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Cover: Will Turkey’s constitutional referendum kill its EU aspirations?

Will Turkey's constitutional referendum kill its EU aspirations?

ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Soli Özel, ECFR Council Member and Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and ECFR's Vessela Tcherneva on the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum and Turkey's EU membership prospects.

The podcast was recorded in Brussels on 24 March 2017.

Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A History of the Present
Jan-Werner Müller, What Is Populism?
Lion Feuchtwanger, The Lautensack Brothers
James Burnham, The Managerial Revolution

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How Trump will save Europe

Mark Leonard, Vessela Tcherneva- 07/02/2017

Ironically, the deeply Euroskeptic U.S. president and his ally in the Kremlin may provide the push Europe needs to finally resolve its biggest crises.

Cover: Mark’s World in 30 Minutes: The Rise of Strongmen

Mark's World in 30 Minutes: The Rise of Strongmen

ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses with Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR Sofia office, and Aslı Aydıntaşbaş & Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellows, how US President Trump could subvert the European security order along 3 dimensions: NATO, Russia and Turkey.

The podcast was recorded on 25 January 2017.


Philip Roth, The Plot against America
Dan Harris, 10% Happier
Jürgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

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The challenge for Berlin in 2017

Vessela Tcherneva- 13/12/2016

Berlin will need to manage the fears of its fellow members, especially in regard to three specific issues.

EU-Turkey relations after July 15: Turning the page

Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Mark Leonard, Vessela Tcherneva- 15/09/2016

A complex and explosive mixture of misunderstandings, bad blood and unrecognised but shared interests has brought EU-Turkey relationship to a critical juncture.

View from Sofia: A Single-Issue agenda sidelines longer-term concerns

Vessela Tcherneva- 15/09/2016

When the future of the EU is discussed in Sofia, keeping the four freedoms intact takes primacy over any desire for a cultural counter-revolution.

Cover: ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: Summer Readings

ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: Summer Readings

ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Vessela Tcherneva, Silvia Francescon, Ulrike Franke, Borja Lasheras, and board member Ivan Krastev, about summer readings. The list includes foreign policy books, wider readings to understand the world we live in, and finally what to read to get away from it all. The podcast was recorded on 28 July 2016.

Books discussed:

The force of reason by Oriana Fallaci

Senza la Guerra by Massimo Cacciari, Lucio Caracciolo, Ernesto Galli della Lggia and Elisabetta Rasy

La febbre di Trump: Un fenomeno Americano by Mattia Ferraresi

Liberta a migrare: Perche ci spostiamo da sempre ed e bene cosi by Valerio Calzano and Telmo Pievani

En immersion a Molenbeek by Hind Fraihi

Reichtum ohne Gier by Sahra Wagenknecht

Wunschdenken: Europa, Währung, Bildung, Einwanderung – warum Politik so häufig scheitert by Thilo Sarrazin

1913: The year before the storm by Florian Illies

La France pour la vie by Nikolas Sarkozy

Expert political judgement: How good is it? How can we know? by Philip E. Tetlock

Global inequality: A new approch for the age of globalisation by Branko Milanovic

El retorno de los chamanes by Victor Lapuente

Siria, el país de las almas rotas by Javier Espinosa and Monica G. Prieto

Esodo: Storia del nuovo millennio by Domenico Quirico

The search for Europe: Contrasting approaches, published by BBVA

1917: Razgadka “russkoj” revolyutsii by Nikolaj Starikov

The Silk Road: A new history of the world by Peter Frankopan

Political epistemics: The secret police, the opposition, and the end of east German socialism by Andreas Glaeser

Thinking in time: The uses of history for decision makers by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May

Diplomat i gradinar by Ivan D. Stanchov

Ill fares the land by Tony Judt

When facts change by Tony Judt

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

The responsible company: What we’ve learned from Patagonia’s first 40 years by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley

Drone warfare by John Kaag and Sarah Kreps

Swarm troopers: How small drones will conquer the world by David Hambling

Sternstunden der Menschheit by Stefan Zweig

The Star Rover by Jack London

The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston De Walt

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

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Cover: ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: NATO Summit in Warsaw

ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: NATO Summit in Warsaw

ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Piotr Buras, Head of ECFR’s Warsaw office and Senior Policy Fellow, Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR’s Research Director, Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR’s Progammes and the Sofia office, and Ulrike Franke, Research Assistant at ECFR and expert on military issues, about what was discussed at the summit and what that means for European security. The podcast was recorded on 11 July 2016.


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Submission by Michel Houellebecq

111 things you need to see in Burgenland by Gerd Wolfgang Sievers

The world according to Europe’s insurgent parties: Putin, migration and people power by Susi Dennison and Dina Pardijs 

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