OMG it’s Omicron — China’s EU strategy — Amnesty’s Agnès Callamard

This week: the Omicron variant and its impact on Europe’s coronavirus response, our editor-in-chief on China’s approach to Europe and Amnesty International’s boss on EU emergency migration measures.

POLITICO’s Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz and Sarah Wheaton break down Europe’s response to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the debate over making vaccines mandatory and the prospects for winter as cases continue to rise.

Making his podcast debut is our new Editor-in-Chief, Jamil Anderlini, who spent most of his career in Asia before making the leap to Brussels. He shares fascinating insights into China’s view of Europe, the changes to the country he has seen under Xi Jinping and potential future flashpoints between Beijing and the West.

Agnès Callamard, the secretary-general of Amnesty International, is our special guest. She spoke with POLITICO’s Hans von der Burchard during a trip to Brussels this week, just as the European Commission was unveiling new measures related to the arrival of refugees and migrants on the EU’s border with Belarus.

Programming note: The EU Confidential crew is hosting virtual holiday drinks on Monday, December 13 at 7 p.m. CET. It’s a chance to meet the people behind the podcast, ask your questions and be a part of a live taping of our end-of-year show! If you’d like to join via Zoom, email us at [email protected] for more information.

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