Feb 20: Olympic gold, Dominic is old, Katy has a cold

We’ve got two birthdays to celebrate this week. Independent Kosovo is officially 10, and your host Dominic Kraemer is officially old. Congrats to both!

As Kosovo marks 10 years since declaring independence from Serbia, we give our man in the Balkans Andrew MacDowall a call to explain the challenges that lie ahead for Europe’s youngest country. Meanwhile, Katy’s been huddling under a duvet in Paris with a cold this week — a great excuse to obsess over the Winter Olympics, not least that amazing Scottish invention, curling. Team Finland’s Oona Kauste is on the line all the way from South Korea with a staunch defence of the sport against allegations that it ‘looks weird’, and how she manages to juggle the Olympics with her career as a hairdresser and make-up artist.

Plus: out and proud LGBT Olympians, happy news for German commuters, and political truth, Dutch-style. Oh, and a mysterious Finnish tongue-twister. Anyone that solves the mystery gets a gold medal of their very own.

We’re growing an army of listeners across Europe and the world and it makes us SO HAPPY! If you’ve got a couple of minutes to spare, please help us spread the word even more by writing us a review on iTunes.

Mi kidney, su kidney

Hello from Paris and Amsterdam! Since we’ve seen a huge rise in listeners this week (welcome!) we’re in a giving mood, so we’re talking about organ donation. As countries across Europe weigh up how to save the most lives, transplant ethicist Greg Moorlock is on the line from Birmingham, England to discuss why Spain sees so many more donations than Germany and whether or not the Netherlands should make giving up our kidneys an ‘opt-out’ affair. Ania Jakubek in Warsaw is back to explain what’s going on with Poland’s new Holocaust law. Plus: a good (ish) week for Angela Merkel, and a bad one for French fashion designer Christian Louboutin and his famous red-soled shoes.

Thanks so much for the lovely reviews you’ve been writing — it’s not too late to add another to help people find the podcast across Europe and beyond!

Thanks for the love, internet!

We’ve had a load of new listeners join us over the past couple of weeks, mostly thanks to a recommendation in the British Podcast Awards‘ monthly PodWatch newsletter as one of 5 Podcasts That Will Change Your Life, and Buzzfeed picking us out of “thousands and thousands” of entries to name us one of the top 27 podcasts you should hear in 2018. Woohoo!

So, we just wanted to give all you newcomers a warm welcome. We think you’ll like it here. Say hello on Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to know what you think of the show.

Katy was particularly delighted by this message from a listener in Sofia documenting the first time the podcast has made someone MISS THEIR ACTUAL SUBWAY STOP because they’re just having such a goddamn good time. We look forward to ruining many other commutes all over the world.

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Thanks so much for listening! And stay tuned for another generous helping of hearty European ear-stew next Tuesday.

That Time Katy And Dominic Made A Death Metal Video

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: this isn’t the first time Katy and Dominic have collaborated on an artistic project. Before The Europeans, there was their death metal video.

Back in 2015 when Katy’s boyfriend Alex was living in Amsterdam (and Katy and Dominic got to hang out in real life all the time instead of Skyping each other) , Alex stumbled upon an abandoned pair of women’s spacehopper boots while he was walking down his street one day. They fit Katy perfectly! So, naturally, she and Dominic spent a day in Westerpark shooting a short action movie / death metal video. Katy hopes you are impressed by her stunts.

The music was free on Jamendo and is quite horrible. We are sorry.

We give you: “What Even Are These Things” (2015), shot by Dominic Kraemer, starring Katy Lee.

Feb 6 – Build your own Europe, baby

This week on The Europeans, two interviews about building things from scratch. We speak to in-house IKEA designer Sarah Fager in Älmhult, Sweden, about the philosophy that drove the company’s late founder Ingvar Kamprad to take over the world with his flatpack furniture. And in Milan, Andrea Venzon is on the line to give us the lowdown on the new pan-European political movement he’s just set up, Volt Europa. Plus: gassed monkeys, dabblings in erotica by Jean-Claude Juncker, and a whole lot of oranges.

Dominic and Katy are delighted that The Europeans has been listed by the British Podcast Awards in their Podwatch newsletter as one of the top five podcasts that will change your perspective! Join the 40,000 people signed up to their email updates here.

In the meantime, a special thanks for helping to spread the word about the podcast. We’d love it if you could leave us a review on iTunes so we can get it plugged into every ear in Europe.

Jan 30 – Trawlin’, Ballin’, Fallin’

A war between France and the Netherlands over fish (trawling), a beginner’s guide to waltzing in Vienna (balling), and a tragic ski accident (falling).

The Europeans comes to you from Amsterdam and Paris as always, but Katy and Dominic have both been in Austria this week and are taking a little inspiration from their (mis)adventures to delve into the traditions of the Viennese ball season. We’ve got devoted local fan Matthias Brandstetter on the line to run us through the do’s and dont’s of taking your first spin on the Viennese dance floor.

But first, to the sea! We speak to Pavel Klinckhamers from Greenpeace Netherlands about the controversial fishing technique that may have landed the hake on your plate and has French fishermen furious with their Dutch competitors.

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Jan 23 – Fake snus

The Europeans let loose discussing snus and fake news. German journalist Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck tells us all about her plans to teach school kids across Europe how to spot propaganda and media bias on the internet with her new project Lie Detectors. And we delve into the world of Scandinavian snus tobacco, illegal in most of the EU. For the first time, it’s more popular in Norway than cigarettes. But why?! We find out from Kris Johansson in Oslo, and the author Christopher Snowdon is on hand to explain why this stuff is still banned around Europe despite growing evidence that it helps people quit smoking. Plus: news from Davos with the tiniest mention of T***p, and a weaponized sausage for dessert.