Episode 7 - What’s with the Austerity Angie?

By now we know all about Merkel’s life and political career up until how she reacted to the financial crash of 2008. In this episode, we will discover about the time the EU was on the verge of a new crisis because of Greece’s instability. Emilia will tell us about Merkel holding back even though European leaders only had 72 hours to prevent it, about her stating that “Germany can’t do well if Europe doesn’t”, about her key alliance with Sarkozy in Brussels against the likes of Papandreou and Berlusconi.

The guests featured in this episode are:

  • Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019, previously President of the Eurogroup and Luxembourg’s longest serving Prime Minister.
  • Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece from 2015 to 2019 and leader of the Official Opposition since then.
  • François Hollande, President of France from 2012 to 2017, previously First Secretary of the Socialist Party.
  • Judy Dempsey, journalist and senior fellow at Carnegie Europe.
  • Florence Autret, journalist and author of “Angela Merkel. Une Allemande (presque) comme les autres”.



My question to Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel, Europe’s most influential personality in the 21st century is getting ready to give up power. Emilia, Berlin correspondent for a European media company, has been selected to take part in a panel of journalists and will ask Merkel one question. But which question? She proceeds with an investigation and interviews to find THE exact right question.

My question to Angela Merkel European is a documentary podcast. The journalistic research relies on exclusive testimonies coming from several European personalities (Alexis Tsipras, François Hollande, Jean Claude Juncker, etc). A smaller fictional picture is created to present a greater factual history.

This exclusive Europod series is composed of 10 episodes, that will be released prior to the end of the term of Angela Merkel as German Chancellor.

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