#6 Europe: United in Diversity?

With the European elections just a few weeks behind us, we thought it would be interesting to find out what makes Europeans European? Are we united in diversity, as the official motto claims? Steering away from politics, we go looking for people and ideas that reach across borders, in order to understand each other a little bit better.

Katy Lee

Journalist/Podcaster Paris, 🇫🇷 France

As co-host of a podcast called The Europeans, and as a British journalist based in Paris, who better to ask the question about what makes us European? Turns out, the answer is not that simple. But it’s very much worth talking about, because we often barely know each other. Let’s do something about that!

Toomas Tirs

Ambassador 🇪🇪 Estonia

Estonia is often billed as the most advanced digital society in the world, so we sat down with the Estonian ambassador to talk about their intriguing e-Residency program. It promises to make it easy for anyone to start and run an Estonian business online – from the comfort of your own desk, anywhere on the entire planet.

Marko Modiano

Linguist Gävle, 🇸🇪 Sweden

Finally we turn to the topic of languages, because boy, Europe has a lot of those. But increasingly we’re all talking English to each other – I’m doing it now! This is the primary field of study for Marko Modiano, linguist and English professor near Stockholm, Sweden. Tune in and listen to his unique, positive view on Euro English as an intermediary language.

Additional notes & links

  • We opened the episode with an impression of the European Balcony Project. (We’ll post some pictures on our social media in the coming days.)
  • If you do want to learn about the organisation of the European Union, make your head spin with this thorough explainer from CGP Grey:
  • Read up on operation Tiger leap in Estonia. It sounds cool, but wait until you see that cute logo…
  • Take a look at the fancy Estonia e-Residency dashboard for their latest numbers.
  • T-shirts and sweaters and caps with the American flag or the Union Jack, sure. But why don’t we see beautiful fashion inspired by the European flag? Take a look at the European By Choice clothing line!


🎵 All music by Lennart Schoors, except:
Lee Rosevere – Awkward Silences (Version A)
Lee Rosevere – Betrayal
Lee Rosevere – Slow Lights
Lee Rosevere – We’ll Figure it Out Together