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EU politics and policies are messy and filled with jargon hard to understand, which makes it almost impossible to keep up with the latest developments in the EU. But trust us – there is plenty of exciting stuff all over the continent that you may not even be aware of!

EU Untangled is here to help you make sense of this mess and speak of the politics and policies in a simple – yet informative– way so you can understand what’s going on behind the headlines.

Join Victor, Harpa, Alex and their guests on a trip across the EU as they untangle the complex ball of yarn that is EU politics.

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EU politics and policies are messy and filled with jargon hard to understand, which makes it almost impossible to keep up with the latest developments in the EU. But trust us – there is plenty of exciting stuff all over the continent that you may not even be aware of!

EU Untangled is here to help you make sense of this mess and speak of the politics and policies in a simple – yet informative– way so you can understand what’s going on behind the headlines.

Join Victor, Harpa, Alex and their guests on a trip across the EU as they untangle the complex ball of yarn that is EU politics.

    The EU's Vaccines Strategy: The good, the bad, and the ethically questionable

    The EU's Vaccines Strategy: The good, the bad, and the ethically questionable

    Much has been said about the EU Vaccines Strategy in recent weeks and months. Coverage from various media can largely be boiled down to the conclusion that despite good intentions, the EU strategy is simply a case of "too little, too late". But is there more to this story? How does the roll-out of the EU strategy measure up against that rest of the world? And most importantly, what are our reference points? Join Alex, Harpa and Vic on a deep dive into the EU Vaccines Strategy and discover the good, the bad and the ethically questionable elements of the complex world of COVID-19 vaccines distribution.

    COVID-19 data


    Official COVID-19 statistics for the EU/EEA from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EDCD)
    European Commission data on vaccination rates in the EU

    The EU’s Vaccines Strategy


    The EU Vaccines Strategy
    EU and National Institutions involved in the procurement and distribution of vaccines and data collection in the EU/EEA.
    The EU’s regulatory process for evaluation and approval of vaccines and key facts on COVID-19 vaccines.
    "Europe’s Vaccination Problem" (The Daily, 12 April 2021)
    "How Europe fell behind on vaccines" (Politico, 27 January 2021)
    "The European Union’s troubled COVID-19 vaccine rollout" (PIEE, 15 March 2021)

    Supply chains


    "How vaccines are made, and why it is hard" (The Economist, 4 February 2021)
    "Inside Pfizer’s Fast, Fraught, and Lucrative Vaccine Distribution" (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4 March 2021)
    "Why manufacturing Covid vaccines at scale is hard" (Chemistry World, 23 March 2021)
    "Industrial Policy Saved Europe’s Vaccine Drive" (Foreign Policy, 10 May 2021)

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The curious case of constitution creation

    The curious case of constitution creation

    From the new crowdsourced Icelandic constitution to the abandoned EU constitution

    A constitution lays the foundations for how a society is organised and the fundamental principles that must underpin all laws and government decision-making. But how much do constitutions really impact our daily lives? Should they be updated to reflect rapid societal changes? How would you even go about making a new constitution in the first place? And whatever happened to the new Icelandic and EU constitutions? Tune in and listen to Vic, Alex and Harpa ponder these questions with the help of Valgerður, PhD student at the University of Iceland, who is researching citizen participation in constitutional reform in Iceland over the past 10 years.

    Show notes

    Iceland

    The new Icelandic Constitution petition with over 43.000 signatures (a lot for tiny Iceland!)
    The Icelandic Constitution in English

    Germany

    The Basic Law a.k.a. the German Constitution in English

    Mexico

    The Mexican Constitution in English

    The EU

    EU treaties
    Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe
    About Europe Day and the Schuman Declaration
    “Ratification problems loom over Convention”, euobserver, 31 May 2003
    “EU scraps timetable for ratifying constitution”, The Guardian, 17 Jun 2005

    Other

    The North Korean Constitution in English
    "15 of the hardest-to-pronounce names - and the right way to say them”, Stuff, 28 Mar 2019
    “Longest personal name”, Guiness World Records, 1 January 2021

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    • 59 min
    Erasmus+: what does the future hold for Europe's best-known programme?

