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Podcast: Europe, counties and hipsters

This week’s issue of the Spectator takes a close look at Europe. Nicholas Farrell focuses on the terminal decline of Italy, and asks whether anything can be done to stop the rot. Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP, suggests that David Cameron might not mean it when he says he will campaign for an EU exit if he doesn’t receive better terms from Brussels. And James Forsyth suggests Ukip isn’t the only thing changing Cameron’s mind about immigration. James presents the podcast, and is joined by Mats Persson, director of Open Europe, and Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive for Business for Britain.

From European borders to English ones. Matthew Engel suggests that if we want real local identity to thrive in England, we should put the old county boundaries back on the map. The historian Tom Holland, who believes we should revive England’s ancient kingdoms, joins him.

And finally, have we reached peak hipster? Harry Mount suggests that the age of the hipster is finally over. It’s time to shave off the beards, ditch the fixed-gear bikes and abandon Shoreditch. Harry is joined by Aleks Eror, a journalist for Vice and the Guardian, who comes to the defence of hipsters.

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