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EU Confidential is a weekly European news and politics podcast published every Thursday by POLITICO Europe. Each 30-minute episode features POLITICO’s analysis of the top stories driving EU politics, as well as notable guests shaping European policy and deep-dive stories from around the Continent. It’s hosted by Suzanne Lynch, POLITICO’s chief Brussels correspondent, who is joined by reporters from around Europe. Discover our show notes for EU Confidential here: https://www.politico.eu/eu-confidential-podcast/
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EU Confidential is a weekly European news and politics podcast published every Thursday by POLITICO Europe. Each 30-minute episode features POLITICO’s analysis of the top stories driving EU politics, as well as notable guests shaping European policy and deep-dive stories from around the Continent. It’s hosted by Suzanne Lynch, POLITICO’s chief Brussels correspondent, who is joined by reporters from around Europe. Discover our show notes for EU Confidential here: https://www.politico.eu/eu-confidential-podcast/
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    Italian election — Pipeline problems — EU ambassador to US

    Italian election — Pipeline problems — EU ambassador to US

    We discuss the implications of Italy's election last weekend and what its probable next prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, could mean for Europe. Our special guest is Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU's ambassador to the United States.
    POLITICO's Suzanne Lynch and our team covering Italy's election on Sunday, Jacopo Barigazzi in Brussels and Hannah Roberts in Rome, break down all you need to know about Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party and presumed next prime minister. We also dig into how Brussels and other European capitals are reacting to the election of Italy's most right-wing government since World War II.
    Jacopo also shares the reaction in Brussels to the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines and what might be the EU's next move.
    And our special guest is Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU's ambassador to the United States. He speaks to POLITICO's Lili Bayer in Washington, about Russia's war in Ukraine, Europe's energy crisis, the U.S. mid-term elections and relations between Washington and Brussels.

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    • 28 min
    UN General Assembly — Russian escalation — EU reaction

    UN General Assembly — Russian escalation — EU reaction

    Coming to you from New York City, this bumper edition of EU Confidential brings you the highlights of the U.N. General Assembly and gets reaction from European leaders on Russia's recent threat of military escalation.
    POLITICO's Suzanne Lynch sits down with our team in New York covering the world's annual diplomatic jamboree. Nahal Toosi, our senior foreign affairs correspondent, breaks down U.S. President Joe Biden's speech and discusses the chances of a breakthrough on Iran this week.
    U.N. Playbook co-author Ryan Heath speaks to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez about the EU's energy crisis. And we hear from our team traveling with European leaders. Clea Caulcutt, POLITICO's senior France correspondent, speaks to President Emmanuel Macron about President Vladimir Putin's move to mobilize more Russian troops to bolster his forces in Ukraine. And Esther Webber, senior U.K. correspondent, gives us a flavor of Liz Truss' first big international foray as prime minister.
    Suzanne speaks exclusively to EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell about the bloc's support of Ukraine and whether we can expect a breakthrough with Iran. We also hear from Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský on the escalation of the war in Ukraine.
    And Suzanne also catches up with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod on his country's bid to secure a seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2025.

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    • 35 min
    State of the European Union — MEPs debate

    State of the European Union — MEPs debate

    Coming to you from Strasbourg, EU Confidential breaks down this week's big EU moment: the State of the Union address delivered by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. And we convene a panel of MEPs to debate which policies hit the mark, and where the speech fell short.
    POLITICO's Suzanne Lynch, chief Brussels correspondent and your new host, is joined by technology reporter Clothilde Goujard in Strasbourg and energy reporter Victor Jack in Brussels to bring you the highlights from the speech and analyze what big policies were announced and which ones didn't make the cut.
    Then, members of the European Parliament Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (EPP), Katalin Cseh (Renew) and Niels Fuglsang (S&D) weigh in on von der Leyen's plan for the year ahead.
    For more State of the Union analysis, you can join our Pro Briefing call on Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. CET to learn from our POLITICO experts Esther King, Karl Mathiesen, America Hernandez, Pieter Haeck and Joshua Posaner.

