The podcast bringing you European affairs through the eyes of two foreign journalists. Join University of Melbourne lecturer Clare Richardson and DW News presenter Rebecca Ritters as they explore the biggest issues facing the continent.
‘A battle over the soul of Europe’: What to watch in the European elections
They’re complicated, chaotic, and just a little bit dull– the European elections may not have been on your radar, but they should be. The vote is one of the biggest democratic exercises on earth, and this year it’s also something of a referendum on the European project. But what does the European parliament even do? How does it work? And what does it mean to ride the gravy train? Clare and Rebecca talk to Ryan Heath, political editor at POLITICO Europe, for an inside take on what to expect.
Goodbye Daylight Saving Time?: Europe eyes scrapping state-mandated jet lag
Spring forward, fall back– as sure as the changing of the seasons, twice a year our clocks must be reset by an hour. But now Europe may have had enough. The EU set out legislation to scrap Daylight Saving Time after its citizens voted against the biannual switch in a public poll, but the idea has hit a stumbling block. Why is one hour causing such a fuss? And how did we get Daylight Saving Time in the first place? Clare and Rebecca talk to the Washington Post’s foreign affairs reporter in Europe, Rick Noack, to find out.
'Germany has a long history of hating us': The appeal of Erdoğan
More Turks live in Germany than any other country outside of Turkey, and they’re often blamed for backing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his increasingly authoritarian regime. But did the Turkish diaspora really vote in droves to give him sweeping powers? Why would residents of a model European democracy support a power grab abroad? Clare and Rebecca talk to journalists Isil Nergiz and Burçin Tetik about racism against Turks in Germany, and why some see the Turkish leader as their savior.
After the ‘migration crisis’: Syrians adjust to life in Germany
When the human impact of millions of people fleeing war hit Europe’s shores in 2015, Germany allowed some one million people across its borders– a move that won Chancellor Merkel both widespread praise and condemnation. How could a country of some 80 million people manage so many newcomers? Throughout the debate, some voices were often conspicuously missing. Clare and Rebecca speak to student Oula Suleiman and chef Malakeh Jazmati about what it was like arriving in Germany from Syria and what challenges they face nearly four years later.
Merkel’s last stand: What comes after the end of an era?
Angela Merkel is on her way out after more than thirteen years as chancellor. She’s been praised as a pragmatist and defender of liberal democracy in increasingly turbulent times, but many Germans are ready for something new. Who could possibly fill her shoes? Clare and Rebecca ask supporters of her CDU party about Merkel’s legacy and find out from Boris Vormann, professor of politics at Bard College Berlin, what decades of “politics of no alternatives” have meant for the rise of fringe movements.
The Brexit debacle: Record number of ‘Brefugees’ take German citizenship
Brexit is less than three months away, and the United Kingdom looks like it could go crashing out of the European Union without a deal on March 29. The British parliament is voting this week on whether to accept an agreement with the EU that makes almost nobody happy. The alternative could be total chaos. With the clock ticking, a record number of Brits are becoming German citizens to keep their European status. Clare and Rebecca talk to two who took the plunge and find out how we got here from Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College London.
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Informative and easy to follow- worth a listen!
Listening to Brexit affairs is often hard to follow and map out (if not from the UK). This podcast tells all in a succinct manner. Would recommend listening. Very much looking forward to the next episode!