Together with regular podcast guest Han Dirk Hekking, Europe reporter at Het Financieeele Dagblad, Annette and Mathieu look at Vladimir Putin’s European friends. With all of the sanctions the EU has been placing on Russia, you’d almost forget that Putin also has some good relations in Europe.
This episode also covers the first meeting of the European Political Community, an idea of Emmanuel Macron. Here, several countries who are at odds with each other ran into each other in the corridors in Prague on 6 October.
And is it a good idea to get our gas from the perhaps equally dictatorial country of Azerbaijan from now on?
- Han Dirk Hekking recommends A Pandemic of Populists by Wojciech Sadurski;
- Mathieu Segers advises To the Castle and Back by Václav Havel;
- and he recommends Plato and Europe by Jan Patočka.
— disclaimer — the podcast Café Europa is only available in Dutch
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.