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Hosts Zoe Williams (@zoesqwilliams) and Luke Cooper (@lukecooper100) are joined by guests with a left take on Brexit, Europe and more. Time to stake out a Remain territory that isn't captured by politicians all too synonymous with the status quo? We think so.

The Another Europe Podcast Another Europe is Possible

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Hosts Zoe Williams (@zoesqwilliams) and Luke Cooper (@lukecooper100) are joined by guests with a left take on Brexit, Europe and more. Time to stake out a Remain territory that isn't captured by politicians all too synonymous with the status quo? We think so.

    Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics

    Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics

    It is no exaggeration to say that dark money is now a major factor in our politics - and the lack of transparency threatens the democratic process. The 2016 Brexit referendum was the pilot episode of a new global horror show: nationalistic politics fuelled by hidden global donors. In this episode hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams talk to Peter Geoghegan on his path-breaking new book, Democracy for Sale. In a jaw dropping discussion he explains how we still have no idea about the ultimate source of the huge amounts of cash that the Democratic Unionist Party and Arron Banks spent in the 2016 referendum. 

    This podcast is part of an on-going collaboration between the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Another Europe Is Possible.

    For more information on the ideas discussed in this podcast check out Peter's book: 

    https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Peter-Geoghegan/Democracy-for-Sale--Dark-Money-and-Dirty-Politics/24294091

    • 38 min
    Book launch: Trade Secrets - the truth about the US trade deal and how we can stop it

    Book launch: Trade Secrets - the truth about the US trade deal and how we can stop it

    In this podcast Another Europe's Zoe Williams talks to Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, about his new book, Trade Secrets. They unravel the corporate agenda at the heart of modern trade policy and the terrible implications it has for our food standards, consumer rights and environmental protections. To get your copy of the book go to the Global Justice Now website (https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/news/2020/aug/24/trade-secrets-truth-about-us-trade-deal-and-how-we-can-stop-it-nick-dearden) .

    • 36 min
    'I made millions from the financial crisis. Trust me, the system is broken'

    'I made millions from the financial crisis. Trust me, the system is broken'

    He made a fortune in the last financial crisis betting against a recovery. Now one-time City trader Gary Stevenson tells his jaw-dropping story. He won his job in a card game at one of the world's top universities and was the most profitable trader globally at Citigroup in 2011. But his maths-based predictions of currency movements hit upon a problem: global inequality was paralysing the economic future of the entire world. In this podcast, Gary tells hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper why the system has to change. He laments the failure of the Economics discipline to steer a new course and believes we are on the cusp of the total destruction of social mobility in every country in the world. 

    This podcast is part of an on-going collaboration between the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Another Europe Is Possible.

    For more information on the ideas discussed in this podcast check out these bits of reading: 

    Gary's Stevenson's articles for Open Democracy  (https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/author/gary-stevenson/)

    For a more technical, economics-take on the issues discussed see this paper (https://scholar.harvard.edu/straub/publications/indebted-demand) from the economists Gary mentioned in the podcast. 

    • 42 min
    Are the Conservatives changing for good?

    Are the Conservatives changing for good?

    Paul Mason and Christabel Cooper ... The Coronavirus crisis has turned on its head many assumptions about how politics works. It used to be taken for granted that the Tories want to make the state smaller, and the market bigger. But does that assumption still hold? And if not what is the nature of the new Toryism being formed through the course of the Coronavirus crisis? On this episode hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams are joined by journalist and author Paul Mason and data scientist and Labour councillor Christabel Cooper, to discuss how the centre-right is evolving. They place the analysis in a global and historical perspective and ask if Thatcherism is indeed coming to an end, then what happens next? The alternative, sadly, isn't necessarily better and could even be seen as continuity neoliberalism but with a big dose of nationalism and authoritarianism. 

    This podcast is part of an on-going collaboration between the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Another Europe Is Possible. For more information on the ideas discussed in this podcast check out these bits of reading:
    Paul Mason's Clear Bright Future (https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Paul-Mason/Clear-Bright-Future--A-Radical-Defence-of-the-Human-Being/23572091)
    The Devastating Defeat
    (https://www.europeforthemany.com/the-devastating-defeat/) The Dangers Ahead (https://www.europeforthemany.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/dangers-ahead.pdf)

    • 40 min
    Black Lives Matter - special edition

    Black Lives Matter - special edition

    The killing of George Floyd unleashed a huge global uprising. Black Lives Matter has become a global movement against racism and for social and political justice. In Britain and across Europe discussion of American politics can sometimes serve as a convenient way to avoid discussing the issues faced by people of colour on this side of the Atlantic. In this podcast we set out to challenge this tendency by politely pointing out that black lives often don't matter in Europe too. And mass movements have erupted to demand that we too have a reckoning with the huge injustices faced by ethnic minorities. To explore these linkages we talk to Ndindi Kitonga, a Black Lives Matter activist based in Los Angeles, Quinsy Gario, a performance artist and activist in the movement against Zwarte Piet from Amsterdam. And Shaista Aziz, a Labour councillor in Oxford involved in the Rhodes Must Fall campaign. 
    This podcast is part of an on-going collaboration between the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Another Europe Is Possible.

    • 53 min
    Remember Brexit? Well, it's not going well

    Remember Brexit? Well, it's not going well

    As Boris Johnson is set for a video conference negotiation with the EU next week, we look at the sorry state of his Brexit negotiations. Hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams are joined by Laura Bannister of the Trade Justice Movement and Christos Katsioulis, the director of the London office of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to talk about the state of the Brexit negotiations. As the world is facing multiple, deeply serious crises, Brexit appears as an absurd distraction. But the results of the UK-EU talks will have a huge impact on the future economic prosperity of the UK (and to a lesser extent, the EU too) and the ability to recover from Covid-19. We discuss how the EU's ideas for this trade deal are quite different from their traditional approach to other trade deals such as the failed attempt to strike a deregulating deal with the United States. Laura explains how the Trade Justice Movement have developed a new plan for trade deals that prioritises the public interest and environmental regulations, not the profits of big multinationals.
    This podcast is part of an on-going collaboration between the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Another Europe Is Possible.
    For more information on the ideas discussed in the podcast check out:
    Sustainable Regulation and Trade Agreements for the EU-UK relationship (https://www.tjm.org.uk/resources/briefings/sustainable-regulation-and-trade-agreements-for-the-eu-uk-relationship )
    As Brexit talks continue, we need a deal fit for a post-Covid world (https://leftfootforward.org/2020/05/as-brexit-talks-continue-we-need-a-deal-fit-for-a-post-covid-world/)

    • 27 min

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