260 episodes

Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.

The Europeans The Europeans

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    • 4.9 • 123 Ratings

Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.

    Army Boots

    Army Boots

    In February 2022, as Russian tanks rolled across the border, the writer and historian Olesya Khromeychuk told us the story of the boots she had bought for her brother, serving at the front in eastern Ukraine. This week, we're sharing her story again. 



    Olesya's book, ' The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister', is available in print and as an audiobook. You can find her on Twitter here.



    Sound design, mixing and mastering by Wojciech Oleksiak. 



    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT HERE: https://europeanspodcast.com/episodes/army-boots-feb-2024



    Thanks for listening. If you enjoy our podcast, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠patreon.com/europeanspodcast⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠leaving us a review⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or giving us five stars on Spotify. 



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    • 14 min
    Orbán's biggest crisis?

    Orbán's biggest crisis?

    Hungary has seen its biggest anti-government protests in years over the past couple of weeks. But just how dangerous is this moment for Viktor Orbán? This week our favourite Hungarysplainer Viktória Serdült joins us to decipher the scandal that has shaken his government. We're also talking about the legalisation of gay marriage in Greece (finally!) and a Dutch court case that could have far-reaching consequences for the war in Gaza. 



    FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPT HERE: https://europeanspodcast.com/episodes/orbans-biggest-crisis



    Viktória is a journalist at hvg.hu. You can find her on Twitter here and her article about Hungary's EU elections can be found here in EUObserver. 



    This week's Inspiration Station offerings: 'Navalny' and 'Lost on Me' (Niente di vero) by Veronica Raimo.

    The Dutch court ruling can be found here and Euronews' piece on European military supplies to Israel can be found here.



    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠patreon.com/europeanspodcast⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠leaving us a review⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or giving us five stars on Spotify. 



    00:22 Spending *most* of the week reading about Europe

    02:29 Good Week: Gay marriage is now legal in Greece

    07:47 Bad Week: European defence companies?

    17:01 Interview: Viktória Serdült on Hungary's pardoning scandal

    32:33 The Inspiration Station: 'Lost on Me' by Veronica Raimo and 'Navalny'

    36:33 Happy Ending: Why kids monkey around



    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Mixing and mastering: Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina



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    • 39 min
    Two Parallel Polands

    Two Parallel Polands

    Poland's rightwing populists are finally out of power. But what happens now? This week, our producer Wojciech Oleksiak and Warsaw-based journalist Claudia Ciobanu join us to explain why restoring Polish democracy is easier said than done. We're also talking about Finland's elections and the EU's much-criticised migration plan. 



    FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPT HERE: https://europeanspodcast.com/episodes/two-parallel-polands



    Claudia is the Poland correspondent for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. You can find her reporting here and she's on Twitter here. 



    Investigate Europe's reporting on how France and the Netherlands lobbied for child border detentions can be found here. 



    This week's Inspiration Station offerings: 'Bitch' by Lucy Cooke and Sanremo 2024. Bonus entry for Amsterdammers, via Producer Katz: Felipe Romero Beltrán's photography exhibition 'Dialect' at Foam, documenting the experiences of young Moroccan migrants in Spain. 



    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠patreon.com/europeanspodcast⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠leaving us a review⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or giving us five stars on Spotify. 

    Producers: Katz Laszlo and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Mixing and mastering: Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina



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    • 51 min
    Toxic air and toxic politicians

    Toxic air and toxic politicians

    Last weekend, Parisians voted to triple parking fees for SUVs in a bid to remove some of the city's more polluting vehicles. It's just one of many policy ideas that are being tested out in European cities to clean up the air we breathe — but how bad is the problem really, and can we really fix it? This week we ring up Oliver Lord from the Clean Cities Campaign to find out. We're also talking about the exhausting antics of Viktor Orbán and some juicy Italian art theft allegations. 



    FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPT HERE: https://europeanspodcast.com/episodes/toxic-air-and-toxic-politicians



    This week's Inspiration Station offerings: 'Mrs Mohr Goes Missing' by Maryla Szymiczkowa, and The European Tree of the Year 2024. 



