Christophe Robeet brings you a fresh look from Brussels. First, two MEPs face off on a burning issue that affects the lives of Europeans. Then, we interview a European leader in partnership with RFI. The show is produced at the European Parliament or the Commission. In partnership with the Robert Schuman Foundation. Every other Saturday at 1.10 pm.
Androulla Vassiliou explains why Europe must do what it takes to preserve its "cultural exception" during free trade talks with the US, discusses the future of the Erasmus Programme and comments on the crisis in her native Cyprus.
The war in Syria reveals many uncomfortable truths about the European Union as the members struggle to find a common position. When Moscow and Washington are calling the shots where is Europe in all this?
Ioannis Kasoulides says Cyprus served as a "guinea pig" in the eurozone crisis and calls the bailout deal "unfair". However, the Cypriot Foreign Minister confirms his country will do everything it takes to meet the EU and IMF's demands. He also comments on the wave of anti-Erdogan protests in Turkey.
There's currently a lot of hype about the prospect of an EU-US free trade agreement. According to some estimates, the removal of trade barriers between the world's two largest economies could bring the European Union an additional 190 billion euros each year. But some here in Europe warn such a deal could have devastating consequences on the continent's agriculture and culture sectors.
Hailed in the rest of Europe as "Italy's saviour", Mario Monti suffered a crushing defeat in February's national elections as Italians massively rejected his government's austerity measures. Monti looks back at his term in office, the rise of Beppe Grillo, Silvio Berlusconi's astounding comeback and the policies of Prime Minister Letta's grand coalition.