This week, the kid from Hamburg who grew up to become one of the most powerful forces in global fashion. Karl Lagerfield built not one but three hugely successful brands. After his death last week at the age of 85, we’re exploring the flaws, quirks and legacy of this complicated man with the help of Fiachra Gibbons, culture editor at Agence France-Presse and long-time observer of ‘the Kaiser’. We also discuss Europe’s rising problem with anti-Semitism, some good news for Serbia’s gay first couple, and how to make it big in Finland.
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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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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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“Ever wonder where plastic ends up? I have a story I’d like to share.” This week on The Europeans, the Irish journalist Naomi O’Leary describes what happened when she visited a paradise island in a remote corner of the Caribbean, only to find the entire Western world had got there first: plastic, plastic and yet more plastic. We talk about what Naomi found and what Europe can do to stop it. And since we had her here we thought we might as well quiz her about her podcast The Irish Passport, your one-stop shop for all things Irish. In Zagreb, Daniel Martinović is on the line to discuss the success of Dugine Obitelji (Rainbow Families), Croatia’s first children’s picture book showing kids with LGBT parents. Plus: the Netherlands keeps its gas underground; a London embassy keeps Julian Assange off the net; and a tale of redemption for an amateur sculptor in Madeira.
For the last episode of The Europeans before a little break to indulge in some festive merry-making, we talk to influential man about Brussels Ryan Heath of Politico about why the corridors of EU power are so goddamn white. Phosphate-laden euro kebabs and novelty avocados are also on the menu for our millennial listeners. And we give Dutch trans activist Jonah Lamers a ring to ask why the Netherlands picked ‘gender neutral’ as the most irritating word of 2017.
Episode 2 of The Europeans, in which Dominic stays in a German haunted house. It’s been a dramatic week on the continent, with a convicted war criminal committing suicide in the middle of a courtroom in The Hague. Elsewhere, we talk to journalist Claire Sergent about whether French could really one day be the world’s most widely spoken language, and to European gay travel supremos A Couple Of Men about their hugely successful blog. This podcast contains no traces of Brexit at all, it’s a near-Christmas miracle! Please leave us a review if you enjoyed The Europeans, and help us to spread the word.