    You can find a video of Vittorio Sgarbi's eyebrow-raising interview on the best account on Twitter, Crazy Ass Moments in Italian Politics.



    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠patreon.com/europeanspodcast⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠leaving us a review⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or giving us five stars on Spotify. 



    Many thanks to our friends at Outside/In for featuring our Oatly mini-series recently. You can find their show ⁠⁠here⁠⁠.



    00:22 Coming soon, a podcast entirely about disturbing European children's songs

    03:32 Good Week: Ukraine's €50 billion aid deal

    12:01 Bad Week: From culture minister to art thief?

    37:44 The Inspiration Station: Mrs Mohr Goes Missing and The European Tree of The Year 2024

    40:49 Happy Ending: Hooray for the HPV vaccine



    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Mixing and mastering: Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina



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    • 43 min
    Why are Europe's farmers so angry?

    Why are Europe's farmers so angry?

    From France to Romania, Germany to Bulgaria, angry farmers have been blocking the roads. What's behind this wave of agricultural protests across the continent? This week we're getting to grips with the policies behind the food on Europe's plates with agriculture correspondent Sofía Sánchez Manzanaro. We're also dishing up some Polish recommendations and a slice of good climate news. 



    FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPT HERE: https://europeanspodcast.com/episodes/why-are-europes-farmers-so-angry



    Sofía writes about food, agriculture and sustainability for S&P Global and is about to start a new role at Euractiv. You can find her on Twitter here.

    This week's Inspiration Station offerings: Chopin's Nocturnes. played by Idil Beret, and Olga Tokarczuk's interview on the Paris Review podcast. 



    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠patreon.com/europeanspodcast⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠leaving us a review⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or giving us five stars on Spotify. 



    Many thanks to our friends at Outside/In for featuring our Oatly mini-series recently. You can find their show ⁠here⁠.



    Producers: Katz Laszlo and Katy Lee

    Mixing and mastering: Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina



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    • 34 min
    What actually happens to Europe's recycling?

    What actually happens to Europe's recycling?

    A lot of us are pretty diligent when it comes to throwing our plastic into the dedicated bin. But how much of that stuff actually gets recycled? This week we're digging into the truth behind Europe's trash with Nico Schmidt, reporter for Investigate Europe. We're also talking about Germany's massive anti-AfD protests, and Saudi sell-out Rafael Nadal. 



    EPISODE TRANSCRIPT HERE: https://europeanspodcast.com/episodes/what-actually-happens-to-europes-recycling



    Resources for this episode:

    'Secret plan against Germany' - Correctiv

    ‘Everyone, together, against fascism’: protests sweep Germany after exposé of AfD party’s deportation ‘masterplan’ - The Guardian

    Wasteland - Europe's plastic disaster - Investigate Europe

    ‘Queen of trash’ and employees arrested over Sweden’s ‘largest environmental crime’ - The Guardian

    On the French border, drowning in a sea of trash - PoliticoHitster'Black Butterflies' by Priscilla Morris



    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠patreon.com/europeanspodcast⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠leaving us a review⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or giving us five stars on Spotify. 



    Many thanks to our friends at Outside/In for featuring our Oatly mini-series recently. You can find their show here.



    00:22 The Europeans: coming to you soon in 200 languages?02:35 Good Week: Standing up against the German far-right14:35 Bad Week: Saudi sellout Rafael Nadal38:58 The Inspiration Station: Hitster and Black Butterflies41:50 Happy Ending: A 3,000-year-old map of the stars?

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Mixing and mastering: Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina



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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Donman Expat ,

Ukraine

Your coverage of the Ukraine tragedy has been excellent - thought-provoking, very touching and inspiring. Thank you. Ashley

EmPiSun1991 ,

Great for a broader European outlook

As someone living in London but from the continent, this is a great way to keep up with news that’s not just UK or US-focused. I love hearing about the domestic politics of other European nations!

markmixxx ,

Amazing pod for any Europhile...

... or anyone taking an interest in what’s going on on the European political stage.
The two lovely hosts are engaging with their listeners like hardly any other pod hosts by picking up topic suggestions from their social feeds.
I love this pod and can’t wait for it to “air” every Thursday.

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