Talking Europe

Events, Podcast, Newsletter

2016/17 were eventful years in European current affairs, and the 1989 Generation Initiative was at the vanguard of the public and policy debate with its new series Talking Europe.

Topics of key relevance included the immediate Brexit fallout, the election of Donald Trump as US President, as well as the rise of Emmanuel Macron. In its inaugural year, Talking Europe produced 12 podcasts, hosted by Michael Cottakis, 5 policy briefs, 4 public events bringing together some of Europe’s most exciting minds, and a weekly News Brief with a weekly analysis on EU current affairs from an 89er perspective. Speakers and participants included Karen Smith, Spyros Economides, Kevin Featherstone, Timothy Garton Ash, Lorenzo Codogno, Alberto Alemanno, Philippe Legrain and many more.




Our Talking Europe podcast brings together 89ers and experts from across the continent, discussing European affairs as they happen, where they happen.

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You can also listen directly on our website: Archive of all episodes


Our events are roundtable discussions involving experts and researchers. Their result is usually a short policy report/recommendation. Previous debates focussed on the transatlantic relationship after the election of Donald Trump, the potential ramifications of Macron’s presidency on EU politics, and more.

Previous Events and Policy Report
Upcoming Events

News Brief

Our newsletter, News Brief, provides insight into the most important EU issues of the week. We also hand-pick interesting reads from around Europe, monitor the development of populism in the member states, and keep you posted on the 1989 Generation Initiative’s events and ideas.