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The big preoccupation for the Brussels bubble this week was a trip to Ankara by European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Michel took a chair next to Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdoğan while von der Leyen had to make do with a nearby sofa. POLITICO's Andrew Gray and Lili Bayer break down why "Sofagate" becam…
 
Last week, reports emerged that a vaccine production plant in Maryland accidentally mixed ingredients and ruined 15 million shots in the process. POLITICO's Sarah Owermohle talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about who is to blame and what we can learn from the situation. Sarah Owermohle is a health care reporter for POLITICO. Jeremy Siegel is a ho…
 
Jack Blanchard heads back to Westminster on the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown to hear how the pandemic has changed British politics for good. Guests in this season's finale include Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg, who discusses the pros and cons of a more digital parliament, and opens up about his home life during lockdown. Lo…
 
This special edition of the EU Confidential podcast reflects on the life and career of Stephen Brown, the POLITICO Europe editor in chief who died of a heart attack last month at the age of 57. Brown pursued an outstanding career as a foreign correspondent that took him from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle. He then took a leap of fait…
 
POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and Stuart Lau get you up to speed on recent rows between China and the European Union — alongside the United States and others — after the EU imposed sanctions on Chinese officials accused of running internment camps for hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in the region of Xinjiang. Beijing hit…
 
It's not just vaccinations that are going up right now. Covid cases are too. And that could be a problem as we try to prevent new variants from spreading. POLITICO's Erin Banco talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about what health officials can and can't do about it — and why the Biden administration is struggling to find the right message for the …
 
POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and Jakob Hanke Vela break down the Commission plan to give the EU more powers to stop vaccine exports — and point out a loophole that means even seized jabs may not end up in European arms. Matt brings us up to speed on spiraling mask procurement scandals and Merkel's plea for forgiveness ov…
 
Last week, it was fears of blood clots in the EU. This week, it’s claims of cherry-picking efficacy data in the US. POLITICO's Sarah Owermohle talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about AstraZeneca's transcontinental confidence crisis. Sarah Owermohle is a health care reporter for POLITICO covering drug policy and vaccines. Jeremy Siegel is a host f…
 
As the European Commission proposes a digital certificate to allow for safe travel around the EU in the corona era, we debate how much that matters if enough Europeans aren't vaccinated. POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and Annabelle Dickson discuss whether politics or science are behind recent decisions to suspend the Astra…
 
It's been like dominos: One European nation after the other has put a pause on AstraZeneca shots due to unproven concerns that the coronavirus vaccine may cause blood clots. POLITICO Europe's Sarah Wheaton breaks down how and why countries panicked despite a lack of evidence. Sarah Wheaton is POLITICO Europe's chief policy correspondent. Jeremy Sie…
 
Jack Blanchard sits down with Rishi Sunak to discuss his whirlwind first year as U.K. Chancellor, and hear more about his Hindu faith, his fears for the future and his love of computer games. In a wide-ranging interview, Sunak reflects on the 13 months in which he was dramatically elevated to the second-biggest job in British politics as Chancellor…
 
Our Trans-Germany Express stops first in Stuttgart to speak with POLITICO's Laurenz Gehrke about Sunday's regional elections. Then we head to Düsseldorf, where Matthew Karnitschnig picks out national candidates and parties to keep your eye on. In Magdeburg, capital of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, we talk to climate reporter Kalina Oroschakoff about …
 
From Canada to Europe to China, wealthy nations are considering introducing vaccine passports that would allow fully vaccinated people to travel internationally. But will that leave poorer nations struggling to vaccinate their populations behind? Global health reporter Carmen Paun talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about how vaccine passports coul…
 
Jack speaks to Richard Wilson, Cabinet secretary under Tony Blair, about his years as Whitehall's top official, and his memories of crises including the 9/11 terror attacks. Suzanne Heywood, widow of the legendary Cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, reflects on her late husband's long career in government and considers the extent to which unelected o…
 
POLITICO's Sarah Wheaton joins podcast regulars Andrew Gray and Rym Momtaz to discuss the implications of an increasing number of EU countries shopping outside the bloc for their vaccines. Where's the solidarity when some are turning to Russia or China even though those jabs haven't been approved by European health authorities? We also break down t…
 
As the U.S. ramps up vaccine production and puts together new guidelines for how vaccinated people can (slowly) resume some every day activities, "normal life" feels within reach. POLITICO's Erin Banco talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about what the return to normalcy will actually look like — and why it might be further away than you think. 'CD…
 
As Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, finalizes his speech ahead of next week's Budget, Jack Blanchard looks back at the pitfalls and disasters which have plagued Chancellors in years gone by. Former Treasury aide and official Ed Balls recalls his old boss Gordon Brown's 10p tax band fiasco. Philip Hammond's former media adviser Poppy Trowbr…
 
EU foreign ministers this week gave the go-ahead for sanctions on Russian officials in response to the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. POLITICO's David M. Herszenhorn, Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz and Matthew Karnitschnig debate whether this will have any impact on Vladimir Putin. Citing concerns about new strains of the coronavirus, multip…
 
