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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, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like y… read more

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Energy bills, bills, bills

January 20th, 2022


We're back for a brand new year of stories from across the continent. Top of the agenda is an issue that's been worrying a lot of Europeans: eye-wateringly expensive energy bills. Energy expert Marine Cornelis is here …

The Europeans' Christmas Party!

December 16th, 2021


We threw a little party for our last episode of the year! Producers Katz Laszlo and Wojciech Oleksiak join Katy and Dominic from Amsterdam and Warsaw to discuss elephant retirement, tree fraud, and festive traditions …

The life of a reindeer herder

December 9th, 2021


It's that time of year when reindeer start cropping up on all kinds of Christmassy consumer goods, from snowglobes to Advent calendars. But for the indigenous Sámi people of northern Europe, herding these remarkable …

The Subtle Art of Subtitling

December 2nd, 2021


Millions of us have spent this pandemic bingeing on international films and television, transported far away through the magic of the screen. But there's an underappreciated army of workers who make it all possible: the …

Move Fast And Fix Things

November 25th, 2021


'Move fast and break things' was Facebook's corporate philosophy in its early days. Europe now wants to do the opposite when it comes to the harmful …


November 18th, 2021


It’s dawn in the Aegean Sea. A dozen asylum seekers are crammed into a rubber dinghy, hoping to land on the Greek island of Lesbos. They are already within EU waters — and they have the right, under international law, …

Trapped at the EU border

November 11th, 2021


A humanitarian crisis is unfolding at the edge of the EU. Asylum seekers are finding themselves trapped in the forest between Poland and Belarus, …


November 4th, 2021


This week, a story that spans three generations of women: Sara, her mother, and her grandmother. In their collective lifetimes, Albania entered a …

Will Europe's climate policy save us all?

October 21st, 2021


Fit for 55 sounds like a plan to get middle-aged people to exercise, but it is in fact one of the most ambitious climate policies on the planet. But …

What the hell just happened in Poland?

October 14th, 2021


Wondering why everyone is suddenly talking about the prospect of a 'Polexit'? This week we're talking to excellent Polandsplainer Jakub Jaraczewski …

The château, the walrus and the rogue Danish artist

October 7th, 2021


This week we're delving into the Czech PM's secret purchase of a French château, an extremely bold Danish artistic experiment, and, oh yes, Wally the …

The last 250 years of Amsterdam - Live at the Tolhuistuin

September 28th, 2021


It's our first ever live show! Recorded live at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. And what could be a more appropriate discussion than the fact that this …

Submarines and rainbow families

September 23rd, 2021


This week, Katy’s plunging into the depths of the French Submarine Saga and Dominic’s delving into some tentatively good developments for LGBTQ parents in Europe. Plus, the speech we were all waiting for! Or not. One of …

The Belarus solidarity algorithm

September 16th, 2021


A year into the protest movement in Belarus, what are things like on the ground? This week we talk to the poet Hanna Komar about her own experience …

Is Friday the new Saturday?

September 9th, 2021


We're back from our summer break with an enticing idea: what would happen if we only worked four days a week? Far from spelling economic disaster, …

Europe's next illiberal democracy?

July 15th, 2021


Slovenia, aka Katy's favourite country, is increasingly drawing comparisons with Hungary and Poland when it comes to the state of its democracy. Can …

Bread Week

July 8th, 2021


Few people talk about bread in such magical terms as Apollonia Poilâne. This week we speak to the head of one of France's most prestigious bakeries …


July 1st, 2021


We tend to talk about freedom of movement within the EU as an abstract concept. In reality, moving to a new place involves a million little moments …

The women who built Europe

June 24th, 2021


Streets, cities, train stations: across the continent, they're likely to be named after men. What if the women who shaped Europe were given the recognition they deserve? This week, Katy speaks to the Irish journalist

The plastics law, revisited

June 17th, 2021


A whole bunch of plastic objects are about to become illegal across the European Union: everything from coffee stirrers to straws and cotton buds. As …

The best rainy city in the world 

June 10th, 2021


Jens Thoms Ivarsson has one of this continent's most fascinating jobs: chief "rain man" for the city of Gothenburg. We chat to the creative director …

Thinker, Plaintiff, Merkel, Spy

June 3rd, 2021


This week, a murky spying scandal and a huge climate lawsuit. It seems that our American friends may have been using Denmark's internet cables to spy …

Josh and Franco

May 27th, 2021


We have a very special episode for you this week. From the south of Italy, a father and son's coming of age stories, told in parallel.

