign allies, but been condemned by many of his own…
Gibraltar Hysteria & Orban Eyes Soros University
Apr 4, 2017 • 32 min
A little storm has erupted over promises from the European Union that Spain will have a veto on any post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK affecting Gibraltar. London Editor Denis Staunton has the latest on the British reaction to news,…
The Brexit Bar Bill & Republicans Divided
Mar 28, 2017 • 28 min
On the eve of Theresa May’s triggering of article 50, kick-starting the Brexit divorce proceedings, Denis Staunton reports from London where there have been attempts to wind down tensions as both sides prepare for negotiations. Michel Barnier this week…
Amy Chozick On Covering Clinton & The Challenge Of Trump’s Presidency For Journalism
Mar 21, 2017 • 28 min
After her bruising election defeat, Hillary Clinton, one of the most scrutinised women in history, may be “ready to come out of the woods”, she told a St Patrick’s Day event last week. On this week’s podcast we talk to Amy Chozick, a New York Times…
Scottish Independence Part II, Turkey’s EU Rallies & S Korea Impeachment
Mar 14, 2017 • 29 min
Just as Theresa May prepares to pull the trigger on Article 50 and start Britain’s departure from the EU, Scotland’s first minister has thrown a spanner in the works with plans for a second referendum on Scottish independence. Denis Staunton reports from…
Suzanne Lynch on Trump’s Migrant Crackdown, Hugh Linehan on Facebook’s “Creepy Vision”
Feb 28, 2017 • 26 min
Part One: President Trump has empowered immigration ‘police’ to deport more migrants. Now those with minor convictions or marks on their record are at risk. Fear is spreading among migrant communities, says Suzanne Lynch in Washington. Part Two: Some of…
Fintan O’Toole on Trump’s Tactics, Mark Weiss on the One-State Solution
Feb 21, 2017 • 27 min
Part One: Donald Trump’s behaviour has whipped liberal opponents into a frenzy over the past weeks. But is his chaotic presidency really in crisis and facing a premature end? Not likely, says Fintan O’Toole, who talks to us from New Jersey. Part Two…
Trump’s Chaotic Fiefdom / Zuma’s Challenge / North Korean Intrigue
Feb 14, 2017 • 26 min
Speculation is mounting in Washington as to whose head will roll next in the Trump administration, after the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn on Monday night. The president’s fiefdom is in chaos, with the precariousness of press…
“So-Called” Judges / Romanian Uproar
Feb 7, 2017 • 29 min
Donald Trump will have many critical dealings with the judiciary in the next four years, from picking Supreme Court justices to tweeting out criticism of those judges who oppose him. Ruadhán Mac Cormaic explains what is known about Trump’s choice for…
Not So Special: UK & Trump’s America / French Primaries / A Papal Battle
Jan 31, 2017 • 33 min
On the podcast this week: Denis Staunton in London about what Theresa May’s visit to the US tells us about the “special relationship” between the UK and the US and also about Donald Trump’s international philosophy – what’s it with the war on the idea of…
Donald Goes To Work, Erdogan’s Power Grab, Foxconn’s Dubious Promise
Jan 24, 2017 • 30 min
On the podcast this week: Simon Carswell on Donald Trump’s eventful first weekend in the White House and what’s on the new President’s agenda in the days ahead. Stephen Starr on Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan using the state to build a bigger…
May’s Speech & Britain’s Exceptionalism, Costa Del Crime, Suzanne Lynch At Davos
Jan 17, 2017 • 21 min
Theresa May’s Brexit speech, a life of crime in the south of Spain and a report from Davos feature on this week’s World View podcast. Prime Minister May has finally given us a few clues as to how Britain will take leave of the EU. In Ireland her…
Germany Vs Facebook / Peace In Syria
Jan 10, 2017 • 24 min
Back in 2015 at the height of the migrant crisis in Europe, Chancellor Angela Merkel met Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and asked him what was being done about false reports on refugees appearing on his social network. He said he was working on it. But in…
Something Different… World View’s Culture Review
Jan 3, 2017 • 20 min
Happy New Year to all out listeners. To celebrate the end of 2016, we’ve asked some of our regular contributors to pick a cultural high points from the year that saw so many low points in world affairs. Featuring: - Denis Staunton on Glenda Jackson’s…
A Washington Correspondent’s Year
Dec 27, 2016 • 31 min
Approaching the end of his tenure as Washington Correspondent for The Irish Times, Simon Carswell joins Patrick Smyth to reflect on a tumultuous period in America. Happy Christmas and thanks to all our listeners in 2016.
