4th wave — Whistleblower Frances Haugen — EU border blackmail

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4th wave — Whistleblower Frances Haugen — EU border blackmail

In this episode, we discuss Europe’s coronavirus resurgence and the escalating migration crisis at the Polish border. Plus, we hear exclusively from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on the EU’s efforts to rein in Big Tech.

As coronavirus cases soar across Europe and vaccine hesitancy lingers, POLITICO’s Health Care Editor Doug Busvine and Health Care Reporter Ashleigh Furlong explain how Europe got to this point and what options officials are considering to stem the tide — especially as winter approaches.

Temperatures are also dropping at the border between Poland and Belarus, where tensions intensified this week. Thousands of migrants are trapped on the frontier between the two countries, and at least nine people have died. POLITICO’s Matthew Karnitschnig speaks to Gerald Knaus, migration expert and co-founder of the European Stability Initiative, about the EU’s options for diffusing the situation and finding a more permanent solution.

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is our special guest. She spoke to POLITICO’s Chief Technology Correspondent Mark Scott during her trip to Brussels, where she also testified in the European Parliament this week. Haugen addresses the risks of being a whistleblower and why she believes the European Union is primed to take on Big Tech companies to better police harmful online content.