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POLITICO's EU Confidential
POLITICO's EU Confidential
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EU Confidential is a weekly European news and politics podcast published every Thursday by POLITICO Europe. Each 30-minute episode features POLITICO’s analysis... more

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Scholz's tanks for your assistance — EU finance chief Mairead McGuinness: Crypto is like 'a religion'

Our POLITICO team has the inside scoop on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's long-awaited decision to send Leopard 2 tanks to... more

26 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
From Davos: Tanks to Ukraine — Irish PM Leo Varadkar — EU-US trade fight

The EU Confidential crew takes you inside this week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where the world's rich and... more

19 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Director Oliver Stone talks nuclear power — EU economy chief Paolo Gentiloni

It's Thursday morning and today we bring you bumper editions from Davos with our final episode of the week landing... more

19 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
EU-US subsidy spat — Senator Joe Manchin — Diane von Furstenberg on Equality

It's Wednesday, and we're back with another episode from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.POLITICO's Suzanne Lynch, Alex Ward... more

18 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
Pessimistic CEOs — WEF after Klaus Schwab — Crypto trust deficit

As the World Economic Forum gets underway, we dive into the stories everyone is talking about on the Magic Mountain.POLITICO's... more

17 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
POLITICO's World Economic Forum guide — Richard Edelman on trust

From Davos, Switzerland, the POLITICO crew unpacks the big global issues facing businesses, governments and international organizations as top leaders... more

16 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
From Stockholm: Sweden shifts right on crime and migration — EU Council captaincy

This week, the EU Confidential crew travels to Stockholm to examine Sweden's domestic political challenges such as migration, crime and... more

12 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
2023 crystal ball — Qatargate update — Slovenian PM Robert Golob

It's a bumper edition to start the new year as we look ahead to the big stories likely to dominate... more

05 Jan 2023 · 44 minutes
EU rocked by Qatar corruption scandal — 2022 highlights

Our final episode of 2022 is a bumper edition featuring the latest news and analysis of the Qatar corruption scandal... more

15 Dec 2022 · 44 minutes
From Tirana: Western Balkan bid — Author Misha Glenny — City of spies

This week's episode comes to you from the Albanian capital of Tirana where EU leaders met with Western Balkan hopefuls.... more

08 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
Brewing EU-US trade war — Ukraine FM Dmytro Kuleba — Future of Europe

This week, we debate simmering industrial tensions in the EU over a new U.S. law. We also get an update... more

01 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
Brussels' Twitter headache — Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko — EU 'Superstate'

This week, we debate how Europe is grappling with Twitter since Elon Musk took the helm. We hear from Kyiv... more

24 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
G20 summit digested — Viktor Orbán's authoritarian journey

The annual gathering of G20 leaders in Bali, Indonesia was overshadowed by a deadly incident in Poland. A missile struck... more

17 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
COP27 and Europe's climate role — A new Cold War?

On this week's episode, host Suzanne Lynch in Brussels speaks with Karl Mathiesen, POLITICO's senior climate correspondent, at the COP27... more

10 Nov 2022 · 35 minutes
Europe braces for US mid-term elections

As Americans head to the polls next week, we dive into transatlantic relations and the impact these elections could have... more

03 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg — Commissioner Věra Jourová on EU media freedom

This week, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discusses how the war in Ukraine has shaped the military alliance. We also dig... more

27 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
Live from EU leaders meeting on energy, Ukraine and China

This week's episode comes to you from the heart of the European Quarter in Brussels, where the 27 EU leaders... more

21 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Putin's escalation — Western Balkan migration concerns — Food security update

In this episode, POLITICO's Suzanne Lynch breaks down the reaction to Russia's recent escalation in Ukraine with an update from... more

13 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
From Prague: The European Political Community is here

This week's EU Confidential comes to you from Prague Castle, where leaders of the EU's 27 countries held a historic... more

07 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
Italian election — Pipeline problems — EU ambassador to US

We discuss the implications of Italy's election last weekend and what its probable next prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, could mean... more

29 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
UN General Assembly — Russian escalation — EU reaction

