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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 II

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

    After last week’s discussion with Matt Duss and Jeremy Shapiro, Mark Leonard follows up by gathering the European views on a possible Biden win and its effect on US foreign policy. Vessela Tcherneva, deputy director of ECFR and head of our Sofia office, Jana Puglierin, head of ECFRs Berlin office, Tara Varma, head of ECFRs Paris office and Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR´s research director and in-house US expert analyse what a potential Biden administration would mean for European sovereignty and EU foreign policies. How do expectations differ in France, Germany and Central and Eastern Europe? What would another Trump or Biden administration mean for European security? And could Biden also restore the public image of the US which has worsened during the coronavirus crisis significantly in Europe?

    This podcast was recorded on 29 July 2020.

    Bookshelf:
    -" Falken im Sturm“ by Constanze Stelzenmüller in Internationale Politik
    - "Counterpart“
    -“Twilight of Democracy: The seductive lure of authoritarianism” by Anne Applebaum
    -“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
    -“Quest for Status: Chinese and Russian Foreign Policy” by Alexei Shevchenko and Deborah Welch Larson

    • 35 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

VAV87 ,

The world in 30 minutes

This is a most helpful podcast reflecting on the real issues of today. It is such a good and important idea to reflect on the 30 years since 1989, for better and for worse. Ten out of ten for content presented in a very digestible way - I listen in my car and I can recommend it over the hysterics of most radio talking shops.

IShil4936 ,

Quintissential to Keeping Up

The podcast provides an incredible and relevant brief to a range of events and phenomena that are shaping contemporary politic in the EU and abroad. Worth a listen to keep up to date

dbarik ,

Informed insight and discussion on complex foreign policy issues

Invaluable insight from a range of highly knowledgeable experts. I particular enjoy the ‘On my shelf’ section at the end of episodes- always results in numerous additions to my own reading list!

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