On 9 and 10 December 1991, eleven heads of government and one president met in Maastricht. They made decisions there that fundamentally changed the future of Europe. Decisions that shape our lives to this day.
In Maastricht the EU as we know it today was shaped, and irreversible steps towards the euro were taken. Although it isn’t yet named like that.
In this miniseries from Cafe Europa we take you back to those two December days. What did European leaders have in mind? What exactly did they agree on and – just as important – what not? And how does all this affect Europe today?
Annette and Mathieu visit four places that played a crucial role in the realization of the Maastricht Treaty. In this episode they go to Chateau Neercanne.
Hear how a lunch at the castle paved the way for the Maastricht Treaty. And how thirty years ago and today, everything still revolves around the Franco-German axis.
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Collaboration with Haagsch College
We make the podcast Café Europa together with our partner Haagsch College. Haagsch College is an initiative of Freek Ewals (former BNR Nieuwsradio) and Vincent Rietbergen (former NOS). They produce substantive productions such as theater tours with Rutger Bregman, Joris Luyendijk and Thomas Erdbrink. And in-depth live streams and podcasts about current events.