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In 2017, Europe is in a period of heightened uncertainty: the rise of populist politics, the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the prospect of a weakened European Union and an increasingly assertive Russia on its doorstep.

French voters recently rejected both major parties to elect an unknown quantity in Emmanuel Macron, who has never before held elected office. The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has made a virtue of being an ‘unclubbable’ Conservative, and she’s riding high in the lead-up to the June election on a manifesto of ‘country and community’. What will happen when Germany goes to the polls in September? Angela Merkel’s popularity has been waning since 2015, but 21st-century Europe has become hard to imagine without her steady, predictable presence.

Gone are the days of politics as usual. To discuss the state of play in the UK and Europe, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft is joined by Mary Gearin and Georgina Downer.

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Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more

Mary Gearin

Mary Gearin is the ABC’s National Sport Correspondent. A former Europe Correspondent, based in the London bureau, Mary led the ABC’s coverage of major breaking world news events, such as the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, the Germanwings disaster, Greece’s 2015 elections and financial c... Read more

Georgina Downer

Georgina Downer is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Georgina has extensive experience in foreign policy, most recently as the Director of Asialink Diplomacy at the University of Melbourne. Previously, she was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, and occupied var... Read more

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