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The Podcast on Europe and its Political Extremes
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The Podcast on Europe and its Political Extremes

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Episodes

Let It Go

1/10/2019
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What came of French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for ordinary citizens to lead a European political renaissance? Well it happened. Sort of. Twenty-six other European Union member states minus the UK agreed to go along with the French idea. During the past year hundreds of consultations, dialogues and debates have been held across Europe. These events amount to a new and experimental approach to connecting citizens to Europe. But they also look a lot like a Tower of Babel, lacking a...

Duration:00:35:40

Migrating From the Truth (Update)

12/14/2018
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The far-right again sets the agenda in Europe and successfully pushes governments to oppose a UN pact on migration. Shame. An EU minister finally slaps down Italy’s Matteo Salvini for Nazi-style migrant-bashing. Respect. Karen Mets of Save the Children debunks claims by Lauren Southern, who boasts to half-a-million YouTube subscribers how she saved Europe from migrants. Campaigner Lyudmyla Kozlovska explains how far-right trolls sought to pass her off as Christine Blasey Ford. "Beethoven...

Duration:00:33:50

Yellow Vests, Green Europe

12/7/2018
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Protecting the climate and ordinary working people is a delicate exercise. Look at the huge Yellow Vests protests in France where President Macron mishandled an environmental tax and the far-right exploited the discontent. Bas Eickhout, a Dutch Green lawmaker vying for a top job in Brussels, says smarter climate policies can avoid more burning cars, flying cobblestones and mass deployments of police. Eickhout also dings far-right lawmakers for hypocrisy over fossil fuels and wasting taxpayer...

Duration:00:32:35

Yellow Vests, Green Europe

12/7/2018
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Protecting the climate without penalising ordinary working people is a delicate exercise. Just look at the Yellow Vests protests in France. Bas Eickhout, a Dutch Green vying for a top job in Brussels, says smarter policies can avoid more burning cars, flying cobblestones and mass deployments of police. Eickhout also dings far-right lawmakers for hypocrisy over fossil fuels and for wasting taxpayer money. First we also play a round of There Are No Good Answers in which a British far-right...

Duration:00:32:40

You Say You Want a (European) Revolution

11/30/2018
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Citizen-focused movements and parties like DiEM25 and Volt Europa are looking for ways to challenge politics-as-usual. But are they a smart way to fight populism and shore up the European project? Colombe Cahen-Salvador, a one of Volt's three founders, explains why participatory budgets and software linking voters with representatives in the European Parliament are on her party's agenda. Tom says he likes Volt's optimism. He also says he's already given €25 to DiEM25. James warns of the...

Duration:00:33:05

Badass Communication

11/23/2018
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Tom interviews Proud Bear, the masters of political satire who are turning the logic of Brexit on its head. Lukas and Andrei – not their real names – masquerade as Russian military intelligence officers who helped swing the vote for Brexit. In reality, Proud Bear want to highlight the need for a full inquiry into suspected Russian meddling. Brexiteers promised to take back control from the EU. James talks with Professor Anu Bradford of Columbia Law School about why that may never happen....

Duration:00:32:30

Mad About France

11/16/2018
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A new generation of far-right Europeans is deploying slick techniques to avoid being called neo-Nazis. David Ibsen, the executive director of the Counter Extremism Project, says far-right groups in France are among those to have borrowed heavily from a playbook developed in the United States. First, James and Tom discuss Marine le Pen’s refusal to undergo a psychiatric test. If the leader of the French far-right is a little crazy, what kind of crazy is she? "L.T.H. (AA's Refix)" by Abstract...

Duration:00:28:15

Migrating From the Truth

11/9/2018
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James and Tom talk about fighting incivility with incivility after an EU minister slaps down Italy’s Matteo Salvini for migrant-bashing. Respect. Far-right activist Lauren Southern tells her half-million followers she helped save Europe from refugees. James unpacks Southern’s claims — and her antics on the Mediterranean — with Karen Mets of Save the Children. Far-right Internet trolls have used a photograph of Ukrainian human rights campaigner Lyudmyla Kozlovska to give the false impression...

Duration:00:28:25

Homonationalism in Germany

11/2/2018
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James talks to a psychologist in Germany confronting one of the most startling strategies used by the far-right: homonationalism. The concept of homonationalism was developed by Jasbir Puar, a professor at Rutgers. It's often used to describe how far-right parties like the Alternative for Germany ally with LGBT community to vilify Muslim immigrants. That's a particular concern for Aileen Kakavand, who counsels LGBT migrants and refugees with Muslim backgrounds. Kakavand condemns the...

Duration:00:27:14

Enemies of Multiculturalism

10/26/2018
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James is in Amsterdam to pick the brains of Dutchman Frits Bolkestein, a giant of conservative liberalism. Bolkestein reflects on whether his effort to discredit multiculturalism helped lay the ground for populist firebrands like Viktor Orban and Geert Wilders. Bolkestein says he was merely responding to the concerns of citizens "in the pub and in the church." Bolkestein also says it’s time for Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, to take a top European job. In post-match analysis, Tom...

Duration:00:29:00