Europe in Perspective – Podcast
The Europe in Perspective Podcast is the result of a scientific initiation project, supervised by Prof. Alexandre Mendes Cunha, and developed within the framework of the Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies, located at the Faculty of Economics of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. The purpose of the podcast is to offer discussions on current issues related to the European Union, with the aim of spreading the theme of European Studies!
The host of the podcast is Arthur Mansur, a student and researcher in charge of the scientific initiation project. In each episode, an expert in the field is invited to discuss the topic with the student.
Episode 01 (Bi-regional Association Agreement between Mercosur and the European Union)
For the first episode, the topic chosen is the Bi-regional Association Agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, which has received a lot of media attention following the announcement that the negotiation of the trade pillar will be concluded in 2019. The expert invited to the episode was Professor Patrícia Nasser de Carvalho, a permanent lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, whose research interests include international trade, international negotiations, economic blocs and regional integration projects.
During the forty-minute conversation between the student and the professor, specific points about the negotiation of the agreement were discussed, but there was also a broader analysis that took into account factors such as the political component between the two regions, the current geopolitical relations between the European Union and Mercosur, and also the economic impact that the agreement will have on the regional economy.