The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast

Listen to the latest Politics @ Birmingham podcast from the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 04. This episode, we talk about the European elections of 22-25 May, which saw record highs for Eurosceptic and populist parties in several countries, including UKIP in the United Kingdom and the National Front in France. We discuss the reasons for this result, the extent to which it represents a Europe-wide backlash against Brussels, and its consequences for European politics.
Date:
Friday 6th June 2014

Podcast: The EDL, Tommy Robinson and the British Far Right

Podcast: The EDL, Tommy Robinson and the British Far Right
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 03. On this week's podcast we talk about the shock resignation of Tommy Robinson as leader of anti-Islam protest group the English Defence League, and whether he or the movement now have a political future. We also discuss the fortunes and prospects of the British far right more generally, as well as those who seek to thwart it.
Date:
Tuesday 15th October 2013

Podcast: The German election edition: Merkel wins big – why, and what now?

Podcast: The German election edition: Merkel wins big – why, and what now?
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 02. On this week's podcast we talk about the results of Germany's national election, which took place on Sunday Sep 22. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats emerged victorious with an increased share of the vote, but she still needs partners to form a governing coalition after her Free Democrat partners fell below the 5% threshold required for representation. We discuss the reasons for Merkel's victory, the state of politics in Germany, and the consequences of the result for the rest of Europe.
Date:
Thursday 26th September 2013

Podcast: Syria on the precipice, Obama in crisis, Britain in search of a role (again)

Podcast: Syria on the precipice, Obama in crisis, Britain in search of a role (again)
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 01. On this week's podcast we talk about Barack Obama's erratic handling of the Syria crisis, the legal and political questions surrounding international intervention in the civil war there, and the consequences for Britain's world role of parliament's vote against participation in any military strikes.
Date:
Monday 16th September 2013