This week, the story of two (very different) crises: the Partygate scandal threatening Boris Johnson and the persistent tension around Ukraine. We hear from Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on the latter. And our other guest, former European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, talks about geopolitics and trade.
POLITICO’s Andrew Grey, Annabelle Dickson and Matthew Karnitschnig unpack a brutal week for Boris Johnson after a report on anti-lockdown parties in Downing Street left him fighting for his political survival. The panel also discusses Britain’s and Germany’s contrasting approaches to Ukraine and provides insight into Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Washington.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas chats with POLITICO’s Ryan Heath and David M. Herszenhorn about the Ukraine crisis and gives his perspective on Vladimir Putin’s true intentions.
Former EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström shares her views on the future of major trade deals and offers harsh criticism of the EU’s treatment of China and Russia. She also recommends this big piece of historical fiction by a Polish Nobel laureate.
And the podcast team has its own recommendations, this week with a sports theme to mark the start of the Winter Olympics. Annabelle declares an interest and starts with a children’s book with an uplifting theme, written by her husband (and fellow journalist). Matt suggests a “revealing” book on the history of the Olympics. And Andrew recommends another book exploring Olympic corruption, written by renowned investigative journalist Andrew Jennings, who died last month.