The Europeans

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Fed up with all the Trumpy news from the USA or the Brexit-y news from Britain? Well you've come to the right place. Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, fro… read more

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What the hell is the European Way of Life?

September 17th, 2019


This week we’re heading into the belly of the EU beast to talk about who’s going to be running the show for the next five years. Alberto Alemmano, aka the busiest man in Europe, is here to unpick some controversial …

Back for your Görlitzening pleasure

September 10th, 2019


WE'RE BACK, with a new look for a new season. This week we're catching up on the summer's Italian drama and tackling the delicate question of Nazi …


August 6th, 2019


 ... or 'hiphop' in Esperanto. This week we're talking about how the internet shook up the world's most idealistic language, with Federico Gobbo, professor of Esperanto at the University of Amsterdam. We're also talking …

Portugal's revolutionary drug policy

July 29th, 2019


Scotland now has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe — even higher than the United States. The shocking statistics have prompted calls in Scotland for a move towards the decriminalisation of drug use, …

When politicians talk about love

July 22nd, 2019


This week we’re talking about what happened when Actress, the electronic musician also known as Darren Cunningham, made British and Dutch politicians …

Morals and the Mediterranean

July 15th, 2019


We don't call it 'the migrant crisis' anymore. Yet, every day, people attempt the treacherous crossing to reach our shores, and more than 500 people have died trying this year alone. This week we're talking about the …

Brave and competent women

July 8th, 2019


 This week, the European women steering the ship. Katy and Dominic discuss the case of Carola Rackete, the rescue boat captain who has come to …

Notes from Black Europe

July 1st, 2019


What does it mean to be black in Europe? This week's guest Johny Pitts went on a five-month journey around the continent, interviewing black …


June 25th, 2019


This week, the strange and rather wonderful story of how the BBC tried (and failed, pretty badly) to create a European soap opera back in the 1990s. …

Sarajevo calling

June 17th, 2019


This week, the increasingly worrying politics of a country with one of the most complicated governments in the world. We're talking to the Bosnian …

Europe needs culture

June 10th, 2019


Hands up if you've got a better idea of what's happening in American politics than European politics, despite living on this side of the pond? This …

Who won?

June 3rd, 2019


We've just elected a bunch of people to represent 500 million of us. But when it comes to the results of the European elections, most of us have been …

The wars of the future

May 27th, 2019


Should machines have the power to decide whether a human on the battlefield lives or dies? Ulrike Franke spends her days imagining the wars of the …

SPECIAL EPISODE: Bursting the Bubble, Part 1

May 21st, 2019


Katy's never voted in a European election before. This week she tries to make amends by figuring out, finally, what the European parliament is and what MEPs actually do.

The elections are May 23-26 depending on what …

Syria, Kosovo, Brussels and the mountain

May 13th, 2019


Countries all around Europe are dealing with the same dilemma: what to do with citizens who went to join ISIS. Tiny Kosovo is alone in opting to bring back a large group of its citizens when other countries are turning …


May 6th, 2019


 This week, a celebration of the quintessential Renaissance man: yes, it's opera singer Dominic Kraemer with an interview about CHEMICAL ELEMENTS. We're also marking the 500th deathday of some guy called Leonardo who …

Happy Birthday Bauhaus!

April 30th, 2019


This week, European cultural greats past and present. We discuss the good, the bad and the Bauhaus with the American painter Henry Isaacs, who grew …


April 22nd, 2019


This week a brilliant young journalist was shot dead in Northern Ireland, on the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday peace agreement. The senseless death of Lyra McKee is a reminder of a conflict that most in the …

Disinformation Wars

April 15th, 2019


No, European governments are not handing out 'brothel vouchers' to immigrants; and no, the EU is not trying to ban bendy cucumbers. Euro-myths are as …

Nice One, Slovakia

April 8th, 2019


This week, a little glimmer of hope from central Europe in the form of a new Slovakian president who refuses to fight dirty. And a little glimmer of the future in the form of our guest, bionic woman and tech journalist …

Political Tinder

March 26th, 2019


This week, like so many other weeks, it's been easy to take a look at the world and think: how did things get so polarised? Ahead of the European …


March 19th, 2019


After the week it's been, we could all do with a break from the present. This week, we're venturing into Europe past -- about six thousand years ago, …

