Saturday

28th May 2022

Podcast

Trumpworld In Europe

  • The new episode of our podcast looks at the spread of US evangelical Christian money into right-wing causes in the EU (Photo: Helena Malikova)

Pastors and plutocrats are sponsoring an ultra-conservative agenda in Europe. Many of them have links to Donald Trump.

It's a world that's pretty opaque. But over the past year, investigative journalists have done painstaking work to pierce the veil.

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We talk to Blaž Zgaga, a multi-award winning investigative journalist from Slovenia. Zgaga writes for Croatia's Nacional and publications including EUobserver.

He's also a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and European Investigative Collaborations where he helps coordinate large cross-border investigations — including on the reach of the Christian lobby.

He's emerged with extraordinary detail about some of the biggest funders of faith-based causes in Europe and their links to Trumpworld.

Another chronicler of the merging of fundamentalist Christianity with European public policy is Mary Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald was formerly with online activist network Avaaz and was a senior editor at Prospect magazine. She's now editor-in-chief of openDemocracy, an online platform that's also done exhaustive work on what US non-profit groups disclose about their foreign spending.

Fitzgerald's platform also has reported on the arrival in Europe of US-style political campaign funding — funding of the kind that's hard to trace and potentially unlimited.

Author bio

EU Scream is the progressive politics podcast from Brussels. Produced by James Kanter with graphics by Helena Malikova and music by Lara Natale.

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