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The Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to making the European Union work better and strengthening its role in the world. The CER is pro-European but not uncritical.

    CER podcast: Joe Biden's bridge-building European tour

    CER podcast: Joe Biden's bridge-building European tour

    This week's CER podcast looks ahead to Joe Biden's trip to Europe, where he will meet Boris Johnson and the Queen, before taking part in the G7, NATO and EU-US summits and later meeting Vladimir Putin. Our director of foreign policy Ian Bond speaks to Rosa Balfour, director of Carnegie Europe, and Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow and director of the transatlantic security program at the Center for a New American Security, to discuss the prospects for the transatlantic relationship under the Biden administration.

    Music by Edward Hipkins
    Produced by Rosie Giorgi

    • 38 min
    CER podcast: Political repression in Belarus and what the West can do about it

    CER podcast: Political repression in Belarus and what the West can do about it

    Political repression in Belarus has been evident for many years, with opposition leaders disappearing in the late 1990s and many other government critics being persecuted or detained since then; the brutal suppression of popular protests last summer after President Alexander Lukashenko's improbable re-election; and most recently, the forced diversion and landing of a plane travelling from Athens to Vilnius, which carried the Belarusian journalist and telegram blogger Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, who have subsequently been arrested. In this week's CER podcast, our director of foreign policy, Ian Bond, speaks to Katia Glod, non-resident fellow at Washington's Centre for European Analysis, about the latest wave of repression and what the West can do to help.

    Music by Edward Hipkins
    Produced by Rosie Giorgi

    • 31 min
    CER podcast: How can Europe decarbonise road transport without sparking backlash?

    CER podcast: How can Europe decarbonise road transport without sparking backlash?

    In this week's CER podcast, Sam Lowe speaks our new research fellow, Elisabetta Cornago, who is based in Brussels and joins us having previously worked at the OECD and the International Energy Agency. They discuss her areas of expertise (energy and climate policy from an economics perspective), her recent CER publication on Europe's attempts to decarbonise road transport and how this could be possible in practice without causing socio-political backlash.

    Music by Edward Hipkins
    Produced by Rosie Giorgi

    • 21 min
    CER podcast: The EU’s plans for Big Tech

    CER podcast: The EU’s plans for Big Tech

    In this week's CER podcast, Camino Mortera-Martínez chats to our new research fellow Zach Meyers. Zach joins Camino from London to discuss one of Europe’s hottest topics: what to do with Big Tech. Zach also talks about his background as a competition lawyer with a focus on regulated markets, why he joined the CER and what he will be working on in the next few months (scoop: a lot of digital).

    Music by Edward Hipkins
    Produced by Rosie Giorgi

    • 22 min
    CER podcast: Russia and Ukraine: A worsening crisis?

    CER podcast: Russia and Ukraine: A worsening crisis?

    Seven years after Russia illegally annexed Crimea, conflict between Russia and Ukraine has resurged, with Putin deploying Russian regular forces along Ukraine's eastern border. In this podcast episode, the CER's director Charles Grant speaks to Ian Bond, our director of foreign policy, and Orysia Lutsevych, research fellow and manager of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House, about what Putin's endgame could be and how Ukraine and its Western allies should respond.

    Music by Edward Hipkins
    Produced by Rosie Giorgi

    • 32 min
    CER podcast: Europe needs a new approach to the Sahel

    CER podcast: Europe needs a new approach to the Sahel

    In this week's CER podcast, Ian Bond, our Director of Foreign Policy, speaks to Abdoul Salam Bello, Alternate Executive Director at the World Bank and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Africa Centre, and our 2020-21 Clara Marina O'Donnell fellow, Katherine Pye about the situation in the Sahel region of Africa. Katherine recently published a CER policy brief, 'The Sahel: Europe's forever war?', which considered the escalating conflict there and Europe's involvement in it. This podcast episode expands on her paper, and she and Abdoul Salam discuss the issues driving the various conflicts and what national and global institutions can do to address them.

    Music by Edward Hipkins
    Produced by Rosie Giorgi

    • 33 min

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