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Natthanan Kunnamas has been trained in European Studies for over 20 years and taught for over 14 years in over six modules related to the EU. She received BA in International Affairs and German Language with 1st Class Honours from Thammasat University, with highest GPAX (Summa Cum Laude) in 1996. She won Leeds-ASEM Chevening Scholarship to study MA European Politics (EU Public Policy) at University of Leeds, UK and further won Thai government’s funding for doctoral degree at the same place. ...
 
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Two european indie hackers documenting the journey of building bootstrapped software businesses inside the fortress Europe. Follow Jesper Bylund and Marcus Stenbeck as they give in depth insight into the entrepreneurial process. Hosted by @jesperbylund & @marcusstenbeck
 
The Balkans is synonymous with disputed borders and ethnic tensions, this podcast series challenges these divisions by combining audio diaries from eight young people from four different Balkan countries. Our diarists met face-to-face in Tirana, Albania and got the chance to discuss, debate and interview each other on topics relevant to their lives. They decided upon topics for each episode that resonated with Balkan youth and created poignant, thoughtful and entertaining diaries. Subscribe ...
 
OperaVision is opera for the connected world! Watch live streams as the operas themselves unfold in the opera house. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing our richly populated digital library, stories, and articles. Discover resources for young audiences and for artistic career development. In English, French, and German, thoughtfully curated, and free to browse and explore. Supported by the European Union's Crea ...
 
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Ugo invites a camera crew to this week's pod as he joins Danny and Chris on the sofa to reflect on an eventful week, especially off the field. All four URC matches in South Africa were called off because of Covid-19 and an outbreak in the Barbarians men's squad saw their match with Samoa cancelled. How many players will switch national teams after …
 
Following the military's takeover in Sudan on October 25, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the house arrest of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, it took nearly a month of negotiations to reach an agreement. But there is another significant figure in the country’s political dynamics: General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo. He is al-Buhan’s deputy in t…
 
There are big questions to ponder on this week's pod; who hacked Chris' Twitter account? Was England's victory over South Africa the best of Eddie Jones' reign? And has New Zealand's aura been vaporised? Danny, Ugo and Chris also chat to Scotland captain Stuart Hogg about his new teeth, breaking the try record and the importance of Chris Harris bot…
 
Following the October 25 military takeover in Sudan, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior officials of the government were detained, including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was put under house arrest. But after nearly a month of negotiations, the parties have reached a political agreement. Abdalla Hamdok has been released and reinstat…
 
Paul Kagame took office just six years after the 1994 genocide, in which some 800,000 people were slaughtered in an ethnic conflict. But although Rwanda has transformed into what many consider “Africa’s tech hub” and achieved rapid economic growth, it has struggled to leave its dark past behind. And while many see Kagame as a visionary leader, othe…
 
With Danny still living it up in Dubai, Alex Corbisiero join Chris and Ugo on the pod this week. They chat to Jamie Heaslip about another win for Ireland over the All Blacks and find out what's changed under Andy Farrell. Can England cope without Owen Farrell and Jamie George when they meet South Africa at Twickenham this weekend? Wales scrape past…
 
Rafael Correa was part of the 2000's golden age for left-wing movements across Latin America. He was voted into power in Ecuador in 2007 and left office 10 years later to retire in Belgium. In 2018, a judge in his home country ordered him to return to face charges related to the kidnapping of an opposition leader, but he remained in Brussels under …
 
Ugo and Chris sit down with legendary All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen for a special bonus pod. He reflects on what went wrong for the All Blacks against England at the 2019 World Cup, shares his coaching philosophy and how he dealt with pressure after nearly two decades in the game. We also get stuck into the future of the game and what needs to…
 
Fresh from a trip to Peterborough passport office, Danny is back on the pod before going on holiday to a popular destination for rugby players. He joins Chris and Ugo to discuss a big win for Scotland, the Cardiff pitch invader and South Africa's victory over Wales. England winger Adam Radwan joins the pod to talk about running fast, Eminem and doi…
 
Talks and initiatives on the environment are usually driven by the world’s superpowers, but many of the largest economies appear to be failing when it comes to clean energy. Now Chile is trying to have a louder voice. As recent reports from the United Nations reveal just how much damage human activity has done to our planet, can Chile succeed in be…
 
Ugo and Chris are on the sofa to discuss a heavy defeat for Wales and the issues of playing Test matches outside the international window. England fly-half Zoe Harrison joins the pod after the Red Roses' record win over the Black Ferns and her player of the match performance. Ugo and Chris also chat to Ellis Genge about leadership and what we can e…
 
The Darien Gap on the Panama-Colombia border has been used by thousands of migrants to reach the United States. It is a dense jungle filled with mountains, cliffs, rivers and wild animals. It is also a haven for criminal organisations that abuse many of those trying to go north, escaping the financial crisis in South America that has been made wors…
 
