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


Summer special: Recommended reading, listening and viewing

We have all the recommendations you need for reading, listening and viewing to make the most of your summer holiday — courtesy of the POLITICO podcast crew, special guests and our listeners.

This extended episode of EU Confidential features entertaining, as well as enlightening, recommendations from POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz and Matthew Karnitschnig. Our executive producer Cristina Gonzalez brings us listener recommendations, and we also hear from some of our special guests over the past months.

Here's the full list of tips:


"Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists" by Julia Ebner (as recommended by Rym)

(Bonus track: Julia Ebner was a guest on EU Confidential in 2018. Listen to the episode, with former host Ryan Heath, here.)

"Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction" by David Enrich (as recommended by Matt)

"Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936" by Volker Weidermann (as recommended by Andrew)

"Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century" by Wolfgang Schivelbusch (as recommended by EU Confidential listener Jed)

"The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race" by Walter Isaacson (as recommended by Javier Solana and a listener)

"The Lonely Century: A Call to Reconnect" by Noreena Hertz (as recommended by a listener)

"What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract for a Better Society" by Minouche Shafik (as recommended by a listener)

"Trans-Europe Express: Tours of a Lost Continent" by Owen Hatherley (as recommended by listener Aisling)

"Soul Tourists" by Bernardine Evaristo (as recommended by listener Andrea)

"La grande illusion" by Michel Barnier (as recommended by listener Wolfgang)

"Alarums and Excursions" by Luuk Van Middelaar (as recommended by listener Murray)

"Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine" by Hannah Fry (as recommended by listener Agathi)

"The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite" by Daniel Markovits (as recommended by special guest Hans Vijlbrief)

"Machiavelli: His Life and Times" by Alexander Lee (as recommended by special guest Carl Bildt)

"Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism" by Anne Applebaum (as recommended by special guest Robert Cooper)

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas (as also recommended by special guest Robert Cooper)


"Gomorrah" (as recommended by Matt)

"Succession" (as recommended by Rym)

"Lupin" (as recommended by Andrew)


"Grande Traversée : François Mitterrand, un mythe français" (as recommended by Rym)

"The Rest Is History" (as recommended by Matt)

"In Our Time" (as recommended by Andrew)

"Second Captains" (as also recommended by Andrew)

"The Intelligence" (as recommended by a listener)

"WorkLife with Adam Grant" (as recommended by a listener)

"Because People Count" (as recommended and hosted by listener Andrea)

"How To Fail With Elizabeth Day" (as recommended by listener Agathi)

"Mothers of Invention" (as recommended and hosted by Mary Robinson, along with Maeve Higgins and Thimali Kodikara)

Programming note: EU Confidential will take a summer break for two weeks. We'll be back in your feed on August 19. See you then!

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