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    • 34 min
    Energy emergency — Canada's EU ambassador — New host Suzanne Lynch

    Energy emergency — Canada's EU ambassador — New host Suzanne Lynch

    New host Suzanne Lynch digs into the EU's plans to address its energy crisis. And Canadian Ambassador to the EU Ailish Campbell explains how Europe is turning to her country for solutions to its energy woes and lifts the lid on sexism in European diplomacy.
    POLITICO's Chief Brussels Correspondent Suzanne Lynch makes her podcast debut as the new host of EU Confidential. She's joined by Brussels Playbook author Jakob Hanke Vela, who explains the EU's emergency plans being debated this week to address soaring energy and electricity costs. And Chief Europe Correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig explains what Europe and its leaders can expect to face over the long-term.
    Ailish Campbell, Canada's ambassador to the EU, sits down with Suzanne and Senior Trade Correspondent Barbara Moens to discuss how Canada could potentially help the EU with its energy troubles and lifts the lid on her viral tweet calling out sexism she's experienced in her daily diplomatic interactions in Brussels.

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    • 30 min
    POLITICO's EU Confidential trailer

    POLITICO's EU Confidential trailer

    Europe's #1 politics podcast returns on Thursday, September 8 with our new host, Chief Brussels Correspondent Suzanne Lynch. 
    Every week, POLITICO journalists in Brussels and across the Continent give their unvarnished takes on the week’s big stories and interview the key players shaping EU policy.
    Follow EU Confidential on any major podcast platform, sign up to receive our email alerts when new episodes are published every Thursday, and be sure to check out our show notes on POLITICO’s website.

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    Monkeypox in Europe — Big Tech vs. Telecoms battle

    Monkeypox in Europe — Big Tech vs. Telecoms battle

    In this bumper edition before the summer break, we explain the monkeypox outbreak in Europe and the EU's response. We also preview the biggest lobbying battle brewing in Brussels between Big Tech platforms and telecom operators.
    POLITICO's Samuel Stolton, who covers competition and tech policy, hosts this week's episode, which kicks off with a discussion about the spread of monkeypox in Europe. Health care reporter Helen Collis explains which countries are seeing a rise in infections, and the race to secure vaccines. Helen reveals that the European Commission is re-thinking how it buys vaccines and drugs for the bloc — thus far failing to come through with adequate monkeypox shots to fill demand.
    Then we preview one of the biggest Brussels lobbying battles you can expect to witness over the coming months. Our lobbying guru Sarah Wheaton and chief technology correspondent Mark Scott set the stage for this debate between Big Tech platforms and telecoms operators over whether platforms should have to pay the telecoms industry for the infrastructure they need to build in order to compensate for the masses of data their users consume across platforms like Google, Meta, Netflix and Amazon.
    Sam then hosts a lively debate between the top representatives of each side.
    On the telecoms side, is Alessandro Gropelli from the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO), which represents the likes of Deutsche Telekom, Orange and BT. Joining his side of the debate is Jan-Niklas Steinhauer, head of policy and regulatory affairs at the German Broadband Association (BREKO).
    On the Big Tech side, is Christian Borggreen from The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) representing the likes of Apple, Google, Meta and Amazon. And he's joined by Thomas Lohninger, executive director of the digital rights NGO epicenter.works.
    Programming note: We are off for a summer holiday, but we'll be back in your podcast feed on Thursday, September 8 with our new host, Suzanne Lynch, currently the co-author of POLITICO's Brussels Playbook.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Nadia McS. ,

Excellent resource to stay in the know

I teach European politics and this is my number one resource to stay up-to-date and get expert analysis on political developments in Europe. The dynamic among the participants is great—a positive, entertaining tone.

John_F_ ,

Please Politico, could I have some more?

Excellent overview of recent happenings in Europe by the excellent Politico team headed by the wonderful Andrew Gray.

My only criticism is that some discussions seem a bit short.

very much woke ,

Great Podcasts...

Such a nice respectful combination. Led by the oh so civil Mr.Gray... I do wonder about that Rym, she’s yet to say anything even mildly neutral about Macron. Someone appears to have a bit of a fancy... that said. She’s great at her job. and being a red blooded Americans, I appreciate Matt K’s style.. call em out Matt!

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