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Today: Friday 18th November

David Cameron is heading for talks with the German chancellor to resolve differences over the eurozone debt crisis. Experts are warning that doctors and patients are over-using antibiotics and fuelling the growth of super-bugs. And also on today's programme, mapping the ghost mountains of Antarctica.

Business news with Simon Jack on Spain's record level borrowing costs as the country prepares for its upcoming elections.

The number of consultants taking voluntary early retirement has jumped by 72% in one year. Dr Mark Porter, chair of the consultants committee at the British Medical Association, explains how dissatisfaction with the NHS may be behind the trend.

The government is consulting on how to simplify the system of school funding, making it fairer and more transparent. As we wait for details on how a new "national formula" might work, Luke Sibieta of the Institute for Fiscal Studies goes through research they have been doing themselves looking at possible outcomes of such changes to school funding.

David Cameron is on his way to Berlin to try to persuade Angela Merkel to drop her opposition to the European Central Bank playing a much larger role in resolving the eurozone crisis. Chris Morris reports from Berlin on Germany's fears of freeing the ECB.

Business news with Simon Jack.

An internal report at the Ministry of Defence has revealed that officials spent nearly £600m on technical advice from money in the equipment budget. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond defends the use of consultants in the MoD.

The UK, along with Germany and France, has tabled a resolution at the UN calling for an end to human rights violations in Syria, as senior figures warn the country could slide into civil war. Syrian writer and broadcaster Rana Kabbani reflects on the crisis.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

An estimated £40bn worth of aid has been given to Afghanistan over the last 10 years, most of it to the south of the country where the war is being fought. Mike Thomson reports from the far north of mountainous Bamyan Province, on fears that the coming snows will cut off hunger-stricken villages from food aid.

A review of the papers.

The German chancellor will meet with David Cameron later for talks on the future of the European Union and the EU economy. Stefanie Bolzen, from the German newspaper Die Welt, explains how Germans feel about the ECB taking a stronger role in rescuing the eurozone.

Thought for The Day with Catherine Pepinster.

The European Commission is calling for concerted action to combat the rise in antibiotic resistance in infectious diseases, claiming that as much as 50% of antibiotic use in hospitals may be inappropriate. Professor Mark Enright of the University Bath has been looking at alternatives to antibiotics.

Talks between David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are to focus on the European Central Bank taking a more active role in the eurozone crisis. Dr Michael Fuchs, deputy parliamentary leader of Mrs Merkel's party, defends Germany's tactics.

A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that government plans to change education funding could boost the budgets of some schools, while others see theirs slashed. MP Graham Stuart, head of the education select committee, gives his thoughts.

It has been Yorkshire's anthem since Victorian times, but now a brass band leader is launching a campaign to stop On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at from dying out. Gordon Eddison, a school music teacher and musical director of Otley Brass Band, explains why he is campaigning to keep the song alive.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Omar is a Syrian Army officer who defected to the opposition and is now working with the Free Syria Army. The BBC's Richard Colebourn went to meet him at a safe house in Lebanon, where he is in hiding just across from the Syrian border.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Surfing Soweto is a new film that follows a group of teenagers from South Africa's most famous township whose principle activity is riding on top of trains. Dr June Bam-Hutchison, a South African academic and author and the film's director Sara Blecher talk about the generation of poor South Africans caught between the anti-apartheid movement and slow moving democratic change.

Mushrooms have remained a bit of mystery to researchers, having barely been studied.. Science reporter Rebecca Morelle speaks to researchers who are collecting a database of mushroom DNA so as to prevent them disappearing from the British countryside.

This week two European countries, Greece and Italy, installed so-called technocrat governments. Independent columnist Matthew Norman and Deborah Mattinson, director of Britain Thinks, discuss whether Britain would be better run by a similar administration, and who would be in it.


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