Berlin Attack / Trump’s ambassador to Israel / Alaska’s polar bears
Dec 20, 2016 • 24 min
Angela Merkel is expected to come under further pressure to take a hard line on law and order following Monday night’s attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, says Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally. He spoke to The Irish Times World View podcast from the…
Misery in Aleppo / Trump, Rick, Rex & Russia / Modi’s Money
Dec 13, 2016 • 31 min
In Aleppo “the situation, which has been so horrifying for so long, is coming to an apex and possibly a very bloody conclusion,” says Daniel Gorevan, Syria crisis policy director with Oxfam. There are reports of government-allied militias going from house…
Repost: South Korea’s president Park Guen-hye in crisis
Dec 9, 2016 • 7 min
South Korea’s National Assembly has voted to impeach president Park Geun-hye and suspended her authority after a corruption and influence peddling scandal that has seen huge protests in the capital Seoul. Clifford Coonan explained how the scandal…
Merkel Calls For Burka Ban / “Mad Dog” & Trump / Renzi’s Failure
Dec 6, 2016 • 27 min
Angela Merkel’s announcement that face veils should be banned in public “wherever possible” shifts a reversal in her position on the issue and an attempt to fend off populist forces. The remark will be welcomed by the conservative right wing of her…
Can Fillon stop Le Pen? / Wary Israelis watch Trump / Lynn Geldof recalls Castro
Nov 29, 2016 • 31 min
Francois Fillon has emerged as the centre-right contender for the 2017 french presidency. Who is Fillon and what are his views? His broadly Thatcherite views will give Marine la Pen plenty of points of discussion in the the lead up to the election, says…
Can The Centre Hold For Merkel? / Scandal in South Korea / Theatre Meets Politics
Nov 22, 2016 • 30 min
Having a “shaman adviser”, as South Korean president Park Geun-hye does, is not as much of a problem for South Koreans as we here might expect, says our Beijing Correspondent Clifford Coonan. But Koreans do have a problem with political corruption, an…
Europe’s far right sets its sights on power, too / Enter Steve Bannon
Nov 15, 2016 • 29 min
The ripples set off by Donald Trump’s election across the Atlantic are feeding into Europe’s election cycle. We talk to Lara Marlowe in Paris and Derek Scally in Berlin about what this means for France’s presidential election next year and the rerun of…
There may be trouble ahead: President Trump at home and abroad
Nov 10, 2016 • 32 min
So, what now? How will president-elect Trump influence the world when in power? There are few certainties, and Trump has taken contradictory positions on many issues. But there are three points on which he has been consistent throughout his campaign and…
President Donald Trump
Nov 9, 2016 • 24 min
Donald Trump looks certain now to pull off one of the greatest upsets in political history by beating Hillary Clinton to the White House. How did he do it, and how did the pundits get it so wrong? Hugh Linehan talks to Simon Carswell and Ruadhan Mac…
Brexit hits a snag / “Remain” insider Craig Oliver on where the campaign went wrong
Nov 3, 2016 • 25 min
Britain has hit a fresh snag on its way out the European door. As we know, Britain must trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the EU. But today’s court ruling that parliament must vote on Article 50 has the potential to severely complicate an…
US Election: Race tightens, Putin watches / Nuclear arms and Ireland
Nov 1, 2016 • 27 min
Today’s World View podcast features reports from Florida on the US presidential race, from Moscow on how the campaign is being viewed there, and a discussion of Ireland’s role in UN nuclear policy. With time running out to overtake Clinton, Donald Trump…
Clinton Confident / Hungary Remembers / Catherine Cleary’s Michelin Experience
Oct 25, 2016 • 34 min
How influential would Elizabeth Warren be in a Clinton Administration? Maybe it is too early for that kind of talk, but with Trump still slumping in the polls, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats might be forgiven for thinking ahead to November 9th and down…
Trump prepping for defeat? / EU ineffective on Syria / Thai Monarchy
Oct 18, 2016 • 30 min
Ahead of Wednesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas, an embattled Donald Trump seems to be preparing ground for defeat, going as far as questioning the veracity of the voting process itself. Ruadhán Mac Cormaic joins us on the line from Nevada. Will the…
Trump at war with the GOP / Italy’s ‘Brexit’ - what’s at stake?
