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The Sound of Economics brings you insights, debates, and research-based discussions on economic policy in Europe and beyond.

The podcast is produced by Bruegel, an independent and non-doctrinal think tank based in Brussels. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate.

The Sound of Economics is also part of EuroPod, a network of European podcast shows which brings together journalistic, cultural and institutional views on political and societal trends in Europe and beyond.

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The Sound of Economics brings you insights, debates, and research-based discussions on economic policy in Europe and beyond.

The podcast is produced by Bruegel, an independent and non-doctrinal think tank based in Brussels. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate.

The Sound of Economics is also part of EuroPod, a network of European podcast shows which brings together journalistic, cultural and institutional views on political and societal trends in Europe and beyond.

    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Common Good?

    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Common Good?

    On the fourth episode of this summer series of The Sound of Economics, recorded on the road as part of the Reopening Europe project, we talk with Antje von Dewitz, CEO of the outdoor equipment company- Vaude. We met her on June 17th in Tettnang, near Lake Konstanz, on the German/Swiss border, where her family company is located. 

    The Reopening Europe team was the first external visitor’s group to be admitted at the company headquarters after lockdown. Antje told Giuseppe about the effect of COVID-19 on her company, on retailers and consumer behaviour, and she told us of her vision for a post-pandemic economy which should work for the common good.

    • 44 min
    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Tourism?

    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Tourism?

    The OECD has estimated that COVID-19 will cause a 60% decline in international tourism in 2020. This could rise to 80% if recovery is delayed until December. 

    During their trip, the Reopening Europe team noticed the direct impact of the lockdown on cities such as Strasbourg or Salzburg, which were practically devoid of the usual tourist crowds. 

    In this latest installment of our summer series on Reopening Europe's trip across Europe at a unique moment, Giuseppe is in conversation with Ivo Tarantino, Head of Public Affairs & Media Relations at Altroconsumo, the largest independent and non-party political consumers’ organisation in Italy.

    They hear contributions from-

    Leone, a Gondolier in Venice; 
    Nives Monda, restaurant owner in the historic centre of Naples; 
    Emilio Casalini, journalist and writer; 
    Elvio De Monte, architect in Venice; 
    Jeannette Neumann, Bloomberg correspondent in Madrid.

    • 33 min
    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Borders?

    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Borders?

    In June 2020, as Europe reopened after lockdown, we crossed ten national borders. We listened to diverse citizens, from passers-by to politicians, business people to artists, recording, documenting, and publishing stories. 

    In this second episode of Reopening Europe, we unpack some reflections about borders and the pandemic which we have collected along our journey. 

    Giuseppe Porcaro is joined in by Martina Tazzioli, Lecturer in Politics and Technology at Goldsmith University, London. Her work is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach to political theory, migration and border studies and political geography. Recently, she has investigated the technologisation of the borders and how technologies constitute a battlefield for migrants, states and non-state actors.

    They hear contributions from-

    Felies Zomerplaag, a high school student in Meerssen, a few kilometres from the Belgian/Dutch Border;

    Djuna Bernard, Member of the Luxembourgish Parliament;

    Stephan Halbach, the CEO and owner of Klenke, a printing workshop in Dortmund, Germany;

    Klemen Miklavič, mayor of Nova Gorica, on the Slovene/Italian border;

    Jean Baptiste Couzin, the head of cross-border cooperation, in the Grand-est Region;

    Michael Leigh, senior fellow Bruegel;

    Ugo Rossi, Associate professor of Economic and Political Geography, Gran Sasso Science Institute;

    Jeannette Neumann, Bloomberg correspondent, Madrid

    • 34 min
    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Governance?

    REOPENING EUROPE - Reopening Governance?

    This is a summer feature of the Sound of Economics in cooperation with the Reopening Europe project.

    In June 2020, as Europe exited the COVID-19 Lockdown, we traveled more than 2700 kilometres through the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia and Italy to collect voices from the ground as the borders were reopening. 

    In this introductory episode, Giuseppe Porcaro chats with Michael Leigh. Their conversation was recorded in Florence on the 23rd of June. Michael is a Bruegel Senior Fellow and also Academic Director of the Masters in European Public Policy at the John Hopkins University in Bologna. 

    Michael told him about his experience locally in Bologna and they discussed the impact of the pandemic on various levels of government and the future of Europe.

    Giuseppe gave Michael some insight about the journey and reveals which border was the only one on the trip where the crew were asked to produce papers. 

    • 31 min
    The benefits of the single market - the case of last enlargement

    The benefits of the single market - the case of last enlargement

    As the Brexit negotiations are entering their final straight line, the question of trade agreements is heating up. Economists talk about the “cost of non Europe”. How much each country has gained from belonging to the EU’s single market? How much would it have missed out on if it didn’t belong to the single market?

    In this week’s episode, we will look at the economic impact of the EU's last enlargement and ask who benefited the most: the old 15 or the new 13 members?

    • 26 min
    Apps without borders? How COVID-19 apps show the limits of the EU digital single market

    Apps without borders? How COVID-19 apps show the limits of the EU digital single market

    In their toolkit against a pandemic that knows no borders, several EU countries have bet on new technology from our era of globalisation: digital contact tracing COVID-19 apps.

    But the way they've been rolled out illustrate troublesome limits to the EU digital single market.

    • 25 min

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