The Europeans

The Other Europeans

An episode of The Europeans

By The Europeans
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, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.
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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, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.

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President of the European what now?
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 help from the European Cultural Foundation, who support projects that promote Europe as an open and democratic space. Liked the show? Please leave us a review or help keep us going by chipping in to our Patreon fund at Thanks for listening. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |
December 3, 2019
Europe's colonial past and present
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 found in ordinary households? Elliot Ross, who covers Everyday Colonialism for The Correspondent, is here to explain why this ugly part of our past is still very much a part of our present. We're also talking about a scandal that has been rocking Iceland and nuggets of good news for the planet. You can follow Elliot on Twitter here and check out his work for The Correspondent here. Thanks for listening! If you like the show, please leave us a review to help other people find us! And if you're feeling extra generous, you can chip in to our Patreon fund to help us keep the show running at Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | 
November 26, 2019
Postcards from Europe: Herstedvester
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 others. Lene Bech Sillesen went to meet some inmates who are facing a choice with drastic consequences. This is the first in our new series of original reported podcasts, Postcards from Europe, featuring intimate portraits of lives and places across the continent. It was made possible by the European Cultural Foundation, who support initiatives that rethink Europe as an open and democratic space. A note on this week's show: we do not explore the inmates' crimes in this episode. Our aim is not to vindicate them, but we want to show what life is like for Greenlandic prisoners in the Danish penal system. That said, if you or people close to you have been affected by serious crime in Greenland, you might want to skip this episode. Hosts: Dominic Kraemer and Katy Lee. Reporter and producer: Lene Bech Sillesen. Editor: Katz Laszlo. Voice actors: Peter Frederik Olsen and Vivi Nielsen. Artwork by La Kingsbeer. | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon
November 19, 2019
The Other Europeans
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 brilliantly-named ‘The Europeans’. The poet Christopher Hütmannsberger reads us a beautiful new work to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Plus, wild borders and the Gentle Revolution. Thanks to our amazing Patreon supporters for keeping us going! You can chip in at Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Thanks for listening.
November 12, 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 thing? The answer may lie in the lucrative illegal trade for wood in Romania, home to more than half of Europe's remaining primeval forests. Environmental activist Gabi Paun is here to explain why protecting trees has become so dangerous. We're also talking about Belgium's first female PM and wounded French pride. You can find out more about Gabi's activist group, Agent Green, here. Like the show? You can chip in to help us keep it running at Thanks for listening! Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |
November 5, 2019
A Polish teenage diarist 
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 the thrill of her first kiss. And when the war came, she used it to document the relentless killing of Jews in the town where she lived. Ania Jakubek is on the line from Warsaw to tell us the extraordinary story of Renia Spiegel, and why it stayed unknown for so long. We're also talking about promising signs that Europeans are becoming less bigoted. Oh, and there's a dog. You can read Ania's article about Renia here. For beautiful drawings, you should also follow Ania on Instagram. If you, like Dominic's mum, would like to get your hands on a limited edition Angry Macron tote bag, consider signing up for our Patreon top tier! All donations big and small are very welcome at Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Thanks for listening.
October 29, 2019
Invisible ink
This week, the female writers that Europe forgot. Carme Font Paz is leading a fascinating project aimed at uncovering the scribblings of European women from centuries ago and giving them their rightful place in the literary canon. Plus, Poland's election, posthumous comedy and why the EU won't be expanding east any time soon. You can find out more about Carme's project here. Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, please give us five big gold stars on Apple Podcasts or help us grow by chipping in on Patreon. See you next week. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |
October 22, 2019
Toxic elements
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 eggs, bottles, blows and insults at Pride protesters. Our guest, the poet and novelist Jacek Dehnel, is on the line from Warsaw to reflect on what bishops and politicians have to do with it, as well as why there are reasons for hope. Plus, nitrogen and warm-hearted drug smugglers.   You can read Jacek's account of what happened at the Pride march in Białystok here in the Guardian.  His novel Lala and the first volume of the murder mystery series co-written with his husband, Mrs Mohr Goes Missing, are now available in English along with his poetry collection Aperture. Enjoying the show? Join the generous souls helping us to make it better at You can also help out by leaving us a (nice!) review on Apple Podcasts. Thanks for listening! Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |
October 8, 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 may only have about 74,000 daily speakers but is very much alive and kicking. Also: the right to be forgotten, the Ukrainian side of the Trump impeachment inquiry, and treasures hidden in plain sight. Check out Darach's book, 'Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language' and his podcast of the same name. And follow @TheIrishFor if you know what's good for you. Thanks as always to the hugely generous Patreon supporters who are keeping this show going. You can sign up at Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Thanks for listening. 
September 30, 2019
The Tourists of Venice
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 residents organising a fightback, Elena Riu of the Gruppo 25 aprile. Also this week: #ClimateStrike, Rammstein and skydiving in your nineties. Thanks as always to the amazing Patreon supporters keeping this show going: Hit us up at our shiny new email address! Thanks for listening ❤️ Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |
September 23, 2019
What the hell is the European Way of Life?
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 decisions by Ursula von der Leyen as she gets ready to take charge in November. Plus,  skeletons and Macron portraits. Send us ideas for new laws! Help us out by joining our amazingly generous Patreon squad!  Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 
September 17, 2019
Back for your Görlitzening pleasure
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 relatives. And we're heading to Görlitz, on the German-Polish border, to find out why why so many voters in eastern Germany are putting their faith in the far-right AfD. Our guest is Emily Schultheis, a Berlin-based journalist covering right-wing populism, who spent a month in Görlitz getting into voters' heads. Read Emily's report for the Institute of Current World Affairs, where she is a fellow, here! Check out her latest piece for The Atlantic! And follow her on Twitter: @emilyrs. In other news, we have a beautiful new website: Help keep us running by joining our generous Patreon supporters: In Amsterdam on September 12? Get tickets for Cine Radio, the glorious international audio event hosted by our new producer Katz Laszlo. See you next week, it's good to be back. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |
September 10, 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 about the furore over a rapper involved in a Swedish assault case, and the Dutch kid behind one of the most successful beats of all time.  We're taking August off to work on some special episodes, but we'll be back before you know it. Keep your eyes peeled in September for our brand new logo! As a final farewell to its iconic predecessor, we'll be sending out limited edition Angry Macron tote bags to our existing Patreon subscribers to say thanks for the amazing support. Not a member yet? Sign up for our new $20 subscription to get your hands on a piece of podcasting history.  See you in a few weeks! Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Patreon
August 6, 2019
Portugal's revolutionary drug policy
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, taking the lead from a radical change of approach in Portugal. Portugal went from a full-blown opioid crisis in the 1980s to having one of the lowest rates of drug deaths in Europe today. We called Andreia Alves, a social worker with the Lisbon NGO Crescer, to find how a more humane policy makes her work easier. Also: turtle doves, VIP tour guides, and the art of the Spanish compromise. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon  Thanks for listening. 
