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Latest update : 2018-04-02

Bursting the Brussels bubble: Transparency in the EU under fire

Whether you’re a Europhile or a Eurosceptic, you’ll probably have heard the same criticisms of Europe: that it's too bound up with bureaucracy; a Brussels bubble with supposedly unelected officials calling the shots for half a billion people. Recently, the sceptics got some new ammunition - in the shape of the lightning-fast promotion of a lifelong civil servant called Martin Selmayr to one of the most powerful jobs in the EU.

On today's programme we’ll be finding out why so many lawmakers at the European Parliament are up in arms about this case, but also asking whether the critics might not have a point – and if European institutions across the board might not have some work to do... to make their work more transparent for ordinary citizens.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Roxane Runel

By Catherine NICHOLSON

Our guests

Indrek TARAND

Estonian MEP, The Greens

Arndt KOHN

German MEP, Socialists and Democrats

Frank ENGEL

Luxembourgish MEP, European People's Party

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2018-07-30 Catherine NICHOLSON

What’s the future of forests in Corsica?

Wildfires that take lives, destroy ecosystems, and damage vast swathes of property and land have once again come to Europe's Mediterranean edge in the summer of 2018. In 2017,...

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2018-07-30 Catherine NICHOLSON

What's the future of forests in Sweden?

Recent forest fires in Sweden’s normally cool and damp lands have sparked alarm and brought new attention to the climate change that scientists say will make wildfires an...

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

'No evidence that refugee flows per se have brought insecurity', UNHCR says

We're now three years on from the peak of the crisis in Europe over an unprecedented influx of people seeking a new life in the EU. The numbers of arrivals are drastically down,...

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

Train tickets for young people: Building a new Europe, or simply free holidays?

Summer is here in Europe, and as thoughts turn to holidays and getaways, some 15,000 18-year-olds from all around the EU are getting some good news: they've been picked to...

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Eurogroup chief Centeno: 'We need to put an end to what seems to be a trade war in the making'

This summer, there's big economic news for Europe: Greece is formally exiting its bailout programme, the ongoing trade war between the EU and the US, and plans to overhaul the...

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