Oct 11, 2016 • 25 min
As pundits struggle to find the words to describe Donald Trump’s performance in the US presidential election over the last week, Donald himself is continuing his campaign and leaving the Republican Party leadership in a lose-lose situation. Simon Carswell…
Hard Brexit / Colombia’s Dilemma / Wilde in Paris
Oct 4, 2016 • 35 min
British Prime Minister Theresa May has come off the fence on the side of a “hard” Brexit. But what does that mean, for life on these islands and for May politically? London Editor Denis Staunton has the latest. In Colombia the rejection by referendum…
Englishness today: a conversation with Ferdinand Mount
Sep 29, 2016 • 20 min
On this bonus episode of World View we bring you reflections on the state of British politics post-Brexit, and on Englishness, immigration and the state of the Union, from the commentator, columnist and former Tory and Thatcher aide, Sir Ferdinand Mount.…
Debate, Round One: Highlights and Analysis
Sep 27, 2016 • 19 min
Simon Carswell and Paddy Smyth look at last night’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: - high and low points for both candidates - Clinton’s canny debate strategy - Trump veering off message - where does the campaign go from…
Where are Ireland’s refugees? / Merkel’s Mistake
Sep 20, 2016 • 27 min
On World View this week: one year ago the EU laid out its plan for member states to take their fair share of asylum seekers. Today it is clear the plan has not worked. Ireland has taken only 69 of its promised 2,600 refugees. What’s the hold-up? Ruadhán…
Hillary’s health / Defending Europe / In Spain, a bloody tradition ends
Sep 13, 2016 • 31 min
Uncertainty over the reported timeline of events culminating in Hillary Clinton’s near-collapse outside a 9/11 commemoration has allowed her opponents to repeat the claim that she is not honest or trustworthy enough to be president. On this week’s World…
Brexit Inches Nearer / Camps in Paris, Protests at “The Jungle”
Sep 6, 2016 • 26 min
On the podcast this week: The minister with responsibility for Brexit, David Davis, yesterday gave a speech to the House of Commons on what progress is being made. Are we any clearer as a result? Not very much, says London Editor Denis Staunton, but there…
In Colombia, a long war ends / Kurdistan ready for move on Mosul
Aug 30, 2016 • 31 min
Part One: After 52 years Farc rebels have lain down their weapons in Colombia. But the legacy of death and upheaval left by their conflict with the central government present a major challenge to future peace. Former Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, now EU envoy…
Battle for Aleppo / Spain Holds Its Breath / China’s New Tourists Run Into Trouble
Aug 23, 2016 • 33 min
Part One: Middle East analyst Michael Jansen on the tragedy still unfolding in Syria and the significance of the battle for the divided city of Aleppo. Part Two: Eight months of political paralysis in Spain may at last have been broken. If it hasn’t, yet…
Trump’s Pennsylvania Problem / Beachwear Wars / SNP’s Alyn Smith
Aug 16, 2016 • 36 min
Part One: Donald Trump’s few electoral paths to the White House are growing fewer by the week as polls show him lagging in the key swing states. One of them is Pennsylvania where, with its history of economic stagnation, his message should be resonating.…
An Upset in South Africa / The Chrysanthemum Throne / Ban Ki-moon’s Successor
Aug 9, 2016 • 33 min
The ANC, the political party of Nelson Mandela, has barely lost a vote since the end of apartheid in 1994. Now it has lost control of several districts in municipal elections, in what’s being called a tipping point in the nation’s political history. Bill…
Trump Holed Below Waterline? / Hinkley Point / Brussels Reels Into Summer Break
Aug 2, 2016 • 33 min
Could Donald Trump have really gone too far this time? London Editor Denis Staunton reports on his trip to Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton’s nomination party was overshadowed by yet more controversial remarks from Trump, this time criticising parents…
Erdogan’s Plan / Munich In Shock / Vladimir Putin’s Fan Club
Jul 26, 2016 • 34 min
Part One: Stephen Starr reports from Istanbul where the heavy crackdown on alleged plotters against President Erdogan is continuing. Part Two: Bavaria, and its capital Munich, is reeling from four terrorist attacks in the last week. How much pressure will…
Turkish Purges / Republican National Convention / Nice: a city in mourning
Jul 19, 2016 • 31 min
Part one: Following Turkey’s failed coup, President Erdogan has seized the opportunity to purge his political opponents. Some eighteen thousand have been arrested at last count, is Erdogan forcing his agenda or did the plot go that deep? To offer some…
Lara Marlowe reports from Nice
Jul 15, 2016 • 10 min
Lara Marlowe reports from the scene of the attacks in Nice, France that have left 84 dead and hundreds injured.
Trump And Obama React To Dallas / Japan Election / Theresa May Takes Over
Jul 12, 2016 • 38 min
Part One: Race relations in the United States, always fragile, hit a low point in the last week with the shooting of police officers in Dallas, in apparent retaliation for the shooting of African Americans. Simon Carswell reports on the aftermath of the…
Tory battle / Sweden’s unrequited love / Merkel’s stance hardens
Jul 5, 2016 • 33 min
Part One - Who will be the next Tory leader? Tough, pragmatic Theresa May, who has survived the ‘political graveyard’ of the Home Office longer than any other politician? Charming ideologue Michael Gove, whose reputation for courtesy belies a willingness…
Britain and Europe past, present and future
Jun 28, 2016 • 30 min
Historian Timothy Garton Ash has called Brexit the “upending of politics and middle-class assumptions in both the developed and the developing worlds”. On World View Patrick Smyth and a panel discuss the significance of Brexit in historical terms,…
Brexit shock: “No matter the cost, voters felt they had nothing to lose”
Jun 24, 2016 • 22 min
Irish Times correspondents Denis Staunton, Suzanne Lynch and Amanda Ferguson report from London, Brussels and Belfast on Britain’s vote to leave the European Union that has shocked the world this morning.
