Morals and the Mediterranean

We don’t call it ‘the migrant crisis’ anymore. Yet, every day, people attempt the treacherous crossing to reach our shores, and more than 500 people have died trying this year alone.

This week we’re talking about the politics of fear and the laws of the sea with the Italian migration expert Matteo Villa.

We’re also talking about rockets, bees and Greece’s return to the right.

Brave and competent women

This week, the European women steering the ship. Katy and Dominic discuss the case of Carola Rackete, the rescue boat captain who has come to symbolise the moral divide over migration, as well as the nomination of Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen and Christine Lagarde to two of the most powerful jobs on the continent.

In the meantime, the biggest Czech protests since the fall of communism have been giving the populist billionaire PM Andrej Babiš a run for his money. We ring up Benjamin Roll, one of the young leaders of the growing protest movement.

Eldorado

This week, the strange and rather wonderful story of how the BBC tried (and failed, pretty badly) to create a European soap opera back in the 1990s. Former ‘Eldorado’ star Kai Maurer reflects on how his unlikely role playing a German beach bum kicked off his acting career and how the show was ahead of its time.

Plus: a landmark Spanish court ruling and the ugly realities of European consensus politics.  Read the article that sparked Katy’s El Dorado obsession here.

Should we launch a campaign to get the BBC to bring it back?

Sarajevo Calling

This week, the increasingly worrying politics of a country with one of the most complicated governments in the world. We’re talking to the Bosnian journalist Aleksandar Brezar about troubles that go ignored all too often in Europe and wartime scars that have yet to heal. We’re also talking about European countries’ varying approaches to regulating what women do with their bodies, and a transatlantic romance that has stood the test of time.

Read Aleksandar’s excellent piece in the Guardian and check out his podcast about Southeastern Europe, Sarajevo Calling.

Rachel Kadish’s superb piece about the humanity of Anne Frank can be found here, and France 24’s in-depth reporting on abortion across Europe is here.

Europe needs culture

 

Hands up if you’ve got a better idea of what’s happening in American politics than European politics, despite living on this side of the pond?

This week André Wilkens, the new director of the European Cultural Foundation, argues that Europeans need to get better at telling their own story — whether it’s in the form of a Hamilton-style hit musical or otherwise.

Also: scooter wars, holograms, and when the left gets tough on immigration. You can read Katy’s piece on the arrival of electric scooters in Paris last summer here in the Guardian, and see a holographic elephant here.

Who won?

We’ve just elected a bunch of people to represent 500 million of us. But when it comes to the results of the European elections, most of us have been preoccupied with what happened in our own countries. This week we’re zooming out to take a look at the continent as a whole with Caroline de Gruyter, the Oslo-based Europe correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC.

Plus: Ibizagate, part 2; rural PR stunts; and the importance of correctly-spelled tweets.