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Politicians, activists and researchers debate the issues facing the EU and a 'guest of the week' offers their insight in a long-format interview that gets to the heart of the matter. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2018-06-25

A new stance on immigration? Europe's latest tussle over migrants

It's been three years since the number of people seeking to enter the EU hit a major spike. 2015 was the year that Germany took in more than a million people, fences were put up in certain parts of the continent and the Schengen free movement agreement was partially suspended. Three years on, the case of a charity rescue ship in the Mediterranean, the Aquarius, has thrown a new spotlight on the fact that Europe still hasn’t come up with a coherent continent-wide answer on migration.

Italy refused to let the Aquarius dock at its ports, saying it was full; France’s President Emmanuel Macron got into a war of words with the Italian prime minister; meanwhile Angela Merkel has been plunged into a crisis with her government partner party the CSU over migration policy. Can Europe get it together on migration?

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Roxane Runel

By Catherine NICHOLSON

Our guests

Isabelle THOMAS

French MEP, Génération.s (S&D group)

Tiziana BEGHIN

Italian MEP, 5-Star Movement (EFDD group)


German MEP, CDU (EPP group)


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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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Maltese foreign minister: ‘We need to implement legal paths of migration into Europe’

Malta is the EU's smallest member state by size and population. It joined the bloc in 2004 and is perhaps best known around the world as a sunny Mediterranean holiday...

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2018-07-09 Catherine NICHOLSON

German MEP David McAllister: 'We need more solidarity in the EU over migrants'

Our guest is senior German MEP David McAllister, a dual British-German national and former leader of the Saxony region considered a potential successor to Angela Merkel. He...

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2018-07-09 Catherine NICHOLSON

Fake news fightback: Should and could disinformation be banned ?

You can call it misinformation, spin, or more recently, fake news. The phenomenon that’s become an obsession in the era of social media is – for French President Emmanuel Macron...

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2018-07-02 Catherine NICHOLSON

Greek FM on migration: 'We need European solutions, not bilateral ones'

This week we're on the sidelines of the latest EU summit, where major themes include the migration crisis and the eurozone economy. Our guest is Geórgios Katroúgalos, the foreign...

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