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The Battle for Britain
What strategy should the party leaders follow now?
What are the Risks of Vaping?
Recent deaths in the USA have been linked to e-cigarette use, leading to calls for a ban.
Britain’s constitutional dilemma: who now runs the country?
Does the constitution need an overhaul - and is it time to have a written constitution?
Trump, Ukraine and impeachment
What's the Trump impeachment inquiry about?
Climate change and meat: what's the beef?
What difference would it make to climate change if we reduce meat consumption?
Turkey, Syria and the Kurds
How the US withdrawal from northern Syria could reshape the political map of the region.
Brexit: a pivotal week?
Where have this week's events in Westminster left the UK's efforts to leave the EU?
General Election Promises: Tax and Spend?
Who are the people who are going to pay for the politicians' promises?
Malta: Shady People in a Sunny Place
Why has the premier of the EU's smallest state, and a former British colony, resigned?
Middle East Youthquake
Protests have swept through Iran, Iraq and Lebanon - what lies behind the unrest?
How Do We Get Brexit Done?
'Get Brexit Done' led the Tories to election victory - but how will that be achieved?
News Review of the Year 2019
"The world has changed, none of us can go back."
What power does Iran's Revolutionary Guard wield and what will they do now?
Powering Up The North
The government wants an infrastructure revolution in the north. How will it do that?
How dangerous is the coronavirus?
What lessons do previous pandemics provide about how we should treat the new coronavirus?
How to do a trade deal
Bluffs, plays and tariff peaks, the UK enters the free trade world.
What can be done to stop another convicted terrorist attacking again?
Sinn Féin's rise
Sinn Féin recorded a historic result in the Irish election. Why?
UK fishing and Brexit
The UK fishing industry will be central to EU trade negotiations, starting soon. Why?
Covid-19: What Next?
How close to a vaccine are we and how important is mass testing?
The Inequalities of Lockdown
What do we know about the impact of the lockdown on different people and places?
The psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic
What mental hardship are we enduring and, when normality returns, how changed might we be?
Easing the lockdown
Some countries have opened schools and non-food shops. Can the lockdown be eased safely?
Covid-19 and the Care Sector
Have the mounting deaths exposed cracks in the way we deliver care to the most vulnerable?
Coronavirus and the economy
What are the pandemic and lockdown doing to the economy and and what could happen next?
China and the Pandemic
How have China's relations with other countries changed since the arrival of the virus?
Can Britain avoid mass-unemployment?
Creating and protecting jobs in the time of the coronavirus.
The Leicester lockdown
How local lockdowns will work, Leicester’s is likely to be the first of many.
Can the NHS recover from coronavirus?
What has the pandemic done to healthcare in the UK and will it get back on track?
What is happening to the Uighurs in China?
China's treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang, and how the world is responding.
The UK's place in the world
How can the UK shape foreign policy in response to the threats posed by Russia and China?
How to beat obesity
What’s in the government's plan to help people lose weight and what more could be done?
Scottish Independence: Hope and Fear
What is behind rising support for independence and how could another referendum happen?
Covid-19: the return to school
How should we balance the risks when reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic?
Belarus: the end of a dictatorship?
What will come of the protests in Belarus and who will determine the country's future?
Brexit: deal or no deal?
Where are we up to with Brexit and what will it mean for you?
Football and the Pandemic
Coronavirus might put some football clubs out of business, but how important are they?
Will the US election be free and fair?
Could fraud and voter suppression affect this year's presidential election?
Covid-19: Six Months On
It's been six months since lockdown was introduced - what have we learned about Covid-19?
Sweden and the Pandemic
Sweden decided not to lockdown like other countries - was it the right decision?
Covid-19: are we still following the rules?
To what extent are we following and understanding the guidance designed to keep us safe?
Britain's Immigration Dilemma
What can the government do to control immigration across the English Channel?
Covid-19: Regional Differences
Why are there regional differences in Covid-19 infection rates?
Education: A Testing Issue
Should school exams be cancelled across the UK next summer?
The President's In Tray
Whoever wins the US presidential election, what awaits the next man in the White House?
How Broke is Britain?
Britain’s borrowing is forecast to hit nearly £400bn this year. Can we afford this?
