Annette and Mathieu take on the European year with several guests from pop podium Paard. A year in which everything revolved around the war in Ukraine.
With MEPs Esther de Lange of the CDA, and Bart Groothuis of the VVD, they look at how the EU responded to the war as well as at the current challenges.
Regular guest and correspondent in Berlin, Derk Marseille, considers to what extent Germany has changed because of the war.
Finally, Eveline Rethmeier, Italy expert, and Koen Verhelst, who knows everything about the Baltic States and Scandinavia, join us. With them, Annette and Mathieu talk about shifting panels. Indeed, the war has shifted the balance of power within the EU this year.
Of course, they end at the reading table where Mathieu unveils his book of the year.
Tips in this broadcast:
- Mathieu recommends the second issue of The European Review of Books;
- According to Mathieu, ‘Kroniek in Steen’ by Ismail Kadare is the book of the year;
- Mathieu also recommends Alt-Finance: How the City of London bought Democracy by Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron;
- From Eveline, you really should read ‘Tasmania’ by Paolo Giordano;
- Koen recommends ‘Baltische zielen’ by Jan Brokken;
- Bart Groothuis highly recommends ‘The Weimar Republic’ by Patrick Dassen;
- Esther de Lange tips ‘Wankel Koninkrijk’ by Tim de Wit;
- And Derk adds to that pile: ‘Weltordnung’ by Carlo Masala;
- Annette tips the ‘Flags’ exhibition at Villa Empain.
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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.