Böll·Europe is the podcast of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union office in Brussels, presented by Gail Rego.
Böll·Europe Podcast #12 | Western Balkans' EU enlargement uncertainty
20 years after the Thessaloniki Summit, where European Union leaders promised EU membership to Western Balkans countries, the prospects of the region joining the EU in the near future are vague. The EU's credibility has been weakened by constant obstacles, unjustified delays and Member States' vetoes. The Western Balkans, on the other hand, show an obvious stalemate in the EU-related reform process, in addition to ongoing bilateral disputes, unresolved issues of the past and democratic backsliding. Our host Gail Rego talks with members of the Western Balkans Strategy Group about the role of the EU on Bosnia and Herzegovina, and about Kosovo-Serbia relations:
Agon Maliqi, a policy analyst, activist, and media writer. His most recent work has focused on political risk, growing democratic backsliding, and resilience to authoritarianism, based in Pristina and Tirana
Lejla Gačanica, Programme Officer at Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, Bosnia and Herzegovina; independent legal counsel and researcher, Sarajevo
Read the position paper "Enlargement uncertainty: Reframing EU-Western Balkans relations" by the Western Balkans Strategy Group.
Listen to our previous Böll·Europe Podcast episode #4 | Europride in Belgrade and LGBTIQ+ rights in the Western Balkans
Read all our content on Western Balkans.
Böll·Europe Podcast #11 | EU's China approach: United in diversity?
In this episode, we discuss the relationship between the EU and China, how this relationship is shaped by national strategies adopted by EU Member States, and whether it is possible to imagine a European approach to China. Gail Rego talks to:
Jacob Mardell is a research analyst with six years’ experience exploring China’s global impact. Jacob is the author of the Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung EU's study "Towards a common European China strategy? Mapping EU Member States’ policy documents on China".
Dr Janka Oertel is the director of the Asia programme and a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Janka has published widely on topics related to EU-China relations, US-China relations, security in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese foreign policy, 5G and emerging technologies, as well as climate cooperation.
Check out our web dossier "Towards a common European China strategy? Mapping EU Member States’ policy documents on China".
All our content on China.
Böll·Europe Podcast #10 | Overheated: how climate misinformation goes viral on social media
Climate change and disinformation on social media: at the very first sight, these topics may appear unrelated. However, fostering the ecological transition in Europe, requires substantial effort in terms of shaping public discourse. Notably, debates occurring on social media are part of the public arena where citizens can be convinced about the need for an ecological transition. And, therefore, disinformation can have a huge impact on climate change-related attitudes. What is online climate change mis- and disinformation? Where does it take place and why? How does EU policy making play into all of this?
In this Böll·Europe Podcast episode, our guests explore the concerning rise of climate change disinformation on prominent social networks. It highlights how social media has exacerbated the weaponisation of climate change within the context of culture wars and revealing the pivotal players who amplify climate misinformation and disinformation within online communities. Our guests also shed light on the climate disinformation policies implemented by very large platforms and describe the objective of the Digital Services Act in this regard.
To uncover this complex and fascinating topic, our host Gail Rego talks to Jennie King and Ana Romero-Vicente:
Jennie King is Head of Climate Research and Policy at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD). She has spearheaded investigations on climate denialism and ‘discourses of delay’ and is the co-author of ISD’s flagship reports such as ‘Deny, Deceive, Delay’. She currently manages the COP Intelligence Units on behalf of Climate Action Against Disinformation’.
Ana Romero-Vicente analyses and counteracts disinformation at EU DisinfoLab. She is apprised of the Spanish disinformation landscape and has published several international investigations on the monetisation of disinformation. She currently addresses climate misinformation and monitors audio-visual social media such as YouTube and Tik Tok.
For more information:
Check out the recording of the webinar “Polluting the truth about climate change”, an event jointly hosted by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union and EU DisinfoLab
Read the factsheet "Platforms' policies on climate change misinformation" by Ana Romero-Vicente
Read more content on Disinformation | Misinformation
Böll·Europe Podcast #9 | Transatlantic tensions and consumer protection
The U.S. and Europe have entered a new trade era under Biden's administration. A new cooperation agenda is being developed to tackle today's challenges, such as climate change and emerging technology, focusing on consumer protection, competition, digital issues, and energy. Despite the positive shift, trade rules are still used by some to influence domestic policies, often weakening regulations. For the citizens, this means that trade rules affect the E.U.'s efforts to protect consumers in the digital market and combat climate change. How to prevent trade rules from creating barriers to regulatory action? Is the new transatlantic cooperation agenda enough? To uncover this complex and fascinating topic, Gail Rego interviews:
Calli Schroeder, Senior Counsel and Global Privacy Counsel at EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C.
Calvin Manduna, Senior Trade Policy Analyst at IATP, the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, also in Washington D.C.
They have both visited Brussels in June 2023, invited by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, a forum for transatlantic discussions on intellectual rights, internet society, and food between and among consumer organisations in the US and the EU.
Read also the commentaries:
Regulating at a glacial pace: barriers to progress written into our trade regimes
Civil society proposals to reconcile trade rules with the need for regulatory action
Böll·Europe Podcast #8 | Cleantech and Europe: what’s next?
In February 2023, the European Commission presented a Green Deal Industrial Plan to enhance the competitiveness of Europe's net-zero industry and support the fast transition towards climate neutrality. Among other things, the Plan appears to foster the EU’s willingness to lead globally in the race for development of cleantech. Crucially, however, the Plan came in after US legislators passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022. And, meanwhile, China has also demonstrated its capacity to act on cleantech. This Böll·Europe Podcast episode takes stock of EU actions in the global race for cleantech leadership and what else needs to be on the agenda to achieve a 100% renewable Europe. Gail Rego interviews:
Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Director - EU Programme at the Institute for Climate Economics
Suzana Carp, Deputy Executive Director at Cleantech for Europe
Böll·Europe Podcast #7 | 30 years of the European Single Market
Thirty years ago, in 1993, a cornerstone of European integration was laid: the European Single Market for goods and services. The European Single Market is a tool that facilitates trade between businesses across Europe. More generally, it was built with the idea of making citizens’ lives much easier and fostering prospects of economic growth and, therefore, well-being. Yet, this ground-breaking project of European integration has not been shed by criticism. For some, it streamlined economic integration at the expense of social Europe. This Böll·Europe Podcast episode focuses on the future of the European Single Market, and how it can help achieving a greener, more social and digital Europe. Gail Rego interviews:
Anna Cavazzini is a Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA Group. Anna chairs the EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, and she also seats in the International Trade Committee.
Phillippe Pochet is the General Director of the European Trade Union Institute. He is also a professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain and an associated researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work, Prior to becoming Director of the ETUI in 2008, Phillippe was Director of the Observatoire social européen for 16 years.
Read our web dossier "The European Single Market at 30 - New visions for a green Europe"