This is the …

Inventing an Alphabet

May 20th, 2021


This week, Eurovision, panthers, and a celebration of Cyrillic writing. Ahead of a Cyrillic national holiday in several Eastern European countries, …

The bear, the prince and the streaming giant

May 13th, 2021


Like everyone else, we Europeans have been watching a LOT of television over the past year. But something rather nice has been happening: we've been …

Unravelling a Scandal

May 6th, 2021


The Oscar-nominated Romanian film Collective is enraging and inspiring in equal measure. This week we hear from Răzvan Luțac, one of the …

Cheese Diplomacy

April 29th, 2021


This week we're delighted to have an excuse to talk about Dominic's favourite salty cheese. Halloumi has just been recognised as a product unique to Cyprus — something that eurocrats have hailed as a positive step …

Realo Greens and Fake Palm Trees

April 22nd, 2021


It's a green-themed episode this week: we're talking about why Germany's Greens are the party of the moment, and taking a look at the environmentalists now running the Danish territory of Greenland. Plus, Katy's been …

The Northern Ireland Knowledge Gap

April 15th, 2021


Why are so many British people completely clueless when it comes to understanding Northern Ireland, given that it's part of the UK? After days of rioting in Northern Irish towns and cities, we speak to historian Tim Mc …


April 8th, 2021


All aboard! We love trains here at The Europeans, but your ability to get around the continent by rail depends a lot on where you live. This week we're chatting to Italian data journalist Lorenzo Ferrari about why …

The power of Romanian teenagers

April 1st, 2021


This week, the young Romanian activist who has the patriarchy shaking in its boots. Sofia Scarlat founded Romania's first ever gender equality organisation for teenagers; in a country where the very idea of sex …

The Great Reverse Migration

March 25th, 2021


For decades, Eastern Europe has suffered a massive brain drain of people heading abroad in search of opportunity. But something remarkable happened during the pandemic: huge numbers started coming back. Can they be …

Headscarves & Eurovision

March 18th, 2021


Pretty much everyone has their face covered in public these days, and yet Switzerland is set to become the latest European country to ban (non-Covid) face coverings in public   —  including Muslim garments like the …

Poland's abortion fight

March 11th, 2021


To mark International Women's Day this week, we speak to one of this continent's most courageous activists: Marta Lempart of the Women's Strike, the movement that that has organised massive street protests in recent …

A polyphonic episode

February 24th, 2021


We've got a musical episode for you this week: a Catalan rapper jailed for controversial lyrics and tweets, an ancient French instrument, and some vintage Dutch pop. Plus the historian Timothy Garton Ash is here to …

Decolonising Kitchens

February 17th, 2021


A lot of this continent's favourite food comes originally from its former colonies — often with tweaks to suit European tastes. This week we talk to …

The weird and wonderful world of eels

February 10th, 2021


Why has a book about eels become a smash-hit in Sweden and beyond? This week we talk to Patrik Svensson, author of The Gospel of the Eels, about …

Taming Big Tech

February 3rd, 2021


Europe has big plans to regulate the giant internet companies that shape our lives. But just how much will they force the likes of Google and …

The Shell Case

January 27th, 2021


The oil giant Shell is Europe's biggest company — and it's facing an absolutely massive court case over climate justice. This week we speak to Anoek …

The mafia on trial

January 20th, 2021


The 'Ndrangheta has become one of the most powerful and dangerous crime syndicates in the world. But how does the mafia actually operate? This week, …

Life after Merkel

January 13th, 2021


Happy New Year, Europeans and europhiles! We're back with a brand new episode featuring everything from ancient fast food to naughty aristocrats. Since Angela Merkel's party starts choosing her successor this weekend, …

'Twas Christmas Eve in Dublin

December 16th, 2020


For our last episode of the year, we take you to a supermarket in the Dublin suburbs in 2006. We also discuss a string of mysterious explosions at …

Philip and Laci

December 9th, 2020


Philip recently found out that his classmate was a member of a far-right group. This is what happened when the two of them sat down to talk.

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An unsung hero

December 2nd, 2020


This week, the Hollywood-worthy story of Janina Garbień. Her family hid a nine-year-old Jewish girl in their Warsaw home during the war; Janina would …

A country of dreamers

November 25th, 2020


Moldova has just elected a pro-EU president, kicking out a favourite of Vladimir Putin's. This week, we wanted to talk to someone about daily life in …

France's invisible Asians

November 18th, 2020


France has one of the biggest Asian communities in Europe. So why aren't there more Asians on the French screen? This week we talk to Grace Ly, writer and co-host of the hit podcast Kiffe Ta Race, about food, …

A hot mess of an airport

November 11th, 2020


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Now that we are FINALLY turning our attention to other things, this week we bring you the enjoyably chaotic …

A non-election podcast

November 4th, 2020


We're steering blissfully clear of the elephant in the global room this week: we're talking about books, sign language, and endemic corruption in …

A war on the edge of Europe

October 28th, 2020


This week the journalist Arzu Geybulla is here to help us untangle the conflict that has broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan; if you're …

