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Europa United Media Company is a non-profit Irish organisation. Our goal is help to encourage conversation and opinion on the Europe of today though our publications and work as well as providing a platform that supports aspiring writers. Europa United receives no third party financial assistance and is not connected to any media organisation or political party. All our contributors and team members are volunteers.

    Europa United Eurochat episode 26 - Polish and Hungarian democracy with Edit Zgut

    Europa United Eurochat episode 26 - Polish and Hungarian democracy with Edit Zgut

    Welcome to episode 26 of our Eurochat series. In this episode, we will be taking an in depth analysis of the current political systems in Poland and Hungary and with us to discuss this is Edit Zgut. 

    Edit Zgut is a political scientist and a journalist, focusing on the democratic and rule of law backsliding in Hungary and Poland. She is teaching at the Center for Europe at the University of Warsaw, and is a doctoral researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Edit is also a DemocraCE fellow at Visegrad Insight and a Rethink CEE fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

    Since escaping the clutches of the communist regime in the late 1980’s both Poland and Hungary embarked on a path to liberal democracy almost immediately. The last thirty years has seen numerous free elections and both states have embraced EU membership and all that it entails. But in the last brief five years or so, Poland and Hungary have been moving towards the christian fundamentalist right with both administrations under one party rule in the form of Fidesz in Hungary and PiS in Poland. 

    So how and why has this happened? Are the people of Poland and Hungary being coerced into following a more extreme path or is it the case that this form of ideology has always existed and only now coming to light? 

    Did you enjoy this podcast? If so, don’t forget to share our work as we totally rely on you spreading the word on Europa United. All our writers are volunteers and we appreciate any help in getting our articles to a larger audience. Maybe you would also like to also help us to maintain our organisation by making a donation here.

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    Europa United Eurochat podcast episode 25 - EuroScience with Remco Timmermans

    Europa United Eurochat podcast episode 25 - EuroScience with Remco Timmermans

    In the third edition of a special series on Science in Europe, Europa United ‘s Ken Sweeney, Michael Holz and Frances Cowell chat our guest Remco Timmermans. 

    With over ten years in the space industry managing online campaigns for space agencies, space companies and startups, Remco is a social media specialist for space at his company Seventy Media. Remco works in a network of other creative space people, for which he has recently founded the Space Creatives Alliance, in an effort to bring together and promote the non-rocket-science side of the space industry.

    Did you enjoy this podcast? If so, don’t forget to share our work as we totally rely on you spreading the word on Europa United. All our writers are volunteers and we appreciate any help in getting our articles to a larger audience. Maybe you would also like to also help us to maintain our organisation by making a donation here.

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    Europa United Eurochat podcast episode 24 - The Belarus question

    Europa United Eurochat podcast episode 24 - The Belarus question

    In this episode, we are discussing the current political crisis that is happening in Belarus. Helping us find out why the situation has arisen, is journalist, Viktoryia Kavalchuk and communication specialist, Vlad Kovalevsky.

    Belarus, the former Soviet bloc state, has been described in the past as the last European dictatorship. Despite so-called free elections since its independence from the former USSR in 1991, the current administration under the leadership of President Alexander Lukashenko has continued to top every election poll.

    However, following on the most recent election which yet again saw Lukashenko win by a considerable margin, mass demonstrations have begun across the state and continue to gain momentum. We are going to take a look at how the current crisis has arisen and try to see how it is going to play out.

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    Europa United Eurochat Future of Europe episode 1

    Europa United Eurochat Future of Europe episode 1

    Welcome to the first in a series of of special podcasts looking at the future of Europe. In this episode, we will focus on the concept of European federalism.  We ask, what do European federalists stand for? And can you make Europe work with federalism?

    Our guests to discuss such questions are Eileen O'Sullivan and Conor McArdle. Elieen is a member of the Board of Directors of the pan-European party Volt Europa and previously she was a candidate for the European Elections 2019 for Volt Germany. Conor studies LLM Human Rights Law at Queen's University Belfast and is an active member of the youth wing of Irish political party, Fine Gael. 

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    Europa United Eurochat podcast episode 23 – EuroScience with Samantha Cristoforetti from ESA

    Europa United Eurochat podcast episode 23 – EuroScience with Samantha Cristoforetti from ESA

    In the second episode of a special series on Science in Europe, Europa United ‘s Ken Sweeney and Stella Bass chat with European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. We discuss the latest developments in space travel, the Moon and ISS pizza deliveries!

    Did you enjoy this podcast? If so, don’t forget to share our work as we totally rely on you spreading the word on Europa United. All our writers are volunteers and we appreciate any help in getting our articles to a larger audience. Maybe you would also like to also help us to maintain our organisation by making a donation here.

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    Europa United Eastern Dialogue podcast episode 5 – interview with Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG NEAR, Katarina Mathernova

    Europa United Eastern Dialogue podcast episode 5 – interview with Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG NEAR, Katarina Mathernova

    Welcome to episode five of Europa United’s Eastern Dialogue which is a series of podcasts focusing on the many aspects and insights of Eastern European states located at the crossroads of Western Asia and the European Union. This series is presented by Europa United Editor Ken Sweeney and Paris based journalist Viktorya Muradyan.

    In this episode we will be reviewing the recent “EaP beyond 2020” Communication published in March Eastern Partnership leaders' meeting which took place via video conference this month and with us to discuss this is Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG NEAR,  Katarina Mathernova.

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