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

What does an election in Slovenia tell us about populism in Europe? Why is the government appointing a HRT tsar? And is it too late to save the nation’s game?

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

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Liberal democracy

A victory for Slovenian political newcomer Robert Golob over three-time prime minister Janez Jansa has been interpreted by analysts as a vote against creeping authoritarianism in Europe. Coming fresh off the back of Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen in France, the election of Golob 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 tsar amid calls for action over nationwide shortages of hormone replacement therapy products. But what triggered supply problems that have left thousands of women struggling to cope with the debilitating effects of the menopause? And what else should be done to tackle 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 “not necessary” 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? 

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