The House of Many Languages

October 21st, 2020


This week Dominic is furious about the EU vote on whether or not veggie burgers can be called veggie burgers, so we're distracting him with languages. Interpreter extraordinaire Alexander Drechsel is here to discuss the …

The One Where We Interview A Prime Minister

October 14th, 2020


Ok, ok, the title of this episode might be a bit of a stretch, but she WAS prime minister for a day. This week we chatted to 16-year-old Aava Murto …

The oat milk question

October 7th, 2020


We've got a food-themed episode for you this week: bread, meat, and oat milk ethics. We're talking to the documentary-maker Fredrik Gertten about why Swedish vegan company Oatly may be making a deal with the devil. …

Poison, puffins and the people's game

September 30th, 2020


This week, the game that unites this continent. We're talking to Eniola Aluko, former England and Juventus striker, about her experience as a black …

Make Europe Romantic Again

September 23rd, 2020


Could Europe do with a 19th-century reboot? This week we're talking to Simon Strauss, millennial star of the German literary world, about why he …

The women of Belarus

September 16th, 2020


Women are kicking ass in Belarus right now, and this week we're catching up with the journalist Hanna Liubakova about why — and where the protest movement is going. We're also talking about the fire at Greece's Moria …

Italy's past, Europe's future

September 9th, 2020


We're back from our summer break and here to bring you all the European Things that have been missing from your life. This week, the Italian novelist …

The Chain, part three

August 19th, 2020


In this final installment of European love letters, we're travelling from Hungary to Germany, Germany to Russia, and across the border to Norway. We're celebrating the books that stay with us for a lifetime — and books …

The Chain, part two

August 14th, 2020


We're hopping from Sweden to France, France to Spain, and Spain to Austria for part two of The Chain, a series of love-letters from Europeans to each …

The Chain, part one

August 6th, 2020


Introducing The Chain: a series of love-letters from Europeans to each other's countries.

This week we're hopping from Romania to the Netherlands, the Netherlands to Italy, Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. We'll hear …

The Summer of Solidarity

July 15th, 2020


In our last episode before a little summer break, we're zooming out and taking a look at the state of Europe with Natalie Nougayrède. The Guardian …

George Soros, Explained

July 8th, 2020


Why has George Soros inspired conspiracy theories involving everything from the Holocaust to Beyoncé? This week we're talking to Emily Tamkin, author …

The Political Pianist

July 1st, 2020


Igor Levit, as the New Yorker put it, "Is Like No Other Pianist". This week we chatted to the German-Russian superstar about playing for 15 hours straight, why he staged 50 concerts from his living room, and Germany's …

Love, bees and brain surgery

June 24th, 2020


This week we're celebrating those moments when Europeans are actually nice to each other. Rafael Loss, data wizard at the European Council on Foreign Relations, is on the line from Berlin to explain why he built an …

Recipes for rebellion

June 17th, 2020


Communist Bulgaria was home to a furtive cooking craze on a massive scale: women swapping recipes on scraps of paper, with strangers on trams, even …

Why the Black Lives Matter protests are different in Europe

June 10th, 2020


Protests over the death of George Floyd have been spreading on this side of the Atlantic, from Britain to Hungary. This week we're talking about what makes the European anti-racism protests different, with the artist …

The Great Pull of China

June 3rd, 2020


You can blame Dominic for the pun. This week, as tensions between the United States and China reach fever-pitch, we're asking: does Europe need to …

Guide to a Non-Existent Country

May 27th, 2020


The Italian journalist and travel writer Giovanni Vale is used to writing tourist guidebooks, but usually they're for countries that still exist. We rang him up to ask why he's turned his attention to 'extinguished' …

Wikipedia's Missing Women

May 20th, 2020


Less than a fifth of the biographies on Wikipedia are those of women; Rebecca O'Neill is part of a movement to fix that. We talk to her about her quest to write famous Irish women into the Wikiverse, as well as how the …

What is Russia doing at the bottom of the sea?

May 13th, 2020


Last July, a group of fishermen near the coast of Norway were surprised to see a submarine burst out of the water in front of them. A terrible …


May 6th, 2020


This week we've got a cultural bonanza for you. We're talking about Poland's Netflix tax and the new drive-in cinema in Vilnius, as well as all the …

The Other C-Words

April 29th, 2020


This week we bring you: coal, chess, and the circular economy. We speak to Esther Goodwin-Brown of Circle Economy about the economic model that's …

Normal and Boring

April 22nd, 2020


The superstar illustrator Christoph Niemann is on a mission to better understand Europe. 'In Praise of a Normal, Boring Country', the latest installment of his New York Times visual essay series, took him to Estonia. We …


