16 episodes

What story should Europe tell in the 21st-century? What do we want the EU to do by 2030? Our team, based in Oxford University, are going out to ask a wide range of Europeans about their formative, best and worst European moments. We are talking in greater depth to a number of Europeans, hearing their reflections on Europe's stories – and their own. We have also analysed a wide range of public opinion survey data, and are doing our own special polling in collaboration with the Eupinions project. The results are shown on the project website, https://europeanmoments.com/. We would also love to have your contribution, which you can share on https://europeanmoments.com/your-story. Contact us about anything else on info@europeanmoments.com

The project is directed by Professor Timothy Garton Ash and the Research Manager is Selma Kropp. For the project team see here. An advisory committee consists of leading Oxford academics: Professor Paul Betts, Dr Jonathan Bright, Professor Faisal Devji, Professor Carolin Duttlinger, Professor Robert Gildea, Professor Ruth Harris, Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh, Professor Andrew Hurrell, Dr Hartmut Mayer, Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, Professor Rasmus Nielsen and Professor David Priestland.

Europe's Stories Project Oxford University

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What story should Europe tell in the 21st-century? What do we want the EU to do by 2030? Our team, based in Oxford University, are going out to ask a wide range of Europeans about their formative, best and worst European moments. We are talking in greater depth to a number of Europeans, hearing their reflections on Europe's stories – and their own. We have also analysed a wide range of public opinion survey data, and are doing our own special polling in collaboration with the Eupinions project. The results are shown on the project website, https://europeanmoments.com/. We would also love to have your contribution, which you can share on https://europeanmoments.com/your-story. Contact us about anything else on info@europeanmoments.com

The project is directed by Professor Timothy Garton Ash and the Research Manager is Selma Kropp. For the project team see here. An advisory committee consists of leading Oxford academics: Professor Paul Betts, Dr Jonathan Bright, Professor Faisal Devji, Professor Carolin Duttlinger, Professor Robert Gildea, Professor Ruth Harris, Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh, Professor Andrew Hurrell, Dr Hartmut Mayer, Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, Professor Rasmus Nielsen and Professor David Priestland.

    7. Timothy Garton Ash: Finale Interview | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    7. Timothy Garton Ash: Finale Interview | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    For something different in this series finale, we speak with Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Politics at Oxford and Director the Europe’s Stories Project. What have we found out about what young Europeans want the EU to be and to do? Why do we need to speak of both synergies and trade-offs? Do we find ourselves more or less optimistic about the future of Europe at the end of this project? Timothy gives us his take on the findings and questions that resulted from the ES Project. He also gives us a sneak peek into his upcoming book, a personal history of contemporary Europe. This episode was hosted by Ana Martins and Lucas Tse, and edited by Billy Craigan. A huge thanks to the Europe’s Stories team. To view the show notes and to find more information about The Europe’s Stories Podcast, check out europeanmoments.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    6. Europe in the World | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    6. Europe in the World | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    Ana and Lucas speak with Marianna Lovato and Olivier de France, the team’s experts on foreign policy and international politics. Our polls found that most Europeans want stronger European cooperation—but foreign policy does not rank highly among their priorities, even if they place significant emphasis on Europe as a community of values. Is the EU an anti-geopolitical actor? Should it be a superpower, and if so, which kind? What are the new stories we need to connect the politics of European security with the concerns of Europeans today? This episode was hosted by Ana Martins and Lucas Tse, and edited by Billy Craigan. Huge thanks to the Europe’s Stories team. To view the show notes and to find more information about The Europe’s Stories Podcast, check out europeanmoments.com/podcast.
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    • 56 min
    5. Democracy | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    5. Democracy | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    Today, we talk with Sophie Vériter and Josef Lolacher about the core of the European project - democracy. How solid is this core? We talk about democratic backsliding, the perceived inefficiency of consensual regimes, and Europe in a changing world of populist and authoritarian tendencies. What can and should the EU do to defend this community of values? How much do most of us really understand about what the EU has achieved and the tools currently at its disposal? This episode was hosted by Ana Martins and Lucas Tse, and edited by Billy Craigan. Huge thanks to the Europe’s Stories team. To view the show notes and to find more information about The Europe’s Stories Podcast, check out www.europeanmoments.com/podcast.

    • 1 hr
    4. Social Europe | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    4. Social Europe | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    Ana and Lucas speak today with our team’s specialists on the things that bring quality of life to Europeans - jobs, industry and the welfare state. Coming from North Macedonia, Kristijan Fidanovski has a keen interest in the intersection between social policy and EU enlargement, whereas Guillaume Paugam joins us immediately after a stint at the European Commission. Our polls found that 71% of Europeans believe the state should give all citizens a basic income. Which institutions should be responsible for social policy? Should we consider a European welfare state to be an oxymoron? For young Europeans, how do social agendas sit next to the urgency of climate action? This episode was hosted by Ana Martins and Lucas Tse, and edited by Billy Craigan. Huge thanks to the Europe’s Stories team. ‘To view the show notes and to find more information about The Europe’s Stories Podcast, check out europeanmoments.com/podcast.'

    • 1 hr
    3. Free Movement | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    3. Free Movement | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    Ana and Lucas speak today with Victoria Honsel and Reja Wyss, who co-wrote the report chapter on climate action. Both have also been young Europeans actively involved in politics. Our polls found that 58% of Europeans want the EU to be carbon neutral by 2030, with an additional 20% aiming for 2040. What measures are acceptable for managing this transition—for example, should short haul flights be banned? How do democratic regimes fare in comparison with authoritarian governments in tackling climate change? Is there a ‘Generation Greta’ that cares more about climate than older Europeans?

    This episode was hosted by Ana Martins and Lucas Tse, and edited by Billy Craigan. Huge thanks to the Europe’s Stories team. Show notes at: europeanmoments.com/podcast

    • 56 min
    2. Free Movement | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    2. Free Movement | The Europe’s Stories Podcast

    Ana and Lucas speak today with Luisa Melloh, who manages the project behind this series. Many things flow across borders - capital, goods, ideas - but young Europeans also assume that they themselves can move freely and with ease. One of our polls found that nearly three-quarters of Europeans agree that the EU would not be worth having without freedom of movement. At the same time, Europeans do not all benefit from this freedom in the same way. Why has free movement emerged as such a formative experience? Is its formative impact unique to this generation? This episode was hosted by Ana Martins and Lucas Tse, and edited by Billy Craigan. Huge thanks to the Europe’s Stories team.

    To view the show notes and to find more information about The Europe’s Stories Podcast, check out europeanmoments.com/podcast.

    • 55 min

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