Talking Europe(um) – podcast about Europe and the EU

Talking Europe(um) is a podcast which comments on current issues in the European Union. List of episodes, as well as information about where you can listen to the podcast, is in the article.

List of episodes [language of the episode]

Episode 1: Opening of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania [CZ]

  • Published: 30 March 2020
  • Guest: Jana Juzová, Research Fellow focused on democratization and European integration of the Western Balkan countries, and EU enlargement

Episode 2: European Union's reaction to coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 [CZ]

  • Published: 13 April 2020
  • Guest: Zuzana Stuchlíková, Head of Brussels Office of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Episode 3: European Union budget negotiations [CZ]

  • Published: 29 April 2020
  • Guest: Vít Havelka, Research Fellow, who focuses on institutional relations of the EU and its member states, the EU budget, Europeanisation, and the transformative power of the EU

Episode 4: European Green Deal [CZ]

  • Published: 11 May 2020
  • Guest: Kateřina Davidová, Research Fellow, her research focuses on issues related to climate change and energy

Episode 5: The first steps of the new Slovak government [CZ]

  • Published: 27 May 2020
  • Guest: Vladimír Bartovic, Director of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Episode 6: What are the possibilities for study stays and internships? [CZ]

  • Published: 26 June 2020
  • Guest: Martin Vokálek, Deputy Director of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Episode 7: A tale of two elections: US elections in review [English]

  • Published: 8 September 2020
  • Guest: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Research Fellow focusing on issues around Transatlantic and Central and Eastern European security, NATO and Eastern Partnership

The Democratic and Republican National Conventions have just wrapped up and so far have painted two stark and very different pictures of America. One has encompassed diversity, plurality, and normalcy, the other one focused on divisive issues and painted a distorted and polarized reality.

Our Deputy Director Christian Kvorning Lassen and Research Fellow and resident American, Danielle Piatkiewicz, discussed the differences between the two with regards to key foreign policy and domestic issues, while also having a free-wheeling more philosophical discussion about the state of the US and what the future might hold.

Episode 8: Dance with the bear: Will Putin maintain his "friend" Lukashenko in power? [CZ]

  • Published: 22 September 2020
  • Guest: Pavel Havlíček, Researcher at AMO 

Episode 9: Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia: Has the West found common ground? [CZ]

  • Published: October 8
  • Guests: Jana Juzová, Researcher at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, together with Janina Hřebíčková, Special Representative for the Western Balkans from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Episode 10: Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: How to resume EU-Turkey dialogue? [CZ]

  • Published: October 28
  • Guest: Jana Juzová, Researcher at EUROPEUM Institute of European Policy

Episode 11: The New Sheriff at the White House: What to Expect from Joe Biden? [CZ]

  • Published: November 10
  • Guest: Jiří Pehe, Director of the University of New York in Prague and political commentator

Episode 12: What to expect in 2021? [CZ]

  • Published: December 31
  • Guests: Vladimír Bartovic, Director of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, and Jana Juzová, Vít Havelka, and Kateřina Davidová, researchers at EUROPEUM

Episode 13: Conference on the Future of Europe [CZ]

  • Published: February 1
  • Guests: Zuzana Stuchlíková, Associate research fellow of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Episode 14: Economy vs. Security: What is the future of the EU and China's relationship? [CZ]

  • Published: February 15
  • Guests: Alexandr Lagazzi, Associate research fellow of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Episode 15: EU-Russia relations under strain: Geopolitics, Navalnyj and the upcoming elections [CZ]

  • Published: March 1
  • Guests: Pavel Havlíček, Researcher at AMO 

Episode 16: How does the Czech Republic intend to use money from the European fund for post-pandemic recovery? [CZ]

  • Published: March 15
  • Guests: Vít Havelka, Research fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Episode 17: Side effect of the Russian vaccine: the fall of the Slovak government? [CZ/SK]

  • Published: March 29
  • Guests: Miroslava Pisklová, Project manager at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Episode 18: Against the oppression of the Uighurs: How to understand the current dispute between the EU and China? [CZ/SK]

  • Published: April 12
  • Guests: Matej Šimalčík, Analyst at MapInfluenCE and Director of think tank Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS) in Bratislava

Episode 19: Slovenian prime minister in the spotlight - an attempt to change borders in Balkans?

  • Published: April 26
  • Guest: Tereza Masopustová, Office Manager of the EUROPEUM, Žiga Faktor, Head of the Brussels office of the EUROPEUM

Episode 20: Seventeen years since the Czech Republic's entrance into the EU

  • Published: May 10
  • Guest: Štěpán Černý, director of the European Policy Coordination Department at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

Episode 21: Legacy of Angela Merkel: how did she change Germany and is the country ready for her departure?

  • Published: May 31
  • Guest: Zuzana Lizcová, Institute of International Studies of the Faculty of social sciences, Charles University

Episode 22: 30 years since the inception of wars in the former Yugoslavia and their impact on the Western Balkan countries

  • Published: June 21
  • Guest: Jana Juzová, Petr Čermák

Episode 23: How can the project Carbon Capture and Storage help with the lowering of carbon emissions?

  • Published: July 5
  • Guest: Michal Hrubý

Episode 24: Repatriation of foreign terrorist fighters. Is there a common European approach?

  • Published: August 8
  • Guest: Asya Metodieva

Episode 25: Decarbonization of the automotive industry and electromobility. What is new and what does it mean for the Czechia? [CZ]

  • Published: September 27
  • Guest: Michal Hrubý

Episode 26: The impact of elections on the postition of the Czech republic in the EU [CZ]

  • Published: October 11
  • Guest: Vít Havelka

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Martin Vokálek
Executive Director

Expertise: Economic issues, European security and NATO, war crimes and international law problematic

Zuzana Stuchlíková
Associate Research Fellow

Expertise: Central Europe, EU Institutions

Danielle Piatkiewicz
Research Fellow

Areas of expertise: Transatlantic and Central and Eastern European foreign and security relations, democracy promotion and NATO.

Christian Kvorning Lassen
Deputy Director & Head of Research

Expertise: Migration/European migration crisis, EU foreign policy, Scandinavian politics, populism, EU enlargement policy

Jana Juzová
Research Fellow

Expertise: regionalism, Visegrad cooperation, democratization and European integration of the Western Balkan countries, EU enlargement

Vít Havelka
Research Fellow

Expertise: EU institutional relations with member states, europeisation, transformation role of EU

Žiga Faktor
Head of Brussels Office

Expertise: European integration of Western Balkans, EU enlargement, Slovenian Politics and EU-Turkey relations

Kateřina Davidová
Research Fellow

Expertise: EU climate and energy policy, environmental protection

Expertise: EU institutional issues, Economic and Monetary Union, € and European budget, Brexit, EU foreign policy, EU enlargement with the focus on Western Balkans, Slovak foreign and domestic policy and economic issues