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Business Matters

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French authorities have again promised to dismantle a sprawling migrant camp after a protest by truckers and farmers led to the blockade of the port of Calais. The huge squalid settlement on the northern French coast has been nicknamed The Jungle and is home to more than 7,000 people trying to get to the UK. Many have tried to stow away on lorries and Channel Tunnel trains in order to reach Britain. Truck drivers say they have had enough and on Monday hundreds of lorries and tractors blocked French roads, demanding the demolition of the camp. David Chazan, a freelance reporter who was at the demonstration explains why tensions were running so high. We also hear from Alexander Betts, a professor in migration at Oxford University. US President Barack Obama is considering calling off a planned meeting with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after he referred to the US leader as a son of a whore. They were meant to get together in Laos on the sidelines of the summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations but the meeting has been thrown into doubt after President Duterte vowed not to be lectured by Mr Obama on human rights. We hear from the BBC's Karishma Vashwani who is at the conference. The Republic of Ireland was hit hard when its property bubble burst in 2008. It had been inflated by a boom in housing construction, fuelled by unsustainable debt. Now the country finds itself in an odd position - it doesn't have enough homes. Or enough affordable ones, anyway. A slump in construction after the economic crash means there is an acute shortage of houses to rent or buy. Rents are soaring as is homelessness, particularly in Dublin, from where Diarmaid Fleming reports. We cross over to the BBC's Rahul Tanden in Kolkata to discuss what has been making the headlines in India. Plus, how old is old in your office? Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times finds she seems to be the oldest one there, and she is only in her 50s. And joining us throughout the programme, Finnish journalist and author Anu Partanen in New York and in India, Paranjoy Thakurta, a journalist with The Economic and Political Weekly in Mumbai. Paranjoy also gives us some insight into Urjit Patel who has been named as the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India. (Photo: French truckers and farmers block the main routes in and out of the port of Calais to call for the closure of the sprawling 'Jungle' migrant camp, in Calais. Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)


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