July 29, 2019
When politicians talk about love
This week we’re talking about what happened when Actress, the electronic musician also known as Darren Cunningham, made British and Dutch politicians debate the meaning of love. We’re also talking about French extravagance, the gentrification of Berlin, and the magic of medicine.  You can find the article Dominic mentioned on the incredibly complex surgery that separated twins Safa and Marwa here.  Liked the show? Please give us five big gold stars! Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon   Thanks for listening. 
July 22, 2019
Morals and the Mediterranean
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 politics of fear and the laws of the sea with the Italian migration expert Matteo Villa. We're also talking about rockets, bees and Greece's return to the right.  Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Patreon Thanks for listening.  
July 15, 2019
Brave and competent women
 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 symbolize the moral divide over migration, as well as the nomination of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen and Christine Lagarde to two of the most powerful jobs on the continent. In the meantime, the biggest Czech protests since the fall of communism have been giving the populist billionaire PM Andrej Babiš a run for his money. We ring up Benjamin Roll, one of the young leaders of the growing protest movement. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Patreon Thanks for listening. 
July 8, 2019
Notes from Black Europe
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 Europeans and exploring his own identity. The result is his brilliant new book, 'Afropean: Notes from Black Europe', which makes the case for a community that crosses borders. Also this week: the role of railways in the Holocaust; whether or not we should talk about Merkel; and a strange reward for good behaviour.  Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon Thanks for listening. 
July 1, 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. Former 'Eldorado' star Kai Maurer reflects on how his unlikely role playing a German beach bum kicked off his acting career and how the show was ahead of its time. Plus: a landmark Spanish court ruling and the ugly realities of European consensus politics.  Read the article that sparked Katy's El Dorado obsession here.  Should we launch a campaign to get the BBC to bring it back? Send us your thoughts: Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Thanks to our supremely generous Patreon supporters. You can help us keep the show running by chipping in here. See you next week. 
June 25, 2019
Sarajevo calling
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 journalist Aleksandar Brezar about troubles that go ignored all too often in Europe and wartime scars that have yet to heal. We're also talking about European countries' varying approaches to regulating what women do with their bodies, and a transatlantic romance that has stood the test of time. Read Aleksandar's excellent piece in the Guardian and check out his podcast about Southeastern Europe, Sarajevo Calling. Rachel Kadish's superb piece about the humanity of Anne Frank can be found here, and France 24's in-depth reporting on abortion across Europe is here.  Thanks as always to the supremely generous Patreon donors who are keeping this show running. You can chip in as little as a dollar a month at Thanks for listening.  
June 17, 2019
Europe needs culture
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 week André Wilkens, the new director of the European Cultural Foundation, argues that Europeans need to get better at telling their own story — whether it's in the form of a Hamilton-style hit musical or otherwise. Also: scooter wars, holograms, and when the left gets tough on immigration. You can read Katy's piece on the arrival of electric scooters in Paris last summer here in the Guardian, and see a holographic elephant here.  If you like the show, you can help us out by giving us five big gold stars on Apple Podcasts, or join our hugely generous Patreon supporters.  Thanks for listening.  
June 10, 2019
Who won?
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 preoccupied with what happened in our own countries. This week we're zooming out to take a look at the continent as a whole with Caroline de Gruyter, the Oslo-based Europe correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC. Plus: Ibizagate, part 2; rural PR stunts; and the importance of correctly-spelled tweets. Many thanks to our Patreon supporters!   Thanks for listening. 
June 3, 2019
The wars of the future
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 future. We chatted to her about ‘killer robots’ and rogue drones. Plus: a far-right honey-trap and Germany in the age of the influencer. Many thanks to our Patreon supporters! See you next week. 
May 27, 2019
SPECIAL EPISODE: Bursting the Bubble, Part 1
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 country you're in. Please vote! This episode was made with support from the European Cultural Foundation. They support initatives which rethink Europe as an open and democratic space.  Thanks for listening. 
May 21, 2019
Syria, Kosovo, Brussels and the mountain
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 their backs. To find out why, Dominic talked to AJ Naddaff, who spent months researching why so many left Kosovo to fight, and the country's humane response to bringing people back.  Over on the western edge of Europe Katy's been chatting to the French writer Maxime Calligaro about why the Brussels bubble is a surprisingly great place to set a crime novel. Maxime and Katy also spoke at the Ancienne Belgique last week about how to make Europe less boring (you can watch it here). Thanks Liveurope for hosting!  Also this week: sheep, bears (you can read about the mystery here in El País) and an attempted coup.  We'll be back next week for a special episode on how the European parliament works and why you should give a damn about the elections. Til then, hit us up online: PATREON: we're hugely grateful for your donations to help keep the show running!
May 13, 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 was similarly talented in both the arts and sciences. In Poland, the art world has gone bananas; in Spain, there's life in socialism yet; and British chemist and YouTube sensation Martyn Poliakoff is here to explain why he wants to turn the periodic table upside down, literally. In a week when we won a big prize, we want to say thanks more than ever for listening. Particularly huge thanks go to our Patreon supporters. If you want to throw a dollar or so into the tip jar, you can do so at Beat Polish censorship by watching Natalia LL's work here.  Love it? Hate it? Let us know:
May 6, 2019
Happy Birthday Bauhaus!
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 up surrounded by many of the key figures from the legendary German art school that marked its 100th birthday this month. And Katy chats to Kurt Overbergh, artistic director of the Ancienne Belgique music venue, about new sounds, immigration and the return of Turkish psychedelia. In Brussels? Come and see Katy at this great event at the Ancienne Belgique on May 7! Thanks for listening. If you have a euro or more to throw in the tip jar, the more the merrier at You can also help other listeners find the show by leaving us a review here.    
