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Partygate fallout — Estonian PM Kaja Kallas — Cecilia Malmström on EU trade

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This week, a tale of two (very different) crises: the Partygate scandal threatening Boris Johnson and the continuing tension over Ukraine. We hear from Estonian PM Kaja Kallas on the latter. And our other guest, former European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, talks geopolitics and trade.

POLITICO’s Andrew Gray, Annabelle Dickson and Matthew Karnitschnig unpack a brutal week for Boris Johnson after a report about lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street leaves him battling for political survival. The panel also discusses the contrasting approaches of Britain and Germany on Ukraine and previews Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Washington.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas speaks to POLITICO’s Ryan Heath and David M. Herszenhorn about the Ukraine crisis and gives her perspective on Vladimir Putin’s real intentions.

Former EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström shares her views on the future of big trade deals and has some sharp words of criticism when it comes to how the EU deals with China and Russia. She also recommends this hefty piece of historical fiction by a Polish Nobel Prize winner.

And the podcast crew has some recommendations of their own, this week with a sporting theme to mark the start of the Winter Olympics. Annabelle declares an interest and kicks off with a children’s book with an uplifting theme, written by her husband (and fellow journalist). Matt suggests an “eye-opening” book about the history of the Olympics. And Andrew recommends another book delving into Olympic corruption, written by well-known investigative journalist Andrew Jennings, who died last month.

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