Ugo is back after leaving Strictly but is still speaking to Chris and Danny from a TV dressing room. They chat about the introduction of leggings to the game and whether the Premiership is missing relegation. Plus, pod favourite Callum Sheedy is back to chat about Bristol's tough start to the season and a bumper autumn schedule for Wales.…
 
The European Union is a single market of 27 countries. While the bloc was officially formed in 1993, it took its member states 25 years longer to agree on the creation of a common public prosecutor’s office. The office is responsible for prosecuting and bringing charges against those accused of crimes against the financial interests of the EU. But …
 
Chris helps reunite Danny with his old boss Eddie Jones for a chat about England's 34-man squad for the upcoming autumn internationals. Chris and Danny also look at Wayne Pivac's Wales squad and discuss who should start at fly-half against the All Blacks. Plus, what's going wrong at Bath and we move another step closer to a British & Irish Lions wo…
 
Hungary joined the European Union in 2004. It was one of eight nations in central and eastern Europe that agreed to be governed under EU laws. But in recent years, Brussels and Budapest have not seen eye to eye. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says his policies are based on conservative Christian, patriotic values. Meanwhile, many in the EU a…
 
Danny talks us through another impressive Quins comeback over Bristol in the Premiership. Harry Wells joins the pod to talk about Leicester's impressive start to the season and trying to invite Steve Borthwick round for dinner. There's a look at Simon Middleton's Red Roses squad for the autumn and plenty of drop goals to discuss in the URC as the S…
 
The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August sent shockwaves around the world. The group is, once again, in power, determined to implement its vision for the country and cement ties with the rest of the world. This week, the spokesman for the Taliban’s ministry of foreign affairs discusses the group’s plans for how it will reach out to women, mi…
 
Danny quizzes Ashy about when he's going to be back in a Worcester shirt and they discuss what Saracens' new investment could mean for the rest of the Premiership. Scotland fly-half Adam Hastings joins the pod to talk about life at Gloucester, living with Chris Harris and his new toothbrush. The South African teams struggle to make an impact in the…
 
As South Africa’s top diplomat, Naledi Pandor faces many challenges in the COVID-19 era. As world leaders gathered in New York for the 76th United Nations General Assembly, vaccine inequity was at the top of the agenda. That is where we caught up with South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Naledi Pandor talks to Al Jaze…
 
Danny and Chris are on the sofa to review a busy weekend of rugby while Ugo's in a velodrome. But more importantly, who caught the eye on the opening weekend of the Premiership? Saracens deliver on their return top-flight and Leicester continue to impress. There's also a look at the United Rugby Championship which starts this weekend and the brave …
 
Since the creation of the United Nations in 1945, there have been nine UN secretaries-general. The first one, Trygve Lie, famously described his role as “the most impossible job on earth”. But how does the current UN chief, Antonio Guterres, view his position? And does he think the world is heading in the wrong direction? In the run-up to the UN's …
 
After Danny won the Premiership title for the pod last season, can Ugo add the Glitterball trophy to the Rugby Union Weekly trophy cabinet? Chris and Danny find out how he's feeling about his Strictly debut and let him know what the bookies think of his chances. The road to Twickenham also starts this weekend with Saracens back after a year in the …
 
After decades of ethnic tensions and war, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. The move was partially recognised by the international community, with the United States and most European countries as allies. The NATO-led peacekeeping forces have helped guarantee the region's security, but a diplomatic problem with Serbia and with what m…
 
Do ladybugs carry syphilis? Can a tampon pop your cherry? Myths related to sex and sexuality are in abundance everywhere, but youth in the Balkans are often more susceptible to misinformation surrounding sex as sex education is not a part of high school curricula. Our diarist Sanja explores her thoughts and musings about sex education in Serbia and…
 
Fawzia Koofi began her political career after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Her focus: promoting girls' rights to education and protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse. She has survived assassination attempts, but not even that stopped her from advocating for the rights of women in her country. Now, with the Taliban back in con…
 
As wealthy countries stockpiled COVID-19 vaccines, 50 percent of adults in Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom have now been fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, vaccination rates remain extremely low in countries across Africa, where fewer than two percent of the continent's people have been fully vaccinated. With 47 of Africa’s 54 countries …
 
With widespread international conflicts, many people risk it all to get to Europe in search of safety and a better future. And although the most common route to Europe is across the Mediterranean Sea, a new one appears to be opening through the Belarus-European Union border. Brussels has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of attempti…
 
The 82-kilometre (50-mile) artificial waterway known as the Panama Canal, makes the Republic of Panama a crucial point for international maritime trade. But the country is not only a passage for thousands of ships transporting goods from East to West. Panama is also a key transit point for thousands of migrants and asylum seekers going from South t…
 
Ugo Monye Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones look at how the Lions tour of South Africa will be remembered. Will it go down as a missed opportunity for the Lions? They also debate whether Warren Gatland should remain as head coach for the next series in 2025. Are there any standout candidates who could fulfil the role? And with it being the l…
 