Brexit vote at hand / Trump campaigns on a shoestring / Riots and looting in Venezuela
Jun 21, 2016 • 35 min
Part 1: With the vote for Britain’s membership of EU imminent Paddy Smyth speaks with our London Editor Denis Staunton about the reaction from both sides to the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, Cameron’s middle England appeal and what next for the PM should…
14.06.16 Brexit special: reports from around the UK on voters, campaigners and polls
Jun 14, 2016 • 37 min
The vote that may profoundly change Europe is one week away, and on this special edition of World View we look at the campaign, the polls and the voters. In London Denis Staunton reports on how discredited UK pollsters are trying to up their game ahead of…
07.06.16 Clinton v Trump / Brexit: Leave gains ground / Middle East sectarianism dies hard
Jun 7, 2016 • 34 min
Part One: Simon Carswell updates us on the Clinton and Trump campaigns. Clinton is upping her game, while Trump is… still Trump. Part Two (15.30): Leave is ahead in some polls and Brexit is beginning to look less unlikely. How are the Brexiteers doing it?…
Fintan O’Toole’s take on Trump / France strikes / Racist ad ‘overreaction’
May 31, 2016 • 32 min
Will strikes in France scupper the travel plans of millions headed for the Euro 2016? The strikes are intensifying at the worst possible time, but there is cause for optimism, reports Lara Marlowe. To explain how Trump has gone from no-hope candidate to…
In Israel, a turning point? / Austria’s far right / Memories of a catastrophe
May 24, 2016 • 35 min
On this week’s World View podcast Mark Weiss reports from Jerusalem where the appointment of a controversial politician as defence minister marks a shift to the right for Benyamin Netanyahu against a background of increasing tensions between the…
Norbert Hofer and the FPÖ (April 26th)
May 22, 2016 • 9 min
Back in April Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally reported on Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, his policies and his party, the Freedom Party of Austria, (FPÖ) after Mr Hofer won the first round of voting on April 24th, 2016.
17.05.16 Europe: Better after Brexit? / Brazil’s corrupt Congress / Duterte & the Marcos
May 17, 2016 • 38 min
Part One: As the UK debates leaving the EU, other member states marked Europe Day by pressing the case for a future of further integration. Suzanne Lynch reports. Part Two: (13:30) Amidst accusations of malfeasance, Brazil’s Congress voted to impeach the…
Crisis in Poland / ‘Reprogramming’ Radicals? / Authoritarian Erdogan
May 10, 2016 • 35 min
In France extremist fighters, imprisoned on their return from Syria, are being sent to ‘deradicalisation centres’ to bring them back into the fold of French society. How does it work? Doesn’t it sound a bit like “A Clockwork Orange’? Lara Marlowe reports…
Anti-Zionism or anti-Semitism?
May 3, 2016 • 30 min
The row about anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party has become an exercise in name-calling, but behind the politics lies a thorny issue for public discourse in Europe and the Middle East. How are anti-Semitism and and anti-Zionism defined, and where…
The new Trump? / Far-right Austria / World View visits Korea
Apr 26, 2016 • 27 min
Part One: Donald Trump has appointed a new campaign manager. Is he about to introduce a more measured, muted Trump? Is such a thing possible? He might moderate his positions but the evidence suggests insults will continue to fly, says Simon Carswell. Part…
The Assad Files / Rousseff impeached / New York primaries
Apr 19, 2016 • 41 min
The vote to impeach Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has left the country in crisis. Rouseff’s supporters are calling it a coup, albeit one within the confines of the constitution. Where do Rousseff and Brazil go from here? (12.15)Bernie Sanders may be…
12.04.16 EU-Ankara Deal / Cameron’s Credibility / European Unity
Apr 12, 2016 • 36 min
The podcast that brings you news from The Irish Times’ global network of correspondents. Part one: Damian Mac Con Uladh in Greece and Suzanne Lynch in Strasbourg on the EU-Ankara deal to return migrants from Greece to Turkey. Part two: Denis Staunton on…
The Panama Papers / Jacob Zuma
Apr 5, 2016 • 34 min
The Panama Papers have revealed how close some global leaders are to a vast network of offshore wealth, insulated from prying eyes and domestic taxes by the now-famous law firm Mossack Fonseca. Dan McLaughlin and Clifford Coonan report on what the leaked…
Trump wants to put America first / Mother Teresa: Holy but Imperfect
Mar 29, 2016 • 35 min
In part one of this edition of World View Tom Wright joins us on the line from Washington to discuss Donald Trump’s long held views on foreign policy and how his “America first” approach could prove dangerous and destabilizing should he become president.…
Brussels Terrorist Attacks / President Obama Visits Cuba / Brazilian Presidential Scandal
Mar 22, 2016 • 31 min
European Correspondent Suzanne Lynch speaks to us amid the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Brussels. Our man in Havana Simon Carswell is on the line to discuss President Barack Obama’s groundbreaking visit to Cuba. Tom Hennigan reports from Brazil…
Fukushima Five Years On / German Elections/ The True Identity of Elena Ferrante
Mar 15, 2016 • 30 min
In part one David McNeill talks about how Japan are marking the five year anniversary of the devastating tsunami and the costly recovery from the resulting nuclear disaster. In part two Derek Scally looks at the upsurge in support for the right wing AfD…
Migrant Crisis Deal / Slovakia’s Neo-Nazis / Chinese TV Clampdown
Mar 8, 2016 • 28 min
In part one Suzanne Lynch sheds some light on a new deal the E.U. has brokered with Turkey in an effort to ease the migrant crisis gripping the Eastern Mediterranean. In part two Dan McLaughlin reports on the troubling rise of the far right in Slovakia…
