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POLITICO's EU Confidential

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From Brussels and around the Continent — the top European politics podcast.


Episode 45: Margrethe Vestager — EU budget battle — Whistleblower protection

Ryan Heath hits the road with Europe’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager — darling of Emmanuel Macron and foe of tax cheats and tech giants — to learn about how one Belgian city went from wasteland to strength in diversity. Sound like a campaign trip? Listen to find out how Vestager is handling the pressure to run to be European Commission president in 2019. She talks to EU Confidential about the 2019 election, her political heroes, how she thinks rule of law can be delivered across Europe, and why she never likes to be told what to do.

POLITICO’s EU budget reporter Lili Bayer analyzes the newly proposed €1.28 trillion blueprint for 2021-2027. We discuss the winners and losers, and whether the European Commission’s plan to cut funds to countries like Hungary and Poland (if they fail to uphold rule of law to EU standards) has any chance at all of becoming a reality.

We’ll also hear from our Brussels Brains Trust — this week it’s Alva Finn and Carmen Paun in the hot seat, debating Holocaust rappers, Daily Mail hypocrisy and the Michelle Wolf/Sarah Sanders furore. And we give a thumbs up to new EU whistleblower protection plans.

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