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Fed up with all the Trumpy news from the USA or the Brexit-y news from Britain? Well you've come to the right place. Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.
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Lakes and dogs

Lakes and dogs

2020-03-2531:211

Calming things are much needed this week, so we're talking about lakes and we're talking about dogs. Our guest is the poet and author Kapka Kassabova, whose latest book To The Lake is a beautiful account of life on the borders of Greece, Albania and North Macedonia. We're also celebrating cleaner skies, human-canine relationships, and putting booze to good use. Thanks to the amazing people who support this podcast on Patreon, especially in these uncertain times. If you have a couple of dollars to spare each month, you can chip in at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Watch Dominic's latest opera here! Thanks for listening. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Consent

Consent

2020-03-1832:53

The show goes on. This week, aside from bringing you some positivity from around the continent, we're talking to someone who turned something terrible into something empowering. Emma Holten was 20 years old when nude photos of her were leaked onto the internet without her consent. We gave her a call in Copenhagen to hear about her inspiring fightback. Also this week: good dogs and good decisions in Spain and Greece. You can follow Emma on Instagram here and Twitter here. Thank you to the generous supporters who keep this show going! You can pledge just $2 a month or more at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Thanks for listening. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Long Distance

Long Distance

2020-03-1130:17

This week, the distances travelled in search of love and safety. The Finnish novelist and playwright Saara Turunen has written beautifully about what it's like to navigate a relationship between Helsinki and Barcelona. We chat to her about European culture clashes and what feminism looks like in the two countries she lives between. Plus, Europe's failed refugee policy, magical taps, and ill-chosen words by a billionaire populist (no, not that one). Saara's piece appears in Europa28, a collection of writing by European women which comes out on March 12. Read the New York Times investigation on how oligarchs milk EU farming subsidies here. Fancy seeing Lysistrata in Dortmund on March 23 or Greentea Peng in Lisbon on April 23? We have free tickets! Tag us in a post alongside @liveurope for your chance to win. Thanks for listening. If you like the show and have a couple of spare dollars a month, you can help keep us running at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
The God Lobby

The God Lobby

2020-03-0430:231

You might not think of the corridors of Brussels as a particularly spiritual place, but all kinds of religious groups are jostling for influence there. This week we delve into the world of religious lobbying with the French journalist Quentin Ariès. Also this week: a secret passage, winds of change in Slovakia, and the power of the Paris agreement. You can read Quentin's article on religious lobbying in the latest issue of Are We Europe magazine. Listeners to this podcast get 25% off with the code EUROPEANSPOD. Watch Iceland's amazing Eurovision entry here and help support this podcast at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Thanks for listening. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
In 2015, the 'migrant crisis' was the front page story of every newspaper in Europe. Today more than 42,000 people are still stranded on the Greek islands, in shameful conditions — and yet we barely talk about it. Migration researcher Apostolis Fotadis joins us from Athens to explain why Greece's refugee policy has become such a disaster. Also this week: big changes in Portugal, criminally-bad (?) singing in Croatia, and a Finnish mystery. Thanks for listening. You can support the podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/europeanspodcast Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com 
Eurafrica

Eurafrica

2020-02-1933:51

This week, a tale of two continents. Katy speaks to the Kenyan writer Patrick Gathara about Eurafrica, an idea that informed the European project after World War II but is now largely forgotten. Sixty years after a wave of African countries won their independence in 1960, we're also talking about why decolonisation is an ongoing process. Also this week: jilted Balkan lovers, mixed meat messages, and a lost summer soundtrack. Read Patrick's piece about Eurafrica for Al Jazeera: https://bit.ly/2HE5s88 Take part in our survey and help us make the podcast better: https://iter.ly/w9d8i Enter our competition for free Charlotte dos Santos tickets: http://tiny.cc/n3p7jz  Thanks for listening. Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Something huge just happened in Irish politics, but as outsiders it's difficult to understand what exactly. Naomi O'Leary from the excellent podcast The Irish Passport is here to untangle everything for us. Also this week: coronavirus racism, a step forward for LGBTQ+ rights in Switzerland, and what happens when a celeb does the 'double-clicky-likey-thing' on one of your social media posts. We're doing a survey to work out how to make the podcast better! If you've got 5 minutes to spare, we'd love to hear your thoughts. You can take part here. We also have a competition this week, courtesy of our friends at our favourite European concert venue chain Liveurope! We have three pairs of free tickets to see the brilliant Charlotte Dos Santos in Copenhagen, Brussels and London in March. For a chance to get their hands on them, tag us in a tweet or Instagram post letting the world know you listen to The Europeans! Thanks for listening. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon | hello@europeanspodcast.com
We've been wondering how on earth the European Union makes laws for 27 countries at once. Producer Katz Laszlo went to the beach to find out. This is the last episode in our mini-series Bursting the Bubble, explaining how the EU works in the least boring way possible. Huge thanks to the European Cultural Foundation for funding this series. They support projects that promote Europe as an open and democratic space. Thank you also to the amazing Patreon supporters who keep this show running, and to The Europeans' tote bag designer and beach trash collector Rosa ter Kuile. Written and produced by Katz Laszlo, with help from Katy Lee and Dominic Kraemer. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Fanya and the Forest