April 30, 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 country have put behind them. Her friend, the writer Susan McKay, is here with a very moving tribute to a remarkable person. Also this week: a rebellion in London, rising from the ashes in Paris, and the magnificent species that is the European honey bee.  You can follow Susan on Twitter here. Many thanks to BBC Radio Foyle in Derry for recording Susan's tribute for us.  Thanks for listening. If you have a euro or two a month to spare, you can help support the show at  And if you fancy writing a (flattering) review on Apple Podcasts, you can do so here. See you next week, Europe.    
April 22, 2019
Disinformation Wars
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 old as the union itself, but with elections just around the corner, setting the record straight feels more important than ever. This week's guest is on the frontlines of the fight against disinformation: Jules Darmanin, the coordinator of a new continent-wide band of fact-checkers. Plus: Julian Assange, Swiss democracy, and the world's greatest neighbours.   You can find the Fact Check EU website here in 11 beautiful languages.   That nice article about our former guest Flavia Kleiner that Dominic was talking about is here, and the Swiss podcast episode that Katy was raving about is available here. Huge thanks to the incredibly generous people helping us to keep this show running with their donations. You can chip in at  Thanks for listening.   
April 15, 2019
Nice One, Slovakia
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 Mimi Billing, one of a growing number of Swedes to have got themselves... microchipped? Plus: Russian whale jails, a decades-old French mystery, and germs at the opera. Follow Mimi on Twitter here and read her great article about Swedish body-hacking here! And for more on Slovakia's badass president-elect Zuzana Čaputová, there's no better place to start than the latest episode of the In Between Europe podcast hosted by our former guest Zselyke Csaky, which you can check out here. A massive thanks to our growing army of Patreon supporters for keeping the show going. You can chip in at See you next week, and in the meantime, see you online!   
April 8, 2019
Political Tinder
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 elections, the battle lines are already being drawn: nationalists vs globalists, liberals vs conservatives. But a fascinating project is trying to get Europeans from across the political spectrum to actually sit down and talk about their differences. Sebastian Horn, the deputy editor of Die Zeit online, is on the line from Berlin to explain the thinking behind the Europe Talks project. Plus: changing populist fortunes from Budapest to Amsterdam, and the mathematics of soap bubbles. Sign up to take part in Europe Talks here. Thanks so much to our listeners who've donated on Patreon! Every little helps and we're hugely grateful for the support. You can chip in at Thanks for listening.    
March 26, 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, to a time when mysterious stone structures were springing up all around the continent. Today we call them megaliths, and there's a lot we still don't know about them. But one woman has been on a quest to work out how these extraordinary monuments spread around Europe. Archaeologist Bettina Schulz Paulsson is on the line from Gothenburg to talk about how early Europeans were exchanging knowledge and culture a good few millennia before the EU was invented. Also: a reverse art heist, a blow for the anti-vaxxers , and how to say no to big business.  Thanks so much to the new supporters who joined our Patreon this week! You can help us carry on making the show by chipping at Thanks for listening.  
March 19, 2019
A taste of the nuclear apocalypse
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 line from Glasgow to talk about how different countries in Europe planned for nuclear war and what it’s like to visit Chernobyl, three decades after the disaster. We also talk about the woman shaking up Estonian politics, questionable ethics in Italian opera, and Slovenian sandwiches. You can check out Julie’s excellent podcast The Atomic Hobo here and follow her on Twitter here. Thanks so much to the new supporters who joined our Patreon this week! You can help us carry on making the show by chipping at Thanks for listening.  
March 12, 2019
They / Them / Theirs
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 mainstream paperback release on Thursday. And on a continent where young people mostly stayed at home for the last elections, Mick ter Reehorst calls in to explain why he's launched a new campaign, #ProveThemWrong, to get out the youth vote in May. Plus: winter bacon, sticking it to the homophobes, and a mile-high culture clash between France and the Netherlands. Check out CN's work at!  Get the youth vote out at!  And watch this great video about women getting the vote in Switzerland!   Thanks so much to everyone who's started chipping in to our Patreon fund. Help us keep the show going at   Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 
March 5, 2019
The brands that Karl built
 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 hugely successful brands. After his death last week at the age of 85, we're exploring the flaws, quirks and legacy of this complicated man with the help of Fiachra Gibbons, culture editor at Agence France-Presse and long-time observer of 'the Kaiser'. We also discuss Europe's rising problem with anti-Semitism, some good news for Serbia's gay first couple, and how to make it big in Finland. Thanks to everyone who's started chipping in to our Patreon fund! Help us keep the show going at   Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 
February 25, 2019
The most isolated place on Earth
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 at the Concordia base about what it's like spending an entire year living in the most isolated place on Earth (albeit with decent Italian cooking). At the other end of the planet: bears, Viktor Orbán's bid to turn Hungarian women into baby-machines, and pop that pisses off the populists. Thanks to everyone who's started chipping in to our Patreon fund! Help us keep the show going at   Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 
February 19, 2019
The skies over Skopje
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 what it's like living in the most polluted city in Europe. On the brighter side, we also have some Swedish bling, a badass Romanian anti-corruption crusader, and some long-forgotten treasures.  Interested in finding out why John Ruskin is so relevant? Click here. Thanks so much to everyone who's signed up to support us on Patreon! If you like the show and have a tiny bit of cash to spare, you can join our kind donors at   Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺
February 11, 2019
Stick it to the grown-ups
 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 Netherlands to tell us why she's helping to lead the tens of thousands of children across Europe striking to demand action on climate change. And from skipping school to skipping the queue, anti-money laundering expert Laure Brillaud is here from Brussels to cast a light on the murky world of 'golden visas' for sale in Europe. Plus: positive pop, bad meat, and one very happy cellist.  You can follow Lilly's school strike and Plastic Pick-Up campaign on Facebook and Twitter.  Read Laure's report on golden visas for Transparency International here.    Thanks so much to everyone who's signed up to support us on Patreon! If you like the show and have a tiny bit of cash to spare, you can join our kind donors at   Need a moment of calm? Check out this track by sexy 500-year-old composer Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina here. Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 ❤
February 5, 2019
Kraemer vs Kraemer
