The skies over Skopje

This week, the city where you can taste the air on your tongue. We’re going to Skopje with the Macedonian writer Aleksandar Dimishkovski to find out what it’s like living in the most polluted city in Europe. On the brighter side, we also have some Swedish bling, a badass Romanian anti-corruption crusader, and some long-forgotten treasures.

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Stick it to the grown-ups

This week’s guest is ten years old and one of the fiercest, smartest people we’ve ever had on this podcast. Lilly Platt calls in from Zeist in the Netherlands to tell us why she’s helping to lead the tens of thousands of children across Europe striking to demand action on climate change. And from skipping school to skipping the queue, anti-money laundering expert Laure Brillaud from Transparency International is here from Brussels to cast a light on the murky world of ‘golden visas’ for sale in Europe. Plus: positive pop, bad meat, and one very happy cellist.

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Need a moment of calm? Check out this track by sexy 500-year-old composer Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina here.

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Kraemer vs Kraemer

This week, two Kraemers for the price of one! Dominic’s brother, BBC political nerd Daniel Kraemer, is here to explain why Britain has the weirdest parliament in Europe. Don’t worry, we kept the B-word chat to a minimum. Plus: Macron and Merkel’s Duolingo pact, Ronaldo’s millions, and the kindest grandma on the continent.

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It’s that damn bear again

It’s good to be back! We’ve got big plans for 2019. Starting with the fact that we’re now on Patreon! If you have a few euros to spare and want to help us grow, hit us up at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.

This week, smart Finns and a very smart bear. Computer scientist Teemu Roos is on the line from Helsinki to explain why Finland is trying to educate its population en masse about artificial intelligence. And our Woman in Warsaw Ania Jakubek is back with the tale of a Polish wartime hero who just happened to be… a bear. Plus: Greek drama, Satanic tourism, and how to make the internet a nicer place.

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Music: ‘Moon Noose’ by Druslan

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The Bee Word

This week, the need for more buzz around Europe: the bee kind, and the excitement kind. Our very special guest to round off the year (and keep Katy company while Dominic was rolling around on the floor) is the Dutch writer Joris Luyendijk, who despite having been named Bad News reporter for De Correspondent has more hope than you might think for this continent as we roll into 2019. Trigger warning: there’s a mention or two of the b-word as we talk about why Europe ain’t so boring and the mysteries of the British psyche. Plus: Powerfrauen; an all-too-human robot, and the fight to save our pollinators.

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Bonne année, Frohes neues Jahr, and Feliz Año Nuevo!
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Freedom

This week on The Europeans, two passionate defences of liberty, the political and the sexual. Renowned Hungarian rights defender Márta Pardavi is on the line from Budapest to talk about what it’s like fighting with the increasingly authoritarian government of Viktor Orbán. And Paulita Pappel calls in from Berlin to chat about her work as a feminist pornographer. Plus: France’s road rage, Luxembourg’s road delight, and the greatest ever reason to uncork a bottle of wine.

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Flavia and the Machine (anniversary episode)

A special show marking A WHOLE YEAR OF THE PODCAST! Extra brilliant guests are here to help us mark this very narcissistic edition of anniversary annexe/commemoration corner. Flavia Kleiner, whose Operation Libero has been waging a quietly successful war against rightwing populism in Switzerland, calls in from Zurich with some lessons for the rest of Europe. And Andrea Chalupa is here to discuss her new film Gareth Jones, about a courageous Welsh journalist’s battle to tell the truth about the famine her grandfather survived in Ukraine 85 years ago. Plus: vote-buying, espionage, and a few splashes of prosecco.