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.
Disinformation and Fake News: The Threat to our Democracy in Europe
In the latest episode of The European Lens, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and guests discuss the issue of disinformation and fake news - what is the issue, how widespread is it and what can be done by the European Union to tackle it?
The podcast considers the effect that Russia has on the issue, recent developments in the United States, how traditional media is affected and the support that journalists and media organisations need to crack down on disinformation.
Frances Fitzgerald is joined by Mark Little, CEO of Kinzen and founder of Storyful, Peter Pomerantzev, journalist and author of This Is Not Propaganda, as well as Sandra Kalniete, a Latvian MEP and rapporteur on the new European Parliament committee on disinformation.
The EU's Place in the World Following the US Election
In the latest episode of The European Lens, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and guests discuss the EU's place in the world following the US election, the Trump presidency and how the EU/US relationship may change under the incoming Biden administration.
This podcast considers the broad geopolitical situation for the EU, including how the EU should position itself between the US and China and how Brexit may affect the future EU/US relationship.
Frances Fitzgerald is joined by Former EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, President of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland Carin Bryans, MEP David McAllister and Former Irish Ambassador to China Declan Kelleher.
Upholding the Rule of Law in the EU
In the second episode of The European Lens, Fine Gael and EPP Group MEP Frances Fitzgerald looks at the issue the rule of law in the European Union - why it is now so topical and recent breaches from some EU member states.
In this episode, we hear from Ronan McCrea, professor at University College London, Former EU Commissioner Viviane Reding and Former Polish Prime Minister and current MEP Marek Belka.
The Future of EU Taxation Policy
In the first episode of The European Lens, Fine Gael and EPP Group MEP Frances Fitzgerald looks at the issue of EU Own Resources. What's the future for EU taxation policy and how will it impact on Ireland?
In this episode, we hear from MEPs Lidia Pereira and Paul Tang, Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Dan O'Brien, Economist with the Institute of International and European Affairs.
The European Lens with Frances Fitzgerald MEP - coming soon.