    Erasmus+: what does the future hold for Europe's best-known programme?

    "A life-changing experience" might be an accurate way to define the Erasmus+ programme. Over the past three decades, the EU's flagship programme has allowed over 10 million people to benefit from cross-border exchanges in Europe and beyond. Now, Erasmus+ is undergoing changes of its own caused by a larger budget, a messy Brexit and a ravaging pandemic that has stalled mobility flows all over the world. ESN President Kostis Giannidis joins Victor, Harpa and Alex to discuss the challenges and opportunities lying ahead of an Erasmus+ programme that promises to be more inclusive, more digital and a lot greener.

    Our guest, Kostis Giannidis (link, twitter), is the president of the Erasmus Student Network (website, twitter).

    Further readings and sources:

    Erasmus+

    Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond (European Commission)

    Europe needs a bigger, more inclusive Erasmus programme (European Data Journalism Network)

    Quietly sprouting: A European identity (The New York Times)

    Standard Eurobarometer Spring 2019: Public opinion in the European Union (European Commission)

    The Erasmus acronym: according to the European Commission; according to the European Council

    Turing Scheme

    New Turing scheme to support thousands of students to study and work abroad (UK Government)

    Iceland

    ´I’m not scared, just tired´: Icelanders lose sleep over earthquake tremors (The Guardian)

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    New Year's resolutions? EU heard it right!

    New Year's resolutions? EU heard it right!

    This episode explores the European Commission's work programme for 2021 and the EU policies that will steal the show next year.

    Links


    European Commission Work Programme 2021 (European Commission)
    The European Commission’s priorities (2019-2024) (European Commission)

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    • 38 min
    European Green Deal

    European Green Deal

    Thanks for tuning in! 

    Victor and Alex are rebooting EU Untangled with a discussion about the European Green Deal.

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    Overview:
    A European Green Deal - overview page (European Commission)
    A European Green Deal - official communication (European Commission)
    EU Commission unveils ‘European Green Deal’: The key points (Euractiv)

    Analysis:
    Four pillars to make or break the European Green Deal (Bruegel)

    Criticism:
    A grey deal? (Corporate Europe Observatory)
    Basescu: European Green Deal risks pushing 'two or three countries' towards EU exit (Euractiv)
    The EU’s green deal is a colossal exercise in greenwashing | Yanis Varoufakis and David Adler (The Guardian)
    EU’s climate law faces criticism on all fronts (Financial Times)

    Is the European Green Deal sufficient?
    EU GHG Summary (Climate Action Tracker)
    The EU’s Green Deal may not be enough to reach the Paris climate goals (LSE Blog)
    CAN Europe calls for an increase of the EU's 2030 climate target to at least 65% (CAN Europe)

    About the name:
    Zur Entstehungsgeschichte des Green New Deal - Revival eines Begriffs (in German) (Heinrich Böll Stiftung)

    • 41 min
    Tell me what EU want, what you really really want

    Tell me what EU want, what you really really want

    I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want. A referendum gives the people the option to have the final say in political matters of the utmost importance. And that’s what we ALL want, right? Well, the story of Brexit tells us that despite their relative simplicity, referendums can be a very tricky business. Harpa, Alex and Victor ponder the pros and cons of this direct form of democracy and showcase how they can pull one nation from the brink of bankruptcy while threatening to push another one over the edge. Saying yes or no has never been this complicated.

    LINKS
    David Cameron’s Speech After ‘Brexit’ vote - The New York Times.
    Non! Nein! No! A Country That Wouldn’t Let Women Vote Till 1971 - National Geographic.
    The Icesave referendum - The Economist.
    This is how Switzerland’s direct democracy works - World Economic Forum.
    European Parliament’s study on referendums on EU matters.
    Fraser Cameron on ‘Why we should ban referenda on EU policies’ - Euractiv.  

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    • 41 min

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