 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 parliament in Europe. Don't worry, we kept the B-word chat to a minimum. Plus: Macron and Merkel's Duolingo pact, Ronaldo's millions, and the kindest grandma on the continent.  Thanks so much to everyone who's signed up to support us on Patreon! If you like the show and have a tiny bit of cash to spare, you can join our kind donors at Follow Daniel on Twitter @dcakraemer (if you have to follow one account tweeting B****t, this should be it).  Something we should be covering in your corner of Europe? We want to hear from you! Thanks for listening.  🇪🇺 ❤  
January 29, 2019
It's that damn bear again
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, smart Finns and a very smart bear. Computer scientist Teemu Roos is on the line from Helsinki to explain why Finland is trying to educate its population en masse about artificial intelligence. And our Woman in Warsaw Ania Jakubek is back with the tale of a Polish wartime hero who just happened to be... a bear. Plus: Greek drama, Satanic tourism, and how to make the internet a nicer place.  SUPPORT US ON PATREON here. We're grateful for any donations, big or small. Short on cash? Support the pod by spreading the word :)   START TEEMU'S AI COURSE at  READ ANIA'S ARTICLE about Wojtek the bear at  And follow her on Instagram! Finally, you can check out the great Swedish anti-troll Facebook group #jagärhär here. 🇪🇺 ❤ Music: 'Moon Noose' by Druslan  From the Free Music Archive CC NC ND 
January 22, 2019
The Bee Word
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 company while Dominic was rolling around on the floor) is the Dutch writer Joris Luyendijk, who despite having been named Bad News reporter for De Correspondent has more hope than you might think for this continent as we roll into 2019. Trigger warning: there's a mention or two of the b-word as we talk about why Europe ain't so boring and the mysteries of the British psyche. Plus: Powerfrauen; an all-too-human robot, and the fight to save our pollinators. Thank you so much for listening in 2018! We'll be back in January. In the meantime, we'd love it if you left us a review as a Christmas present (preferably a nice one): Bonne année, Frohes neues Jahr, and Feliz Año Nuevo! 🇪🇺 ❤
December 18, 2018
This week on The Europeans, two passionate defences of liberty, the political and the sexual. Renowned Hungarian rights defender Márta Pardavi is on the line from Budapest to talk about what it's like fighting with the increasingly authoritarian government of Viktor Orbán. And Paulita Pappel calls in from Berlin to chat about her work as a feminist pornographer. Plus: France's road rage, Luxembourg's road delight, and the greatest ever reason to uncork a bottle of wine. Follow Márta and Paulita on Twitter: @martapardavi / @paulitapappel Also, listen to Paulita's brilliant podcast if you know what's good for you: Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 ❤
December 11, 2018
Flavia and the Machine (anniversary episode)
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 been waging a quietly successful war against rightwing populism in Switzerland, calls in from Zurich with some lessons for the rest of Europe. And Andrea Chalupa is here to discuss her new film Gareth Jones, about a courageous Welsh journalist's battle to tell the truth about the famine her grandfather survived in Ukraine 85 years ago. Plus: vote-buying, espionage, and a few splashes of prosecco. Follow Flavia and Operation Libero here: And Andrea here: Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 ❤
December 4, 2018
November 27: Picasso, Poland & Pedagogy
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 a teacher in one of France's poorest towns refuses to give up on her kids. Juliette Perchais is on the line to talk about what it's like teaching in one of her country's toughest schools and how she traveled the world to bring back the best educational ideas out there. Check out her website — it does what it says on the tin. You can also find some reporting Katy did from Grigny here: And last but not least, your podcast recommendations for the week: Stammtisch Radiolab: Tweak The Vote Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 ❤
November 26, 2018
November 20: Why doesn't Europe have a Silicon Valley?
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 two brilliant guests who couldn’t be more different from each other: YouTube tech guru Marton Barcza, aka TechAltar, is here to talk about why Europe hasn’t produced an internet giant to rival Google or Facebook. And Paris-based comedian Sarah Donnelly walks us through an ethical minefield: to open for Louis CK, or not to open for Louis CK? Also: a runaway prime minister, political underwear, and the smell of defeat. Subscribe to TechAltar on YouTube: And follow Sarah's show Becoming Maman: Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 ❤
November 20, 2018
November 13: The black soldier's lament
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 troops of colour who fought for European powers. The excellent Christian Koller, professor of modern history at Zurich University, is here to help us explore what life was like for African and Asian soldiers who were often dismissed as 'savages' while risking their lives for European governments. Also: France faces its past, European conservatives face their future, and Dominic faces a lifetime of incessant church bells. Our episode name comes from the poem by George A. Borden: 'Black blood was spilled black bodies maimed / For medals brave no black was named.' You can read Christian's fascinating research here: Thanks for listening. 🇪🇺 ❤
November 13, 2018
November 6: Watching Over The Night Watch
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 very special guest is Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum, here to explain why the Netherlands' national museum is going to be restoring The Night Watch while the whole world watches. And from Rembrandt to race, the playright Marjorie H. Morgan is on the line from Liverpool to talk about the difference between being black in Europe and black in America. The Europeans is supported by Are We Europe, the continent's most beautiful magazine. Type 'europeanspod' for a 15% discount on your copy at Thanks for listening! 🇪🇺 ❤
November 6, 2018
October 30: Everyone's free to vote (and wear sunscreen)
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 Berlin chatting to Frank Piplat and Christopher Lade about what makes these elections different, and Sally Eshun is here from Are We Europe to talk about hate speech on both sides of the Atlantic. Also: naughty Italians, balloon sticks, and the beauty of toilets. Are you, like Katy, lacking inspiration when it comes to the European elections? Check out for a few ideas. Read Sally's article at — and if you believe in the power of print, type 'europeanspod' for a 15% discount on your copy of the continent's most beautiful magazine. The Europeans is supported by Future Europe, a podcast from the European Investment Bank. Check it out here: 🇪🇺 ❤
October 30, 2018
October 23: Big continent, mini episode
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. We'll be back with a fully-sized episode next week. Thanks so much for listening. The Europeans is supported by Future Europe, a podcast from the European Investment Bank. Check it out here: And we're supported by Are We Europe! Type 'europeanspod' for a 15% discount on your copy of the continent's most beautiful magazine at 🇪🇺 ❤
October 22, 2018
October 16: The Unlucky Passport
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 Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq, whose brilliant project The Passport explores what it's like to hold a so-called 'unlucky' passport. Her work is on show in New York right now, but she's not allowed to travel from her home in the Netherlands to see it with her own eyes. Also this week, Bram Hilkens is here to delve into the continent's hip-hop scene, Katy and Dominic have been gallivanting in Berlin (stand by on for romantic photos), and Greece has been lightening the load for its donkeys. The Europeans is supported by Future Europe, a podcast from the European Investment Bank. Check it out here: And we're supported by Are We Europe! Type 'europeanspod' for a 15% discount on your copy of the continent's most beautiful magazine at Write us a review! Thanks for listening.
