Wallonia, a Belgian region, has rejected the proposed Ceta trade deal with Canada, all but torpedoing the agreement for good. What does this mean for the EU’s trade liberalisation agenda, transatlantic trade and the UK’s Brexit negotiations? The FT’s world news editor Ben Hall speaks with Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker and our diplomatic correspondent, Arthur Beesley.


There are fresh doubts about ChemChina’s proposed acquisition of Syngenta – amid increasing signs that the west is stiffening
its opposition to Chinese takeovers of US and European companies. Andrew Parker discusses what’s behind these doubts with the FT’s Arash Massoudi and James Kynge.


The FT’s Robert Wright discusses the UK government’s controversial decision to back a new runway at London’s overcrowded Heathrow airport.


In a new podcast from the Financial Times hear John Thornhill and correspondents around the globe in conversation with scientists, entrepreneurs and academics as they examine the way technology is changing the way we live, work and even the way we think. FT Tech Tonic starts on Wednesday November 2.


Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of Europe’s most troubled lenders, has announced a new restructuring plan. Martin Arnold is joined by the FT’s Christopher Thompson and Filippo Alloatti of Hermes Investment Management to discuss whether the turnround plan can work. Music: Kevin MacLeod


Martin Arnold and guests discuss the latest turnround plan announced by Italy’s Monte dei Paschi, western investment banks’ struggle to make money in Asia and the impact of low interest rates on US retail banks, with special guests Filippo Alloatti of Hermes Investment Management and Mike Mayo, banking analyst at CLSA.


Time spent waiting is an opportunity to catch up with emails, reading and phone calls, says Lucy Kellaway


The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has led the Islamic Republic since 1989. But after the nuclear deal with the US, questions have been raised over whether it is necessary to have a senior cleric in charge, says Najmeh Bozorgmehr. Now reformists and hardliners have begun to position themselves for influence over the future of the country


In a US election dominated by character attacks, coal country stands out as a region where a single policy question — what to do about unemployed miners — still eclipses all else. The FT’s Barney Jopson reports from the mountains of Appalachia


Gary Grant found that his “ethical” approach to business that put people before profits, helped his toy shop chain thrive when others were closing down.