China and Russia are dominating global vaccine donations. The goal? To lift their standings on the world stage — and get a few IOUs from other countries along the way. POLITICO's Ryan Heath talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about the diplomatic tensions emerging in the global vaccination effort. But first, don't get between Tony Soprano and his v…
 
Jack Blanchard abandons Westminster for a week and explores the hidden costs of lockdown, by delving into the postbags of two MPs in different parts of the U.K. Tory MP Robert Halfon explains the struggles families face in his corner of Essex, and warns of rising domestic abuse during lockdown. And one of his constituents explains how abuse victims…
 
We discuss Italy's new prime minister, Mario Draghi, and explore how he will operate at home and on the European stage. Plus, we debate whether the EU is funny, with a talented comedic cast. POLITICO's Jacopo Barigazzi gives us the inside scoop on Draghi, the former European Central Bank president. Jacopo joins podcast regulars Andrew Gray, Rym Mom…
 
Ever wish you could hop on a zoom with health officials in charge of vaccine rollouts, about what's gone right and what's gone wrong? POLITICO's Sarah Owermohle did — and she's got some stories to tell. This is part of POLITICO's Recovery Lab series highlighting the smartest new ideas for combating the pandemic. Sarah Owermohle is a health care rep…
 
Jack sits down with Britain's top epidemiologist, Professor Neil Ferguson, to discuss how the next few months of the coronavirus pandemic are likely to pan out — and why things went so badly wrong last year. Professor Neil Ferguson, the man dubbed "Professor Lockdown" explains his "fervent hope" that Britain's astonishing vaccine successes mean lif…
 
We debate EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell's controversial trip to Moscow and hear from the foreign minister of a country that knows first-hand about Russian influence, Lithuania's Gabrielius Landsbergis. Borrell is under fire for standing by as Russian's foreign minister called the EU an “unreliable partner.” POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momta…
 
A lengthy approval process. Complex, multi-state negotiations. Production snags at every corner. The European Union's vaccine rollout has been anything but smooth. POLITICO Europe's Jillian Deutsch talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about how it went so wrong. Jeremy Siegel is a host for POLITICO Dispatch and produces Pulse Check. Jillian Deutsch …
 
Presenting a sponsored episode of “Global Translations”: Over the past year, businesses, employees and families across the globe were forced to rethink what it means to “go to work.” Now, with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout underway, many corporate leaders are focused on ensuring the return to work is equitable for all employees.…
 
As Boris Johnson ponders how to woo the newly-elected President Joe Biden, Jack Blanchard looks back at how past prime ministers have tried to charm their counterparts in the White House — with varying degrees of success. Theresa May's former comms chief Katie Perrior reflects on the thankless task of trying to build a relationship with the erratic…
 
POLITICO trade reporter Jakob Hanke Vela talks us through how the Commission's export control scheme became more controversial as it evolved, culminating in a plan to override part of the Brexit deal meant to preserve peace on the island of Ireland. The Commission was swiftly forced to drop that element after uproar in Dublin, Belfast, London and B…
 
California Governor Gavin Newsom wants schools to reopen. But teachers want to get vaccinated first, which could take a while. POLITICO’s Mackenzie Mays talks with Jeremy Siegel about the messy politics of the situation — and how it could throw a wrench into President Biden’s effort to get kids back in classrooms across the country. Stay up-to-date…
 
In 2006, a young man holding no political office brought down a 180+ years program and reshaped Congress forever. Scott Bland talks to POLITICO magazine reporter Zack Stanton, a former House page who leaked transcripts of sexual messages that former Congressman Mark Foley sent to teen pages... which resulted in his resignation and torpedoed the Rep…
 
Jack hears from former Chancellor George Osborne about how these morning memos are devoured by senior politicians and newspaper editors alike; and from current and veteran authors including Esther Webber, Paul Waugh and Benedict Brogan about their daily struggle to get the email out on time. Former government special adviser Jamie Njoku-Goodwin dis…
 
POLITICO's Chief Policy Correspondent Sarah Wheaton joins Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz and Matthew Karnitschnig to talk through an in-depth story she co-authored with health reporter Jillian Deutsch on the EU's race to procure coronavirus vaccines. The news that the EU won't be receiving nearly as many doses as expected in the early months of this year …
 
Calorie counters. Sleep trackers. Health apps. They all gather a lot of data on you — and there's a decent chance they're selling it. Future Pulse author Mohana Ravindranath talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about a story she co-reported with POLITICO's Katy Murphy on who's tracking the health trackers. Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news…
 
On a special episode of POLITICO's Nerdcast: "It became clear that Scott Pruitt had sought to purchase a used mattress from the Trump hotel. And I thought, 'This is not what I expected this job would look like.'" At the close of Donald Trump's presidency, POLITICO's reporters and editors share their strongest memories of the last four years. Shocki…
 
Joe Biden's inauguration may have been happening in America, but the eyes of Europe and the world were watching. POLITICO's Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and David M. Herszenhorn discuss European reaction to the transition and debate the issues that will define this new chapter in transatlantic relations. Matt also has an update on the outcome o…
 
The day before President Joe Biden took the oath of office, the U.S. passed another grim milestone: 400,000 Covid deaths. Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel talks with health reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein about how Biden plans to overhaul the federal pandemic response and speed up vaccine distribution. Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscri…
 
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