October 15, 2018
October 9: Macedo, Macedon't
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 Netflix is about to get a lot more European, with his tips for stylish German television thrown in for free. Plus bears, trains, and ancient weapons, we've got it all this week. The Europeans is supported by Future Europe, a podcast from the European Investment Bank. Check it out here: And we're supported by Are We Europe! Type "europeanspod" for a 15% discount on your copy of the continent's most beautiful magazine at Write us a review! Thanks for listening.
October 9, 2018
October 2: Wall, Rocket, Bottle, Horse
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 end). Our guest this week is Monique Van den Abbeel, a Belgian campaigner for the visually impaired who is soon to be welcoming Europe's first guide horse into her home in Bruges. Yes, this is a thing, and we are very excited about it. In Week 2 of our partnership with Are We Europe we also talk to co-editor Alexander Hurst about being an American on the continent. Check out the magazine's latest issue here: Also: a space race, a non-existent wall, and a message from the past. Write us a review! Thanks for listening. ❤️🇪🇺
October 1, 2018
September 25: WEB OF LIES
This week on the Europeans: bad Italian wifi, a bad Danish bank, and badly behaved Spanish politicians. And spiders, lots of spiders. The Financial Times' Madrid correspondent Michael Stothard is on the line (kind of) to explain Spain's growing plagiarism scandal. And as part of our new partnership with the uber-cool magazine Are We Europe, we chat with its editor Kyrill Hartog about their latest issue The Ocean Between Us, all about Europe's complicated relationship with America. Check it out here — and if you too believe that print is not dead, buy a copy! Write us a review! Thanks for listening. ❤️🇪🇺
September 24, 2018
September 18: Welcome To Europe, Here Are Four Walls
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 newcomer to settle in a new place. Alice Pittini, research coordinator at Housing Europe, talks us through some of the best examples of housing designed to help refugees and asylum seekers get stuck in and start building new lives. We also chat about Viktor Orbán and the battle for Europe's soul, green jargon, and French superheroes. Plus, a listener sheds some light on Dominic's salty German food mystery. Read Housing Europe's latest research on migration & housing here: And check out this neat project they're involved with, Designing Inclusion: Write us a review! Thanks for listening. ❤️🇪🇺
September 17, 2018
September 11: The Future Library
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, project manager of a strange and wonderful project in Norway involving books, trees and the passage of time. Also on the menu, Florence is taking things OFF the street food menu and Poland is harnessing the power of the howling wind. Plus, a glimmer of hope after some dark days in Chemnitz. Say hallo: If you liked the show and have a minute to spare, please drop us a review! Thanks for listening. ️🇪🇺
September 11, 2018
September 4: Nation Branding, Robot Dancing
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 Boström is on the line to explain how her country successfully marketed itself as an eco-friendly feminist paradise. And as Dominic packs his bags for two months in Berlin, he and Katy talk clocks, democracy, fine food and Lego. Find us on the interweb, we love hearing from you! Write us a review! Thanks for listening. ❤️🇪🇺 Charlotte's article in The Groene (in Dutch):
September 3, 2018
August 28: Greece and Fabrice
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 Malkoutzis of Macropolis (@NickMalkoutzis) is on the line from Athens to explain. And Frenchman Fabrice Pothier is here to tell us about his fun (?) 700-kilometre cycle from Foie Gras country to Santander, hoping to learn a thing or two about Europe. Also: an artistic mishap, virulent success, and a discordant initative by Berlin transport authorities. Drop us a line! Write us a review! Thanks for listening. ❤️🇪🇺
August 27, 2018
August 21: The G-Spot of Europe
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 really 'the G-spot of Europe — nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing'. Dimi Dimitrov is on the line to explain why changes to the way we regulate the internet in Europe would have made life harder for Wikipedia and more boring for everyone else. And one woman is on a quest to bring some ancient Norman sass to modern-day Guernsey. Hit us up! | | Wikipedia: watch this space?
August 20, 2018
August 14: The traces they leave
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 memories of elderly Germans who lived through some of the most tumultuous events in modern history. Follow Deborah on Twitter @doberah, she's our favourite person tweeting from Merkel Land. Also: an airborne mishap, an ingenious Spaniard, and irony, Slovenian-style, explained with the help of the brilliant Aljaž Pengov Bitenc (aka @pengovsky). Hit us up on the internet: Twitter: @europeanspod Insta: @europeanspodcast Your Apple reviews make our lives worth living. Add to the pile here:
August 13, 2018
August 7: Piss and Populism
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 populism in Europe, is on the line from Berlin to talk about why we SHOULDN'T talk about Steve Bannon's new venture on this side of the Atlantic. On a brighter note, Adrian Murphy's here to talk about Europeana, a lovely EU culture project that is currently collecting personal stories about migrating around the continent. Check it out at Also: good times for cash-strapped Berlin parents, bad times for Shakespearean amateur voiceover artists, and a disaster averted in Katy's hometown. Liked the show? Please leave us five big shiny stars!
August 6, 2018
July 31: HEAT
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 spate of extreme weather all over the northern hemisphere. Just back from Athens, we ask incoming AFP science correspondent Patrick Galey (and his dog) whether this is the new normal. Follow @patrickgaley for the angriest climate tweets in town. Things have been heating up in Germany too, in the form of a huge debate over identity politics. Dicle Akar, a teacher at the Berlin International School, gives us her thoughts on Turkish identity in Germany and the row over football star Mesut Özil. Plus: how the summer's been going for Europe's biggest political egos, and the bright side of the forthcoming apocalypse. Send us your most beautiful/hideous pics of Europe for our elite Instagram contest! / |
July 30, 2018
June 12: Waxy smiles
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 have fantastic guest Aljaž Pengov Bitenc on the line to talk about what we can learn from Slovenia's recent election. Follow him at and hear us on his podcast Evropska četrt: 4)Spain's Mr Handsome is off to a good start and the US ambassador to Germany is off to a bad one 5) We're going on holiday! We'll be back in a few weeks. Please stay subscribed because we won't be gone long and we'll likely be dropping by to say hello! Please review us PLEEEASE: We're supported by Stackry, the global leader in parcel forwarding from the US. Use our special link & coupon EUROPEANS:
June 11, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Akbar Ahmed on Islam in Europe
A longer version of our conversation with Akbar Ahmed on his book 'Journey into Europe' about Islam's role in the continent.