April 15th, 2020


There's a bunch of interesting stuff happening in Poland right now, so we rang up our favourite Polish journalist Ania Jakubek to untangle it for us. …

Not The Apocalypse

April 8th, 2020


The Irish writer Mark O'Connell spent three years meeting people who are preparing for the end of the world. At a time when a lot of us have been gripped by a general sense of doom, we had a weirdly reassuring chat …

Absolutely marble-lous

April 1st, 2020


In this time of crisis, many, many people are watching marbles roll down miniature race tracks. We talk to Dion Bakker, one of the Dutch brothers …

Lakes and dogs

March 25th, 2020


Calming things are much needed this week, so we're talking about lakes and we're talking about dogs. Our guest is the poet and author Kapka …


March 18th, 2020


The show goes on. This week, aside from bringing you some positivity from around the continent, we're talking to someone who turned something …

Long Distance

March 11th, 2020


This week, the distances travelled in search of love and safety. The Finnish novelist and playwright Saara Turunen has written beautifully about what …

The God Lobby

March 4th, 2020


You might not think of the corridors of Brussels as a particularly spiritual place, but all kinds of religious groups are jostling for influence …

Why is Greece's refugee policy such a mess?

February 26th, 2020


In 2015, the 'migrant crisis' was the front page story of every newspaper in Europe. Today more than 42,000 people are still stranded on the Greek …


February 19th, 2020


This week, a tale of two continents. Katy speaks to the Kenyan writer Patrick Gathara about Eurafrica, an idea that informed the European project after World War II but is now largely forgotten. Sixty years after a wave …

What just happened in Ireland?

February 12th, 2020


Something huge just happened in Irish politics, but as outsiders it's difficult to understand what exactly. Naomi O'Leary from the excellent podcast

How the hell do you make an EU law?

February 5th, 2020


We've been wondering how on earth the European Union makes laws for 27 countries at once. Producer Katz Laszlo went to the beach to find out.

This is the last episode in our mini-series Bursting the Bubble, explaining …

Fanya and the Forest

January 22nd, 2020


This week, Katy heads to the forest in Lithuania. Ahead of International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, we're talking about memory politics …

Why are monarchies still a thing in Europe?

January 15th, 2020


Monarchies might seem out of date on a continent that prides itself on its democratic values, but nearly a third of Europeans still live in countries that have them. This week the drama in the British royal family …

A fisherman goes to Brussels

January 8th, 2020


This week, a story that puts the romance back into European policy negotiations. What does a ninth-generation Catalan fisherman have to do with a law …

A bar in Budapest

December 17th, 2019


In Budapest, going out for a drink can be a political act. For the final episode of 2019, Dominic takes us to Auróra, a very special bar at the heart …

What's going on in Malta?

December 10th, 2019


“There are crooks everywhere you look now," Malta's top investigative journalist wrote on her blog in 2017. "The situation is desperate.” Half an hour later, Daphne Caruana Galizia was dead. The fallout from her murder …

President of the European what now?

December 3rd, 2019


This week we travel to the heart of the continent to ask: who is Ursula, and should you give a damn about her?

This special episode was made with …

Europe's colonial past and present

November 26th, 2019


Europe's museums are facing growing calls to give back treasures stolen during the colonial era. But what about colonial hand-me-downs that can be …

Postcards from Europe: Herstedvester

November 19th, 2019


For this special episode, we're taking you inside Herstedvester, a maximum-security prison in Denmark.

Herstedvester houses prisoners with serious mental health issues, as well as those who are considered a danger to …

The Other Europeans

November 12th, 2019


This week we’re celebrating Europeans who refused to let boundaries get in the way of things. The historian Orlando Figes is here to talk about the continent-crossing lovers at the heart of his new book, the …


November 5th, 2019


This week, the fight for Romania's forests. Two of the country's forest rangers have been suffered brutal deaths since September. Who would do such a …

A Polish teenage diarist 

October 29th, 2019


Renia's diary spent decades locked in a bank vault. Like many teenagers, she had used it to vent about stupid fights with her friends and to record …

Invisible ink

October 22nd, 2019


This week, the female writers that Europe forgot. Carme Font Paz is leading a fascinating project aimed at uncovering the scribblings of European …

Toxic elements

October 8th, 2019


This week, the fight for LGBT rights in Poland. A horrible pattern has been repeating itself in Polish cities: far-right thugs turning up to hurl …


September 30th, 2019


This week, the beauty of the Irish language. Our guest is Darach Ó Séaghdha, whose wonderful book and podcast are a celebration of a language that …

The Tourists of Venice

September 23rd, 2019


How does a city of little more than 50,000 permanent residents deal with an annual stampede of 25 million tourists? Venice is an extreme example of the growing scourge of overtourism across Europe. We talk to one of the …

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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