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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.

    French connection: Macron’s plans for Europe

    French connection: Macron’s plans for Europe

    Last week, French president Emmanuel Marcon presented a massive investment plan – “France 2030”. The roadmap sketches out France’s digital and green transformation and is meant to set up the country – as well as Europe – for growth and success ahead of the French EU Council presidency. But is this strategy only part of electoral campaigning, as critics say? Or does “France 2030” echo bigger plans which the EU has already set out for the bloc? Host Mark Leonard is in our Paris office talking to office head and ECFR policy fellow Tara Varma: What are Macron’s plans for the EU Council presidency in 2022 and beyond? Can France fill the void that Germany leaves post-Merkel while forming a new government, and how?

    This podcast was recorded on 19 October 2021.

    Further reading:
    - The lonely leader: The origins of France’s strategy for EU foreign policy” by Tara Varma and Mathilde Ciulla: https://ecfr.eu/article/the-lonely-leader-the-origins-of-frances-strategy-for-eu-foreign-policy/

    Bookshelf:
    - Peut-on changer de logique?, Philosophe Magazine No. 153 - October 2021

    • 32 min
    Out of Order: the Polish Constitutional Court’s challenge to the European Union

    Out of Order: the Polish Constitutional Court’s challenge to the European Union

    A major ruling of Poland’s Constitutional Court challenging the primacy of EU law has escalated Warsaw’s legal and political dispute with Brussels and unleashed serious concerns of a ‘Polexit.’ In this week’s episode, host Mark Leonard speaks with Piotr Buras, head of ECFR’s Warsaw office, and Jana Puglierin, head of ECFR’s Berlin office, about the implications of the ruling for Poland as well as for the European Union. Should the EU fear ‘Polexit’? What steps can the EU take to defend its legal order and protect the authority of the Court of Justice of the European Union?

    This podcast was recorded on 14 October 2021.

    Further reading:
    Forget Polexit – the EU must defend the CJEU by Piotr Buras on Balkan Insight: https://buff.ly/3FA2Ftj


    Bookshelf:
    - Aftershocks: Pandemic politics and the end of the old international order by Colin Kahl and Thomas Wright
    - Angela Merkel: Die Kanzlerin und ihre Zeit by Ralph Bollmann
    - The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity causes Conflict by Mark Leonard

    • 33 min
    Europe’s role in a post-American Middle East

    Europe’s role in a post-American Middle East

    As the US looks to disentangle itself from various conflicts globally, it leaves behind power vacuums. In the MENA region, various regional – and global - powers are vying to fill the void. In this week’s episode, host Mark Leonard is joined by three guests directly from ECFR’s MENA Forum in Rome: Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, professor of political science in the UAE; Alia Moubayed, MENA chief economist for Jefferies; and Julien Barnes-Dacey, head of ECFR’s MENA programme. Together, they analyse the changing geopolitical and regional dynamics in the MENA region: Who is filling the vacuum which the US is increasingly leaving behind? How are regional actors reacting to US disengagement? And what does this mean for Europe’s future role in the region?

    This podcast was recorded on 5 October 2021.

    Further reading:
    - Iraq’s parliamentary election will produce more of the same by Nussaibah Younis: https://buff.ly/3A5xORd
    - Europe’s post-Afghanistan to-do list by Arancha Gonzalez Laya: https://buff.ly/3AHJyuC
    - Autonomous in Afghanistan: How the Europeans could have stayed after US withdrawal by Mary Kaldor: https://buff.ly/3CaB0wi

    Bookshelf:

    Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazaareesingh

    After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies by Christopher Davidson

    Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

    • 38 min
    Germany’s election result and what it means for Europe

    Germany’s election result and what it means for Europe

    German election results are in, and they mark a new era for Germany. On 26 September, Germans headed to the polls to vote in one of the most unpredictable elections since Angela Merkel took office over a decade and a half ago. Now, Germany will have to endure weeks – or possibly months – of fraught coalition talks before a new government can be formed.

    In this week’s World in 30 Minutes episode, host Mark Leonard talks with Jeremy Cliffe, international editor of the New Statesman, Jana Puglierin, head of ECFR’s Berlin Office, Lykke Friis, ECFR co-chair and Director of the Danish Think Tank Europa, and Sylvie Kauffmann, editorial director of Le Monde, about the fragmented election result and its implications for Europe. What coalition – the ‘traffic light’, ‘Jamaica’ or ‘grand’ – is most likely? How are the results being perceived throughout Europe? And what do they mean for the future of our continent?

    This podcast was recorded on 29 September 2021.

    Bookshelf:

    -How Olaf Scholz and the SPD could lead Germany’s next government by Jeremy Cliffe
    -The Fateful Chancellor: What the end of the Merkel era means for the world by Jeremy Cliffe
    - Speak, Silence: In Search of WG Sebald by Caroline Angier
    - Pandemonium: Europe’s COVID Crisis by Luuk van Middelaar
    - Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity causes Conflict by Mark Leonard
    - The Vaccine by Joe Miller with Dr. Özlem Türeci and Dr. Ugur Sahin
    - Le Premier XXIe siècle by Jean-Marie Guehenno
    - Crime and persuade by Peter Baldwin

    • 37 min
    The transatlantic meaning of AUKUS

    The transatlantic meaning of AUKUS

    The announcement of the new Indo-Pacific security alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States - dubbed ‘AUKUS’ - has led to the biggest crisis in transatlantic relations since the Iraq war in 2003. In this week’s podcast, host Mark Leonard talks with Janka Oertel, head of ECFR’ Asia programme, Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR’s research director, and Tara Varma, head of ECFR’s Paris office, about the new security pact and its implications for Europe. What does it mean for the future of transatlantic relations? And what lessons can be drawn for European strategic autonomy and European sovereignty?

    This podcast was recorded on 20 September 2021.

    Further reading:
    - What Europeans think about the US-China cold war by Ivan Krastev & Mark Leonard: https://buff.ly/3hT6Iqa
    - After AUKUS: The uncertain future of American and European cooperation in the Indo-Pacific by Tara Varma: https://buff.ly/3CC3I9S
    - AUKUS: After the sugar rush by Nick Witney: https://buff.ly/3zyho3z

    Bookshelf:

    - NüVoices - Podcast
    - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah:
    - Stalin an Appraisal of the Man His Influence by Leon Trotsky

    • 33 min
    Sneak Peek | The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict

    Sneak Peek | The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict

    Get a sneak peek into Mark Leonard's latest book "The Age of Unpeace - How Connectivity Causes Conflict", read by the author himself.
    Additionally, in October we will have a special “ask me anything” episode with Mark Leonard and ask all of you to send in your burning questions about the book to mark.leonard@ecfr.eu which will then be answered in the forthcoming episode.
    All those who submit questions will be eligible to win a free signed book from Mark, so start emailing! We are happy to receive your questions in written or audio (voice-memo) form.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

katandbrandon ,

Well done! Try it. You will be hooked.

This is a great podcast. It doesn’t waste any time getting to the point. Fantastic guests and timely podcast.

MagiMountain ,

Diverse guests talking about interesting ideas

One of the best European politics podcasts out there. Sharp insight from regional experts and lively, never drawn out discussion.

Jason d Effie ghetto ,

Highly recommend

A great, short but informative podcast. I am an American and follow the news closely but this is good because it comes from a European perspective and oftentimes talks about stuff with little to no mention in American media

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