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Hosts Zoe Williams (@zoesqwilliams) and Luke Cooper (@lukecooper100) are joined by guests with a left take on Brexit, Europe and more. Time to stake out a Remain territory that isn't captured by politicians all too synonymous with the status quo? We think so.

The Another Europe Podcast Another Europe is Possible

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Hosts Zoe Williams (@zoesqwilliams) and Luke Cooper (@lukecooper100) are joined by guests with a left take on Brexit, Europe and more. Time to stake out a Remain territory that isn't captured by politicians all too synonymous with the status quo? We think so.

    47: Are we heading for a united Ireland?

    47: Are we heading for a united Ireland?

    Brexit has been a rough ride for the people of Northern Ireland. Having never voted to Leave the EU it felt like a colonial act of English nationalism. But it also has created a new spirit of hope that the north of Ireland's deep sectarian divisions might be overcome. Whereas the English left were thrown into mourning the day after the general election, in Northern Ireland, much like Scotland, there was a different atmosphere. A historic breakthrough for the cross-community Alliance Party, winning 17 per cent of the vote, was matched by Unionist parties returning less seats than the Nationalist parties for the first time ever. Hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper are joined by Joseph Healy, longtime Irish immigrant in London and principal speaker for the Left Unity party, and curator and Northern Irish community activist, Jane Wells, to discuss whether Ulster Unionism now faces an existential crisis.

    • 31 min
    46: 1989: 30 years of hope for a better Europe, part 2

    46: 1989: 30 years of hope for a better Europe, part 2

    The second half of our podcast on Europe after 1989, with Andras Bozoki, Mary Kaldor, Alena Ivanova, and Quinsy Gario joining Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams.

    • 21 min
    45: 1989: 30 years of hope for a better Europe

    45: 1989: 30 years of hope for a better Europe

    Andras Bozoki, Mary Kaldor, Alena Ivanova, and Quinsy Gario join Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper to discuss the thirty year anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. As Europe looks ever more mired in nationalism, we ask: what's left of the hopes and dreams of the peaceful revolutions? How in retrospect do we understand the revolutions of 1989? And was there an alternative to the quick-fire turn to neoliberalism? We discuss this and more in a podcast that will be published in two parts. The event was recorded with a live audience in Amsterdam. The podcast is supported by the European Cultural Foundation as part of its Democracy Needs Imagination series. 

    • 40 min
    44: It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness

    44: It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness

    A landslide victory by the Conservative Party has extinguished the hope that Britain might yet stay inside the EU. So where next after the historic defeat? Hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams are joined by Michael Chessum from the Another Europe office to reflect on the anguish, agony and anger of the general election. They discuss the failure of the Labour Party to galvanise the country behind a radical, transformative vision of change, and the prospects for the left in the difficult and challenges days that lie ahead.

    • 23 min
    43: Saving Europe From Itself - A Universal Basic Income

    43: Saving Europe From Itself - A Universal Basic Income

    How about giving everyone a guaranteed basic income – a universal benefit to provide a basic foundation for our daily life? It is one of the most contested and controversial ideas of the modern age. But as the world of work transforms beyond recognition, is it only a matter of time before utopia becomes reality? Economist and financial journalist Stewart Lansley thinks so. He talks to hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper about the case for a UBI.
    The European Cultural Foundation supports this initiative as it is rethinking Europe as an open and democratic space.

    • 34 min
    42: Part Two of The Forgotten Troubles - A Documentary On Northern Ireland

    42: Part Two of The Forgotten Troubles - A Documentary On Northern Ireland

    In this, the second part of our two part documentary The Forgotten Troubles, hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper explore the contemporary politics of Northern Ireland and the extent to which the Good Friday Agreement makes it difficult to break out of sectarian division. They meet the Alliance Party on the campaign trail in the traditionally unionist area of Lagan Valley and ask whether it is possible or desirable to go 'beyond Orange and Green'. They explore the possible futures of the island of Ireland in the Brexit crisis, and the difficult challenges it faces.
    Featuring: Sorcha Eastwood, Alliance Party candidate for Lagan Valley, Katy Hayward, a sociologist at Queen’s University Belfast, Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land, and Mickey Brady, the Sinn Fein MP for Newry and South Armagh.
    Editing and mixing: Jamie Coward
    The documentary was produced in collaboration with Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office. Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

bob-dodo ,

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.

lewisbrown1973 ,

Really good podcast

Thoughtful, covers a wide range of issues and goes into enough detail to make the time spent listening a good investment. I particularly liked the episode about universal basic income and the two-episode special about Northern Ireland for that reason - I came away better-informed on those topics.

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