A taste of the nuclear apocalypse

March 12th, 2019


This week The Europeans are heading underground to the nearest bunker. Julie McDowall, Cold War writer and expert on all things atomic, is on the …

They / Them / Theirs

March 5th, 2019


This week we're talking about transgender rights in Europe with the author and activist CN Lester, whose wonderful book Trans Like Me gets its …

The brands that Karl built

February 25th, 2019


 This week, the kid from Hamburg who grew up to become one of the most powerful forces in global fashion. Karl Lagerfeld built not one but three …

The most isolated place on Earth

February 19th, 2019


This week we're stretching the definition of Europe to the limit and travelling all the way down to the French-Italian research base in the Antarctic! By some miracle we managed to Skype the physicist Meganne Christian …

The skies over Skopje

February 11th, 2019


This week, the city where you can taste the air on your tongue. We're going to Skopje with the Macedonian writer Aleksandar Dimishkovski to find out …

Stick it to the grown-ups

February 5th, 2019


 This week's guest is ten years old and one of the fiercest, smartest people we've ever had on this podcast. Lilly Platt calls in from Zeist in the …

Kraemer vs Kraemer

January 29th, 2019


 This week, two Kraemers for the price of one! Dominic's brother, BBC political nerd Daniel Kraemer, is here to explain why Britain has the weirdest …

It's that damn bear again

January 22nd, 2019


It's good to be back! We've got big plans for 2019. Starting with the fact that we're now on Patreon! If you have a few euros to spare and want to help us grow, hit us up at

This week, …

The Bee Word

December 18th, 2018


This week, the need for more buzz around Europe: the bee kind, and the excitement kind. Our very special guest to round off the year (and keep Katy …


December 11th, 2018


This week on The Europeans, two passionate defences of liberty, the political and the sexual. Renowned Hungarian rights defender Márta Pardavi is on …

Flavia and the Machine (anniversary episode)

December 4th, 2018


A special show marking A WHOLE YEAR OF THE PODCAST! Extra brilliant guests are here to help us mark this very narcissistic edition of anniversary annexe/commemoration corner. Flavia Kleiner, whose Operation Libero has …

November 27: Picasso, Poland & Pedagogy

November 26th, 2018


This week, the story of one of Europe's strangest art heists keeps getting stranger; the fate of Poland's judges keeps getting more complicated; and …

November 20: Why doesn't Europe have a Silicon Valley?

November 20th, 2018


This week of all weeks, your favourite Parisian reporter and Amsterdam crooner are here to bring you Everything Europe That Isn't Brexit. We’ve got …

November 13: The black soldier's lament

November 13th, 2018


A hundred years on from the end of World War I, we wanted to look at an aspect of the conflict we don't often talk about: the role of millions of …

November 6: Watching Over The Night Watch

November 6th, 2018


This week, the story of a painting that's been attacked with knives, chopped up, hidden in a cave from Nazis, and has probably had beer spilled on it. It also happens to be one of the world's greatest masterpieces. Our …

October 30: Everyone's free to vote (and wear sunscreen)

October 30th, 2018


This week: freedom. Freedom to vote, freedom of speech, and freedom to attempt a robbery in Belgium even when you're not quite sure how robberies work. Dominic's been at the European Parliament's liaison office in …

October 23: Big continent, mini episode

October 22nd, 2018


This week on the Europeans: bacteria, cathedral thinking, and a Spanish drug lord who got too cocky. We're guest-less this week due to illness so this is a mini-show, but we wanted to drop by and say a quick gutentag.

October 16: The Unlucky Passport

October 15th, 2018


Whether you're a European passport-holder or not, so much in life is determined by the paper we carry in our pockets. Our guest this week is the …

October 9: Macedo, Macedon't

October 9th, 2018


What's in a name? A lot, if you're Macedonia. Emil Atanasovski is here to talk us through one of the most confusing questions in the Balkans, thank god. Transatlantic movie man Kevin Sachs is on the line to explain why …

October 2: Wall, Rocket, Bottle, Horse

October 1st, 2018


This week a tiny horse made a grand entrance to Europe, and one of France's finest singers took his final bow. RIP Charles Aznavour, trailblazer and source of the most embarassing story of Dominic's life (listen til the …

September 25: WEB OF LIES

September 24th, 2018


This week on the Europeans: bad Italian wifi, a bad Danish bank, and badly behaved Spanish politicians. And spiders, lots of spiders. The Financial …