02.03.16 Super Tuesday / Spain Pain / British, Scottish or European?
Mar 2, 2016 • 39 min
In part one Simon Carswell reports on the victories for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the Super Tuesday primaries that leave the two with considerable - but not insurmountable - leads for the nominations of their respective parties. In part two Guy…
22.02.16 Apple Resists Feds / Brexit & Northern Ireland / Migrant Crisis
Feb 23, 2016 • 36 min
Dan McLaughlin reports from the Greek-Macedonian border on the unhappy situation there for many migrants who are being refused entry to Macedonia. Gerry Moriarty explains attitudes to Brexit in Northern Ireland, where support and opposition for remaining…
16.02.16 Cameron’s EU Summit / Justice Scalia’s Legacy
Feb 16, 2016 • 34 min
Can David Cameron convince the rest of Europe to accept the deal with which he wants to fight Brexit? An EU summit on Thursday will decide whether he can start the domestic campaign against an exit vote in earnest. Suzanne Lynch and Denis Staunton explain…
Assault on Aleppo / Adieu Circumflex / Socialist America
Feb 9, 2016 • 31 min
The Syrian rebel stronghold of Aleppo is almost encircled now by Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Foreign Affairs Correspondent Ruadhán Mac Cormaic details how the tide has turned against the rebels and the major role played by Russia. In part two, Paris…
02.02.16 Iowa Upset / Brexit Deal / Hardline Denmark
Feb 2, 2016 • 34 min
Washington Correspondent Simon Carswell reports from Iowa where Democratic and Republican caucuses have produced a number of suprising results. Cruz managed to beat Trump but the big winner of the night was Marco Rubio who cemented his position as the…
Gay Rights in Italy / Venezuela / “The Gulf”
Jan 26, 2016 • 27 min
From Rome Paddy Agnew reports on a bill to introduce civil unions recognising same sex relationships to Italy. The Pope has intervened in the debate, but how much sway does the Catholic Church still hold? Is time up for Venezuela’s socialist revolution?…
The 62 Richest / Bernie Sanders
Jan 19, 2016 • 31 min
The wealthiest 62 individuals now have as much wealth as half of the rest of us - 3.6 billion people. That’s according to an Oxfam report on inequality released this week. Jim Clarken of Oxfam Ireland and Foriegn Affairs Correspondent Ruadhan Mac Cormaic…
Cologne Attacks / Israel Book Ban / Taiwan
Jan 12, 2016 • 27 min
Derek Scally discusses the political and social fallout from the robberies and sexual assaults of women in Cologne and Hamburg on New Years Eve. Tsafrir Cohen of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation gives his view on the controversy over a novel about a romantic…
Saudi-Iran Crisis / Japanese Apology
Jan 5, 2016 • 24 min
In part one Middle East Analyst Michael Jansen explains the complex background to the escalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the latter’s execution last week of a prominent Shia cleric. In part two David McNeill is on the line from Tokyo…
Influential People of 2015
Dec 28, 2015 • 35 min
2015 was a tumultuous one in world affairs as leaders struggled to cope with a range of problems, from political unrest and economic instability to global warming and the rise of violent extremism. Foreign Policy Editor Patrick Smyth asked our…
EU’s Year of Crisis / China’s Environmental Challenge
Dec 22, 2015 • 30 min
The Greek economy and the refugee crisis presented the EU with two unprecedented challenges in 2015. European Correspondent Suzanne Lynch and Dr Paul Gillespie join Paddy Smyth to look back at a most difficult year for the European institutions. They also…
Spain Elections / Trump v Cruz
Dec 15, 2015 • 32 min
Guy Hedgecoe reports from Madrid on the forthcoming general election in Spain, where Mariano Rajoy’s centre-right party looks likely to outpoll its three rivals but may be forced into coalition with one of them. In part two Washington Correspondent Simon…
Far right Europe: Marine Le Pen, Sweden Democrats
Dec 8, 2015 • 26 min
This week’s podcast looks at the rise of far-right, anti-migration politics in Europe. From Paris Lara Marlowe reports on the success of Marine Le Pen’s anti-migrant, anti-Islam National Front party in regional elections, the normalisation of far-right…
Cop21, Enda Kenny + Brazil Scandal
Dec 1, 2015 • 36 min
In this 100th episode of World View Paddy Smyth talks to Frank McDonald in Paris and Harry McGee in Dublin about Cop 21 and Ireland’s part in it. Later in the podcast he talks to Tom Hennigan in Brazil about the latest corruption scandal there. World View…
