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EU Today

EU Today

By The Center for European Studies
The EU Today podcast covers cutting-edge research on current events within the EU, including political divides, migration, and the EU's global connections. The podcast is produced at the Center for European Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. EU Today is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
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Economic Inequalities in the EU

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Populism in Poland and the EU
This podcast features an interview with Dr. Milada Vachudova, Associate Professor of Political Science at UNC–Chapel Hill and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Key Faculty Member. Dr. Vachudova discusses her ongoing research into populist and ethnopopulist movements in the transatlantic context, as well as democratic backsliding in post-communist European countries.
18:23
May 9, 2021
Refugees & Borders in the EU
This podcast features interviews with the organizers of the fall 2020 virtual conference "Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union". Hosted, and with introduction and conclusion, by UNC Geography faculty Dr. Banu Gökarıksel. Conference organizers include UNC Geography alumni Dr. Devran Koray Öcal and Dr. Nathan Swanson, and current students Betül Aykaç, Suad Jabr, and Lily Herbert.
48:36
April 20, 2021
Sci-Fi & The EU
This podcast features an interview of Dr. Sherryl Vint (UC Riverside) by Dr. Priscilla Layne (UNC-CH). Dr. Layne is an Associate Professor of German, Adjunct Associate Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Key Faculty Member. Dr. Vint is is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and director of the Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science program. During their conversation, Drs. Vint and Layne discuss how sci-fi texts shape and inform understanding of contemporary biopolitical trends in Europe and the US.
38:11
January 12, 2021
Welfare States and Inequality
This podcast features an interview with UNC-CH professors Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens. Evelyne Huber is the Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science. John D. Stephens is the Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology. He is also the Director of the Center for European Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. They discuss different models and outcomes of welfare states in the EU and beyond, as well as their ongoing project, Increasing Inequality in Post-Industrial Knowledge Economies.
32:51
September 8, 2020
The European Parliament and the US
This podcast features an interview with Joseph Dunne, the Director of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C. He discusses the European Parliament’s work in the US, including their relations with US congress and how EU and US politics have changed over the years.
32:08
August 12, 2020
EU-US Military Relations
This podcast features an interview with staff at German think tank The Atlantic Academy. Director David Sirakov and Education Manager Sarah Wagner discuss EU-US military relations. The Atlantic Academy is located in Kaiserslautern, Germany, near Ramstein Air Base and also home to the largest community of Americans outside of the US.
32:28
August 12, 2020
Economic Inequalities in the EU
This podcast features an interview with UNC political science PhD candidate Kaitlin Alper. She discusses her research on economic inequality in Europe and the US, and its impact on politics in times of crisis.
23:55
July 1, 2020
LGBT Rights
This podcast features an interview with Professor Phillip Ayoub (Occidental College). He discusses his research on LGBT rights proliferation in Europe, as well as variation in the US and European contexts.
14:58
June 4, 2020
Youth Engagement
This podcast features an interview with Professor Urban Strandberg (University of Gothenburg). He discusses his work with youth engagement at the International Youth Think Tank and within the context of transatlantic relations and education.
12:43
June 4, 2020
Global Brexit
This podcast features Professors Susan Pennybacker and Cemil Aydin, organizers of the spring 2019 Global Brexit panel and Lost Futures conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They share reflections on the conference, its themes, and the academic research produced from it. The events were supported by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, housed at the UNC-CH Center for European Studies. Our interviewer is Mark Reeves, a PhD candidate in the UNC-CH Department of History.
35:16
September 13, 2019
Political Parties in the EU
This podcast features an interview with Professor Jonathan Polk (University of Gothenburg). He discusses his research on political parties in the EU, including the divides between the elite and working class within parties.
12:40
September 12, 2019
Political Divides Transforming the EU
This podcast features an interview with Jennifer Fitzgerald (University of Colorado Boulder) and Mark Helbling (University of Bamberg and WZB Berlin Social Science Center). They discuss the meaning of terms like populism and radical, and dive into their research on what is making people vote for populist (and leftist) parties in Europe.
38:45
September 12, 2019
The Making of a European Alternative
This podcast features an interview with Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel of Maastricht University. He speaks about his research on cooperation and integration in Europe post-WWII, and their effects on current events in Europe.
17:37
May 30, 2019