June 8, 2018
June 5: Changing PMs at 103 BPMs
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 to speed on what's been happening in Spain and Italy. Our guest this week is Akbar Ahmed, one of the world's leading experts on Islam, who has just published a major new study on Europe's Muslims. We enjoyed our conversation so much that we'll be releasing it in full as a bonus episode, so look out for that later in the week. Plus: how Spain's trashiest 1990s dance hit could save your life. Muchas gracias for listening! Please leave us a review if you liked the show, it helps new listeners find us: We're supported by Stackry, the global leader in parcel forwarding from the US. Use our special link & coupon EUROPEANS:
June 4, 2018
May 29: Five Stars, Ireland
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 last minute. Speaking of Italian thrillers: we’ve been chatting to Giuseppe Porcaro, author of brand-new sci-fi novel DISCO SOUR (, about why he decided to set it in a parallel European universe. And Katy’s been talking to Sweden-based Florian Tirnovan about his great project organizing a talent show for deaf people from all around the continent. Plus: a thunderstorm, a requisitioned towel, and an unlikely friendship in the most beautiful (?) corner of Europe. Please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts if you liked the show, it helps other people find us! We're supported by Stackry, the global leader in parcel forwarding from the US. Use our special link & coupon EUROPEANS:
May 28, 2018
May 22: A wedding and no funeral
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 Europe. Norwegian investigative journalist Marit Higraff joins us to talk about Death In Ice Valley, the true crime podcast from the BBC and NRK hoping to uncover the truth behind a woman's death half a century ago. Also delving into the past is British comedian Kieran Hodgson, whose new show looks for laughs in the unlikeliest of places: the story of how Britain ended up joining the EU. Plus: Cold comfort for the Balkans, Amsterdam's war on 'mono-culture', and the secret to living a very, VERY long life. Oh, and the tiniest mention of a certain wedding. We're supported by Stackry, the global leader in parcel forwarding from the US. Use our special link & coupon EUROPEANS: Make us very happy with 5 big gold stars!
May 21, 2018
Hello, new listeners!
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 want to check out. Our guests are amazing people from all around Europe: chefs, designers, athletes, scientists... Here are the highlights mentioned in this show: May 7: Making a living from gambling on Eurovision March 27: A Michelin-starred chef on pizza and national identity March 20: Vogue's international editor on euro-fashion Feb 6: The philosophy behind IKEA Feb 20: Juggling a hairdressing career with Olympic curling Jan 16: The trouble with translating Donald Trump Jan 30: A beginner's guide to Viennese waltzing Dec 19: The lack of diversity in EU institutions Find us on the internet:
May 19, 2018
May 15: The winner takes it all, the loser takes a selfie
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. Welcome! It’s been week of highs and lows for Europe and The Europeans. Katy came back from Germany with empty pockets but a full heart (and a selfie). It’s been a bad week for euro diplomacy, but a great one for trashy pop. Someone who’s seen more than her fair share of highs and lows is our guest Farah Abdi, a transgender Somali refugee who arrived in Malta by boat in 2012. She tells Katy about her journey and her fight for better rights for LGBT refugees in Europe. And songwriter MaJiKer, who’s penned songs for Eurovision hopefuls, is on hand to explain why Israel snatched victory and Sweden got robbed. Thanks for listening! Leave us a review here: We're supported by Stackry. Use our special link & coupon 'Europeans':
May 14, 2018
May 7: Eurovision. EUROVISION!!!!!
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 Dominic), is the founder of and gives us all the latest from Lisbon. We then head over to Spain to speak to the activist and writer, Brigitte Vasallo about Spain's #MeToo movement and the public reaction to the shocking court ruling in a rape case in Pamplona. Plus, we have meatballs, terrorists, Harry Potter Royalty and a healthy serving of cultural appropriation. Meanwhile, Katy is heading over to Aachen to find out if we've won Eurovision for Euro-geeks, aka the EU's Charlemagne Prize for Youth. Please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help stop the flow of tears when we probably/definitely don't win: Find us on the socials if you miss us between episodes:
May 7, 2018
May 1: Sticks and stones and dandruff
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 Scotland. After two German rappers sparked national outrage with lyrics about the Holocaust, Human Rights Watch Germany's chief Wenzel Michalski is on the line to talk about his all too personal experience of Europe's rising anti-Semitism problem. Why throw stones when you can turn them into art instead? Scottish photographer Andy Buchanan brings us the weird, wonderful and unexpectedly hilarious story of the European Stone Stacking Championships. His beautiful photos in the Guardian: Plus, Macron Does America and Bulgaria Does It Wrong ( And why not stick around and Take A Chance On Dominic's happy ending this week? Thanks for listening, Europe! Twitter: @europeanspod | Instagram: @europeanspodcast | The story behind our artwork:
April 30, 2018
April 24: Keep your bitcoin close and your botany closer
A treasure-themed episode for you this week: the natural treasures of Poland's ancient Białowieża forest, hidden treasures in rural France, and buried treasure on a German island. Dominic's been chatting to Agata Szafraniuk of environmental lawyers ClientEarth about their battle with the Polish government to protect Białowieża, one of the few remaining patches of the primeval forest that covered Europe 10,000 years ago. Also heading into the countryside are Parisian podcaster Oliver Gee of The Earful Tower fame and his fiancee Lina Nordin, on a quest to discover the real France through a heart-shaped (awwwwww) tour of the country. Plus: Strict Belgian gyms, 10th century bling and a bitcoin heist. We're being listed by Apple as a 'new and noteworthy' podcast for the next few weeks, woohoo! Help us make the most of it by leaving us a rating and/or review here: Thanks so much for listening!
