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Britain’s most vocal pro-EU campaigner is hoping to “dent” the expected Conservative landslide victory in next month’s UK election by backing candidates who pledge to work for the softest possible Brexit. She spoke to the FT’s Robert Wright about her campaign, called Best for Britain.

 

Iranians go to the polls on Friday in what is effectively a referendum on whether to pursue closer ties with the west, or revert to the diplomatic isolation that preceded the nuclear accord in 2015. Najmeh Bozorgmehr, FT Tehran correspondent, talks to voters ahead of the poll.

 

Ravi Mattu discusses how the car industry is reacting to the challenge of new technologies, notably ride hailing apps, with FT motor industry correspondent Peter Campbell.

 

The UK government is poised to return Lloyds Banking Group to the private sector at a profit, in a watershed moment for the banking sector. Patrick Jenkins talks about the outlook for the high street lender with Martin Arnold, the FT’s banking editor, and Sir Win Bischoff, former Lloyds Bank chairman.

 

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta talks to the FT about Africa’s business ties with China, upcoming elections and his hopes for the region’s economy.

 

If Iranians choose populism in next week’s election, the country’s economy which is already struggling with acute problems and massive corruption, would deteriorate rapidly, Iranian businessmen warn.

 

Two giant Chinese groups, ChemChina and Sinochem, are planning to merge next year, creating the world’s largest chemicals group. This follows ChemChina’s purchase of Swiss agrochemicals leader Syngenta, amid more consolidation of the global agrochemicals industry. David Oakley discusses the significance of these multi billion dollar deals with the FT’s Don Weinland, Ralph Atkins and Arash Massoudi.

 

South Korea has chosen an advocate of engagement with North Korea as its new president, in a vote that draws a line under almost a decade of conservative rule but which could also increase tensions with the US, reports Bryan Harris.

 

A cascade of changes at Goldman Sachs’s investment banking arm has followed the move to Washington of the bank’s former president Gary Cohn. Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, discusses what’s behind the reshuffle with Arash Massoudi, M&A correspondent. Music by Kevin MacLeod

 

Emmanuel Macron is to become France’s youngest elected president after decisively beating his far right opponent Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s vote. But he takes over a deeply divided country and now needs to win a majority in June’s national assembly elections, the FT’s Ben Hall reports from Paris.