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The European Lens is a new podcast from Fine Gael and EPP Group MEP Frances Fitzgerald. The podcast series explores the EU issues that currently impact the Irish public – bringing a needed and informed European perspective to a domestic audience. Frances talks to political voices at home and experts across Europe to help listeners feel closer to essential European issues playing out in Brussels and Strasbourg.

The European Lens with Frances Fitzgerald The European Lens

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The European Lens is a new podcast from Fine Gael and EPP Group MEP Frances Fitzgerald. The podcast series explores the EU issues that currently impact the Irish public – bringing a needed and informed European perspective to a domestic audience. Frances talks to political voices at home and experts across Europe to help listeners feel closer to essential European issues playing out in Brussels and Strasbourg.

    The threats and vulnerabilities faced by Ukrainian migrants in Europe

    The threats and vulnerabilities faced by Ukrainian migrants in Europe

    On this episode of The European Lens, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and guests discuss trafficking, prostitution, and sexual violence in the context of the war in Ukraine. 
     
    This podcast explores the vulnerable situation of many women and children who are making their way to Ireland and other European countries as a result of the war in Ukraine. Frances discusses the supports that have been put in place in Ireland and what more needs to be done to protect those travelling from trafficking, prostitution and sexual violence with CEO of Ruhama, Barbara Condon and CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Brian Killoran. 
     
    This episode also focuses on the new EU anti-trafficking plan featuring an interview with the EU anti-trafficking coordinator, Diane Schmitt. 

    • 34 min
    Putting Youth at the Heart of Europe: European Year of Youth 2022

    Putting Youth at the Heart of Europe: European Year of Youth 2022

    On this episode of The European Lens, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and guests discuss the European Year of Youth. 
     
    The podcast considers the effect that Covid-19 pandemic has had on young people and the pressing issues they now face such as housing, jobs and intergenerational inequality.
     
    Frances Fitzgerald is joined by Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Harry McCann, founder of the Digital Youth Council and European Youth Journalist as part of the European Year of Youth, Professor Danny Dorling, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford and Christiana Xenofontos from the European Youth Forum.
     

    • 37 min
    The Future of EU and Irish Defence Policy - Part Two

    The Future of EU and Irish Defence Policy - Part Two

    The latest episode of The European Lens is the second of two parts which focuses on the future of Irish and EU defence policy. Frances Fitzgerald is joined by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Simon Coveney TD. They discuss the future of defence and security in Ireland, our policy of proactive neutrality, the proposed EU rapid response unit and its importance, why Ireland needs to consider increasing its spending on defence and more.

    • 28 min
    The Future of EU and Irish Defence Policy - Part One

    The Future of EU and Irish Defence Policy - Part One

    The latest episode of The European Lens is the first of two parts which focuses on the future of Irish and EU defence policy.
     
    Frances Fitzgerald is joined by MEP Arnaud Danjean and Brigid Laffan, political scientist at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.They discuss the future of defence and security in Europe, whether Ireland's policy of neutrality is outdated, the possibility of an EU army, how Irish defence policy differs from our EU counterparts and more.
    In part two of this episode, Frances Fitzgerald will continue the conversation with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Simon Coveney TD. 

     

    • 37 min
    The Future of the EU & UK Relationship post-Brexit

    The Future of the EU & UK Relationship post-Brexit

    In the latest episode of The European Lens, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and guests discuss the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom as they navigate the post-Brexit reality. 
     
    From her work in the European Parliament, Frances Fitzgerald has witnessed the ongoing fallout from the Brexit referendum and the negotiations that have followed, but where to from here?
     
    Frances Fitzgerald is joined by Sir David Lidington, former Minister for Europe and Minister for the Cabinet Office in which role he was also defacto Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, SDLP MP for South Belfast Claire Hanna and MEP and Former French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau to discuss where the EU and UK currently stand, why the Northern Ireland Protocol is such a contentious issue and what the future EU/UK relationship might look like

    • 46 min
    The EU's Role in Promoting Human Rights

    The EU's Role in Promoting Human Rights

    In the latest episode of The European Lens, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and guests discuss the issue of the EU's role in promoting human rights - what impact can the EU have on human rights considering some of the abuses seen in certain EU Member States and what leverage and influence can the EU exert on countries to ensure the advancement of human rights?From her work in the European Parliament, Frances Fitzgerald believes the issue of human rights is becoming more and more centre stage globally. There is an increased awareness of the need to ensure the implementation of human rights and fundamental values within EU member states and in the EU's dealings with countries outside of the bloc.With the rise of authoritarianism around the globe, recent developments in China, Belarus and Poland - the question must be asked: With all of the progress made over the last century, are human rights actually in decline?
    Frances is joined by former Tánaiste and EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore and MEP Isabel Wiseler-Lima to discuss these issues.

    • 40 min

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