Coming to you from New York City, this bumper edition of EU Confidential brings you the highlights of the U.N.... more

22 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
State of the European Union — MEPs debate

Coming to you from Strasbourg, EU Confidential breaks down this week's big EU moment: the State of the Union address... more

15 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
Energy emergency — Canada's EU ambassador — New host Suzanne Lynch

New host Suzanne Lynch digs into the EU's plans to address its energy crisis. And Canadian Ambassador to the EU... more

08 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
POLITICO's EU Confidential trailer

Europe's #1 politics podcast returns on Thursday, September 8 with our new host, Chief Brussels Correspondent Suzanne Lynch. Every week, POLITICO... more

01 Sep 2022 · 2 minutes
Monkeypox in Europe — Big Tech vs. Telecoms battle

In this bumper edition before the summer break, we explain the monkeypox outbreak in Europe and the EU's response. We... more

04 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
Russian propaganda — Macron in Africa — Cities for women

We debate what the EU and its leaders can do to counter Russian propaganda, particularly in Africa, about the global... more

28 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Heat wave — Energy vs. climate — Crypto spotlight

We dive into the politics of this week's hot topic — Europe's response to a devastating heat wave and how... more

21 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Summer travel chaos — Combustion engines' end — Wizz Air CEO

Our POLITICO mobility team takes over this episode — unpacking the issues facing the travel industry this summer and what... more

14 Jul 2022 · 40 minutes
EU Home Affairs chief Ylva Johansson — Aussie re-set — Interpreters row

As drama unfolds across the English Channel, we look at where things stand with the EU's migration policy and examine... more

07 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
NATO summit — Swedish, Norwegian and Estonian PMs — G7 flop

Coming to you from the NATO summit in Madrid, our POLITICO team analyzes a packed week in international diplomacy and... more

30 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
Ukraine on EU membership path ⁠— Balkan backlash — Albanian PM

Coming to you from the EU leaders' summit in the heart of Brussels, we discuss Ukraine's candidacy to join the... more

24 Jun 2022 · 30 minutes
Ukraine impact — Panel-speak, decoded — Poets' guide to economics

We explore more repercussions of the war in Ukraine, explain the latest dust-up between the U.K. and the EU and... more

16 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
Merkel's return — Poland pushback — US NATO ambassador

We break down the controversy over a plan to unlock billions of euros in EU funds for Poland and debate... more

09 Jun 2022 · 30 minutes
Russian oil ban — Hungarian hold-up — EU 'ghostwriters'

We unpack EU leaders' deal to ban Russian oil imports — with some notable exceptions after Hungary played hardball. And... more

02 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
Scholz on Ukraine — COVID update — Food waste solution

This special edition of EU Confidential from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland drills into the question of whether... more

26 May 2022 · 34 minutes
Death of globalization? — EU expansion — Women in Davos

This bumper edition of Davos Confidential includes a debate on the death of globalization, the prospects of more countries joining... more

25 May 2022 · 38 minutes
Russian oil sanctions — Stagflation fears — Crypto not dead

We hear exclusively from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the chance of clinching a sixth package of... more

24 May 2022 · 36 minutes
Zelenskyy chides global elite — Trust troubles — Billionaire bonanza

This episode comes to you from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland — featuring participants from business, government... more

23 May 2022 · 37 minutes
Nordic NATO bids — Commission half-time report — Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly

We unpack Sweden and Finland's historic bids to join NATO, provide a POLITICO half-time report on the European Commission's performance... more

19 May 2022 · 36 minutes
Future of Europe — Macron in Berlin — Voices from Ukraine

We debate some big ideas for the future of Europe and examine the state of Franco-German ties after recently-reelected French... more

12 May 2022 · 31 minutes
EU's Russian oil ban — Steinmeier snub saga — 21st-century disorder

We unpack the EU plan to ban Russian oil and wonder why Germany is so hung up on Ukraine's refusal... more

05 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Macron 2.0 — Brussels vs. Budapest — Climate changes Spanish politics

We take the long view on the success of Emmanuel Macron and the rise of Marine Le Pen, unpack an... more

