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Weekly podcast on the events, policies and ideas that will shape the world.

World in 30 minutes is curated by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and features top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate and discuss Europe’s role in the world. It was awarded “Best podcasts on EU politics” by PolicyLab in 2019.

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Weekly podcast on the events, policies and ideas that will shape the world.

World in 30 minutes is curated by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and features top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate and discuss Europe’s role in the world. It was awarded “Best podcasts on EU politics” by PolicyLab in 2019.

Member of the EuroPod network.

    The Biden effect and the future of US-Europe relations | Part I

    The Biden effect and the future of US-Europe relations | Part I

    The United States presidential election is approaching and there is no doubt that its result will have a significant and large-scale impact on global politics. Across the Atlantic, European analysts already started to discuss the possible outcomes and what they would mean for Europe and the transatlantic partnership. What changes would a Biden win bring? How could US foreign policy look like under him as President? How would it affect the US-Europe relations? In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard is joined by Matt Duss, foreign policy advisor to the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign and Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR´s research director and in-house US expert to discuss what Biden will bring to the table.

    This podcast was recorded on 29 July 2020

    Bookshelf:

    - “Blowback” by Brendan James and Noah Kulwin
    - “Miles: The Autobiography” by Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe
    - “Circe” by Madeline Miller
    - “Why We're Polarized” by Ezra Klein

    • 27 min
    The EU’s budget and recovery fund deal – a historic moment for Europe?

    The EU’s budget and recovery fund deal – a historic moment for Europe?

    The over 90-hour European Council summit in Brussels ended with a deal on a €1.82 trillion financial package. What does this deal mean for the future of Europe? Will the EU recovery fund, made up of €390 billion in grants and €360 billion in loans, be a historic change of our Europe and the eurozone, as Macron said? In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard is joined by Guntram Wolff, Director of Bruegel, Piotr Buras, head of ECFR's Warsaw office and José Ignacio Torreblanca, head of ECFR's Madrid office to discuss the EU deal on the bloc's budget and economic recovery fund.

    This podcast was recorded on 22 July 2020

    Bookshelf:

    The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804 – 1999 by Misha Glenny
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/311471/the-balkans-by-misha-glenny/

    How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by Ece Temelkuran
    http://www.4thestate.co.uk/2018/11/cover-reveal-how-to-lose-a-country-by-ece-temelkuran/

    AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
    https://www.aisuperpowers.com/

    • 27 min
    It’s complicated: Europe-China relations in a world of superpower competition

    It’s complicated: Europe-China relations in a world of superpower competition

    Can Europe compete in today’s new geopolitical realities? Does the Union find itself in a technology war with China? And are at least cooperative solutions with China on climate policies possible? In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard is joined by Agatha Kratz, Associate Director at Rhodium Group and expert on EU-China relations, Janka Oertel head of ECFR´s Asia programme as well as ECFR co-chair Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden. Together, they answer these questions and discuss if and how Germany – as current EU Council Presidency holder – can find ways to recalibrate the EU’s handling and approach to China.

    A Europe Ready to Compete? EU-China relations and new geopolitical realities: https://youtu.be/DaoiVm9zHzE

    “Europe, China, and Hong Kong: Why new red lines will be worth the cost” by Janka Oertel
    https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_europe_china_and_hong_kong_why_new_red_lines_will_be_worth_the_c

    “Booster or Brake? COVID and the Belt and Road Initiative” by Agatha Kratz et al: https://rhg.com/research/booster-or-brake-covid-and-the-belt-and-road-initiative/

    “In times of strategic confusion, deeper dialogue is a must” by Carl Bildt: https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_eu_india_relations

    This podcast was recorded on 13 July 2020.

    Bookshelf:
    • “The Paladin: A Spy Novel” by David Ignatius
    • “Counting the Infected” “The Daily” Podcast by The New York Times
    • “The Adriatic Sea” by Harry Hodgkinson

    • 31 min
    Solidarity and sovereignty: a “mission possible” for Germany’s EU Council Presidency?

    Solidarity and sovereignty: a “mission possible” for Germany’s EU Council Presidency?

    In his opening remarks at our virtual Annual Council Meeting, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, spoke about Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU and the high expectations which are placed on it. According to him, the next six months will be centred around two things: solidarity and sovereignty.

