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Burst the Bubble - a podcast on European Affairs

Burst the Bubble - a podcast on European Affairs

By Burst the Bubble
Burst the Bubble (BtB) is a podcast on European affairs, run by the students and the alumni of the College of Europe. Launched in 2018, BtB is run by a young and diverse editorial staff, specialised in Politics, Economics, Law and International Relations.

Cracking the EU jargon for you, analysing the main political trends in the 27 Member States, debating the hottest negotiations in Brussels: BtB aims at bridging the gap between citizens and EU institutions, by providing comprehensive press reviews, selected focuses and interviews with experts.
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S3E01 - The New Normal: anatomy of European crisis - with F. Mogherini
Over the past decade, addressing crises has become “the New Normal” for European leaders. The narrative of crisis, however, extends far beyond that of Brexit, the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, or the COVID-19 pandemic. It cuts to the very core of the EU itself. This begs the question: are crises one-off events, or are they a structural feature of the European project? Episode 1 season 3 of Burst the Bubble is all about “crisis management”. In this episode, we talk to the former EU High Representative Federica Mogherini about the EU’s handling of crises, the importance of leadership, and how her experience informs her current role as Rector of the College of Europe. Hosted by Cornelia Lillis and Angelica Mastro Written by Emma Diab and Vasiliki Liakopoulou Produced by Giulio Gipsy Crespi and Antoine Lhereux
14:11
February 22, 2021
Épisode #13 - L'UE face au miroir, entre défis internes et externes - interview avec Enrico Letta et David Carretta
Quels sont actuellement les défis majeurs pour l’Union européenne? Quelle doit être l’approche de l’UE pour les aborder? Dans cet épisode nous nous pencherons sur les enjeux majeurs internes et externes auxquels l’Europe doit faire face et apporter des réponses unies. Par conséquent, nous arrivons à la question récurrente de la construction d’une identité europénne commune et de son élaboration. Selon Enrico Letta, ancien premier ministre italien et directeur de l’École d’Affaires Internationales de Sciences Po Paris, l’euro a été un des instruments fondamentaux à la création initiale de ce sentiment européen. Cependant, il maintient que pour compléter l’élaboration de cette identité commune, l’UE doit combler le vide gigantesque qu’elle laisse aujourd’hui en dehors de ses frontières. De plus, la Conférence sur l’avenir de l’Europe devra trouver des réponses aux phénomènes qui menacent l’européanisme (Brexit, déficit électoral, technologie, etc.). Ensuite David Carretta, journaliste pour le journal italien « Il Foglio », nous explique qu’il est difficile de dépeindre cette identité européenne. Il survole entre autres le manque de médias véritablement européens et donne quelques conseils de vocabulaire aux ressortissants de la ‘bulle européenne’. En collaboration avec l'Italian Society du Collège d'Europe. (4 March 2020) Presented by: Anna Kompatscher & Pilar Roig Minguell Music: "Open Flames" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Aeronaut") https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Open_Flames This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
12:38
March 03, 2020
Episode #12 - The battle for the EU budget - interview with Luis Garicano
The EU institutions are battling over the level of the long-term budget, in jargon the MFF (Multi-annual Financial Framework), in the post-Brexit years. The European Council, convened in a special session on 20th and 21th February, failed to reach an agreement over the level of spending, being torn between so-called "Friends of Cohesion" and "Frugal Countries". While the Commission urges EU leaders to finalise a deal in quick time, the European Parliament threatens to veto any agreement that doesn't meet the Union's political ambitions. Today we’re joined by Spanish MEP and College alumnus Luis Garicano (Renew Europe), who guides us through the MFF negotiations and the position embraced by the four main political groups of the European Parliament. This episode was recorded at the radio studios of the European Parliament in Brussels. (24 February 2020) Produced and hosted by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi and Anne Malavaud Music: "Open Flames" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Aeronaut") https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/Open_Flames This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
09:12
February 24, 2020
Episode #12 Trailer - interview with Luis Garicano
"The EU does not have the means to fulfil its ambitions and this could be very dangerous for the Single Market... The EU needs to step up to the plate". Do you agree with this statement? Is it too pessimistic or just realistic? Stay tuned for our next episode on the MFF negotiations featuring Luis Garicano, Spanish Member of the European Parliament ➡️ out tomorrow!🎙
00:18
February 23, 2020
PILLS OF KNOWLEDGE #1 - A Conference on the Future of Europe
Introducing to you the first episode of Pills of Knowledge, our new series dedicated to provide brief and accessible factual information on the most important political processes taking place in the EU institutions. Our first topic is the Conference on the Future of Europe, a high-flying, 2-year long, quasi-public consultation process about the direction the European Union should take in the coming years. The Conference hopes to produce a result that places citizens closer to the centre of the EU decision-making process, and to bring deep reforms the way the EU works. But whose idea was it to have this Conference? What form is it going to take? What kind of changes could it bring about? In this episode we’re taking a look at the positions of the three main EU institutions (the European Parliament, European Commission and Council) on this topic, and looking at where discussions on the Conference are likely to lead. (10/02/2020) Hosted by: Erica Duffy and Giulio Gipsy Crespi Produced by: Simon Bosmans, Erica Duffy and Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "Open Flames" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Aeronaut"), "Ode to Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven, "Convoy Lines" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Truck Stop").