28 Apr 2022 · 37 minutes
Special edition: Macron beats Le Pen in French presidential election

In this special edition, we analyze the result of the French presidential election and its implications for France and for... more

25 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Macron and Le Pen debate — Germany's Ukraine weapons dilemma

We review the big clash between French presidential contenders Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. And we unpack Germany's struggle... more

21 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
French election round 2 – Slovakian PM in Ukraine — EU's Russian energy habit

We analyze the latest from the French presidential campaign and hear Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger's first-hand account of his... more

14 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
Special edition: French presidential election first round unpacked

In this special edition, we unpack the results of the first round of the French presidential election, which saw Emmanuel... more

11 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
French election preview — Orbán's victory — Transparency International Ukraine

We preview this Sunday's presidential vote in France, discuss the latest Western responses to Russia's war in Ukraine and reflect... more

07 Apr 2022 · 35 minutes
Brussels after Biden — Hungarian election — World Food Programme boss

We recap Joe Biden's visit to Brussels for a series of summits focused on the war in Ukraine and get... more

31 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Biden's Brussels summits — Sanctions stalemate — Ukrainian writer Andriy Kurkov

We dive into the issues at the center of three Brussels summits dominated by Russia's war in Ukraine, as Joe... more

24 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
China's role in Ukraine — Wartime leaders — Refugee crisis

This week we examine China's role in the Ukraine crisis and unpack the latest EU efforts to bring the war... more

17 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
Russia's repression — Ukraine jet confusion — Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov

In this episode, we learn how the war in Ukraine is being reported inside Russia and unpack the confusion over... more

10 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
Europe's historic shift on Russia — Inside the war in Ukraine — Turkey's role

In this extended episode, we recap and reflect on the week that changed everything, for Europe and the world, after... more

03 Mar 2022 · 45 minutes
Russia's war on Ukraine: European reaction and analysis

This episode focuses entirely on Russia's war on Ukraine. We have reporting from inside Ukraine, news of the European response... more

24 Feb 2022 · 35 minutes
Moscow's mixed messages — Ukraine's Unity Day — Think tanker Heather Conley

We hear from our reporters in Moscow and Kyiv about the continued tensions over Ukraine. Our special guest is Heather... more

17 Feb 2022 · 34 minutes
Scholz and Macron's missions — Le Pen 2.0 — MEP David McAllister

Macron in Moscow, Scholz in Washington: How did the French and German leaders do in their diplomatic missions in the... more

10 Feb 2022 · 34 minutes
Partygate fallout — Estonian PM Kaja Kallas — Cecilia Malmström on EU trade

This week, a tale of two (very different) crises: the Partygate scandal threatening Boris Johnson and the continuing tension over... more

03 Feb 2022 · 35 minutes
Latvia's war worries — Neutrals for NATO? — Polish MEP Patryk Jaki

We take the temperature in the Baltics amid fears of a Russian attack on Ukraine and unpack how the U.K.... more

27 Jan 2022 · 34 minutes
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola — Macron on EU — Merkel's next gig

Roberta Metsola, the new president of the European Parliament, is our special guest. We also unpack French President Emmanuel Macron's... more

20 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
Omicron tidal wave — Remembering David Sassoli — Russia standoff

The coronavirus wave engulfing Europe and the West's standoff with Russia over Ukraine both feature in this episode. We also... more

13 Jan 2022 · 34 minutes
Previewing 2022 — Russian brinkmanship — DOT Europe's Siada El Ramly

We look at the big stories we expect to shape 2022 and suggest a few New Year’s resolutions for European... more

06 Jan 2022 · 31 minutes
Key 2021 political moments — Hearing from listeners — Politics of Jesus

The podcast crew, Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and Cristina Gonzalez, present audio clips that sum up some of... more

16 Dec 2021 · 43 minutes
Germany's new government — Denglish debate — POLITICO 28

As Angela Merkel bows out after 16 years, we focus this episode on Germany's new government and its chancellor, Olaf... more

09 Dec 2021 · 36 minutes
OMG it's Omicron — China's EU strategy — Amnesty's Agnès Callamard

This week: the Omicron variant and its impact on Europe's coronavirus response, our editor-in-chief on China's approach to Europe and... more

