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Inside Europe
Saturday 6 AM

A weekly deep-dive into the twists and turns of European current affairs, politics and culture, brought to you by Germany’s international broadcaster.

  • Energy policy as an international security issue, Russian activists seek a safe haven in Bulgaria and Turkey lines up its demands. Also on the show: the moral case for the return of the Parthenon marbles, second generation migrants and the question of French identity, an Autobahn extension threatens Berlin’s club life and Asian hornets menace Spanish bees.
  • What are the lessons from the Dutch elections won by far-right firebrand Geert Wilders, London receives its annual Christmas gift from Norway and Germany grapples with a €60 billion hole in its budget. Also: a new Lviv art venue opens amid the Ukraine war, earthquake legislation in Romania forces small firms to close and French winemakers ask: 'Where have all the drinkers gone?'
  • Shock result in the Netherlands, Finland closes border crossings with Russia, and choppy waters ahead for Spain’s Pedro Sanchez. Also: Erdogan’s double game on the Middle East, Italy's mafia mega-trial, the EU's AI Act, and a night out at the circus.
  • A deal to retake power in Spain, the Dutch front-runner who does not want to be Prime Minister, David Cameron’s comeback and an update on Ukraine’s NATO membership bid. Also: an inter-faith initiative in Paris, a Living Library in Düsseldorf, intersecting migration journeys in Serbia and a tech summit in Lisbon.
  • Migration talks in Berlin, a new pact between Italy and Albania, and Germany's NFL fanbase turns out for the Dolphins. Also: We get a lawyer’s perspective on democratic backsliding in the UK, why 90 Percent of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust, France cracks down on migrant crossings from Italy, and Spain creates olympic ambassadors for refugees.
  • Ukraine conflict intensifies, ship-spotting to stop Putin, and an exhibition of Palestinian art in Paris. Also on the show: The Guardian's Ajit Niranjan on his carbon bomb reporting, a visit to a Portuguese wave energy site and a rousing dose of Milanese rap.
  • Macron in the Middle East, a new flash point in the Caucasus, and Orban loses an ally. Also: Oboist James Austin Smith on the lost music of East Germany and a two-part look at climate adaptations, from Paris to Germany’s Ahr valley.
  • The European implications and repercussions of the Israel-Hamas war, Polish elections, and the electrical items saved from the dump by the arrival of repair cafes. Also: the Spanish film festival celebrates women of horror and a new DW history podcast with a quirky approach to storytelling.
  • How Russia is using the Israel-Hamas conflict for its own ends, no show for Syria in The Hague as the country is tried for war crimes, and we meet the international volunteers keeping vital aid to Ukraine stocked up. Also: two German states shift to the right, Paris cleans up a major bedbug infestation, and conservatives threaten to halt major reforms in the Catholic Church.
  • Ukraine war fatigue helps a pro-Putin politician to victory in Slovakia, will Europe step to fill the US gap in military aid to Kyiv? As Nagorno Karabakh prepares for dissolution, what role did Turkish drones play in Baku's victory? Also: women in Greenland demand compensation over a birth control scandal and as a major Dutch gas field closes, many residents say 'Good riddance.'
  • The end of Nagorno-Karabakh, Greece’s Syriza party has a new leader, the race is on to find Montenegro’s laziest citizen, and in praise of all things coffee. Also on Inside Europe: The Guardian’s European Culture Editor, Philip Oltermann, kicks off a half hour of programming devoted to all things cultural...and sporting!
  • How a nuclear power plant was turned into a torture chamber, Lampedusans find themselves on the frontlines of Europe's border crisis, and how to save the British pub? Also: why anti-corruption work is war-work, how the Netherlands keep storm surges at bay, heat-proofing Seville and a trip to Italy’s annual insolvency festival.