Political commentator Alex Clark looks at the Cabinet Away Day at Chequers and wonders if anything solid will result from it. He ponders Theresa May's speech on education, looks at the allegations that Jeremy Corbyn might have been a Czech security service asset and looks at what it means that Martin Selmayr has been appointed the EU's top civil servant.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University asks whether the US economy is becoming dangerously unstable with spending increasing even as the economy booms. He also reflects upon a survey showing that the UK public appears not to care who runs hospitals as long as they are more efficient. Lastly, he considers Momentum dropping its pledge of non-violence and the MP the Czech secret police called Agent Cob.
Political commentator Alex Clark discusses the Brexit state of play with Simon Rose from both the UK and the EU points of view. He looks at GroKo, the grand coalition in German politics and asks if it will last. And he takes a peek at the EU, stuck between a clock and a hard place when it comes to the Timelords in the European Parliament.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses how the US and the West are losing out to Russia - and now China - in an Arctic Cold War; how China is developing a $2 billion research park into AI at high speed; and how Romania is reverting to Soviet-era-style justice, while the EU appears to be turning a blind eye.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the effects of the collapse of Carillion, at whether UK productivity is finally rising and, in London Blockchain Week, what blockchain technology might mean for our futures.
Adrian Bua is a researcher at the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity. The Centre develops research into austerity and related concepts and practices, such as crisis, resistance, resilience, renaissance and transformation. It brings together activists, students and academics working on these issues to develop new networks and projects.
Wolfgang Streeck is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He is a sociologist working on political economy who analyses the trajectory and future of capitalism, democracy and the state in his recent books "Buying Time" (2013) and "How Will Capitalism End" (2016). This podcast discusses the main arguments he develops in these works.
Tim Evans of Middlesex University gives 10 predictions for 2018 discussing, amongst other things, cyber attacks and the insurance industry, solar geoengineering, the commercial space sector, North Korea and the 250th anniversary of the circus.
In this special Christmas edition, Simon Rose highlights some of his favourite conversations with Tim Evans throughout the year. Discussions range from a Eurosceptic Corbyn, to life inside Theresa May’s Number 10, all the way to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Tune in for a comprehensive look at some of the main political events of the year gone by!
Political commentators Mike Indian and Alex Clark look back on 2017. Did it bring what we expected? How was Trump's first year? Will UK politics change in the wake of the election and Brexit? What happened to the apparent wave of European populism and where is the EU heading. And what will 2018 bring?