    In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard is joined by our expert Jana Puglierin, head of the Berlin office to discuss the German EU Presidency in detail. What are the biggest challenges? Can Germany deliver on a greener, more social, and innovative recovery plan for the EU? Or are the expectations so high that they are set to fail?

    Watch the opening session of our Annual Council Meeting on Germany in Europe and the German EU Council Presidency here: https://youtu.be/r9FxIX6WapQ

    Remarks from Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany, at ECFR's virtual Annual Council Meeting 2020: https://www.ecfr.eu/article/remarks_from_heiko_maas_foreign_minister_of_germany_at_ecfr_annual_council

    This podcast was recorded on 3 July 2020

    Bookshelf:

    · “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics” by David Axelrod

    • 25 min
    Europe’s role in global health & how to build European health sovereignty

    Europe’s role in global health & how to build European health sovereignty

    “If it’s about Europe´s role in global health, a big part of it is Europe's health sovereignty which we want to make one of the big topics of the German EU Council Presidency”, Germany’s Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said in our Virtual Annual Council Meeting.
    The coronavirus pandemic brought the issue of health sovereignty affront: how can health security be achieved across Europe? In this week’s podcast Mark Leonard is joined by our experts Tara Varma, head of the Paris office, policy fellows Anthony Dworkin and Jonathan Hackenbroich, to discuss the components of European health sovereignty and how it can be attained.

    Further reading: Health sovereignty: How to build a resilient European response to pandemics by Jonathan Hackenbroich, Jeremy Shapiro and Tara Varma
    https://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summary/health_sovereignty_how_to_build_a_resilient_european_response_to_pandemics

    Watch the session from our Annual Council Meeting featuring Jens Spahn and Mark Suzman here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfwZUU_0wus&feature=emb_title

    This podcast was recorded on 1 July 2020

    Bookshelf:
    -“The lying life of adults” by Elena Ferrante
    - “The “restructuring” of Hong Kong and the rise of neostatism” by Sebastian Veg
    - “National power and the structure of foreign trade” by Albert O. Hirschman
    - “Life and fate” by Vasily Grossman

    • 25 min
    Europe’s pandemic politics: How the virus has changed the public’s worldview

    Europe’s pandemic politics: How the virus has changed the public’s worldview

    As covid-19 raged, speculation grew that the crisis would re- strengthen public support for the state; faith in experts; and both pro- and anti-Europeanism. But ECFR’s latest research reveals these all to be illusions. Instead, the crisis has revolutionised citizens’ perceptions of global order – scrambling the distinctions between nationalism and globalism. Host Mark Leonard is joined by Ivan Krastev, co-author of the new Unlock study and chair of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia as well as by ECFR co-chair Lykke Friis and Ismaël Emelien, co-founder of En Marche! and President Emmanuel Macron 's former special advisor for strategy, communication and speeches. Together they discuss the findings of ECFR’s Unlock project: how has the pandemic changed European politics and the Europeans’ view of the EU and the world?

    Find the paper by Ivan Krastev & Mark Leonard here: https://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summary/europes_pandemic_politics_how_the_virus_has_changed_the_publics_worldview

    This podcast was recorded on 25 June 2020

    Bookshelf:
    -“Is it tomorrow yet?: Paradoxes of the pandemic” by Ivan Krastev
    -“The uncontrollability of the World” by Hartmut Rosa
    -“The new progressivism: a grassroots alternative to the populism of our times” by Ismaël Emelien & David Amiel

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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Mahaut1329 ,

Post-American Europe

Very interesting discussion but I was not convinced. Maybe my views are coloured by being in Australia. After last week's Communist Party Congress American power seems to be seeping away just as China is becoming more confident in its economic heft and strategic power.

Arden1991 ,

Truly informative and necessary.

Few resources have been as instrumental in my understanding of our often chaotic world than Mark Leonard's thought-provoking discussions with an exalted list of knowledgeable guests. As an Australian interested in global issues, it is also fantastic to hear conversations about foreign affairs and international relations that aren't so America-centric.

Paul235234 ,

Must-listen on Europe

I listen to this podcast as it comes out and frequently dip into the archives. It's an excellent resource for those interested in European issues and the continent's role in the world. ECFR's ability to access experts from their offices around the EU is incredibly valuable and the analysis is uniformly excellent.

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