This is The Magazine Review, Share Radio's look at the top political and financial stories of the week under the forensic eye of expert guests. Today's brains are Owain Bennallack, Analyst at The Motley Fool and Robert Colvile, Editor of CapX, author of 'The Great Acceleration' .
Is Switzerland on a collision course with the EU? In a bid to curb immigration, officials have given the green light to laws that prioritise Swiss nationals in the jobs market. Switzerland is now awaiting a response from the European Union.
For more analysis of this story, Share Radio's Juliette Foster was joined on the line by Camino Mrtera-Martinez, Research Fellow and Brussels Representative at the Centre for European Reform.
The Business of Sport: FA under pressure, digging in to Dugout
This is The Business of Sport with Share Radio's Michael Considine. Each week he provides you with the inside track on the world of sport.
Five former heads of the Football Association have called on politicians to intervene and reform the body. Michael is joined by Rob Wilson, football finance expert at Sheffield Hallam university to figure out where the FA must go from here. Michael also digs in to a new social media platform specifically designed with football in mind - he speaks to the vice president of Dugout for more. And, of course, Joe Aldridge has Extra Time.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has told EU leaders she wants an early deal on the status of migrants living in Britain as well as Britons living in Europe. Her comments came during a summit of European leaders where she updated them on the UK's plans for leaving the EU. European Union leaders have promised to stick together to ensure that Britain doesn't cherry pick a deal that might encourage other Eurosceptic states to leave the bloc. For more analysis, Share Radio's Juliette Foster was joined on the phone by John Ashmore, Chief Reporter for Politics Home.
The drug maker Actavis has been accused of overcharging the NHS after it increased the cost of a life-saving treatment by 12,000%. The Competition & Markets Authority said that in 2008 Actavis raised the price of a pack of Hydrocortisone tablets from 70 pence to £88. Hydrocortisone is used to treat Addisons Disease.
Angus Macculloch, is a Senior Lecturer of EU & UK Competition Law at Lancaster University and he joined Share Radio's Juliette Foster on the line.
A senior German government official says it's unlikely that a trade deal between Britain and Europe could be agreed in two years, alongside Brexit negotiations. Stephen Meyer's remarks came as the Prime Minister Theresa May was in Brussels attending a meeting of EU leaders. During the summit Mrs May said she wanted an early deal on the status of Britons living in Europe and EU citizens in the UK. In the meantime Chancellor Philip Hammond waded in by downplaying claims from Britain's EU ambassador that it could take up to ten years to reach a trade deal.
So who's right? And what's the City's take on a Brexit saga that's about as clear as a bout of smog? Share Radio's Juliette Foster was joined on the line by Michael Hewson, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. This week we’re getting festive with our annual Christmas taste test. Four retailers will be competing on cost and quality as we sample a full range of festive fare. Will last year’s champion Lidl hold its top place? Or will it fall victim to a resurgent Tesco? Also on trial this week we’ll have the upmarket option, Waitrose, and a mystery wildcard. Georgie Frost is joined by taste testers Editor Simon Lambert, Consumer Affairs editor Lee Boyce and special guest Development Editor Rich Browning. It’s not all eating though and as we delve into the financial stories of the day we’ll be serving up a starter of inflation forecasts, digging into a main course of mortgages and for pudding we’ll be rounding things off with a look at how the supermarkets have fared this year. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
Joining Georgie Frost in the studio for the third annual taste test is Editor Simon Lambert, Consumer Affairs editor Lee Boyce and special guest development editor Rich Browning from the Financial Website of the Year.
The team attempt to talk money matters - such as shared appreciation mortgages, a holiday Brexit tax and supermarket price wars - as they munch their way through a veritable feast of festive favourites.
Who among Waitrose, Tesco, Lidl and our wildcard, will win out on taste and price, in our completely unscientific, pointless bit of seasonal fun?!
Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce, Rich Brow, Richard Browning
Georgie Frost is joined in the studio by Share Radio’s Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher. Today on the agenda, they discuss even more strikes, now by cleaners on Great Western Railway. Plus money wiring scams. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Helen Thomas, Managing Director of BlondeMoney, joined Share Radio Breakfast to offer her regular market round-up. This week, Helen discussed the Fed after the decision to raise interest rates. This before a Trump presidency, so how will the Fed operate once The Donald is in power? And do we need to get used to higher interest rates from here onwards?