This week on The Europeans: national branding done right (Sweden) and wrong (Theresa May’s robot dancing). Or will the British PM have the last laugh on that one? The jury’s still out. Swedish journalist Charlotte Boström is on the line to explain how her country successfully marketed itself as an eco-friendly feminist paradise. And as Dominic packs his bags for two months in Berlin, he and Katy talk clocks, democracy, fine food and Lego.
This week we’re talking about a couple of journeys. Greece has gone from the depths of despair to something a little less like despair; Nick Malkoutzis of Macropolis is on the line from Athens to explain. And Frenchman Fabrice Pothier is here to tell us about his fun (?) 700-kilometre cycle from Foie Gras country to Santander, hoping to learn a thing or two about Europe. Also: an artistic mishap, virulent success, and a discordant initative by Berlin transport authorities.
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This week, sex and the internet. For once it’s not us making the filthy innuendos, although Dominic does his best. It’s Lithuania’s capital Vilnius! We ask tour guide Agneta Ladek if her city is really ‘the G-spot of Europe — nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it’s amazing’. Dimi Dimitrov is on the line to explain why changes to the way we regulate the internet in Europe would have made life harder for Wikipedia and more boring for everyone else. And one woman is on a quest to bring some ancient Norman sass to modern-day Guernsey.
This week, something a little different: Deborah Cole, a Berlin-based reporter since 1995, reads us her beautiful piece about the race to collect the memories of elderly Germans who lived through some of the most tumultuous events in modern history. Follow Deborah on Twitter, she’s our favourite person tweeting from Merkel Land.
Also: an airborne mishap, an ingenious Spaniard, and irony, Slovenian-style, explained with the help of the brilliant Aljaž Pengov Bitenc.
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As you’ll see in this week’s episode, we’re warming to two themes this season: urine, and the far-right.
Timo Lochocki, an expert on populism in Europe, is on the line from Berlin to talk about why we SHOULDN’T talk about Steve Bannon’s new venture on this side of the Atlantic. On a brighter note, Adrian Murphy’s here to talk about Europeana, a lovely EU culture project that is currently collecting personal stories about migrating around the continent.
Also: good times for cash-strapped Berlin parents, bad times for Shakespearean amateur voiceover artists, and a disaster averted in Katy’s hometown.
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We’re back! What’s cooking, Europe? Apparently the whole continent. Greece has just suffered Europe’s deadliest forest fires in a century, part of a spate of extreme weather all over the northern hemisphere. Just back from Athens, we ask incoming AFP science correspondent Patrick Galey (and his dog) whether this is the new normal. Follow @patrickgaley for the angriest climate tweets in town.
Things have been heating up in Germany too, in the form of a huge debate over identity politics. Dicle Akar, a teacher at the Berlin International School, gives us her thoughts on Turkish identity in Germany and the row over football star Mesut Özil.
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:
- Katy’s at a pig farm;
- Dominic’s latest opera is going great;
- 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!
- Spain’s Mr Handsome is off to a good start and the US ambassador to Germany is off to a bad one;
- 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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