April 23, 2018
April 17: Once Upon A Time In Hungary
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 most powerful men in Europe, to the great disquiet of his western neighbours. Zselyke Csaky, expert on all things Central European, is on the line to explain why campaigning against immigrants, Muslims and billionaire George Soros has paid off so well for this worryingly autocratic leader. To cheer you up, Mick ter Reehorst of storytelling project Are We Europe has a happier tale to tell. He cracks open a couple of beers with Dominic as he sets out his mission to Make Europe Sexy Again with a beautifully-designed website and and magazine. Plus: murders, pizzas, and musical road surfaces. Thanks for listening! Get your Europeans fix in between Tuesdays:
April 16, 2018
April 10: Liberté, Egalité, Difficultés
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 found herself on the receiving end of troubling attitudes towards race in the country she calls home. And with train drivers unleashing three months of rail strikes and students barricading faculty buildings, is Emmanuel Macron heading for a summer of discontent? Plus: Dutch sugar highs, problematic theatre, Swedish beats and buried treasure. Join us on the internet where we post fun and interesting things from around Europe! | | And if you're feeling extra generous, maybe drop us five stars on iTunes? 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thanks Europe, we love you very much.
April 9, 2018
April 3: Trash islands and rainbow homes
"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, only to find the entire Western world had got there first: plastic, plastic and yet more plastic. We talk about what Naomi found and what Europe can do to stop it. And we quizzed her about her podcast The Irish Passport too! In Zagreb, Daniel Martinović is on the line to discuss the success of Dugine Obitelji (Rainbow Families), Croatia's first children's picture book showing kids with LGBT parents. Plus: the Netherlands keeps its gas underground; a London embassy keeps Julian Assange off the net; and a tale of redemption for an amateur sculptor in Madeira. Thanks for listening! Let us know what you thought of this week's show: --> | Twitter: @EuropeansPod | Insta: @europeanspodcast | Email:
April 3, 2018
March 27: French Burgers, Danish Pizza
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 Puglisi is on the line from Copenhagen to talk about how his heritage has helped him shape cuisine that defies the rules. Born to a Norwegian mother and a Sicilian father, Christian's ideas about where he comes from have changed with time, as have his ideas about food. We hear all about how his hit restaurant Baest has blurred the lines of what makes an 'authentic' pizza by going for freshness first — to the point of making Danish mozzarella — and his ongoing battle to make his restaurants as green as possible. Plus: how the French learned to love burgers; how the world learned to hate Cambridge Analytica; and a German footballer with a huge heart (and lucky blood). | | @EuropeansPod | Instagram: @europeanspodcast
March 26, 2018
March 20: Suzy Menkes and the Beer-Brewing Monks
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 fashion scene and the death of iconic French designer Hubert de Givenchy. In other news, Dominic comes clean about his traumatic experience as a 12-year-old child star in Siberia and gets mixed up (like everyone else this week) between Slovenia and Slovakia. Plus: happy Finns, clowns, and a PR coup for some beer-brewing Belgian monks. Thanks for listening! If one weekly Europe fix isn't enough, check out our Facebook page where we post all kinds of interesting links from around the continent: See you next week when we'll have our first-ever Michelin-starred chef on the show! Twitter: @EuropeansPod Instagram: @europeanspodcast 🇪🇺 🇪🇺
March 20, 2018
March 13: The best place for our little sprouts
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 always loved living in the city — until it came to putting her kids in school there. Dutch kids are famously supposed to be the happiest in the world, but is it really true? Since we're planning for the future we might as look all the way ahead to Doomsday. Katy's been chatting to Asmund Asdal, the coordinator of Norway's Global Seed Vault, which keeps back-ups of the world's grains and seeds for use in case of disaster. Also: good news for young Europeans with wanderlust, bad news for clocks, and some mile-high poetry. Thanks for listening! If you've got a few minutes to spare, we'd love it if you could help us spread the word by leaving us a review on iTunes: | Twitter: @EuropeansPod | Insta: @europeanspodcast
March 16, 2018
March 6: Don't put salt on every snail
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 Angela Merkel and bad news for press freedom in Slovakia. Eckard Helmers is on the line from Germany to explain why Europe fell in love with diesel cars even though they're poisoning our air. And we're talking English — literally — with Marko Modiano, a linguistics expert in Gävle, Sweden, about how the language is taking on a life of its own in Europe. Don't forget to review, rate and subscribe! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Twitter: @EuropeansPod Insta: @europeanspodcast
March 16, 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 with you. Raised by Greek parents in a working-class Stockholm suburb, Alexandra went on to become a prominent journalist in Sweden. But along with the job came the threats: years and years of horrific threats from neo-Nazis who didn't like the way she stood up for multi-culturalism. Last year, something unexpected happened: a former neo-Nazi got in touch to confess he had tormented her for years, and to say he was sorry. And Alexandra did something even more unexpected: she decided to meet up with her former tormentor for coffee. Katy and Dominic rang Alexandra in Stockholm to discuss her remarkable decision to forgive Martin, and why Sweden needs to take its neo-Nazi threat much more seriously. But along the way they also talk about national identity, the Eurovision song contest, and what it means to be European.
