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08
DEC
11am

'Breakthrough' Deal in Brexit Talks

UK prime minister Theresa May has struck a deal to move Brexit talks forward. We gauge reaction to the day's developments from the UK and across the European Union. Also in the programme, Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tells us how providing contraception can improve economic performance, by allowing more women into the workplace. Plus we look back at the rest of the week's big business stories with Lisa Abramowicz of Bloomberg Radio in New York, and Rebecca Byrne of the Wall Street Journal in London.
07
DEC
11am

Zimbabwe Budget Outlined

Zimbabwean finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has presented his budget. Nelson Banya is editor of the Financial Gazette in Harare, and assesses the country's spending plans. Also in the programme, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made the first visit of a Turkish head of state to Greece in 65 years. The BBC's Ed Butler reports from Athens. We have a report from South Africa about how a drought is causing significant problems for many businesses. Plus we find out about the enduring impact of Finland's Tove Jansson, who created the Moomins, one of the country's most enduring cultural exports.
07
DEC
5am

Update: Jail for US Volkswagen Exec

One US boss for Volkswagen is to be jailed over the car giant's emissions scandal. We speak to automotive expert Maria McCarthy, and hear from environmental concern group Greenpeace for their reaction to the seven year jail sentence plus a fine of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Plus, we hear the latest on the US stock markets from Scott Nations, an investment expert in the US.
06
DEC
12pm

Finland at 100

Finland is celebrating the centenary of its independence from Russia. We assess the country's economic significance with Finland's prime minister, Juha Sipilä. Also in the programme, environment ministers from around the world have agreed that the flow of waste plastic into the ocean must be stopped. We report from a meeting of UN environment ministers in Kenya. The European Commission has outlined plans for greater integration for countries using the euro. Our regular economic commentator Roger Bootle of Capital Economics assesses the proposals. We have an update on the latest developments around ongoing Brexit talks between the UK and European Union. Plus the American jewellery designer Kendra Scott tells us how she started a billion dollar business from a spare bedroom.
05
DEC
6pm

Is the US Looking in to Trump's Bank Loan?

We hear more about reports that President Trump's account with Deutsche Bank is being looked in to by US authorities.Plus, we hear the latest on the US stock markets from Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading in the US.(Image: Donald Trump. Credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images)
05
DEC
11am

EU Unveils Tax Haven Blacklist

We reveal the countries added to a European Union blacklist of tax havens. Alex Cobham is chief executive of the Tax Justice Network, and explains the background. Also in the programme, we try out the new hybrid petrol-electric London black taxi. We hear from South Africa about the runners and riders to take over the governing African National Congress. Nebert Rugadya of Radio One Kampala tells us why Uganda is falling down the global entrepreneurship rankings. Plus as a deal for Cineworld to buy Regal Entertainment is unveiled, we find out how much money can be still made by cinemas.
04
DEC
6pm

Britain and EU Fail To Agree in Latest Brexit Talks

Britain and the European Union have failed to reach an agreement in their latest round of negotiations on Brexit. We examine what went wrong and ask whether an agreement can be reached soon.Plus, the social network Facebook is trying to recruit some new members, by launching a messaging app for children as young as six years old. Katie Roof, senior writer at TechCrunch, tells us that the app is designed with controls that allow parents to decide who their children can connect to online.Plus, we hear the latest on the US stock markets from Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in the US.(Image: An EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out, held in front of the Houses of Parliament. Credit: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images)
04
DEC
12pm

UK and EU 'Close to Brexit Breakthrough'

There are indications an agreement on the first phase of Brexit talks could be struck. We get the latest from Brussels where British prime minister Theresa May has been meeting European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Jennifer Rankin is Brussels correspondent for the UK's Guardian newspaper. Also in the programme, we hear about the challenging situation for youth unemployment in Mozambique, and discuss the causes with Antonio Francisco, director of research at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies. We find out why Nigeria's agriculture ministry believes yams could become a significant export for the country. Plus Malcolm White of the UK-based communications agency Krow Communications tells us why he thinks there is positive power in negative thinking.
01
DEC
6pm

Update: US Senate Eyes Finish Line in Tax Overhaul

As American lawmakers inch closer to passing tax reform legislation in the Senate, Bipartisan Policy Center senior advisor Steve Bell – former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, tells us what Senators are on board and what a legislative victory would mean for the Trump administration. Also in the programme, Chris Low of FTN Financial parses the rollercoaster ride on Wall Street during Friday’s session, and UNCHR’s representative to Libya talks about the evidence of Libyan slave markets in a post-Gadaffi world. Plus, we take a deep dive into why a fear of failure has led to some of Japan’s recent corporate scandals.
01
DEC
11am

Migrants Sold as Slaves in Libya

We hear the plight of Ghanaians who say they were sold as slaves in Libya. The BBC's Thomas Nadi reports from Accra, Ghana, and we get reaction from Roberto Mignoni, the UNHCR's representative to Libya. Also in the programme, we have a series of reports from Japan, examining the declining reputation of corporate Japan, following a number of scandals, and finding out why more women aren't making progress in the country's workforce. Plus we look back at the rest of the week's big business stories, with Hugo Greenhalgh of the Financial Times in London, and Jamie Heller of the Wall Street Journal in New York.(Picture: Migrants in Libya. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
30
NOV
12pm

India Economic Growth Picks Up To 6.3%

Economic growth for the past 12 months in India has accelerated to 6.3%. We explain what's behind the uptick in the country's economy. Also in the programme, as a crunch time approaches for the Brexit negotiations, we consider the state of play with Roger Bootle, chairman of Capital Economics and Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King's College London. Plus we have a special report from Fukushima, Japan, which examines the human and environmental impact of the earthquake and tsunami that caused a radiation leak at the city's nuclear power plant, in March 2011.

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