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World Review is the global affairs podcast from the New Statesman, hosted by Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington D.C.

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World Review is the global affairs podcast from the New Statesman, hosted by Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington D.C.

    Can COP26 achieve anything?

    Can COP26 achieve anything?

    As the world looks ahead to COP26 in Glasgow, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, what will it take for the summit to be declared a success?


    Jeremy Cliffe and Megan Gibson are joined by New Statesman Environment and Sustainability Editor Philippa Nuttall, all in London, to discuss the summit, the need for a just transition that includes the global south and whether big players like Russia and China will engage with the process.


    Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener\s question on how COP26 will take into account of the other UN summit on Biodiversity.


    If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk


    Further reading:


    Philippa Nuttall on Why we shouldn’t panic – just yet – about China increasing coal production
    Our New Statesman Emissions Tracker
    Nick Ferris and Michael Goodier on efforts to stem biodiversity loss
     
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    Who is Japan’s new prime minister, Fumio Kishida?

    Who is Japan’s new prime minister, Fumio Kishida?

    Kishida has formally taken office as Japan’s new prime minister, succeeding Yoshihide Suga as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Ido Vock in Berlin and the World Review’s new co-host Megan Gibson in London discuss his rise to power with Tokyo-based journalist Kenji Hall.


    They cover Kishida’s plans for economic reform, whether Japan’s pacifist constitution could change as the country faces an increasingly assertive China, and the factional jostling within the dominant LDP.


    Further reading:


    Kenji Hall on why Japan’s prime minster has his work cut out for him


    Kristin Surak on Shinzo Abe and the rise of Japanese Nationalism


    Tom Feiling on how the Olympics have thrown the future of Japan’s prime minister into doubt
     
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    The road to a coalition | Germany Elects

    The road to a coalition | Germany Elects

    In a special episode of the Germany Elects podcast made in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), Jeremy Cliffe talks with an array of experts on progressive politics in Germany to discuss the prospect of a "traffic-light" coalition of the centre-left SPD, the Greens and the centre-right FDP.
     
    He is first joined by Martin Schulz, the FES president and SPD chancellor candidate at the 2017 election, to discuss the significance of the election on 26 September in German and European politics.
     
    Then he is joined by SPD MP Jens Zimmermann and commentator Ulrike Herrmann to discuss the SPD in the Bundestag and how a "traffic light" government might govern domestically.
     
    Finally he is joined by MEP and former federal justice, labour and families minister Katarina Barley as well as the editor of the IPG journal Anja Wehler-Schöck to discuss what the election means for Europe and the wider world. 


    Further reading


    Find out more about the work of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in the UK in the EU and in the US . 


    You can read this recent policy brief by the FES office in Brussels on how to build on the success of the global minimum corporate tax rate.


    Also recommended are the IPG, the FES journal in German, and the the IPS, its English-language counterpart.


    You can listen back to all episodes of Germany Elects and read all the New Statesman's coverage of the German election.
     
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    What does Michel Barnier believe?

    What does Michel Barnier believe?

    In this special episode of World Review, Ido Vock in London is joined by Emily Tamkin in Tel Aviv to discuss his interview with Michel Barnier, now running for the Republican presidential nomination.


    We hear about Barnier’s new book, My Secret Brexit Diary, the right-wing polemicist Eric Zemmour, and whether fuel shortages in the UK are, in part, a result of Brexit.


    Further reading:


    Michel Barnier interview: “No way” Eric Zemmour should be allowed to run for the Republican presidential nomination


    Andrew Hussey on the “TV-friendly fascist”, Eric Zemmour’s, presidential bid


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    • 37 min
    How did Germany vote? | Germany Elects

    How did Germany vote? | Germany Elects

    Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin is joined by Emily Tamkin in Tel Aviv on the morning after the German election to discuss the results. How did Germans vote? Which parties gained and which lost seats? And what does it all mean for the coming coalition talks and the country's next government?


    You can catch up on the New Statesman's German election night live blog, and follow all of our rolling coverage of the election and the race to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor at www.newstatesman.com/germany.


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    How Aukus marks a shift in global power

    How Aukus marks a shift in global power

    Emily Tamkin in Tel Aviv and Ido Vock in Berlin discuss the Australia, UK, US defence pact Aukus with Rory Medcalf, professor and head of the National Security College at the Australian National University.
     
    Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question on what this means for European powers in the region.
     
    If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk
     
    Further reading:
     
    What does the new Aukus alliance mean for global relations?
    Depression without protest: the aftermath of Russia’s 2021 election
    The nuclear tinderbox: why the Indo-Pacific is the new arena of great power rivalry
    Why China’s Evergrande debt crisis is the tip of an iceberg
    Full German Election coverage


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