13:02
February 10, 2020
Episode #11 - The quest for a European feeling - interview with Margaritis Schinas
This week on Burst the Bubble, we continue our conversation on communicating Europe and bridging the gap between citizens and institutions. This time we take the point of view of the European Commission, which, under Ursula von der Leyen, has committed to bring new impetus to the democratic process and citizens' involvement in EU affairs. Our guest is the former Chief Spokesperson of the Juncker Commission, now Vice-President of the Commission, leading the newly created portfolio on "Promoting the European Way of Life". Together we discuss the state of EU identity and equal distribution of information across the Union. (6 December 2019) Presented by: Erica Duffy and Roy Tzivra Interview by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi, Roy Tzivra, Anne Malavaud and Simon Bosmans Music: "Open Flames" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Aeronaut") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…ut/Open_Flames This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
15:38
December 06, 2019
Episode #11 Trailer - interview with Margaritis Schinas
"We have a duty to show that the Commission and the Brussels' institutions are able to burst the Brussels' bubble"... Doesn't this sound familiar? 🤔 Stay tuned for our next episode featuring Margaritis Schinas, European Commission's Vice-President and Greek Commissioner for "Promoting the European Way of Life" ➡️ out tomorrow!🎙
00:33
December 05, 2019
Episode #10 - Talk Europe to me - interview with Ryan Heath
This week on Burst the Bubble, we sit down with Politico Europe's former Political Editor, Ryan Heath (who is now Senior Editor at Politico in Washington), to discuss information in the EU. Politico Europe is one of the few news sources which centres entirely on the politics of the EU and its member states, giving them a unique perspective from which to divulge into the complexity of communicating the Europe. (19 November 2019) Interview by: Erica Duffy Presented by: Erica Duffy and Giulio Gipsy Crespi Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "Welcome Home Sonny" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Sunday at Slims") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…ome_Home_Sonny This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
09:20
November 19, 2019
Episode #10 Trailer - interview with Ryan Heath
Hmm... wondering what the EU’s ‘original sin’ was? 🤔 Listen to our interview with Ryan Heath and let us know if you agree! 🗣 Out tomorrow!
00:13
November 18, 2019
Episode #9 - Challenges for Common and Sustainable EU Agriculture - interview with Paolo De Castro
This week on Burst the Bubble, we’re talking all things agriculture in the EU. Primarily, what are the challenges of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)? In today’s episode we will explore the EU’s increasing role in reforming agricultural policy to respond more closely to societal concerns. Following that, we will hear from Paolo De Castro MEP, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development under the (now concluded) eighth legislature about what pressing issues we see in agriculture today, and the ways in which the EU seeks to tackle them. In particular, he will explore the success story of the fight against Unfair Trade Practices (UTPs) and the added value of the EU in preserving agriculture while considering environmental impacts. (18 September 2019) Interview by: Maria Giovanna Caruso Presented by: Maria Giovanna Caruso and Giulio Gipsy Crespi Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "Capering" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Calumet") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…lumet/Capering This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…lumet/Capering
12:42
September 18, 2019
Episode #8 - Populism and fiscal discipline - interview with Pierre Moscovici
The European rules on economic governance and fiscal discipline are an endless source of tension between populist leaders and Brussels. But is relaxing those rules a feasible response for the European institutions to manage populists' claims? Few weeks ago, during the run-up to the elections, we interviewed the Commissioner Pierre Moscovici to discuss about this, the state of the European democracy and possible ways towards its renovation and strengthening. (3 June 2019) Presented by: Eugenia Brandimarte, Stefano Cabras and Giovanni Manzoni Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi
09:60
June 03, 2019
Episode #7 - Climate Breakdown and Sustainable Finance - interview with Molly Scott Cato
Climate breakdown: why has it become such an important topic? We will first discuss the current climate crisis and the EU’s role in tackling it. We’ll then hear from MEP Molly Scott Cato about how the way we spend our money can have an impact on the state of the environment. She’ll be telling us about how the EU can make a difference in the transition towards a green economy. (15 May 2019) Presented by: Susanna Garside and Sébastian Willemart Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi and Erica Duffy Music: "Decompression" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Rayling") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…/Decompression This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
