World Weekly

As rival forces scramble to recapture Isis territory in Syria and Iraq, the likelihood of international confrontation escalates. Gideon Rachman discusses the growing tensions in the region with the FT’s Middle east commentator David Gardner and Geoff Dyer, former Washington correspondent

 

As Britain and the EU finally begin formal Brexit negotiations on Monday, Gideon Rachman discusses what to expect in the weeks ahead with Alex Barker, the FT’s Brussels bureau chief, and Whitehall editor James Blitz.

 

Gideon Rachman discusses what’s behind the siege of super rich Gulf state Qatar by its neighbours Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the FT’s Simeon Kerr and Erika Solomon

 

Germany’s Angela Merkel says Europe can no longer count on the US as a reliable partner, reflecting a widening rift with US president Donald Trump. Gideon Rachman discusses this deterioration in relations with FT Berlin correspondent Guy Chazan and Geoff Dyer, former Washington correspondent.

 

Donald Trump reset US relations with the Sunni Arab world during a foreign trip that included visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel. But how much has the substance of US policy towards the Middle East changed? The FT’s Ben Hall discusses the issue with deputy editor Roula Khalaf, Gulf correspondent Simeon Kerr and Jerusalem bureau chief John Reed.

 

Venezuela has become trapped in a downward spiral of economic decline, social turmoil and political unrest. Gideon Rachman discusses the worsening situation with Latin America editor John Paul Rathbone and Andes correspondent Gideon Long.

 

There are big expectations for France’s new ‘rock star’ president, who has promised to overhaul politics in the country. Gideon Rachman asks Ben Hall and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany what his first priorities will be.

 

It’s been a tempestuous week in the world of Brexit. British prime minister Theresa May angrily denounced the EU for “meddling” in the British election, just days after reports were leaked of her acrimonious dinner with Brussels officials.
Jonathan Derbyshire joins the FT’s Gideon Rachman and Daniel Dombey to discuss the future of the UK-EU relationship.

 

Polls predict an easy victory for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of France’s presidential elections, but a lot can happen in the final two weeks of campaigning. Gideon Rachman discusses the independent centrist and his prospects with the FT’s Tony Barber and Michael Stothard

 

By winning last week’s constitutional referendum, albeit narrowly, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved his long-held ambition of taming the country’s instututions. Daniel Dombey discusses how he is likely to use his new powers with Delphine Strauss and Mehul Srivastava.