September 18: Welcome To Europe, Here Are Four Walls

September 17th, 2018


There's a big difference between a shelter and a home. After Sweden's elections cast a spotlight on the integration of immigrants, this week we're asking how housing and urban design can affect your ability as a …

September 11: The Future Library

September 11th, 2018


Dominic's singing in Berlin, Katy's painting in Paris, and a forest is quietly growing just outside Oslo. Our guest this week is Anne Beate Hovind, …

September 4: Nation Branding, Robot Dancing

September 3rd, 2018


This week on The Europeans: national branding done right (Sweden) and wrong (Theresa May's robot dancing). Or will the British PM have the last laugh on that one? The jury's still out. Swedish journalist Charlotte …

August 28: Greece and Fabrice

August 27th, 2018


This week we're talking about a couple of journeys. Greece has gone from the depths of despair to something a little less like despair; Nick …

August 21: The G-Spot of Europe

August 20th, 2018


This week, sex and the internet. For once it's not us making the filthy innuendos, although Dominic does his best. It's Lithuania's capital Vilnius! We ask tour guide Agneta Ladek ( if her city is …

August 14: The traces they leave

August 13th, 2018


This week, something a little different: Deborah Cole, a Berlin-based reporter since 1995, reads us her beautiful piece about the race to collect the …

August 7: Piss and Populism

August 6th, 2018


As you'll see in this week's episode, we're warming to two themes this season: urine, and the far-right.

Timo Lochocki (@TLochocki), an expert on …

July 31: HEAT

July 30th, 2018


We're back! What's cooking, Europe? Apparently the whole continent. Greece has just suffered Europe's deadliest forest fires in a century, part of a …

June 12: Waxy smiles

June 11th, 2018


Smiling may not come easily to Russians, as you'll hear about on this episode. But here at The Europeans we've got plenty to smile about this week:
1) Katy's at a pig farm
2) Dominic's latest opera is going great
3) We …

BONUS EPISODE: Akbar Ahmed on Islam in Europe

June 8th, 2018


A longer version of our conversation with Akbar Ahmed on his book 'Journey into Europe' about Islam's role in the continent.

June 5: Changing PMs at 103 BPMs

June 4th, 2018


In Europe our clocks may be slow (see our March 13 episode) but our politics moves fast. Two new governments in a week! Katy and Dominic get you up …

May 29: Five Stars, Ireland

May 28th, 2018


What a week. There’s been wonderful news from Ireland and so much drama in Italy that we actually had to re-record part of this week’s show at the …

May 22: A wedding and no funeral

May 21st, 2018


This week we're going back to the 1970s to look at two great mysteries: an unsolved murder in Norway, and Britain's ever-enigmatic relationship with …

Hello, new listeners!

May 19th, 2018


A big warm European welcome to the many new listeners who've joined us over the last few weeks! Here's a little bonus episode in which Dominic and Katy introduce themselves and suggest a few favourite episodes you may …

May 15: The winner takes it all, the loser takes a selfie

May 14th, 2018


First up, hello new listeners! We’ll be dropping a bonus ep shortly to explain what this is all about, but this week’s main show is a great place to start. We’re a journalist in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam. …

May 7: Eurovision. EUROVISION!!!!!

May 7th, 2018


Katy gets all mushy about Europe as we talk to a very clever man who makes his living by speculating on Eurovision. Daniel Gould (Mr Gould to …

May 1: Sticks and stones and dandruff

April 30th, 2018


We couldn't have two more different interviews for you this week: we're talking anti-Semitism in Germany and the art of remaining zen on a beach in …

April 24: Keep your bitcoin close and your botany closer

April 23rd, 2018


A treasure-themed episode for you this week: the natural treasures of Poland's ancient Białowieża forest, hidden treasures in rural France, and …

April 17: Once Upon A Time In Hungary

April 16th, 2018


Gather round, children, it's story time. This week in The Europeans, the dark tale of how Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán became one of the …

April 10: Liberté, Egalité, Difficultés

April 9th, 2018


Bonjour Europe, we're all joining Katy in Paris this week to talk about some of the less rosy aspects of la belle France. Our guest this week is the French writer and film-maker Rokhaya Diallo, who has all too often …

April 3: Trash islands and rainbow homes

April 3rd, 2018


"Ever wonder where plastic ends up? I have a story I'd like to share." This week on The Europeans, the Irish journalist Naomi O'Leary describes what happened when she visited a remote paradise island in the Caribbean, …

March 27: French Burgers, Danish Pizza

March 26th, 2018


First up, fantastic news: The Europeans Podcast has been nominated for a prize! Hit play to find out all about it, we are over the moon.

