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'If you want peace, prepare for war': How an old saying is making a comeback in Europe

Ep. 364

In this episode, we unpack the growing urgency among EU leaders to defeat Russia's Vladimir Putin. Remember the old Latin saying: si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war)? We discuss what that might mean today.

We also explain what's at stake in presidential runoff elections in Slovakia and round out our episode exploring why chocolate prices in Europe are skyrocketing and what "greedflation" has to do with it.

Host Sarah Wheaton is joined by Barbara Moens, POLITICO's chief EU correspondent, Milan Nič, senior fellow for Central and Eastern Europe at the German Council on Foreign Relations and Alessandro Ford, agriculture reporter at POLITICO.

Have a great spring break! We will be back in your feed on April 12.

Further reading:

"‘Broadening’ consensus on need to defeat Putin among EU leaders, says Lithuanian president," by Jacopo Barigazzi and Barbara Moens

"Slovak president election: Pro-EU diplomat tops coalition stalwart in first round," by Tom Nicholson

"Slovakia, the EU’s next rule of law headache," by Ketrin Jochecová and Nicolas Camut

"Big Chocolate is conning you this Easter," by Alessandro Ford

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Have your say on Europe’s future at the third edition of the Maastricht Debate. On April 29 at 7 p.m. CET, Studio Europa Maastricht and POLITICO are organizing the debate that will put the candidates in line to lead Europe onstage and in front of the issues that matter to European youth. 

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