Friends of Europe's Leading Views podcast takes you beyond the Brussels Bubble and into the mind of a different type of leader. From politics to the arts, and from business to civil society, each guest offers an alternative and fresh view on how to make Europe better.
Air pollution: it’s real, it’s dangerous & it’s everywhere - but it’s not too late to tackle it.
The World Health Organisation says that outdoor air pollution kills 4.2 million people around the world every year. This is not a problem that only affects the developing world - in fact, almost 100% of cities breach safety guideline limits. Here's a reality check: if you live in a city - ANYWHERE in the world - you are most certainly breathing air that is a danger to your health. There is hope - but it'll take action.
On the tech sector in Africa and how the EU should better engage with the continent
Can the technology sector be an engine for development in Africa? Samir Abdelkrim, founder and CEO of StartupBRICS.com, journalist and author of “Startup Lions”, explains the tenacious successes of a burgeoning African tech scene and the obstacles that Europe can help early stage entrepreneurs overcome.
Joss Garman on the climate crisis: how bad is it (bad!) and can we get out of it (yes!)?
European Climate Foundation UK Director and European Young Leader Joss Garman sheds light on the reality of the global climate emergency and offers a step-by-step guide on how to tackle it.
Negar Mortazavi on Europe's role in the US-Iran dispute, the Trump factor and the role of media
In this episode, Negar Mortazavi, journalist and EYL40 Young Leader, shares her views on Iran’s uninhibited cultural scene, Europe’s crucial role as mediator in the US-Iran dispute and the importance of exercised diplomacy, all the while highlighting her desire to move beyond the reductive tendency of interpreting the current tensions as simply a clash between religious fundamentalism and the values of liberal democracy.
Una Mullally on abortion rights, marriage equality and galvanising a generation for change
Journalist, author and activist Una Mullally was on the front lines of movements that led to Ireland passing marriage equality and repealing its decades old ban on abortion. The European Young Leader discusses how citizens can be galvanised to engage politically and demand change.
Philanthropy & the business case for human rights with Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Antonio Zappulla
Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO and founder of Openly, Antonio Zappulla first discusses the role of philanthropy in today's society and why profit with purpose should be at the core of all companies. The European Young Leader also talks about founding Openly, a global digital platform delivering fair, accurate and impartial LGBT+ news to a world that isn’t - because representation matters.