Fanya and the Forest

2020-01-2224:09

This week, Katy heads to the forest in Lithuania. Ahead of International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, we're talking about memory politics with a formidable 97-year-old. This is the last podcast in our mini-series Postcards from Europe, featuring intimate portraits of lives and places across the continent. It was made possible by the European Cultural Foundation, who support initiatives that rethink Europe as an open and democratic space. This podcast was written, produced and edited by Katy Lee, with help from Sonia Zhuravlyova, Dominic Kraemer and Katz Laszlo. Voiceover by Haya Vardy. Music provided by Moni Ovadia, Yad Vashem and Blue Dot Sessions. Artwork by La Kingsbeer. Thanks for listening. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon europeanspodcast.com | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Monarchies might seem out of date on a continent that prides itself on its democratic values, but nearly a third of Europeans still live in countries that have them. This week the drama in the British royal family finally convinced Katy to lift her ban on the topic. She and Dominic are joined by Bob Morris ⁠— constitutional expert at UCL and co-editor of a forthcoming book comparing European monarchies ⁠—   to talk about why the royals are still a thing in the 21st century. Plus, flight-shaming, Federer-shaming, and Hungary's quest for a baby boom. Fancy a postcard from Paris or Amsterdam? Chip in to our Patreon fund before the end of the month! Thanks to the amazing donors who are already keeping this show running: patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Thanks for listening. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
This week, a story that puts the romance back into European policy negotiations. What does a ninth-generation Catalan fisherman have to do with a law that affects an entire continent? Quite a lot, it turns out. This is the third in our series of original reported podcasts, Postcards from Europe, featuring intimate portraits of lives and places across the continent. It was made possible by the European Cultural Foundation, who support initiatives that rethink Europe as an open and democratic space. This podcast was written, produced and edited by Katz Laszlo. Editing and production assistance from Katy Lee, Dominic Kraemer and Valentina Vivona. Voiceover by Kike Molares. Music by Martí Batalla i Busquets and Blue Dot Sessions. Artwork by La Kingsbeer. With thanks to the Tarridas family, Alfons Garrido and our amazing Patreon supporters. hello@europeanspodcast.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon
A bar in Budapest

