Episode 8 - Angie says « Wir schaffen das » and the extremes go mad

Emilia has already delved into every detail of Merkel’s life and political career up until her reaction to the Greek sovereign debt crisis. As we will discover in this episode, before she could catch her breath, Merkel was faced with yet another challenge, one that would make her enter history: a consistent surge in migratory flows. Emilia will tell us about Merkel being in favour of a common European asylum system and about her making sure that no more walls prevented freedom of movement. We will discover all about her famous words “Wir Schaffen das” and understand whether the far right anti-EU party AfD got more popular just because of Merkel’s choices.

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.
  • Florence Autret, journalist and author of Angela Merkel. Une Allemande (presque) comme les autres”.
  • Joyce Mushaben, political scientist, former Professor at Georgetown University and author of “Becoming Madam Chancellor: Angela Merkel and the Berlin Republic”.



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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