After winning the series for South Africa 12 years ago, Morné Steyn returned to break Lions' hearts all over again. Ugo and Chris discuss where it went wrong for Warren Gatland's side after once again surrendering a first-half lead. They get the thoughts of Irish legend Rob Kearney, who was part of the Lions team in 2009. They also speak to Shane W…
 
Ugo and Chris are joined by Shane Horgan to look ahead to the series decider this weekend. It's been a testing series to say the least, so much does the game need a thrilling finale on Saturday? We get the perspective of La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara on how they play at a quicker tempo and beat the Springboks. And Dan Lydiate, who played in t…
 
So Warren Gatland has selected the Lions team he hopes will clinch the series against South Africa, but is everybody convinced? Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones give their verdict on Gatland's team and highlight some concerns heading into the decider. And what can we expect from South Africa without three of their World Cup stars?…
 
So we're set for a tense series decider in Cape Town. Chris and Ugo are joined by Matt Dawson, Bob Skinstad and James Hook for reaction as the Lions were beaten 27-9 in the second Test. Did the pressure Rassie Erasmus put on the officials pay off? Where did it go wrong for the Lions in the second half? And what changes does Warren Gatland need to m…
 
Brazil is in the midst of a political crisis. Many have taken to the streets to demand that right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro step down. Meanwhile, left-wing, former President Lula Da Silva seems to be making a comeback. Could he be looking at a third term in power? One man who may shed some light on what the future might hold is former President…
 
Has Rassie Erasmus just saved the series for South Africa or will this come back to haunt him? Chris Jones, Ugo Monye and Shane Horgan do a deep dive into that hour-long video by Erasmus criticising some of the decisions in the first Test. Top referee JP Doyle joins the conversation and backs referee Ben O’Keeffe to handle the pressure this weekend…
 
In the final episode Sam Warburton speaks to his former Lions team mate Paul O'Connell, who played in three Test series and captained the Lions in 2009. Paul's first experience with the Lions was the tour of New Zealand in 2005. He reflects on where it all went wrong; from injuries, to tactics and a dodgy Alastair Campbell speech. Four years later …
 
Danny and Ashy try to work out if Jaco Johan is a real person or whether it's actually Rassie Erasmus in disguise. They also chat about the Lions' victory in the first Test and speak to World Cup winner Schalk Brits for his take on how the Springboks bounce back on Saturday. And England are on the lookout for another new coach after it was announce…
 
It's advantage Lions after the first Test in Cape Town. Chris and Ugo look back at their victory over South Africa with the help of some big name guests. They get the thoughts of former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll, World Cup winner Bobby Skinstad, former Scotland captain John Barclay and two-time tourist Adam Jones.…
 
The US invasion of Afghanistan began in 2001. Twenty years on, the Americans are still there, but President Joe Biden has promised the mission will finally end on August 31, 2021. Once US troops are gone, Afghanistan's affairs will have to be solved internally. Can the country overcome the wounds left by years of disagreement and sectarian division…
 
The first Test is finally upon us. And Warren Gatland has named his team to face the Springboks in Cape Town. Ugo Monye, Chris Jones, Matt Dawson and James Hook give their take on selection, and try to predict how the Lions will play. World Cup winner Francois Louw gives us the lowdown on South Africa and there's a TMO storm on the way.…
 
Sam Warburton and Martin Johnson are the only players to captain the British & Irish Lions on back-to-back tours. So for this episode they sat down together to discuss their incredible achievement. They talk leadership, feeling under qualified, handling pressure and the art of a good team talk. Martin also relives the famous series win over South A…
 
Lions and Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg chats to Ugo, Danny and Chris from the Lions camp in Cape Town. He talks about captaining the side, time in isolation, the return of Alun Wyn Jones and his fear of birds. The guys get his thoughts on selection before picking their own teams for the first Test this weekend.…
 
Decades of turmoil in Afghanistan have led to sectarian division, political instability and the loss of countless lives. International players from the region and beyond have made several attempts to bring peace and stability to the country. The United States has played a central role. Afghan-born American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has been leading…
 
Sam Warburton chats to Gavin Hastings, one of the greatest Scottish players to ever represent the British & Irish Lions. In 1989, Gavin helped the Lions to their first series win in 15 years. Despite being on the receiving end of a right hook from Australia’s Nick Farr-Jones in the second Test, Gavin scored a crucial try to level the series. He rec…
 
Ugo and Chris discuss an eventful few days for the Lions. Marcus Smith joins the tour, Alun Wyn Jones could be on the next flight out and Warren Gatland's side get ready for their toughest test against South Africa 'A'. South African journalist Brenden Nel joins the pod to explain how Covid is disrupting the Springboks preparations and predicts cap…
 
Berlin is an unconventional city, ever changing and yet forever defined by its turbulent past. From 1961 to 1989, the Berlin Wall split the city and polarised Germany into two peoples divided by the ideological struggles between East and West. But what is Berlin today? Have the barriers the wall created been broken over three decades later? Is ther…
 
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