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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Whether you’re a European passport-holder or not, so much in life is determined by the paper we carry in our pockets. Our guest this week is the Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq, whose brilliant project The Passport explores what it’s like to hold a so-called ‘unlucky’ passport. Her work is on show in New York right now, but she’s not allowed to travel from her home in the Netherlands to see it with her own eyes.
Also this week, Bram Hilkens is here to delve into the continent’s hip-hop scene, Katy and Dominic have been gallivanting in Berlin (stand by on Instagram for romantic photos), and Greece has been lightening the load for its donkeys.
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This week in The Europeans, we’re looking at national icons — the beloved, in the form of French rock star Johnny Hallyday who died this week — and the controversial, in the form of the Netherlands’ Black Pete. Dominic talks to Anousha Nzume from Dipsaus, the hit podcast for Dutch women of colour, about why the Netherlands insists on making blackface a festive affair at this time of year. And Katy makes a valiant attempt to explain why Hallyday wasn’t remotely famous outside France despite being a legend at home. Plus Ania Jakubek is back with news of a new Polish prime minister, with Dominic’s Happy Ending bringing up the rear… Literally.