Matt Frei is Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News.
This year he has led the Channel 4 News coverage of events in Ukraine from the crash site of Malaysia flight MH17, to the tensions in Crimea and reported live from Independence Square on Kiev’s bloodiest day. He has also secured major interviews with Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Prior to his appointment as Europe Editor for Channel 4 News, Frei was the Washington Correspondent for two years and has reported on the Americas on everything from business and culture to US foreign policy and its view of the world.
He is also part of the presenting team across Channel 4's news and current affairs portfolio, including the award-winning Dispatches programme.
Matt previously anchored the BBC World News America bulletin and was also Washington Correspondent. He presented a weekly radio show called Americana, and in two decades at the corporation reported from Bonn, Rome, Bosnia, Kosovo, North Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He is the author of two books: Italy: The Unfinished Revolution published in 1996 by Random House and Mandarin books and Only In America published in 2008 by 4th Estate.
Professor Jaume Lopez, from Pompeu Fabra University, discusses Catalonian independence.
Anna Arqué, from the International Commission of European Citizens, discusses Catalonian independence.
Ever since the referendum on October 1, we have been waiting for the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s next move. There have been huge demonstrations in favour of independence and against the police brutality that marred that flawed vote. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets, not just in Madrid, but in Barcelona, calling for the…
There has been significant push-back on several fronts against Catalonia’s moves towards independence. Yesterday hundreds of thousands of demonstrators descended on Barcelona. Today more businesses announced that they would shift their headquarters outside Catalonia if the region broke away, and France declared that it would move to expel an independent Catalonia from the EU. All…
Alfred Bosch, from the Republican Left party, discusses Catalonian independence.
The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt speaks about Europe’s future after Britain leaves the EU.
Progress in the Brexit negotiations depends on the talks taking place in Brussels, and today the Brexit Secretary David Davis and Europe’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier gave their update so far. Although there’s been some movement, it’s not yet “substantial” enough, especially on key issues like citizens’ rights, the exit bill and the status of…
Now the head of the UN’s refugee agency says this humanitarian crisis is among the worst he’s ever seen. The plight of the Rohingya muslims fleeing Myanmar has become a blight on the world’s conscience – and it’s getting worse by the day.
Ulrike Guerot, who’s the founder of the European Democracy Lab, discusses the German elections.
Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term, but it’s a hollow victory given the pummelling she and her former coalition partners received. and the success of the right-wing, nationalist Alternative for Germany party. The AfD, which promised to fight “an invasion of foreigners”, seems to have capitalised on a backlash over Mrs Merkel’s…
An official result is not expected for a few days but the official projections show that Angela Merkel will secure an historic fourth term. But with her power-base eroded by a surge in support for the far right.
It was supposed to reset relations with the continent but 24 hours after Mrs May gave her Florence speech, the fragile entente cordial with Europe is once again looking a little frayed. And we speak to the Conservative MP and Brexiteer Andrew Rosindell.
Ulrike Ester Franke, from the European Council on Foreign Affairs, discusses Theresa May’s speech.
Not everyone in Germany was following today’s Brexit speech, and they can be excused for not doing so, with their own distraction in the form of Sunday’s election. However policymakers, businessmen and anyone involved with Britain were listening. While many may have been reassured by Theresa May’s emollient words about paying divorce bills and a smooth transition forging a special partnership…
Mona Khalil, a public international lawyer with extensive experience in UN peace and security efforts, and the former head of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief at the United Nations, Stephen O’Brien, discuss the plight of the Rohingya people and President Trump’s UN address.