What a delicious episode we have for you this week. Michelin-starred chef Christian …

March 20: Suzy Menkes and the Beer-Brewing Monks

March 20th, 2018


Katy makes no secret of the fact that she records this podcast in her pyjamas, but she may need to up her game after this week's interview with Vogue's legendary international editor, Suzy Menkes, about the European …

March 13: The best place for our little sprouts

March 16th, 2018


This week we're imagining a better future for baby Europeans and also what might happen after the nuclear apocalypse. Jennifer Pettersson is Swedish radio maker who's been based in Amsterdam for the last 20 years. She's …

March 6: Don't put salt on every snail

March 16th, 2018


Hello Europe! Your favourite continental podcast is back with everything from salted snails to middle-fingered salutes on the menu. Dominic's been walking on thin ice and Katy's been cocooning; there's good news for …


March 1st, 2018


Our first ever bonus episode! We enjoyed our conversation in this week's show with Alexandra Pascalidou so much that we're sharing the whole thing …

Feb 27: Making peace with the wolves

February 26th, 2018


Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Alexandra Pascalidou. The Greek-Swedish journalist did something that would scare many of us: after years of …

Feb 20: Olympic gold, Dominic is old, Katy has a cold

February 19th, 2018


We've got two birthdays to celebrate this week. Independent Kosovo is officially 10, and your host Dominic Kraemer is officially old. Congrats to …

Feb 13: Mi kidney, su kidney

February 12th, 2018


Hello from Paris and Amsterdam! Since we’ve seen a huge rise in listeners this week (welcome!) we’re in a giving mood, so we’re talking about organ donation. As countries across Europe weigh up how to save the most …

Feb 6: Build your own Europe, baby

February 6th, 2018


This week on The Europeans, two interviews about building things from scratch. We speak to in-house IKEA designer Sarah Fager in Älmhult, Sweden, …

Jan 30: Trawlin’, Ballin’, Fallin’

January 29th, 2018


A war between France and the Netherlands over fish (trawling), a beginner’s guide to waltzing in Vienna (balling), and a tragic ski accident (falling).

The Europeans comes to you from Amsterdam and Paris as always, but …

Jan 23: Fake snus

January 22nd, 2018


Fake snus

The Europeans let loose discussing snus and fake news. German journalist Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck tells us all about her plans to teach …

Jan 16: Translating Trump, Defending Deneuve

January 15th, 2018


Your favourite plucky Parisian reporter and glamorous Amsterdam opera singer are BACK. Episode 6 is about two people with bouffant hair but little else in common: Donald Trump and Catherine Deneuve. We’ve got a great …

Jan 9: The Dumbest Farmer Finds The Biggest Potatoes

January 8th, 2018


Happy New Year, The Europeans are back! We’re kicking off 2018 by brushing up on our Luxembourgish, giving Nina Lamparski a call to find out why a language officially listed as endangered is making an unexpected …

Dec 19: O Come All Ye Phosphateful

December 18th, 2017


For the last episode of The Europeans before a little break to indulge in some festive merry-making, we talk to influential man about Brussels Ryan …

Dec 12: National Hallydays

December 11th, 2017


This week in The Europeans, we're looking at national icons -- the
beloved, in the form of French rock star Johnny Hallyday who died this week -- and the controversial, in the form of the Netherlands' Black Pete. Dominic …

Dec 5: C’est too much

December 5th, 2017


Episode 2 of The Europeans, in which Dominic stays in a German haunted house. It’s been a dramatic week on the continent, with a convicted war criminal committing suicide in the middle of a courtroom in The Hague. …

Nov 28: Katy smells the money

November 28th, 2017


Iiiiiiit’s the first ever episode of The Europeans! In which Katy smells the money wafting off European agencies and Dominic gets chased by angry French nudists. Elsewhere, we chat to journalist Frank Zeller in Berlin …

The Trailer

November 19th, 2017


The Europeans is a moderately amusing podcast hosted by Katy Lee, a reporter in Paris, and Dominic Kraemer, an opera singer in Amsterdam. Every week we call each other up to chat about what’s been happening around the …

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