Madrid is preparing to take emergency measures to restore control in Catalonia. We find out what the government of Catalonia is likely to do in response. Meanwhile, two of Italy's richest regions, Lombardy and Veneto are seeking greater financial autonomy from Rome. Lorenzo Codogno of the London School of Economics' Europe Institute tells us what the impact of referendums held at the weekend in the regions is likely to be. Also in the programme, London's mayor Sadiq Khan has instituted a daily 'Toxicity Charge' for more polluting vehicles entering the city. We find out more from Simon Birkett of the campaign group Clean Air in London, and Matthew Jaffa of the Federation of Small Businesses tells us why the lobbying group does not welcome the move. Plus we hear about a Bollywood film adaptation that hopes to encourage more Indians to spend a night at the theatre.
Wall Street Update
Chris Low of FTN Financial discusses the record highs on Friday's markets
EU Paves Way for Brexit Trade Talks to Begin
EU leaders have agreed to start talking among themselves about a post-Brexit trade deal. Gavin Simmonds is from the UK chamber of shipping, and gives us his reaction to the news. Japanese voters prepare to head to the polls this weekend. Peter Landers is Tokyo bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, and tells us how economic factors might influence the way people vote. More than 50 cities across North America are bidding to host Amazon's new headquarters. We report on the offers cities are making to attract the web giant. Plus we look back at all the week's big business stories with Stephanie Baker of Bloomberg in London, and Sujeet Indap, from the Financial Times in New York.
Wall Street Update
Cary Leahy of Decision Economics reflects on the day's trading on Wall Street
Spain Moves to Suspend Catalan Autonomy
Spain is to start suspending Catalonia's autonomy from Saturday. We get the reaction of former Spanish economy minister, Alfredo Pastor. Also in the programme, two of the world's biggest banks, HSBC and Standard Chartered, have been drawn into a corruption scandal in South Africa. Independent banking analyst Christopher Wheeler considers the impact on the banks, and Philip Dexter, a former member of parliament for the ruling ANC party, tells us what he thinks the impact will be on South Africa's government. Plus the BBC's Marie Keyworth reports from Senegal, where coastal erosion threatens to wash away one of the country's most important towns.