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The podcast bringing you European affairs through the eyes of two foreign journalists. Join University of Melbourne lecturer Clare Richardson and DW News presenter Rebecca Ritters as they explore the biggest issues facing the continent.
 
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They’re complicated, chaotic, and just a little bit dull– the European elections may not have been on your radar, but they should be. The vote is one of the biggest democratic exercises on earth, and this year it’s also something of a referendum on the European project. But what does the European parliament even do? How does it work? And what d ...…
 
Spring forward, fall back– as sure as the changing of the seasons, twice a year our clocks must be reset by an hour. But now Europe may have had enough. The EU set out legislation to scrap Daylight Saving Time after its citizens voted against the biannual switch in a public poll, but the idea has hit a stumbling block. Why is one hour causing s ...…
 
More Turks live in Germany than any other country outside of Turkey, and they’re often blamed for backing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his increasingly authoritarian regime. But did the Turkish diaspora really vote in droves to give him sweeping powers? Why would residents of a model European democracy support a power grab abroad? Clare a ...…
 
When the human impact of millions of people fleeing war hit Europe’s shores in 2015, Germany allowed some one million people across its borders– a move that won Chancellor Merkel both widespread praise and condemnation. How could a country of some 80 million people manage so many newcomers? Throughout the debate, some voices were often conspicu ...…
 
Angela Merkel is on her way out after more than thirteen years as chancellor. She’s been praised as a pragmatist and defender of liberal democracy in increasingly turbulent times, but many Germans are ready for something new. Who could possibly fill her shoes? Clare and Rebecca ask supporters of her CDU party about Merkel’s legacy and find out ...…
 
Brexit is less than three months away, and the United Kingdom looks like it could go crashing out of the European Union without a deal on March 29. The British parliament is voting this week on whether to accept an agreement with the EU that makes almost nobody happy. The alternative could be total chaos. With the clock ticking, a record number ...…
 
Clare and Rebecca visit one of Europe’s famous markets for mulled wine and Christmas spirit. But some of the continent’s traditions aren’t such shining examples of good will to mankind. Half-goat monsters, defecating cartoon logs, and Dutchies wearing black face are also part of the tradition.
 
Sexual harassment in the workplace is nothing new. So why is everyone so surprised by the #MeToo movement in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal? Clare Richardson and Rebecca Ritters talk to WIRED editor and feminist journalist Chris Köver about the hashtag’s German predecessor and whether Europe lives up to its egalitarian reputation when ...…
 
The car-bomb attack on investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia shines a spotlight on corruption in a European Union member state. Clare Richardson and Rebecca Ritters talk to a local journalist about the case that has shocked the nation. We also check in on how pro-independence Catalans are feeling after last week’s tumult.…
 
Is Catalonia about to become its own country? Or will the semi-autonomous region pay the price for challenging Madrid by holding an “illegal” referendum? Clare Richardson and Rebecca Ritters talk to pro-independence Catalans and Tània Verge, associate professor of political science at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, to find out why Sp ...…
 
Germany prepares to vote for Merkel at the helm – again. But for the first time since World War II, a far-right group is making its Bundestag debut, breaking taboos with its nationalist agenda and anti-immigration platform. Clare Richardson and Rebecca Ritters talk to Berlin-based journalist Sumi Somaskanda to understand how this election will ...…
 
If you blinked, you might have missed major developments for gay rights across the continent over the past few months. Clare Richardson and Rebecca Ritters talk to the man whose spur-of-the-moment question kicked off the mad scramble to legalize gay marriage in Germany. But why did Chancellor Merkel vote against it? We’ll discuss her motivation ...…
 
Europe to Date talks to British political blogger Jon Worth one year after Britain's vote to leave the EU to find out where negotiations stand now. www.europetodate.com | @europetodate
 
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