Hosts Zoe Williams (@zoesqwilliams) and Luke Cooper (@lukecooper100) are joined by guests with a left take on Brexit, Europe and more. Surveying the big transformative ideas of the age, interrogating the tough questions, and opening up new horizons radical thinking and policy, the Another Europe podcast confounds the expectation that 'pro-Europeans' just want to defend the status quo. Brought to you by the Another Europe Is Possible campaign, the podcast is a vital tonic for those despairing at the state of Brexit Britain.
Praise for the Another Europe podcast
"A bracingly honest post mortem on the remain movement, especially its relationship with Labour, by people who were a vital part of it. I found it insightful and weirdly cathartic"
----- Dorian Lynskey, writer and Remainiac
"Provocative... highly balanced and critical... a much-needed space for critical reflection and nuanced discussion"
----- E-International Relations
The cost of living crisis
Another year, another crisis. As inflation skyrockets, we talk to leading economic thinker and former City trader Gary Stevenson about the almighty hit, indeed the catastrophe, facing the incomes of working class people. What are the economics of the current crisis, and how do we build a people's alternative?
You can also subscribe to Gary's Youtube channel here.
Brexit is racist
Asking whether "Brexit is racist" might be seen as the "is the pope a Catholic" question of our era. But calling out the racism of Brexit is often seen as unacceptable in contemporary British politics. In this podcast, hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper talk to Martin Shaw, emeritus professor in International Relations at the University of Sussex, about his new book, Political Racism; Brexit and its Aftermath. They discuss the history of the Brexit vote and the lessons that for anti-racists today. Listeners to the Another Europe podcast get a 30% discount on the book when they use the code EMAIL30 at the Agenda Publishing website.
World politics after Putin's war
As the Russian invasion moves into its second month, in this special edition of the Another Europe podcast we were joined by a panel of experts to analyse this new age of catastrophe in a live podcast event with listener questions.
How should we explain the rise of authoritarianism, fascism and ‘Putinism’? Can Ukraine win the war – and if so, how? How can we support Ukraine’s civil society? How is the war changing the European Union? What does it mean for the future of other international organisations and alliances like Nato? And what should the future of European and global security look like?
To consider some of these – and your own! – questions, we talk to:
Denis Pilash is a political scientist based in Kyiv and a member of the Ukrainian left media platform, Commons.
Mary Kaldor is Emeritus Professor in Global Governance at the London School of Economics and director of the Conflict Research Programme. She is the author of numerous books and articles on war and conflict from the Cold War to today.
Luke Cooper is a senior research fellow at LSE IDEAS and the author of Authoritarian Contagion; the Global Threat to Democracy (Bristol University Press, 2021).
The discussion was hosted by Zoe Williams from the Guardian and co-host of the Another Europe Is Possible podcast.
Some reading from the panel
Denis Pilash – We need a peoples’ solidarity with Ukraine and against war, not the fake solidarity of governments
Dmitri Makarov and Mary Kaldor – Why we need to unite for peace and human rights across the old divides
Mary Kaldor – Putin is the product of a corrupt economic system that we must now reform
Luke Cooper – Don’t forget that Putin supported Brexit
Luke Cooper – The dangerous allure of ‘Europe first’
Betwixt and between? Eastern Europeans in Britain
In the last twenty years Britons and Eastern Europeans have become closer and more intertwined than ever before. But it's often been a relationship of frustration, and, through the rise of anti-immigration and Eurosceptic politics, marked by xenophobia and racism. In this podcast hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams talk to Yva Alexandrova and Alena Ivanova about Yva's new book, Here to Stay: Eastern Europeans in Britain (Repeater Books, 2021). They discuss the problems the left in the UK has had in engaging the issue of European migration and giving voice to these experiences, and reflect on the myriad of ways in which the peoples of these islands are now connected to Eastern Europeans.
Here to Stay is out now:
As the Boris Johnson regime faces its most serious crisis... how do we beat the Tories in 2022?
As his government lurches from scandal to scandal there is a new sense of hope that the Tories can be defeated. So what role can Another Europe play in building mass opposition and resistance? In this podcast, hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper talk to Seema Syeda, a new staff member in the Another Europe office, about our plans for 2022 and how you can get involved. She warns that despite the government's travails there is no room for complacency. They still have a massive parliamentary majority and a deeply reactionary agenda. We discuss Another Europe's campaigning work on resisting the Nationality and Borders Bill, the worrying new government 'consultation' that threatens to unravel the protections of the Human Rights Act, and our pan-European initiatives on resisting Islamophobia and building international solidarity and opposition to the Russian threat of war against Ukraine.
For more information on some of the ideas mentioned in the podcast check out these links:
Event: Is the Human Rights Act at risk
Brexit Spotlight: for meaningful accountability in the Brexit era
Ex-staff member Michael's Chessum report of the Chile elections
Spain’s left are leading Europe, so why are the far right on the rise?
Spain has one of the most successful vaccination programmes in the world. It's also set to launch the most ambitious national investment strategy in its post Franco history. But its trailblazing left wing coalition are, despite these tremendous achievements, not as popular as we might expect. Meanwhile, the far right Vox party has established itself in public opinion in third place. In this podcast, to make sense of these difficulties and challenges, hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams, talk to Marga Ferra, one of the co-presidents of Transform! Europe, the education think tank connected to the European Left Party and a member of Izquierda Unida (United Left), the party that stands in elections with Podemos as part of a common platform – and together they are a junior partner in the Spanish government. Marga offers an un-tribal and frank assessment of the current situation, but with plenty of 'practical optimism' for the future of the European left.
In this Orwellian post Brexit where 2+2=5, any sane individual knows there are reckonings on the way. This PC grasps all them and asks the questions and attempts answers in an apolitical manner.
Insightful analysis of Brexit, the EU and Britain’s place in it all
I came to this completely cold, as a recommendation, and I couldn’t be more impressed. The analysis is spot on and asks hard questions and examines the contradictions of all parties in the Brexit debate. Worth listening to regardless of your party affliction, it’ll challenge and make you think deeper.
Terrible sound quality
One ep had jazz in the background