The Future of Europe Podcast

Europe is at a crossroads and there are many predictions as to what direction it will take and in this podcast series, we will look at key issues that will affect the European sphere in the next decade. Our podcast will cover the big topics like health care, education, civil society and the future of the nations that inhabit the European continent. We will also bring an uniquely Irish perspective, and address how the smaller European states are going to progress by using Ireland as benchmark. Our guests will be from many different walks of life and backgrounds, each bringing their perspective on how the Europe of today will become the Europe of tomorrow.

Our podcasts are presented in cooperation with the Communicating Europe Initiative. The CEI was established by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland in 1995 to raise awareness about the European Union and to improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues.

In our first episode we discuss the European economy and to help answer some questions that many people have about the European economic system, we chat with Frances Cowell. Frances is drawing on her 30 years’ experience in senior roles in banking and finance and we will ask how safe our banks are, whether the European economy is about to implode, levels of debt and the future of cryptocurrencies in Europe.

Originally recorded in December 2020, we focus on the concept of European federalism. We ask, what do European federalists stand for and can you make Europe work with federalism? Two guests from political parties, Eileen O’Sullivan from Volt Europa and Conor McArdle from Fine Gael debate.

In this episode, we discuss the future of European Media and our guest is journalist and author Tony Connelly. Tony is the Europe Editor for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE), Author of Brexit & Ireland and co-presenter of the Brexit Republic Podcast.

In this episode we discuss the future of education in Europe and our guest is Paloma Lainz. Paloma has studied education policies for global development and In the past few years she has worked for a number of NGOs, the European Commission and as research consultant for UNESCO and UNICEF. Paloma is also one of the producers of the Living Education which is a podcast that looks at education and learning around Europe and the world.

In this episode we have a conversation on the future of the United Kingdom. We have three great guests in Anna Ostrowski who is a young political student and sees herself as a British unionist, Gary Paterson a supporter of a Scottish independence and currently working in the EU in Brussels and Will Hayward who is a Welsh based journalist for Wales online.

In this episode, we will be discussing the future of language in Europe and Ireland with guests, Dr Francesca La Morgia and Síne Nic an Ailí. Dr Francesca is the founder and director of Mother Tongues which is an organisation that focuses on learning, research and policy development across education and the arts. Síne Nic an Ailí is a former Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant and a passionate Irish speaker. She has over 14 years’ experience in grassroots advocacy, cultural diplomacy, facilitation, community outreach, education, and communications.  She currently sits on the board of Mother Tongues and has helped the social enterprise to formulate a long-term strategic vision for multilingualism in Ireland.

In this episode, we will be discussing the future of Neutrality in Europe with my guest Bárbara Matias. Bárbara works for the European Commission’s DG INTPA’s Southeast Asia unit. Bárbara has previously worked in Kosovo as Research Fellow at the Group for Legal and Political Studies and as a Programme Officer in NATO’s Operations Division, on Iraq capacity-building and on Covid-19 aid coordination with the EU. Bárbara has written for online political platforms and peer-review journals since 2015. She holds a Master in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University, New York where she was a Fulbright Graduate Scholar and undergraduate lecturer.

In this episode, we will be discussing the future of voting and elections in Europe with our guest Tobias Schminke. Tobias is the founder of Europe Elects, an organisation that provides Poll aggregation and election analysis for countries in the European Union.

In this episode, we will be discussing the future of science in Europe with our guest Adam Murphy. Adam is a turncoat physicist from Dublin who’s now a producer of science audio and video in Cambridge. He made the switch when he realised talking about science was more fun than doing it. His own video series, Story of Science, looking at the history of science, will be launching soon on Youtube.

In this episode, we will be discussing we are discussing Immigration into the EU with guests Shraddha Parashar and Lawin Ileto. Shraddha is originally from India and has been living in Germany for three years and has a YouTube channel in which she discusses life in Germany. Lawin is originally from the Philippines and is also based in Germany. Lawin is the host of a popular podcast, Pop Your Cultural Cherry, which focuses on cross-cultural experiences and opinions between Asia and Europe.

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