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Brexit as seen from the Continent, hosted by European journalist Stefan de Vries. Informal, but never superficial.

Brexit as seen from the Continent, hosted by European journalist Stefan de Vries. Informal, but never superficial.


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Brexit as seen from the Continent, hosted by European journalist Stefan de Vries. Informal, but never superficial.








S01E06 - Hundred Days until Brexit

With only 100 days left till Brexit, I decided to hop on the Eurostar, and check the mood in London. In this episode I’ll meet Simon Smits, he is the Dutch ambassador to the UK. The Netherlands is one of Britain’s oldest and closest partners, and I’ll ask him how Brexit is going to affect the Dutch. There is some music in Brexit: The Breunion Boys is a new European band begging Britain to come back. Their creator, Julia Veldman in Amsterdam, tells why she came up with this love song. Marc...


S01E05 - Finally, a Brexit Deal! Is this the beginning of the End?

There is a deal! But what's in it? In the UK, only Theresa May seems to believe that the 585 pages of the withdrawal deal are final. Paul Taylor (Politico) tells us what's in the Deal. And what do the Poles think of Brexit? Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska (Center For European Reform) gives some insight. And I sat down for a coffee with Agnes Poirier, a French writer and journalist who has been living in Paris for the last twenty years of her life. She gives her view on Brexit.


S01E04 - Is it possible to reverse Brexit?

Many Americans have no idea what’s going on with Brexit. But fortunately, Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC is not one of them. She is an expert on US-EU relations and just published the paper Divided Kingdom: How Brexit is remaking the UK's constitutional order. Is it still possible that the UK will stay in the European Union after all? Can Article 50 be cancelled at will? Or is Brexit a done deal? Parisian lawyer and expert in European law Elini Moraïtou will give...


S01E03 - A Philosopher, an EU Supergirl and a French MP

With just twenty-three weeks to go, a hard Brexit seems more and more likely. In this week's episode, three very diverse guests talk about le divorce. I’ll discuss that with Alexandre Holroyd, a Franco-British Londoner who is also a Member of the French National Assembly, and close to President Macron. Madeleina Kay is the Young European of the Year. She is also the EU Supergirl, fighting to keep the UK in the EU. Does she think that we, Europeans, still want the Brits aboard? My special...


S01E02 – B*ll*cks to Brexit!

This week I talk to Charlie Mullins OBE. He is the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, a former Tory donor and he says “Bollocks to Brexit!”. Can the Norwegian relation with the EU be a model for the future relationship between the UK and the Continent? Norwegian Top-diplomat Niels Engelschion tells us more. Dutch hit author Joris Luyendijk tells us about how he sees the UK and Brexit, since he moved back from London to his native Amsterdam. Brefugee Anna Thomlinson moved from London to Brussel,...


S01E01 – From Strawberries to Smoothies

In this first episode, we’ll learn… * How Brexit will transform Strawberries into smoothies, * what it takes for a Brit in Berlin to become a German citizen * and how a Dutch Academic in Wales is sandwiched between Remainers and Brexiteers. Recorded in Paris, October 1, 2018


Teaser Fog in the Channel

When the Brits will leave, in exactly six months from now, the Continent will be isolated. That’s why in the next half year I will talk to shopkeepers, grief counsellors, academics, bankers, wankers, relationship advisors, journalists and other interesting people all over Europe and maybe even to you, trying to find an answer to how we, Europeans are going to survive without our perfidious neighbours across the North Sea. Fog in the Channel starts on October 1, 2018.