22:09
May 15, 2019
Episode #6 - What is populism? - interviews with Paolo Gentiloni and Marc Lazar
What is populism? Is it a societal illness to eradicate? Or is it the solution to our current economic, cultural and political crisis? In this first episode of our mini-series on populism, we try to define populism with the former Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the French political scientist Marc Lazar. (8 May 2019) Presented by: Eugenia Brandimarte, Stefano Cabras and Giovanni Manzoni Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi
17:53
May 08, 2019
Episode #5 - Gender & the EU - interviews with Jeanne Ponte, Toni Haastrup and Vera Jourova
In this episode we talk about gender mainstreaming – in other words, how the EU takes gender equality into account across policy areas. We hear from Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Dr Toni Haastrup, a researcher on EU external policies. We also speak to Jeanne Ponte, parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament and founder of the MeTooEP movement. This gender-themed episode of Burst the Bubble is produced in collaboration with SAGE – the Student Association for Gender Equality at the College of Europe. (25 April 2019) Presented and produced by: Zoe Ledwith and Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "Vittoro" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Aeronaut") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…t/Vittoro_1103 This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
25:58
April 25, 2019
Episode #4 - The EU Terrorist Content Regulation - interview with Arthur Messaud
On 12th September 2018, the European Commission presented a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. Next Wednesday, 17th April 2019, the European Parliament will express its opinion on the regulation. NGOs are worried about the impact of this legislation on the rights of internet users and on the potential abuse of pre-emptive censorship. We discuss the main criticisms to the Terrorist Content Regulation with Arthur Messaud from the advocacy group "la Quadrature du Net". (16 April 2019) Presented by: Anne Malavaud and Juan Schinas Alvarogonzalez Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "Georgia Overdrive" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Truck Stop") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…rgia_Overdrive This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ European CommissionCouncil of the EUEUpodcastpoliticsterrorismEuropean Parliamentinternet
14:15
April 16, 2019
Episode #3 - The GDPR and the GAFAM - interview with Arthur Messaud
Today we introduce our mini-series on how the EU is influencing the use of the internet. In this episode we analyse the European regulation on data protection, the GDPR. With our guest Arthur Messaud, legal and political analyst at the French advocacy group "la Quadrature du Net", we explore the link between the GDPR and the GAFAM, the top 5 companies operating in the digital market. (11 April 2019) Presented by: Anne Malavaud and Juan Schinas Alvarogonzalez Interview by: Anne Malavaud Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "Georgia Overdrive" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Truck Stop") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…rgia_Overdrive This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
25:57
April 11, 2019
Episode #2 - The European Parliament and the Spitzenkandidat process - interview with Antonio Tajani
Today we talk about European elections. In the first section, we focus on the role of the European Parliament and the Spitzenkandidat process in the selection of the next President of the Commission. Later, you will hear an extract of our interview with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, produced in collaboration with the magazine La Voix du College. (27 December 2018) Presented by: Alexandra Nouvel and Susy Garside Main section by: Zoe Ledwith, Quentin Cornic and Adeline Archimbaud Interview by: Sam Latif and Giulio Gipsy Crespi Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "OneEightFour" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Skittle") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…e/OneEightFour "The Zeppelin" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Aeronaut") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…_Zeppelin_1908 These tracks are licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
13:59
December 27, 2018
Episode #1 - Brexit and Northern Ireland - interview with Tony Connelly
For our first episode, we have been joined by Tony Connelly, Europe Editor at RTE, Ireland's national public broadcaster. On Tuesday 13 November 2018, Tony Connelly was the first journalist to report on the conclusion of a draft agreement between the EU and the UK. Throughout the episode we talk about Brexit, the Irish border and what it all really means. (15 November 2018) Presented by: Erica Duffy Produced by: Giulio Gipsy Crespi Music: "Hash Out" by Blue Dot Sessions (album "Sunday at Slims") freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot…Slims/Hash_Out This track is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
17:57
November 15, 2018