EU to go - the podcast for European policy

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.

Folge 18: French Council Presidency - Europe as a Stage?

In the eighteenth episode, Sophie Pornschlegel from the European Policy Centre, Yann Wernert und Thu Nguyen discuss the upcoming French EU Presidency, which France is taking over in the middle of the French election campaign. One thing seems clear: French is more likely to be capitalized on than the EU in this presidency. To what extent Macron will use the EU presidency as a stage for his election campaign and which issues will be important, you can hear in this episode.


Episode 17: Belarus - How to get the EU out of blackmail?

In the seventeenth episode, migration expert Lucas Rasche and Nicole Koenig, expert for foreign and security policy, explain the crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border from a migration and geopolitical perspective. In this episode, the experts discuss how the EU can get out of its blackmailing position on the part of Belarus and what the new government should do now in terms of European policy to solve this crisis at the EU's external border .


Episode 16: After the German election: What's next in EU economic governance?

In the sixteenth episode, Thu Nguyen and Lucas Guttenberg  discuss the suspension of EU budget rules during the pandemic-when and in what form should the next federal government re-implement these rules? What can be expected from the Ampelkoalition in the field of EU economic governance? 


Episode 15: After the German election: What's next in EU industrial policy?

In the fifteenth episode, Lisa Westhäußer and Nils Redeker discuss the unanswered industrial policy question posed in the coalition negotiations. When it comes to European industrial policy, the positions of the Ampel coalition partners are still divided. How can European industry better assert itself in geopolitical competition in the age of digital transformation? And how should the costs of EU climate policy projects like Fit for 55 be borne? 


Episode 14: After the German election: What's next in EU foreign and security policy?

In the fourteenth episode, Lisa Westhäußer and Nicole Koenig discuss the big questions in EU foreign and security policy that the new German government must address.The Ampel-Sondierungspapier suggests that Europe's strategic sovereignty should be increased. However, it remains unclear what this means. What are the gaps in the paper? Where could there still be a rift in the coalition? And what can the next German government do to make the EU more effective in foreign policy? 


Episode 13: After the German election: What's next on the rule of law?

In the thirteenth episode, Thu Nguyen and Lucas Guttenberg discuss the worsening rule of law crisis in the EU, which recently reached a new level of escalation as Poland's Constitutional Tribunal openly questioned the supremacy of EU law in its ruling. What makes the ruling so dangerous? How should the EU Commission react now? And what can the next German government do?


Episode 12: After the German election: The future of European migration politics

In the twelfth episode, Thu Nguyen talks to Lucas Rasche about a topic that was mostly avoided in the election campaign - migration. Despite falling asylum numbers, the issue is still fraught with fear. However, this should not hide the fact that the new federal government has to answer difficult questions at the European level. Lucas Rasche explains in a concise 10 minutes what responsibility it has in this regard. 


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?



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?