EU to go - der Podcast für Europapolitik

EU to go - the podcast for European politics

You may be familiar with compact background information on current European policy from our popular event format EU to go. Now we're following up with concise insights into what's happening in Brussels in our podcast series "EU to go - The Podcast for European Politics". Once a month, our host Thu Nguyen takes on a current topic and discusses it with guests who know what they are talking about. The policy fellows and expertes of the Jacques Delors Centre explain in 20 to 30 minutes the context behind the news and present possible solutions.

Episode 11: Schengen in (Corona) crisis

In the eleventh episode, Thu Nguyen talks to Daniel Schade, Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University, about the challenges of the Schengen Agreement and the consequences of travel restrictions during the Corona pandemic. Especially in emergency situations, the European continent comes to a standstill. Is Schengen the symptom of a larger political crisis in the EU? What role does Germany play in the Schengen crisis - pioneer or rather culprit? Shortly before the summer holidays, Daniel Schade explains what exactly lies behind the idea of the Schengen Agreement and what challenges the agreement entails.

Episode 10: Germany, France - Borderless climate action

In the tenth episode, Thu Nguyen  talks to Sophia Bachmann, UN Youth Delegate for Sustainable Development and Yann Wernert, our expert on Franco-German relations, about the Franco-German perspective on climate policy. Where do the two countries stand on a path to climate neutrality that leaves no one behind? What can the two countries learn from each other? And where is there potential for increased cooperation to move European climate policy forward towards borderless climate protection?

This episode was organised as part of the event series "Science meets Politics" of the Franco-German Dialogue series and is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

Episode 9: Do we need to talk?

In ninth epsiode Lucas Guttenberg takes over as moderator for once and discusses the potential of the conference on the future of Europe with Thu Nguyen and the journalist Diego Velazquez. The conference is supposed to provide a platform for all Europeans to discuss a common vision for Europe. But who has ever heard of it? What is it actually and what should - or can - really come out of this conference? Do we need to talk - or is it not rather up to the governments of the member states to finally act?


Episode 8: Global player or fair play? The European industrial strategy

In eighth epsiode Thu Nguyen talks to Nils Redeker and Anke Obendiek about the new European industrial strategy. The two experts on economic and digital policy explain what industrial policy actually means and what goals the EU is pursuing with its new strategy. They take a critical look at the geopolitical ambitions of the industrial strategy: What consequences does the focus on competition with the United States and China have for the economic inequality in the EU and a democratic digital space? Is the EU in danger of neglecting the rules of fair play on its way to becoming a global player?


EU to go - der Podcast für Europapolitik

Good news for the German-speaking community: Beginning of October 2020, we launch our new German Podcast series "EU to go". In 20 to 30 minutes, we offer you compact background information and sharp, concise analyses of current EU politics. Once every month, our moderator Dr. Thu Nguyen looks at the bigger picture behind the news with one of our experts from the Jacques Delors Centre and asks for concrete ideas for the future. 

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Episode 7: Everything will be different: the pandemic and EU economic governance

In the seventh  episode, Thu Nguyen talks to Lucas Guttenberg and Ole Funke about the change in the financial architecture through the recovery fund. More than a year after the corona pandemic began, the Bundestag also approved the recovery instrument for an economic stabilisation of the European Union. But what exactly does this mean for the future of European economic and fiscal policy? Lucas Guttenberg and Ole Funke from the Federal Ministry of Finance talk to Thu Nguyen about the long-term changes that the short-term recovery fund will bring. Can a unique instrument like the recovery fund transform the whole existing EU fiscal policy? What are the open questions for the fiscal policy debate in the EU? Both guests agree that the instrument must now also be used responsibly so that we are sustainably prepared in future crises.


Episode 6: Financial markets for future

In the sixth episode, Thu Nguyen talks to Sebastian Mack about the meaning of the buzzwords "green finance" and "sustainable finance" and which role financial markets can play in the fight against climate change. The EU is already working on measures in the financial market sector to create a green economy and become climate neutral by 2050. But are these measures enough to bring about change, or is there more to be done? Sebastian calls for even more ambitious action by the EU that will really lead to a change in behaviour. Would Luisa Neubauer and Christian Lindner agree with his proposals? Find out in this episode.


Episode 5: Model Moria? EU migration policy hit the brick wall

In the fifth episode, Thu Nguyen talks to Lucas Rasche about the situation at the EU's external borders and why the refugee camp Moria has become a symbol of failure of European migration policy. Despite the New Pact announced in September, the latest images rather reinforce the impression of a permanent crisis instead of the promised new start. So how realistic is the European Commission's call for "no more Morias"? And despite all the hurdles, is there hope for more regulated solutions in EU migration policy?



Episode 4: The German Council Presidency in a pandemic paradox

In the fourth episode of EU to go, Thu Nguyen and Nicole Koenig talk about the German Council Presidency in a pandemic paradox. Resolving the budget dispute, settling Brexit, deciding on the reconstruction instrument - the expectations on Germany as "crisis manager" in the middle of the Corona pandemic were very high. At the same time, it was already clear that this would not be easy with a Corona diplomacy over the screen. Nicole Koenig and Thu Nguyen discuss not only the challenges, but also the achievements of the German Council Presidency 2020.


Episode 3: Biden and the EU - A return of the West?

In the third episode, Thu Nguyen talks to Nils Redeker and Anna Stahl about the importance of Joe Biden's election for the EU. What is the current state of transatlantic relations? Can we talk of a return of the West after four years of Trump? With the transition to the Biden administration, the first personal details of the new government have been announced. These point to a new tone in the White House, with a clear commitment to multilateralism. But will the course in the White House also change, or just the tone? After all, issues like trade policy or relations with China in particular remain controversial in transatlantic relations.  


Episode 2: Paris-Berlin: Pretty good friends?

In the second episode of EU to go "Paris-Berlin: Pretty good friends?", Thu Nguyen talks to Henriette Heimbach about the state of Franco-German friendship and its role as a motor of European integration. Germany and France, the European showpiece couple, have been in a serious crisis in recent years. But Corona, of all things, seems to bring new energy to the relationship. 


Episode 1: That dear money

In the first episodeThu Nguyen and Lucas Guttenberg take an in-depth look at the EU budget and the Commission’s proposal for a recovery fund. Praised as “historical”, the compromise between the heads of state and government in July means that the EU will issue common debt for the first time in its history. While negotiations continue in Brussels, many issues remain unanswered, including the question of the rule of law. Tune in to understand the most important questions: What is the state of negotiations, what are the contested issues, and what are the steps ahead now after the summer?