203 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.

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    • 4.8 • 116 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.

    Bad laws and feta wars

    Bad laws and feta wars

    In the final episode before our summer break, we dive into a cheese-based conflict between Greece and Denmark and a homophobic Hungarian law that is finally being challenged by the EU in court. Plus, we ring up Una Hajdari, roaming reporter in the Western Balkans, to try to untangle why North Macedonia has had such a rough ride on its path to EU membership. And in a special pre-holiday edition of Isolation Inspiration, we've got a bumper crop of European summer reads and a chat with Gregory Warner from NPR's Rough Translation about work culture around the world.

    You can follow Una on Twitter here and Szabolcs Panyi, the Hungarian journalist Dominic mentioned, here.

    The Europeans' Summer 2022 Reading List is here and you can check out Rough Translation's new season, 'Work', at https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510324/rough-translation.

    Thanks for listening! We'll be back on September 15.

    If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, 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 Welcome!

    02:33 Good Week: Slovenia legalises gay marriage and adoption

    08:25 Bad Week: The Uber Files

    19:43 Interview: Janez Potočnik on Europe's food supplies

    33:03 Isolation Inspiration: 'Techtopia' and 'Standing Up'

    36:25 Happy Ending: Old bones in Spain

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 41 min
    Farmers, fossils and files

    Farmers, fossils and files

    Russia's assault on Ukraine is driving a global food crisis, and there are calls for Europe to dramatically increase its own supplies in response. But can we do that without damaging the environment? This week we speak to former EU environment commissioner Janez Potočnik about how to ensure our food security without sacrificing ambitious climate and biodiversity plans. We're also talking about the #UberFiles, Slovenia's move to legalise same-sex marriage, and an extremely old Spaniard.

    Janez is the co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel and a partner at SYSTEMIQ. You can follow him on Twitter here.

    Isolation Inspiration: This episode of Techtopia on a massive ransomware attack in Germany; Standing Up on Netflix.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, 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 Welcome!

    02:33 Good Week: Slovenia legalises gay marriage and adoption

    08:25 Bad Week: The Uber Files

    19:43 Interview: Janez Potočnik on Europe's food supplies

    33:03 Isolation Inspiration: 'Techtopia' and 'Standing Up'

    36:25 Happy Ending: Old bones in Spain 



    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 38 min
    The bigger the better?

    The bigger the better?

    Ukraine and Moldova have been granted candidate status to join the EU. It's a major moment in the messy process of knitting this continent together — but is a bigger European Union automatically a better one? This week we chat to Dr. Ilke Toygür about what this all means for Ukraine, Moldova and the EU itself. We're also talking about Venice's new entry fee for day-trippers, sexy Swedish waste disposal, and why Greece and Turkey are fighting over a made-up word.

    Ilke is a professor of political science at the University Carlos III of Madrid and a fellow at the Centre for Applied Turkey Studies at SWP Berlin. You can follow her on Twitter here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: 'Borgen - Power & Glory' and 'She Rides Like The Wind - the story of Alfonsina Strada' by Joan Negrescolor.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, 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.

    02:20 Good Week? Venice's fee for day-trippers
    08:50 Bad Week: The Great Greek-Turkish Portmanteau Row
    16:52 Interview: Ilke Toygür on growing the EU
    32:13 Isolation Inspiration: 'Borgen' and 'She Rides Like The Wind'
    35:11 Happy Ending: Malmö's smutty bins

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 38 min
    Your Face Looks Familiar

    Your Face Looks Familiar

    More and more European police forces are using facial recognition technology. Under an EU proposal they'd be able to share access to the millions of images they've collected – creating what critics say amounts to one of the most extensive biometric surveillance systems in the world. This week we speak to Domen Savič, head of Slovenian digital rights NGO Državljan D (Citizen D), about the tricky balance between fighting crime and protecting our privacy. We're also talking about Seville's plans to name its heatwaves and the French response to the US Supreme Court's abortion ruling. Plus, a recording of Dominic's doorbell disaster.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: Bionic reading, Nicola Coughlan on Off Menu, DakhaBrakha, Jamala, Kalush and Go_A.

    You can check out Državljan D's monthly podcast on tech ethics here.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, 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.

    02:34 Good Week: Seville's plan to name its heatwaves

    11:52 Bad Week (or Good Response To A Bad Week): France's response to the US Supreme Court ruling

    18:20 Interview: Domen Savič on the EU's facial recognition plans

    30:33 Isolation Inspiration: Bionic reading, Nicola Coughlan on Off Menu, and Glastonbury's Ukrainian offerings

    34:42 Happy Ending: Rock, paper, scissors on wheels

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 37 min
    It takes more than two, baby

    It takes more than two, baby

    When Remco Yizhak Cooremans moved home to the Netherlands after many years abroad, the authorities told him something shocking: his son wasn't legally his son. This week, we hear about Dutch plans to bring the law up to date with the realities of 21st-century parenting. We're also talking about Roman trash and minimum wages you can actually live on.

    Remco is the chairman of Meer dan Gewenst. If you're interested in the multi-parenting law, you can catch him speaking at De Balie in Amsterdam on June 16, and it's being streamed online too. Details here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: Navalny, and Rough Translation's episode on France's forbidden desk lunches.

    We're taking a break next week so that Katy can go stand in a muddy field. While we're away, check out this beautiful episode from Belarusian poet Hanna Komar, reflecting on the meaning of freedom.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, 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.

    02:41 Good Week: Minimum wages you can actually live on

    08:54 Bad Week: Messy Rome

    18:06 Interview: Remco Yizhak Cooremans on the Netherlands' planned multi-parent law

    32:33 Isolation Inspiration: 'Navalny' and Rough Translation's French lunch episode

    34:23 Happy Ending: Congratulations, Candida!

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 36 min
    What is Orbán playing at?

    What is Orbán playing at?

    In the EU's complicated efforts to present a united front on Ukraine, Viktor Orbán stands out like a sore thumb. Why is Orbán cosying up to Vladimir Putin? This week, we catch up with longtime Orbán-watcher Viktória Serdült on what game the Hungarian leader might be playing. We're also talking about the toxic row engulfing Germany's documenta fifteen festival, and a gamechanger for annoying customer service calls in Spain.

    Viktória is a journalist at HVG, one of the few remaining bastions of independent media in Hungary. You can follow her on Twitter here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: On Spec and Season 3 of Derry Girls.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, 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. 

    03:07 Bad Week: documenta fifteen

    14:06 Good Week: Spain's amazing customer service bill

    20:18 Interview: Viktória Serdült on Viktor Orbán's latest antics

    31:16 Isolation Inspiration: On Spec and Derry Girls

    34:09 Happy Ending: Pompeii DNA

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

rebsbull ,

Essential

Thank you so much for this podcast. For an American like me, this is so informative for Lear big about issues and event in Europe that aren’t covered by the media here. I especially appreciate the episodes that take on climate issues.

SarahResults ,

Informative, insightful, entertaining and well produced

I've been listening to The Europeans for a couple of years now and without fail, every episode has been engaging, well produced with insightful stories about Europe that go beyond the headlines.

As an anglo immigrant in Europe (France), this podcast helps me better understand and get to know this fascinating, complex continent that I have chosen as my home. You don't have to live in Europe to appreciate the content, you need only be curious or strive to be a Global Citizen.

Katy and Dominic's good work deserves support. I am a Patreon contributor and encourage others who can contribute to do so, if even just $1/month. 😊

Gherkin Rick ,

Upbeat great podcast

For anyone interested in a Europe-wide take on interesting topics, this is the podcast. It covers has a great soundscape as well.

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