Our first ever bonus episode! We enjoyed our conversation in this week’s show with Alexandra Pascalidou so much that we’re sharing the whole thing with you. Raised by Greek parents in a working-class Stockholm suburb, Alexandra went on to become a prominent journalist in Sweden. But along with the job came the threats: years and years of horrific threats from neo-Nazis who didn’t like the way she stood up for multi-culturalism.
Last year, something unexpected happened: a former neo-Nazi got in touch to confess he had tormented her for years, and he was sorry. And Alexandra did something even more unexpected: she decided to meet up with her former tormentor for coffee.
Katy and Dominic rang Alexandra in Stockholm to discuss her remarkable decision to forgive Martin, and why Sweden needs to take its neo-Nazi threat much more seriously. But along the way they also talk national identity, Eurovision, and what it means to be European. We think you’ll find it uplifting.