March 1, 2018
Feb 27: Making peace with the wolves
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 threats from neo-Nazis, she invited one of them for a cup of coffee. Alexandra gives us a masterclass in forgiveness — and stay tuned later in the week for a bonus episode featuring her full conversation with The Europeans. But first, actual wolves. After Belgium saw its first in a century, we're taking a look at how different countries across the continent are dealing with 20,000 of the proud predators — and our guest Max Rossberg of the European Wilderness Society argues we need a total rethink. Plus: the monster of Brussels, a monstrous week for Britain's Jeremy Corbyn, and some less monstrous news to cheer us up at the end. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes if you enjoyed the show! Twitter: @EuropeansPod
February 26, 2018
Feb 20: Olympic gold, Dominic is old, Katy has a cold
We've got two birthdays to celebrate this week. Independent Kosovo is officially 10, and your host Dominic Kraemer is officially old. Congrats to both! As Kosovo marks 10 years since declaring independence from Serbia, we give our man in the Balkans Andrew MacDowall a call to explain the challenges that lie ahead for Europe's youngest country. Meanwhile, Katy's been huddling under a duvet in Paris with a cold this week -- a great excuse to obsess over the Winter Olympics, not least that amazing Scottish invention, curling. Team Finland's Oona Kauste is on the line all the way from South Korea with a staunch defence of the sport against allegations that it 'looks weird', and how she manages to juggle the Olympics with her career as a hairdresser and make-up artist. Plus: out and proud LGBT Olympians, happy news for German commuters, and political truth, Dutch-style. Oh, and a mysterious Finnish tongue-twister. Anyone that solves the mystery gets a gold medal of their very own. We're
February 19, 2018
Feb 13: Mi kidney, su kidney
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 lives, transplant ethicist Greg Moorlock is on the line from Birmingham, England to discuss why Spain sees so many more donations than Germany and whether or not the Netherlands should make giving up our kidneys an ‘opt-out’ affair. And Ania Jakubek in Warsaw is back to explain what’s going on with Poland’s new Holocaust law. Plus: a good (ish) week for Angela Merkel, and a bad one for French fashion designer Christian Louboutin and his famous red-soled shoes. Thanks so much for the lovely reviews you’ve been writing — it’s not too late to add another to help people find the podcast across Europe and beyond! Check out our website: Follow us on Twitter: @EuropeansPod
February 12, 2018
Feb 6: Build your own Europe, baby
This week on The Europeans, two interviews about building things from scratch. We speak to in-house IKEA designer Sarah Fager in Älmhult, Sweden, about the philosophy that drove the company’s late founder Ingvar Kamprad to take over the world with his flatpack furniture. And in Milan, Andrea Venzon is on the line to give us the lowdown on the new pan-European political movement he’s just set up, Volt. Plus: gassed monkeys, dabblings in erotica by Jean-Claude Juncker, and a whole lot of oranges. Dominic and Katy are delighted that The Europeans has been listed by the British Podcast Awards in their Podwatch newsletter as one of the top five podcasts that will change your perspective! Join the 40,000 people signed up to their email updates here. In the meantime, a special thanks for helping to spread the word about the podcast. We'd love it if you could leave us a review on iTunes so we can get it plugged into every ear in Europe: For more info, v
February 6, 2018
Jan 30: Trawlin’, Ballin’, Fallin’
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 Katy and Dominic have both been in Austria this week and are taking a little inspiration from their (mis)adventures to delve into the traditions of the Viennese ball season. We’ve got devoted local fan Matthias Brandstetter on the line to run us through the do’s and dont’s of taking your first spin on the Viennese dance floor. But first, to the sea! We speak to Pavel Klinckhamers from Greenpeace Netherlands about the controversial fishing technique that may have landed the hake on your plate and has French fishermen furious with their Dutch competitors. Enjoying the show? We’d love it if you could leave us a review to help more listeners find us around Europe and beyond: ‪ | ‬Twitter: @EuropeansPod | Insta: @
January 29, 2018
Jan 23: Fake snus
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 school kids across Europe how to spot propaganda and media bias on the internet with her new project Lie Detectors. And we delve into the world of Scandinavian snus tobacco, illegal in most of the EU. For the first time, it’s more popular in Norway than cigarettes. But why? We find out from Kris Johansson in Oslo, and the author Christopher Snowdon is on hand to explain why this stuff is still banned around Europe despite growing evidence that it helps people quit smoking. Plus: news from Davos with the tiniest mention of T***p, and a weaponized sausage for dessert. If you like The Europeans, help us spread the word! Write us a review on iTunes: Twitter: @EuropeansPod Insta: @europeanspodcast
January 22, 2018
Jan 16: Translating Trump, Defending Deneuve
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 interview with the voice of Trump on German television, Franz Kubaczyk, and his fellow interpreter Leonie Wagener about the perils of translating the most unpredictable president in US history. And the French writer Agnès Poirier is on the line to discuss Deneuve’s controversial letter criticizing the #MeToo movement and what may have been lost in translation. Plus: fantastic plastic news and an unwelcome flashback from early-2000s pop. Have Katy and Dominic won you over? Please loudly proclaim your love to Buzzfeed to help us get noticed! Twitter: | Email us:
January 15, 2018
Jan 9: The Dumbest Farmer Finds The Biggest Potatoes
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 comeback. And Georgi Gotev is on the line to talk about what we can expect from Bulgaria as the EU’s poorest country takes the helm as president for the next six months. We ask why a baby born in Bulgaria has a much lower life expectancy than one born in Spain; and there’s a feminist, vodka-flavoured happy ending for you. What more could you want from your favourite European podcast? |
January 8, 2018
Dec 19: O Come All Ye Phosphateful
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 Heath of Politico about why the corridors of EU power are so goddamn white. Phosphate-laden euro kebabs and novelty avocados are also on the menu for our millennial listeners. And we give Dutch trans activist Jonah Lamers a ring to ask why the Netherlands picked ‘gender neutral’ as the most irritating word of 2017. We’ve had a blast making our first four episodes and can’t wait to see you next year! Thanks for all your support. Please help us spread the word or by leaving us a review on iTunes at For more info, visit
December 18, 2017
Dec 12: National Hallydays
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 talks to Anousha Nzume from Dipsaus, the hit podcast for Dutch women of colour, about why the Netherlands insists on making blackface a festive affair at this time of year. And Katy makes a valiant attempt to explain why Hallyday wasn't remotely famous outside France despite being a legend at home. Plus Ania Jakubek is back with news of a new Polish prime minister, with Dominic's Happy Ending bringing up the rear... Literally. Please rate and review us on iTunes so others can find the podcast! And hit us up: |
December 11, 2017
Dec 5: C’est too much
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. Elsewhere, we talk to journalist Claire Sergent about whether French could really one day be the world’s most widely spoken language, and to European gay travel supremos A Couple Of Men about their hugely successful blog. This podcast contains no traces of Brexit at all, it’s a near-Christmas miracle! Please leave us a review if you enjoyed The Europeans, and help us to spread the word. |
December 5, 2017
Nov 28: Katy smells the money
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 about Germany’s very un-German lack of a government, and Ania Jakubek in Warsaw about Frida Kahlo’s ties to Poland.
November 28, 2017
The Trailer
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 continent, and we call up friends and interesting people to see what’s been going on where they are. If you’re looking for a podcast about Europe in English that isn’t waaay serious or just about Brexit, you’ve come to the right place. Out on Tuesdays!
November 19, 2017
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