The Irish Times World View Podcast
About This Show
The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Patrick Smyth with regular contributors Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.
Most Recent Episode
Merkel Calls For Burka Ban / "Mad Dog" & Trump / Renzi's Failure
2 days ago
Angela Merkel's announcement that face veils should be banned in public "wherever possible" shifts a reversal in her position on the issue and an attempt to fend off populist forces.
The remark will be welcomed by the conservative right wing of her Christian Democratic Party, who have been frustrated by her approach to the migrant crisis and whose support she need to win a strong new mandate to lead, says Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally on this week's World View podcast.
From Washington, Simon Carswell profiles the individuals Donald Trump has chosen for his cabinet, including his one-time opponent (and target for some particularly nasty criticism) Ben Carson and bullish ex-general James "Mad Dog" Mattis.
While his picks mainly show that President-elect Trump intends to reward loyalty shown during the campaign, they also offer clues as to whether he is serious about fulfilling promises made on issues like free trade and Obamacare to the white working class in Rust Belt states.
And from Rome, Paddy Agnew explains why Prime Minister Renzi's defeat in last weekend's referendum is not a judgement on the European Union, but will still embolden Italian Eurosceptics.