105 episodes

Fed up with all the Trumpy news from the USA or the Brexit-y news from Britain? Well you've come to the right place. 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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Fed up with all the Trumpy news from the USA or the Brexit-y news from Britain? Well you've come to the right place. 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.

    Lakes and dogs

    Lakes and dogs

    Calming things are much needed this week, so we're talking about lakes and we're talking about dogs. Our guest is the poet and author Kapka Kassabova, whose latest book To The Lake is a beautiful account of life on the borders of Greece, Albania and North Macedonia. We're also celebrating cleaner skies, human-canine relationships, and putting booze to good use.

    Thanks to the amazing people who support this podcast on Patreon, especially in these uncertain times. If you have a couple of dollars to spare each month, you can chip in at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.

    Watch Dominic's latest opera here!

    Thanks for listening.

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    • 31 min
    Consent

    Consent

    The show goes on. This week, aside from bringing you some positivity from around the continent, we're talking to someone who turned something terrible into something empowering. Emma Holten was 20 years old when nude photos of her were leaked onto the internet without her consent. We gave her a call in Copenhagen to hear about her inspiring fightback. Also this week: good dogs and good decisions in Spain and Greece.

    You can follow Emma on Instagram here and Twitter here.

    Thank you to the generous supporters who keep this show going! You can pledge just $2 a month or more at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.

    Thanks for listening.

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    • 31 min
    Long Distance

    Long Distance

    This week, the distances travelled in search of love and safety. The Finnish novelist and playwright Saara Turunen has written beautifully about what it's like to navigate a relationship between Helsinki and Barcelona. We chat to her about European culture clashes and what feminism looks like in the two countries she lives between. Plus, Europe's failed refugee policy, magical taps, and ill-chosen words by a billionaire populist (no, not that one).

    Saara's piece appears in Europa28, a collection of writing by European women which comes out on March 12.

    Read the New York Times investigation on how oligarchs milk EU farming subsidies here.

    Fancy seeing Lysistrata in Dortmund on March 23 or Greentea Peng in Lisbon on April 23? We have free tickets! Tag us in a post alongside @liveurope for your chance to win.

    Thanks for listening. If you like the show and have a couple of spare dollars a month, you can help keep us running at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.

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    • 30 min
    The God Lobby

    The God Lobby

    You might not think of the corridors of Brussels as a particularly spiritual place, but all kinds of religious groups are jostling for influence there. This week we delve into the world of religious lobbying with the French journalist Quentin Ariès. Also this week: a secret passage, winds of change in Slovakia, and the power of the Paris agreement.

    You can read Quentin's article on religious lobbying in the latest issue of Are We Europe magazine. Listeners to this podcast get 25% off with the code EUROPEANSPOD.

    Watch Iceland's amazing Eurovision entry here and help support this podcast at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.

    Thanks for listening.

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    • 30 min
    Why is Greece's refugee policy such a mess?

    Why is Greece's refugee policy such a mess?

    In 2015, the 'migrant crisis' was the front page story of every newspaper in Europe. Today more than 42,000 people are still stranded on the Greek islands, in shameful conditions — and yet we barely talk about it. Migration researcher Apostolis Fotadis joins us from Athens to explain why Greece's refugee policy has become such a disaster. Also this week: big changes in Portugal, criminally-bad (?) singing in Croatia, and a Finnish mystery.

    Thanks for listening. You can support the podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/europeanspodcast

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    • 29 min
    Eurafrica

    Eurafrica

    This week, a tale of two continents. Katy speaks to the Kenyan writer Patrick Gathara about Eurafrica, an idea that informed the European project after World War II but is now largely forgotten. Sixty years after a wave of African countries won their independence in 1960, we're also talking about why decolonisation is an ongoing process. Also this week: jilted Balkan lovers, mixed meat messages, and a lost summer soundtrack.

    Read Patrick's piece about Eurafrica for Al Jazeera: https://bit.ly/2HE5s88

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

Boss of the Zombie Apocalypse ,

They’re Back!

Yippee, was going through Katie and Dominic withdrawals during their vacay. Missed their perfect blend of informative news and fun banter.

Juan in DC ,

A fun, broad view of all the happenings in Europe.

As someone that hopes to move to Europe eventually, this podcast offers a great perspective on what is happening across the continent. After a few episodes you feel like you’re sitting in on a conversation with old friends.

The hosts, Katy and Dominic, are well informed, witty and keep the tone positive, which is great given the amount of negativity we see in the news and online.

AASquared23 ,

My fix to understand Europe

I’ve been an active listener for the last year and the podcast has become part of my week. I really enjoy Katy and Dominic’s unique perspective as Europeans living abroad as well as their desire to dig into a wide array of interesting European topics which don’t typically get covered in the news. If you want want to broaden your knowledge of the continent including the ups and downs, work this podcast into your week!

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