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Why is Europe facing a summer of discontent?

Public sector workers are out on picket lines all over Europe and Israel’s government collapses.

Strikes across Europe have thrown the continent into chaos just as summer travel takes off. Emily Tamkin, Alona Ferber and Alix Kroeger discuss what is driving workers across the public sector to take to the picket line, and they speculate where the “summer of discontent” is headed.

In Israel, the coalition government has dissolved, prompting the fifth election in almost four years, and giving Israel’s longest-serving prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu another shot at returning to power. The team discuss what finally brought the “government of change” to its knees, if it indeed did bring about any change, and what the election means for Netanyahu.

Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks how the UK views the rising tide of Islamophobia in India.

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Further reading:

Emily Tamkin on India’s diplomatic dilemma over war in Ukraine.

Alona Ferber writes Israel’s double standard on flag-waving is a risk to democracy.

Anoosh Chakelian on why rail strikes are testing the Tory’s culture war on working at home.

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