Like the rest of the world, I was shocked when Donald Trump broke decades of diplomatic protocol by speaking directly to the president of Taiwan, angering China. It seemed yet another accidental gaffe born out of inexperience and carelessness.

But Tim Marshall, former diplomatic editor of Sky news and author of numerous books about global politics and history, had other ideas. At first, he too was unimpressed. Then Trump’s phone call with President Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan started to make a lot more sense. On this episode of the Reaction podcast, I chat to Tim about the controversies surrounding that conversation, and about Trump’s big business style of diplomacy.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 8 Dec 2016

Anti-establishment forces triumphed over the weekend and the Italian political elite is now in crisis mode. But with all the focus on the outgoing prime minister Matteo Renzi, there’s a risk of missing the underlying causes of the dissatisfaction that has recently bubbled to the surface. It is no secret that Italy’s economy has been flagging with slow growth and an unappealing entrepreneurial landscape. Will the referendum and the resignation of Renzi do anything to change that?

On this week’s episode of the Reaction Podcast, I spoke to Roger Bootle, Managing Director of Capital Economics. He some some imaginative ideas about where to start when it comes to fixing Italy’s economy.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 6 Dec 2016

We know Italians are headed to the polls on December 4th. We know the prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has made this referendum personal, and that he may fall victim to a wave of anti-establishment backlash as Italy’s new populist party, the Five Star Movement, attempts to take him down. And we know that everything happening in Europe these days is tied up the with the EU, in some way. But how?

To answer that question, and to help clarify what’s actually going on with the referendum, I spoke to Beatrice Faleri about the political chaos going on in her home country.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 24 Nov 2016

Today’s the day. For those of us outside of the United States, all we can do is sit back and watch, as Americans head to the polls to decide the fate of their country, and of the world.

But if you’re finding it difficult to concentrate on anything else while the most important election of a generation is underway, here’s the latest edition of the Reaction podcast, in which I talk to historian Mark Malcomson and Trump supporter David Hawkins to get their take.


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Rachel Cunliffe  / 8 Nov 2016

It’s the calm before the storm, as America’s most unpredictable presidential race begins to draw to a close. The world his holding its breath, global markets are in suspense, and both candidates are still madly dashing across the country in an attempt to hit as many swing states as possible. You can see why – according to election guru Nate Silver on FiveThirtyEight, the state of Florida has switched hands three times in the past week alone.

As Americans gets ready to head to the polls, Reaction Editor Iain Martin has flown stateside to experience this historic election on the ground. I caught up with him in New York to hear his take on what the future of the US might hold.


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Nate Silver on FiveThirtyEight, the state of Florida has switched hands three times in the past week alone. As Americans gets ready to head to the polls, Reaction Editor Iain Martin has flown stateside to experience this historic election on the ground. I caught up with him in New York to hear his take on what the future of the US might hold. To make sure you never miss a podcast, subscribe via iTunes here.">Join Iain Martin in New York, and me Rachel Cunliffe in London

Rachel Cunliffe  / 7 Nov 2016

Iain Martin is joined by Bruce Anderson for the first Reaction podcast discussing the Tory leadership, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom’s CV. To ensure you never miss an episode, subscribe to the Reaction podcast on iTunes here.

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Reaction  / 8 Jul 2016