The Week Unwrapped: Liberal democracy, medical sexism and football integrity

Olly Mann and The Week explore the headlines and debate what really matters.

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Liberal democracy

Slovenian political newcomer Robert Golob’s victory over three-time prime minister Janez Jansa has been interpreted by analysts as a vote against creeping authoritarianism in Europe. Hot on the heels of Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen in France, Golob’s election appears to be a vote of confidence in liberal politics and the EU. So, is the tide turning against Europe’s right-wing populists?

Medical sexism

The UK government is set to appoint an HRT czar amid calls for action over nationwide shortages of hormone replacement therapy products. But what triggered the supply issues that have left thousands of women struggling to cope with the debilitating effects of menopause? And what else to do to deal with a crisis that is forcing some to turn to the black market?

Football Integrity

The government has announced plans to appoint an independent regulator for men’s football, a move deemed ‘unnecessary’ by the Premier League, following a fan-led review into the game’s finances, club ownership and corporate governance. So could the plans help protect football’s long-term future – or is it too little, too late?