A bar in Budapest

2019-12-1721:25

In Budapest, going out for a drink can be a political act. For the final episode of 2019, Dominic takes us to Auróra, a very special bar at the heart of the fightback against Hungary's authoritarian government. This is the second in our new series of original reported podcasts, Postcards from Europe, featuring intimate portraits of lives and places across the continent. This series was made possible by the European Cultural Foundation, who support initiatives that rethink Europe as an open and democratic space. Thank you also to our generous Patreon supporters and to Budapest band Jü for the music you heard in this episode. Looking for the infamous Instagram pics of police officers posted outside the bar? You can find them here. Happily, Gyuri says they haven't had to post on the account for two months. Reporter and producer: Dominic Kraemer. Assistant producer: Philip Pollak. Editors: Katz Laszlo and Katy Lee. Artwork: La Kingsbeer. Thanks for listening. We'll see you in 2020! Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
“There are crooks everywhere you look now," Malta's top investigative journalist wrote on her blog in 2017. "The situation is desperate.” Half an hour later, Daphne Caruana Galizia was dead. The fallout from her murder has now tipped Malta into a full-blown political crisis. Ranier Fsadni, columnist for The Times of Malta and The Shift, is on the line to help us untangle the situation. Also this week: ancient wood transportation and the slashing of Danish art. Thanks to our generous Patreon supporters for keeping the show going. You can chip in at patreon.com/europeanspodcast, or leave us a review to help other people find us. Thanks for listening. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
This week we travel to the heart of the continent to ask: who is Ursula, and should you give a damn about her? This special episode was made with help from the European Cultural Foundation, who support projects that promote Europe as an open and democratic space. Liked the show? Please leave us a review or help keep us going by chipping in to our Patreon fund at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Thanks for listening. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Europe's museums are facing growing calls to give back treasures stolen during the colonial era. But what about colonial hand-me-downs that can be found in ordinary households? Elliot Ross, who covers Everyday Colonialism for The Correspondent, is here to explain why this ugly part of our past is still very much a part of our present. We're also talking about a scandal that has been rocking Iceland and nuggets of good news for the planet. You can follow Elliot on Twitter here and check out his work for The Correspondent here. Thanks for listening! If you like the show, please leave us a review to help other people find us! And if you're feeling extra generous, you can chip in to our Patreon fund to help us keep the show running at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com 
For this special episode, we're taking you inside Herstedvester, a maximum-security prison in Denmark. Herstedvester houses prisoners with serious mental health issues, as well as those who are considered a danger to others. Lene Bech Sillesen went to meet some inmates who are facing a choice with drastic consequences. This is the first in our new series of original reported podcasts, Postcards from Europe, featuring intimate portraits of lives and places across the continent. It was made possible by the European Cultural Foundation, who support initiatives that rethink Europe as an open and democratic space. A note on this week's show: we do not explore the inmates' crimes in this episode. Our aim is not to vindicate them, but we want to show what life is like for Greenlandic prisoners in the Danish penal system. That said, if you or people close to you have been affected by serious crime in Greenland, you might want to skip this episode. Hosts: Dominic Kraemer and Katy Lee. Reporter and producer: Lene Bech Sillesen. Editor: Katz Laszlo. Voice actors: Peter Frederik Olsen and Vivi Nielsen. Artwork by La Kingsbeer. hello@europeanspodcast.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon
The Other Europeans

The Other Europeans

2019-11-1229:461

This week we’re celebrating Europeans who refused to let boundaries get in the way of things. The historian Orlando Figes is here to talk about the continent-crossing lovers at the heart of his new book, the brilliantly-named ‘The Europeans’. The poet Christopher Hütmannsberger reads us a beautiful new work to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Plus, wild borders and the Gentle Revolution. Thanks to our amazing Patreon supporters for keeping us going! You can chip in at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com Thanks for listening.
Loggerheads

Loggerheads

2019-11-0523:23

This week, the fight for Romania's forests. Two of the country's forest rangers have been suffered brutal deaths since September. Who would do such a thing? The answer may lie in the lucrative illegal trade for wood in Romania, home to more than half of Europe's remaining primeval forests. Environmental activist Gabi Paun is here to explain why protecting trees has become so dangerous. We're also talking about Belgium's first female PM and wounded French pride. You can find out more about Gabi's activist group, Agent Green, here. Like the show? You can chip in to help us keep it running at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Thanks for listening! Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Renia's diary spent decades locked in a bank vault. Like many teenagers, she had used it to vent about stupid fights with her friends and to record the thrill of her first kiss. And when the war came, she used it to document the relentless killing of Jews in the town where she lived. Ania Jakubek is on the line from Warsaw to tell us the extraordinary story of Renia Spiegel, and why it stayed unknown for so long. We're also talking about promising signs that Europeans are becoming less bigoted. Oh, and there's a dog. You can read Ania's article about Renia here. For beautiful drawings, you should also follow Ania on Instagram. If you, like Dominic's mum, would like to get your hands on a limited edition Angry Macron tote bag, consider signing up for our Patreon top tier! All donations big and small are very welcome at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com Thanks for listening.
Invisible ink

Invisible ink

2019-10-2228:09

This week, the female writers that Europe forgot. Carme Font Paz is leading a fascinating project aimed at uncovering the scribblings of European women from centuries ago and giving them their rightful place in the literary canon. Plus, Poland's election, posthumous comedy and why the EU won't be expanding east any time soon. You can find out more about Carme's project here. Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, please give us five big gold stars on Apple Podcasts or help us grow by chipping in on Patreon. See you next week. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
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Comments (6)

Aleksandra Golovliova

For someone who is supposed to know about the EU - you confuse Lithuania and Latvia when talking about president Dalia Grybauskaite..

Jun 26th
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Jan D. Meijer

12:22 Missed opportunity for "Bannondwagon".

Aug 17th
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Bae Guevara

Lame centrist ramblings from thoroughly uninteresting middle class British people on gap year in Paris.

Aug 3rd
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Susanne Rodrigues

Very informative but also fun. Katy and Dominic sound lovely and enthusiastic. Really enjoying it.

Jan 9th
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