Brexit: Is It Oven Ready?
David Aaronovitch and The Briefing Room team explore Britain's readiness for 2021.
Living with the Taliban
Could the Taliban return to power in Afghanistan? If so, what would the world do?
The Climate Crisis: Are We Moving Fast Enough?
China has set a target for net zero CO2, the US will shortly - but is this fast enough?
Facebook's Monopoly Problem
David Aaronovitch explores the antitrust case against Facebook.
America: what just happened?
What do events in Washington mean for America, its institutions and its politics?
Covid and the NHS
Infections are rising, hospitals are filling up. Is the NHS coping with the Covid crisis?
Putin vs Navalny
Alexei Navalny’s return to Russia has tweaked the tiger’s tail. Why is Mr Putin so afraid?
The Irish Question
Has Brexit brought the reunification of Ireland any closer?
Chaos on the US markets last week as GameStop’s price rocketed. But what really happened?
“Turmoil” in the SNP
A senior SNP MP says the party is in turmoil. Why?
Out of Lockdown
Cautious but irreversible; the promises and risks of lifting lockdown.
Two months since Britain signed a trade deal with the EU, is it working well for business?
Covid-19 and the World
An hour-long special asking which countries have fared better during the pandemic and why?
Global supply chains: is the UK vulnerable?
If global supply chains are interrupted, how will the UK cope?
Northern Ireland: how fragile is the peace process?
Violence in Northern Ireland: has it exposed the fragility of the peace process?
Could Germany Go Green?
Angela Merkel leaves office this year. Might she be replaced by a Green?
India's Covid Catastrophe
India was said to have “defeated Covid”. Now thousands are dying daily. What went wrong?
Hong Kong: Beijing Tightens Its Grip
David Aaronovitch examines what's happening in Hong Kong and where it's going to end.
What does Hamas want?
The Ransomware Threat
What is ransomware and why is it a growing threat?
How Unsettled is EU Status?
As the UK's deadline for applications passes, David Aaronovitch explores EU settled status
Who Do We Think We Are?
David Aaronovitch explores the new political demography of Britain and asks who are we?
Stepping into the Unknown
As Covid restrictions lift in England but new infections rise, what are the risks?
COP26: Floods, Fire, and the Future
Can COP26 help tackle climate change and save us from droughts, wildfires and floods?
Where Are All the Workers?
As the economy opens up again, is the UK short of workers?
Taiwan and the Threat to Peace
Could tensions over Taiwan and who it belongs to lead to war?
Who's supporting the Taliban?
As the Taliban capture more territory in Afghanistan, who supports them and why?
What next for President Biden’s foreign policy?
How will events in Afghanistan shape the future of US foreign policy?
HS2: On Track?
How is HS2 progressing and are spiralling costs threatening its completion?
The Afghan Refugee Crisis
How will the world deal with Afghan refugees?
Universal Credit: The Challenge Ahead
The Universal Credit £20 weekly uplift ends soon, so how are the poorest best helped now?
Vaccine Passports and Booster Jabs
How useful might vaccine passports and booster jabs be over the winter?
The UK's Energy Crisis
What lies behind the UK's energy problems, and how can we can stop it happening again?
What are NFTs? How do you buy and sell them? And how do they help British art and artists?
Britain's Dirty Rivers
Sewage, chemicals, micro-plastics - how dirty are Britain's rivers? And what can be done?
Social Care - What's Changing?
Long neglected by many governments, what do the new proposals for social care mean?
With an energy shortage and growing debts, is China's economy in trouble?
Europe's Covid Surge
As parts of Europe struggle to contain Covid cases we ask what that means for them and us.
Living in a Variant World
Where do Covid variants like Omicron come from? And what makes a variant dangerous?
Afghanistan: What Now? What Next?
From insurgency to government - the challenges for the Taliban and the west.
Ukraine: Could There Be War?
Russian troops are amassed close to the Ukrainian border - what's happening and why?
Space Wars and Laws
Could space be the next frontier for conflict? And what would it look like?
Brexit: What Have We Learned?
Weighing up the costs and gains for the UK and Europe a year after Brexit.
Prices are soaring. Inflation is at a 30 year high. How worried should we be?
With BBC funding under pressure, how might alternatives to the licence fee work?