Wednesday

14th Apr 2021

Podcast

A Field Guide to Autocrats

  • A cautionary tale about how quickly countries catch the autocracy virus (Photo: Helena Malikova)

Michael Peel of the Financial Times unpicks the patterns underlying the authoritarian revival in Europe and worldwide. His recently published book, The Fabulists, explores how leaders menace democracy and human rights while claiming to be modernisers and saviours.

It's an artfully written journalistic memoir from a decade of foreign correspondence. It's also a cautionary tale about how quickly countries catch the autocracy virus.

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Among Peel's most conspicuous warnings: Europeans who think they are immune, are wrong.

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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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