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Europe in Harmony Or Out Of Tune?

Season 1, Ep. 49

Singalonga Europe - a festival of colour and music that unites a continent and spreads colour and joy to a dull and damp May? Or an orgy of naff tunes, high camp and absurd self-regard that shows up all the bitterest national rivalries Europe has nurtured? Does it even matter? It does, says Dr Dean Vuletic, author of “Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest,” and he tells Phil and Roger it provides an invaluable insight into modern Europe’s cultural and political history. 


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