The brands that Karl built

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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The most isolated place on Earth

This week we’re stretching the definition of Europe to the limit and travelling all the way down to the French-Italian research base in the Antarctic! By some miracle we managed to Skype the physicist Meganne Christian at the Concordia base about what it’s like spending an entire year living in the most isolated place on Earth (albeit with decent Italian cooking). At the other end of the planet: bears, Viktor Orbán’s bid to turn Hungarian women into baby-machines, and pop that pisses off the populists.

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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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