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Ukraine impact — Panel-speak, decoded — Poets’ guide to economics

We explore more repercussions of the war in Ukraine, explain the latest dust-up between the U.K. and the EU and unpack the patois of political panel discussions. Our special guest is retired British diplomat and author John Ramsden, who talks poets, politics and economics.

POLITICO’s Andrew Gray is joined by Matthew Karnitschnig, who tells us about his recent trip to a remote strip of land along the border between Lithuania and Poland that’s the focus of renewed attention due to Russia’s war on Ukraine.

POLITICO’s Eddy Wax catches us up on the food crisis triggered by the war, while Suzanne Lynch explains the latest tussle between the U.K. and the EU over Northern Ireland.

For some light relief on Andrew’s last show as host, the podcast crew goes meta by holding a panel discussion on panel discussions — a big feature of Brussels and other political bubbles. Why are they so popular, what do people get out of them and what are the pitfalls? We play a game of “duo-panelo” to reveal the true meaning of classic panel phrases.

Our special guest John Ramsden, a former British ambassador, tells us about his new book, “The Poets’ Guide to Economics,” which explores the impact of poets on economic debate down the centuries.

The podcast will be back next Thursday as usual, kicking off a summer season of episodes featuring different members of the POLITICO newsroom in the host’s chair.

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