02 Dec 2021 · 36 minutes
Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg — New German government — Luuk van Middelaar

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, France's Europe minister Clément Beaune and Dutch political theorist and author Luuk van Middelaar all feature... more

25 Nov 2021 · 34 minutes
COP26 climate drama — Top US foreign policy adviser Derek Chollet

This week, we get the American perspective on European strategic autonomy and other issues facing the EU from Derek Chollet,... more

18 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
4th wave — Whistleblower Frances Haugen — EU border blackmail

In this episode, we discuss Europe's coronavirus resurgence and the escalating migration crisis at the Polish border. Plus, we hear... more

11 Nov 2021 · 37 minutes
COP26 catch-up — Tech boss John Collison — EU gets (even) funnier

The COP26 climate talks, a top European tech entrepreneur and a return to the question of whether the EU is... more

04 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
COP26 and G20 preview — Glasgow gears up — Lessons for liberalism

We preview two big weekend events: the G20 summit and the start of COP26 climate talks. We also discuss liberalism... more

28 Oct 2021 · 39 minutes
Hungary's would-be PM — Rule-of-law ripples — German coalition talks

We talk to Péter Márki-Zay, the man chosen by Hungarian opposition parties to take on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Also... more

21 Oct 2021 · 30 minutes
EU energy prices — Curtains for Kurz — Poland courts controversy

On the agenda this week: The EU's plans to tackle soaring energy prices, Sebastian Kurz's resignation as Austrian chancellor and... more

14 Oct 2021 · 35 minutes
Macron's US stance — Western Balkans summit — Dark EU lobbying

This week: The EU's place in the world — and the Western Balkans' place in the EU. And we dive... more

07 Oct 2021 · 28 minutes
Who is Olaf Scholz? — German election aftermath — EU-US trade and tech push

We dive into the aftermath of the German election and take a closer look at Olaf Scholz, the favorite to... more

30 Sep 2021 · 39 minutes
Special edition: German election results

In a special show from Berlin, the POLITICO team analyzes Germany's cliffhanger election, gauges the mood in the different camps,... more

27 Sep 2021 · 23 minutes
German election explained — French fury at Australian sub snub

We explore the defining moments of the German election campaign and debate the security-and-submarine deal between Australia, the United States... more

23 Sep 2021 · 49 minutes
State of the European Union — German election latest

Ursula von der Leyen's State of the European Union address and the closing stages of the race to succeed Angela... more

16 Sep 2021 · 37 minutes
German election's EU impact — Playbookers' premiere — Age of 'unpeace'

The German election campaign's impact on EU policymakers is up for debate this week. And European Council on Foreign Relations... more

09 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
Afghanistan fallout — Europe's military dilemma — Politics of loneliness

We debate whether Afghanistan's collapse moves the needle in Europe's long-running dilemma over building up its own military power. Plus,... more

02 Sep 2021 · 29 minutes
EU migration wrangle — Economist Joseph Stiglitz — EMA chief Emer Cooke

In the wake of the withdrawal of western forces from Afghanistan, the EU is confronting renewed questions about its asylum... more

26 Aug 2021 · 34 minutes
Europe reacts to Afghanistan's collapse

As the Taliban consolidate their hold over Afghanistan, we have reaction from around Europe to the U.S. decision to pull... more

19 Aug 2021 · 32 minutes
Summer special: Recommended reading, listening and viewing

We have all the recommendations you need for reading, listening and viewing to make the most of your summer holiday... more

29 Jul 2021 · 39 minutes
German floods — Spyware scandal — Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

The devastating floods in Western Europe are our top story this week: We hear from our reporter in the German... more

22 Jul 2021 · 36 minutes
Political football — EU's big climate combo — Recovery cash

The political repercussions of Euro 2020, a massive package of European climate laws, and the first economic recovery plans approved... more

15 Jul 2021 · 36 minutes
Slovenian EU presidency — Champagne spat — Digital expert Marietje Schaake

Slovenia's awkward start to its EU presidency and a look at why Russia has France fizzing over Champagne feature this... more