Europe’s Jihadists / Vatican leaks trial
Nov 24, 2015 • 34 min
In this week’s World View podcast Paddy Smyth discusses the rise of Europe’s young jihadists with Middle East analyst Michael Jansen, Denis Staunton in London and Suzanne Lynch in Brussels. Later in the podcast he chats to Paddy Agnew in Rome about the…
Paris Attacks Aftermath
Nov 17, 2015 • 29 min
In this week’s World View Paddy Smyth explores the aftermath of the Paris attacks with Lara Marlowe, Vincent Durac and Paul Gillespie. Later in the podcast Paddy speaks to Suzanne Lynch in Brussels to hear more about the latest news on the attacks from…
Paris Attacks
Nov 15, 2015 • 28 min
In this special edition of World View Paddy Smyth hears from Ruadhan MacCormaic and Lara Marlowe in Paris, Suzanne Lynch from Brussels, and Denis Staunton from London. Together they discuss what is known about these attacks, and their likely implications.…
Burma Election, Romania Fire Tragedy
Nov 10, 2015 • 24 min
In this week’s World View podcast Patrick Smyth discusses the aftermath of the Burmese elections with Ruadhan Mac Cormaic. Later in the podcast he is joined by Dan McLaughlin to hear about the Bucharest nightclub fire which has so far resulted in 46…
US Republican Race, China’s Two-Child Policy
Nov 3, 2015 • 21 min
This week Paddy is joined from Beijing by Clifford Coonan who reports on the lifting of China’s one-child policy and whether it will be enough to kickstart population growth in the greying country. The also look at phenomena from forced abortions to…
01.10.15 Brexit Momentum / Polish elections
Oct 27, 2015 • 27 min
In this episode of World View Patrick Smyth discusses the momentum of the Brexit referendum campaign with Denis Staunton and Paul Gillespie. In the second half of the podcast Derek Scally presents an audio column from Warsaw in the aftermath of the Polish…
COP21 Paris 2015/ Laicite and Pork
Oct 20, 2015 • 26 min
In this edition of World View Patrick Smyth discusses the prospects for COP21 and France’s determination to lead the charge against global warming with Harry McGee and Diarmuid Torney, author of European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward…
Turkey Horror, Jordan’s Refugee Camps
Oct 13, 2015 • 27 min
In this week’s World View Paddy Smyth hears about life for Syrian refugees in Jordan with Ruadhan MacCormaic following his visit there last week. They also discuss Jordan’s approach to the refugee crisis and its standing within the international…
Gun Control + U.S. Elections, German Crisis + Synod
Oct 6, 2015 • 29 min
In this week’s World View podcast Foreign Policy Editor Patrick Smyth takes over presenting duties from Denis Staunton. He begins with an essay by Derek Scally on the twin crises besetting Germany as it celebrates twenty five years of reunification. Later…
Syria Shift, Catalonia Referendum
Sep 29, 2015 • 32 min
In this week’s World View Denis Staunton discusses the shift in U.S. policy towards Syria with Paddy Smyth, Michael Jansen and Isabel Gorst in Moscow. In the second part of the podcast Denis and Paddy analyse the victory of pro-independence parties in…
Syriza Return, Croatia Migrant Crisis
Sep 22, 2015 • 34 min
In this week’s World View Denis Staunton discusses the victory of Tspiras and Syriza in the Greek elections with Damian Mac Con Uladh in Athens and Paddy Smyth in Dublin. Later in the podcast Denis and Paddy hear about the migrant crisis in Croatia with…
Corbyn Catastrophe? Refugee Rethink?
Sep 15, 2015 • 32 min
In this week’s World View podcast Denis Staunton discusses the election of Jeremey Corbyn and what it means for the UK, EU and Scotland. He is joined by Alex Massie and Paull Gillespie. In the second half of the podcast analyses the latest developments in…
Refugees and the EU, China’s Military Might
Sep 8, 2015 • 20 min
In this week’s edition of World View Sinead O’Shea discusses the EU proposal to accept more refugees with Suzanne Lynch in Strasberg. Denis Staunton talks about China’s military might with Clifford Coonan in Bejing. World View is a weekly foreign affairs…
Europe’s Refugee Crisis
Sep 1, 2015 • 26 min
Dan McLaughlin reports from the Hungarian-Serbian border, the crossing point for thousands of refugees fleeing Africa and the Middle East in the hope of reaching the EU. He explains the political significance of Hungary’s razor-wire fence, the closing of…
Trump/Clinton Dominance?
