The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting US President Donald Trump for the first time. So, can they establish a solid working relationship? Last year, Trump accused Merkel of 'going off the reservation' during the refugee crisis and characterised her policies as a 'total disgrace'. However, this could be water under the bridge as it will be strictly business for Merkel who is expected to raise issues including the Nato contributions, the fight against ISIS, and trade. Graham Lanktree, Foreign Reporter with the International Business Times, joined Share Radio Breakfast to look ahead to the meeting.
The boss of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, is engulfed in a massive bribery scandal that's threatening to put him in jail. The case is also linked to the huge scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye. Shares in South Korea rose 0.4% in Friday's session after the country's Constitutional Court upheld parliament's impeachment of the President. James Brydges reports.
Donald Trump's given his first address to a joint session of Congress, where he set out in greater detail his plans to cut spending and boost the economy. So what is Trump's plan of action? Chris Bailey, Founder of Financial Orbit, joined Nigel Cassidy on Share Radio Breakfast to discuss this and more.
Donald Trump is speaking to Congress tonight. Shares in American Construction-materials companies rose in anticipation that he might finally make good on promises about a massive infrastructure-spending programme in the US. Trump also says he'd boost defense spending by $54bn in his proposed budget plan for 2018, which is about a 9% increase. Share Radio's Nigel Cassidy was joined by Jeremy Cook, Chief Economist at Worldfirst.
Jack Sommers, News Editor at the Huffington Post, joined Nigel Cassidy to look forward to Theresa May's visit to the US today. She’ll be the first foreign leader to meet Donald Trump, a week into his Presidency.
Theresa May is currently in the unenviable position of simultaneously having to negotiate trade deals with Europe to the East, and the US to the West. And as with all British business leaders trying to build their US sales and presence, the Prime Minister must ensure she is in sync with the American businessman leading the country. Allyson Stewart-Allen is the Director at International Marketing Partners, and she joined Nigel Cassidy on Share Radio Breakfast to offer her views on the approach May should take.
Josh Lowe, Reporter at Newsweek, joined Share Radio for his weekly take on politics. He talked Europe-wide manhunt for Berlin suspect and the implications for Chancellor Merkel, the news that one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most persistent critics quit as a Labour MP to take a job in the nuclear industry, and the recently published letters sent by Donald Trump to then-Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, part of an intense lobbying campaign against plans for an offshore wind project near Mr Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort.
As Donald Trump prepares for his presidency he has been naming officials and speaking out against the Central Intelligence Agency. It comes after FBI director James B. Comey and the director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. agreed with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the White House. Share Radio's Colin Bloom discovered what the president elect's latest moves might mean, by speaking with Ross Anderson of the University of Cambridge.
Every year, TIME editors select the individual or idea that has most influenced the news and the world. The winner this year is President-elect Donald Trump, who beat ten other finalists, including his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. He has described being named Time magazine's Person of the Year as a "great honour". Trump will be President of the United States in just over 6 weeks time, but what are his priorities for the US economy? Share Radio's James Brydges has been hearing from Dr Pippa Malmgren, former economic adviser to George W Bush.
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly already held at least two phone calls with Vladimir Putin - more than with any other world leader and the same amount of briefings he's had with American intelligence experts. Mr Trump praised the Russian president during the election campaign and has promised closer co-operation between the two countries. Share Radio's Robert Van Egghen spoke to Sergey Aleksashenko, former deputy governor of the Russian central bank.
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