08 Jul 2021 · 31 minutes
Stunning summit — EU's engine room — Ex-Swedish PM Carl Bildt

We unpack last week's extraordinary summit of EU leaders, take stock of the coronavirus situation in Europe and bring you... more

01 Jul 2021 · 37 minutes
Hungary's anti-LGBTQ+ law — Sausage wars — Commission VP Maroš Šefčovič

Hungary's anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, France's regional elections and U.K.-EU relations are all up for debate. And we hear from European Commission... more

24 Jun 2021 · 34 minutes
Biden's European summit spree — ECB President Christine Lagarde — Birthday bonanza

We take stock of Joe Biden's visit to Europe and what it means for EU allies. And our special guest... more

17 Jun 2021 · 37 minutes
Biden in Europe — Back to Strasbourg — Transatlantic talk

Joe Biden's trip to Europe, an interview with Germany's transatlantic coordinator, the European Parliament's strange return to Strasbourg, and a... more

10 Jun 2021 · 38 minutes
Spy affair — Laschet litmus — Former Irish President Mary Robinson

Claims that Denmark helped the U.S. spy on European leaders, demands for the EU to step up on defense and... more

03 Jun 2021 · 32 minutes
Belarusian 'hijack' — Brussels food fight — Art of diplomacy

The Belarus airliner drama and EU leaders' response, as well as a big bunfight over farm subsidies, are up for... more

27 May 2021 · 33 minutes
Ep 201, presented by Equinor: Israeli-Palestinian conflict — Laschet's foreign foray — Javier Solana

European attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the foreign policy of Germany's conservative candidate for chancellor, and a chat with former... more

20 May 2021 · 28 minutes
Ep 200, presented by Shell: Vaccine patent waivers — Macron gets mad — Facebook's Nick Clegg

European leaders' cool reaction to a U.S. proposal to waive patents for coronavirus vaccines is up for debate this week.... more

13 May 2021 · 38 minutes
Ep 199, presented by SQM: Media freedom — European travel — Social summit

Is media freedom in Europe under threat? Is the Continent ready to open up as the coronavirus abates? And how... more

06 May 2021 · 33 minutes
Ep 198, presented by Equinor: Recovery recipes — Presidential problems — Scottish election

Recovery fund masterplans, a power struggle among EU presidents and a deep dive into next week's Scottish Parliament election all... more

29 Apr 2021 · 39 minutes
Ep 197: Germany's candidates — Super League shambles — data breach battles

The candidates vying to be Germany's next chancellor, Europe's Super League football flop and battles over people's personal data all... more

22 Apr 2021 · 34 minutes
Ep 196: Ukraine tension — Merkel succession battle — Marine litter

POLITICO's Matthew Karnitschnig has been following this week's dramatic battle to become the conservative nominee to replace German Chancellor Angela... more

15 Apr 2021 · 28 minutes
Ep 195: Sofagate — Central and Eastern Europe's COVID struggles — Ivan Krastev

The big preoccupation for the Brussels bubble this week was a trip to Ankara by European Council President Charles Michel... more

08 Apr 2021 · 36 minutes
Special Edition: Stephen Brown — An audio appreciation

This special edition of the EU Confidential podcast reflects on the life and career of Stephen Brown, the POLITICO Europe... more

04 Apr 2021 · 31 minutes
Ep 194: EU faces Beijing backlash — European astronauts in conversation

POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and Stuart Lau get you up to speed on recent rows between China... more

01 Apr 2021 · 30 minutes
Ep 193, presented by the European Training Foundation: Vax attacks — German scandals — Syria conflict

POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and Jakob Hanke Vela break down the Commission plan to give the EU... more

25 Mar 2021 · 29 minutes
Ep 192: AstraZeneca limbo — Vaccine export bans — COVID disinformation

As the European Commission proposes a digital certificate to allow for safe travel around the EU in the corona era,... more

18 Mar 2021 · 35 minutes
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Recovery fund masterplans, a power struggle among EU presidents and a deep dive into next week's Scottish Parliament election all feature in... more