Aug 25, 2015 • 26 min
In this week’s World View podcast Denis Staunton discusses the progress of the U.S Presidency race with Foreign Policy Editor Patricky Smyth and U.S. correspondent Simon Carswell. World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast. It is produced by Sinead…
Chinese Explosion
Aug 18, 2015 • 12 min
This week’s podcast discuses the explosion in Tianjin, China and its broader implications for the Chinese economy. Denis Staunton is joined by Bejing correspondent Clifford Coonan. World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast. It is produced by Sinead…
Argentina Presidential Race, Yemen
Aug 11, 2015 • 23 min
The presidential race in Argentina is hotting up, with a first-round result giving hope to opponents of the ruling Victory Party and a drug scandal involving one of its members threatening to tarnish its candidate Daniel Scioli and outgoing President…
Catalan referendum? Hiroshima, Nagasaki Anniversaries
Aug 4, 2015 • 20 min
In this week’s podcast Denis Staunton discusses the anniversaries of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings with David McNeill in Hiroshima. Later in the podcast he previews the Catalan vote for potential independence with Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid. World View…
Inside Syria, UK and EU reform
Jul 28, 2015 • 20 min
In this week’s World View podcast Denis Stauntons hears about conditions in Damascus from Michael Jansen, and discusses the latest developments from within the EU with Suzanne Lynch. World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast. It is produced by Sinead…
Islamic State bomb in Turkey, German Desires
Jul 21, 2015 • 31 min
In this edition of World View Denis Staunton discusses the impact of the bombing at Suruc in Turkey and its likely effect on Turkish/Islamic State relations. He is joined by Michael Jansen and Al Jazeera correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom. Later in the…
Greece and the EU, Iran Deal
Jul 14, 2015 • 42 min
This week Denis Staunton analyses the Greek deal and what it means for the future of the EU. He is joined by Suzanne Lynch in Brussels, Ruadhan MacCormaic in Athens and Cliff Taylor, Paddy Smyth and Fintan O’Toole in Dublin . Later in the podcast he…
Greek EU latest
Jul 7, 2015 • 42 min
In this episode of World View Denis Staunton discusses the no vote in the Greek referendum within the context of the EU structure. He is joined by Ruadhan MacCormaic, Paddy Smyth, Suzanne Lynch, Paul Gillespie and Cliff Taylor. World View is a weekly…
Greek Referendum, Tunisia Aftermath
Jun 30, 2015 • 32 min
This week Chris Dooley discusses the Greek debt crisis with Suzanne Lynch in Brussels and Damian Mac Con Uladh in Athens. He also hears about the latest from Tunisia with Lara Marlowe in Sousse where a gun attack last week resulted in the deaths of 38…
Greek Deals, Hungary Fence
Jun 23, 2015 • 38 min
This week Denis Staunton analyses the latest round of EU/Greek talks with Paddy Smyth, Cliff Taylor, Suzanne Lynch in Brussels and Ruadhan MacCormaic in Athens. He also hears from Dan McLaughlin in Szeged on the Hungarian border with Serbia about the…
Jeb and Hillary, Israel Boycott Movement
Jun 16, 2015 • 47 min
In part one of this week’s podcast Denis Staunton is joined by Washington Correspondent Simon Carswell and Foreign Affairs Editor Patrick Smyth to look at Jeb Bush’s presidential candidacy declaration, Hillary Clinton’s continued domination on the…
Turkey shock election result, G7 and Greece
Jun 9, 2015 • 29 min
Turkey’s long-ruling AK party unexpectedly lost its parliamentary majority in elections last week. Stephen Starr reports from Istanbul on the fallout for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the prospect of a coalition government. Foreign Affairs…
Turkish elections, Cameron and the EU
Jun 2, 2015 • 38 min
This week Chris Dooley hears about David Cameron’s campaign for EU reforms from Mark Hennessy and Suzanne Lynch and he discusses the Turkish elections with Stephen Starr in Istanbul. World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast produced by Sinead O’Shea…
Islamic State & Obama, Rohingya Crisis, Spanish Election Results
May 26, 2015 • 33 min
Recent gains by ISIS in Iraq have led to criticism of both the Iraqi army by the Obama administration, and of Obama’s foreign policy by his political opponents at home. Simon Carswell joins Chris Dooley to discuss the growing support for an increased US…
Macedonia, Modi + India
May 19, 2015 • 25 min
This week Denis Staunton discusses the latest situation in Macedonia with Erwan Fouere who served there previously as EU ambassador. He also hears about Modi’s first year in office from Rahul Bedi in New Delhi. World View is a weekly foreign affairs…
UK/EU, Japan Arms Fair
May 12, 2015 • 32 min
In this week’s edition of World View Denis Staunton discusses the options for the UK’s participation in the EU after the latest elections with Paddy Smyth and Paul Gillespie and Daithi O’Ceallaigh who have edited a new book on the subject called Britain…
UK Election Results
May 8, 2015 • 25 min
Denis Staunton discusses the extraordinary election results from the UK with Paddy Smyth, Mark Hennessy and Alex Massie. World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast produced by Sinead O’Shea and presented by Denis Staunton.
