June 12: Waxy smiles

Smiling may not come easily to Russians, as you’ll hear about on this episode. But here at The Europeans we’ve got plenty to smile about this week:

  1. Katy’s at a pig farm;
  2. Dominic’s latest opera is going great;
  3. We have fantastic guest Aljaž Pengov Bitenc on the line to talk about what we can learn from Slovenia’s recent election. We were on his podcast Evropska četrt recently!
  4. Spain’s Mr Handsome is off to a good start and the US ambassador to Germany is off to a bad one;
  5. We’re going on holiday! We’ll be back in a few weeks. Please stay subscribed because we won’t be gone long and we’ll likely be dropping by to say hello!

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June 5: Changing PMs at 103 BPMs

In Europe our clocks may be slow (see our March 13 episode) but our politics moves fast. Two new governments in a week! Katy and Dominic get you up to speed on what’s been happening in Spain and Italy.

Our guest this week is Akbar Ahmed, one of the world’s leading experts on Islam, who has just published a major new study on Europe’s Muslims. We enjoyed our conversation so much that we’ll be releasing it in full as a bonus episode, so look out for that later in the week.

Plus: how Spain’s trashiest 1990s dance hit could save your life.

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May 29: Five Stars, Ireland

What a week. There’s been wonderful news from Ireland and so much drama in Italy that we actually had to re-record part of this week’s show at the last minute. Speaking of Italian thrillers: we’ve been chatting to Giuseppe Porcaro, author of brand-new sci-fi novel DISCO SOUR, about why he decided to set it in a parallel European universe. And Katy’s been talking to Sweden-based Florian Tirnovan about his great project organizing a talent show for deaf people from all around the continent.

Plus: a thunderstorm, a requisitioned towel, and an unlikely friendship in the most beautiful (?) corner of Europe.

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May 22: A wedding and no funeral

This week we’re going back to the 1970s to look at two great mysteries: an unsolved murder in Norway, and Britain’s ever-enigmatic relationship with Europe.

Norwegian investigative journalist Marit Higraff joins us to talk about Death In Ice Valley, the true crime podcast from the BBC and NRK hoping to uncover the truth behind a woman’s death half a century ago.

Also delving into the past is British comedian Kieran Hodgson, whose new show looks for laughs in the unlikeliest of places: the story of how Britain ended up joining the EU.

Plus: Cold comfort for the Balkans, Amsterdam’s war on ‘mono-culture’, and the secret to living a very, VERY long life. Oh, and the tiniest mention of a certain wedding.

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May 15: The winner takes it all, the loser takes a selfie

It’s been week of highs and lows for Europe and The Europeans. Katy came back from Germany with empty pockets but a full heart (and a selfie with a certain someone). It’s been a bad week for European diplomacy, but a great one for trashy pop music.

Someone who’s seen more than her fair share of highs and lows is our guest Farah Abdi, a transgender Somali refugee who arrived on a boat from Libya in 2012. She tells Katy about her journey and her fight for better rights for LGBT refugees in Europe. And songwriter MaJiKer, who’s penned several songs for past Eurovision hopefuls, is on hand to explain why Israel snatched victory and Sweden got robbed.

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May 7: Eurovision. EUROVISION!!!!!

Katy gets all mushy about Europe as we talk to a very clever man who makes his living by speculating on Eurovision. Daniel Gould (Mr Gould to Dominic), is the founder of Sofabet.com and gives us all the latest from Lisbon.

We then head over to Spain to speak to the activist and writer Brigitte Vasallo about Spain’s #MeToo movement and the public reaction to the shocking court ruling in a rape case in Pamplona.

Plus, we have meatballs, terrorists, Harry Potter Royalty and a healthy serving of cultural appropriation.

Meanwhile, Katy is heading over to Aachen to find out if we’ve won Eurovision for Euro-geeks, aka the EU’s Charlemagne Prize for Youth. Please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help stop the flow of tears when we probably/definitely don’t win.