The Belarus airliner drama and EU leadersâ€™ response, as well as a big bunfight over farm subsidies, are up for debate this week. And longtime EU diplomat Robert Cooper talks about his new book â€œThe Ambassadors.â€
POLITICOâ€™s Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, David M. Herszenhorn and Jan Cienski analyze the repercussions of what has been branded a state-sponsored hijack â€” Belarus forcing a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk, where an opposition activist and his partner were detained. The team also asks: Did EU leaders step up to the challenge?
POLITICOâ€™s Eddy Wax sheds light on a big Brussels battle coming to a head this week: the fight over the EUâ€™s Common Agricultural Policy. With billions of euros at stake, Eddy has the inside scoop on how the reforms are taking shape, and whoâ€™s trying to influence them. Read more here.
Robert Cooper â€” a former British diplomat who played a key role in building up the EUâ€™s foreign policy apparatus â€” is our special guest to discuss his new book, â€œThe Ambassadors: Thinking about Diplomacy from Machiavelli to Modern Times.â€ He has a frank assessment of EU foreign policy today when it comes to China â€” heâ€™s not a fan of â€œpinprickâ€ sanctions over human rights abuses. He also has some recommended reading for listeners, including a book on democracy under threat and some lighter fare, which he enjoys en franÃ§ais.
The podcast panel also has a few recommended reads. Janâ€™s tip is a profound book about how life on Earth arose. Rymâ€™s recommendation may have you rethinking how you view relationships. And David previews this tome by a recently-retired NATO bigwig.