UK Election, Saudi Arabia
May 5, 2015 • 30 min
In this week’s podcast Denis Staunton discusses the latest from the UK elections with Prof. Colin Talbot, London correspondent Mark Hennessy and Foreign Policy Editor Paddy Smyth. Later he hears about new developments within the Saudi royal family from…
Greek Move? Nepal Aftermath
Apr 28, 2015 • 32 min
In this week’s edition of World View Denis Staunton discusses the latest talks between Greece and the EU, and the replacement of Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis as leader of the debt talks. Denis is joined by Suzanne Lynch, Damian Mac Con Uladh…
Refugee Drownings, UK Elections
Apr 21, 2015 • 30 min
This week Denis Staunton discusses the loss of up to 950 people at the weekend off the coast of Libya with Paddy Smyth, Suzanne Lynch in Brussels and Paddy Agnew who is at the Cara di Mineo Refugee Camp in Sicily. In the second half of the programme Denis…
Hillary Clinton, Finnish elections
Apr 14, 2015 • 30 min
This week Chris Dooley is joined by Clinton confidant and IrishCentral founder Niall O’Dowd and The Irish Times’ foreign policy editor Patrick Smyth to discuss Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, the growing field of Republican candidates that may…
Yarmouk and Scotland
Apr 7, 2015 • 29 min
This week Denis hears about the situation in the Yarmouk refugeee camp in Damascus which has fallen under the control of Islamic State. He discusses it with Chris Gunness from UNRWA and Michael Jansen. He also analyses the latest prospects for the SNP in…
Yemen, UK Elections
Mar 31, 2015 • 44 min
This week Denis Staunton discusses the burgeoning crisis in Yemen with Peter Salisbury and Michael Jansen. In the second part of the programme he analyses the start of the British election campaign with Mark Hennessy and Paddy Smyth.
Israel/US tensions, Ted Cruz
Mar 24, 2015 • 31 min
Denis is joined by Mark Weiss from Jerusalem and Simon Carswell from Washington to talk about Netanyahu’s victory in the election and increasing tensions with The White House. Plus, Simon gives the background to Texas Republican Ted Cruz’s campaign for…
Russia and Syria
Mar 17, 2015 • 25 min
In this edition of World View Chris Dooley discusses the latest events in Russia and Ukraine with Dan McLaughlin in Crimea and Isabel Gorst in Moscow. He also hears about life in Syria from Michael Jansen in Damascus.
Israel/European Army
Mar 10, 2015 • 36 min
This week Denis discusses the Israeli elections with Mark Weiss and Ruadhan MacCormaic. He also analyses Junckers potential idea for a European army with Paddy Smyth, Suzanne Lynch and Derek Scally.
Nemtsov + Putin, Maldives
Mar 3, 2015 • 25 min
This week Denis Staunton discusses the fallout from the Boris Nemtsov killing with Paddy Smyth in Dublin and Isabel Gorst in Moscow. He also hears about the political tensions in the Maldives where former President Mohamed Nasheed faces another hearing.…
Egypt, Greece
Feb 24, 2015 • 38 min
In this week’s edition of World View Denis discusses the latest Greek deal from Brussels with European Correspondent Suzanne Lynch and Greek Correspondent Damian Mac Con Uladh. Plus he analyses the current situation in Egypt with human rights activist…
Jewish Security in Europe, Ukraine
Feb 17, 2015 • 33 min
This week Denis discusses the latest from Ukraine with Dan McLaughlin in Slovyansk and security issues for Jewish people in Europe with Paddy Smyth and Mark Weiss.
Ukraine, India
Feb 10, 2015 • 34 min
This week Denis discusses the next moves for Putin and Merkel in Ukraine with Jane Ann McKenna from Medecins Sans Frontieres, Paul Gillespie, Derek Scally in Berlin and Dan McLaughlin from Ukraine. He also chats about AAP’s huge election result in Delhi…
Podemos/Syriza, Islamic State and Japan
Feb 3, 2015 • 30 min
This week Denis Staunton is joined by Paddy Smyth, Guy Hedgecoe and David McNeill to discuss the options for Podemos in the wake of Syriza’s election victory and the aftermath for Japan and it’s government following the killing of two Japanese hostages by…
Syriza, Q.E. and Stability
Jan 27, 2015 • 36 min
This week Denis Stauton measures reaction across Greece, Europe and Ireland to the election of Syriza. He is joined by Damian Mac Con Uladh in Athens, Suzanne Lynch in Brussels and Arthur Beesley, Paddy Smyth and Paul Gillespie in Dublin.
European Security
Jan 20, 2015 • 11 min
In this week’s show Denis reviews the new security measures being adopted across Europe in the wake of the Paris attacks. He is joined by European correspondent Suzanne Lynch.
After Paris
Jan 13, 2015 • 35 min
This week Denis examines the causes and consequences of last week’s Paris attacks with Lara Marlowe, Paddy Smyth and Vincent Durac.
The Greeks and the Euro
Jan 6, 2015 • 22 min
This week Denis discusses the possibility of a Greek exit from the euro with Damian MacConUladh in Greece, Derek Scally in Berlin and Paul Gillespie and Cliff Taylor in Dublin.