Exploring Madeira, Europe's far-flung floating garden (part 2)


Talking Europe brings you a special farming-focused edition from Madeira. It’s a place known as the Pearl of the Atlantic: a volcanic archipelago that’s twice the size of Malta, an autonomous region of Portugal, but geographically closer to Africa. Today Madeira is perhaps best known for its famous footballing son Cristiano Ronaldo, plus its year-round subtropical climes, which contribute to the famous Madeira fortified wine. In our special programme, FRANCE 24's Europe Editor Catherine Nicholson takes you to explore this craggy floating garden.


We speak to leading figures of the local economy and political scene: we ask Francisco Albuquerque, a wine expert for the famous Madeiran winemaker Blandy's, about how to market the product around the world; plus we talk to MEP Sara Cerdas about the changes and challenges Madeirans confront all year round.

And our reports take a look at the future of farming across Europe. Our Brussels correspondent Alix Le Bourdon reports on how lobbyists and MEPs are trying to hammer out a new Common Agricultural Policy, while Luke Brown travels to Estonia to meet Erasmus+ exchange students learning about the differences - and similarities - of farming far from home.

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