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European defence: What can Afghanistan teach us?
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Last Friday at 6:45 AM

The latest developments in Afghanistan have, once again, urged another global discussion on security and defence. And while most will automatically think of NATO on this topic, we can't go on without asking - what about the EU? What about European defence? In our latest podcast episode, Georgina Wright sat down for a talk with MEP Arnaud Danjean, and Claudia Major from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. The three of them raised several important questions during their discussion - where and how should Europe stand in matters of defence? If you have a topic that you would...


What's next for the EU? Enlargement - where does Europe end?
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07/26/2021

Enlargement is often considered one of the EU's most powerful policy tools. But is it the right time for the EU to welcome new Member States? And what do citizens think about it? Are we ready? Especially given the fact that the EU is still recovering from several crises it has encountered over the past decade. In the latest episode of the EPP Group's podcast series 'What's next for the EU?', Georgina Wright discusses these exact questions with Karlo Ressler MEP, a Croatian politician, former adviser and Member of the European Parliament since 2019, and Joanna Hosa, Deputy Director of...


The online space: empowering or silencing women?
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07/16/2021

Hate speech online against women is a growing problem, which perpetuates and exacerbates gender inequality. In fact, 1 in 10 women in Europe have experienced some kind of cyber violence since the age of 15.  And many of those who suffered it changed their habits in the online space by: censoring themselves online, opting out of participation and  limiting their engagement in our societies.  On this EPP Group podcast episode, Karen Coleman delves deeper into this problem to better understand: What is it? What causes it? What effect does it have on us? What can social networks & EU legislation...


AI and defence: Setting the rules of engagement
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07/09/2021

Defence research has laid the groundwork for some of our greatest technological leaps – including the modern Internet. However, in the past ten years, with the advent of deep-learning techniques, massive processing power, huge databases and near-real time information, AI has started to have profound implications for the defence world.  Yet according to the European Defence Agency, few European Member States have a dedicated AI strategy for defence, instead just referencing defence in their national AI strategies. This means that joined-up thinking on this issue across the EU is challenging. Member States should work together to identify defence applications where AI...


What’s next for the EU: Challenges and perspectives for a new global era
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07/02/2021

Today, the European Union is facing many challenges, probably more than ever before.  Inevitable changes are required to tackle the pandemic, the climate crisis, and to remain competitive in a world of turmoil. The EU has launched a new Conference on the Future of Europe, designed to ask the citizens what they want and what they expect from the EU.  To keep up with the conference, the EPP Group has launched a new podcast series: 'What's next for the EU?' in which our moderator, Georgina Wright, Head of the EU Programme in the Paris-based think-tank Institute Montaigne...


For a stronger Europe together: A talk with Klaus Iohannis, Manfred Weber and Siegfried Muresan
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06/25/2021

In a moment of history where the world is tackling covid crisis, cyber threats and other global challenges, it’s vital to talk about the Future of Europe. How can we recover from this crisis? How can we defend ourselves from the cyber warfare? How can we create more equality on EU level?  We looked for answers to these questions in our latest episode on the Future of Europe. Listen to our guests Klaus Iohannis, Manfred Weber and Siegfried Muresan talk about EU reform. If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, pl...


Let's talk about the Future of Europe: Jean-Claude Juncker and Manfred Weber
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06/18/2021

There have been many challenges in the history of the European Union, but now, as Europe is still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the question in which direction we are heading seems more vital than ever. Join us for a new episode of our podcast in which the former president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker joined EPP Group's Chairman Manfred Weber in a discussion on the Future of Europe. If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get in touch via social media. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPPGroup  Instagram...


Empowering Children: Informed decision-makers whose voice must be heard
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06/11/2021

This week’s episode of the EPP Group podcast on the Rights of the Child looks at the issue of child empowerment. How listened-to do children feel today compared to 10 or 20 years ago? How do children in Europe fare compared to the rest of the world, and what more can we do? To discuss all this and the potential solutions,  we are joined by MEPs Roberta Metsola and Eva Kopacz and Jana Hainsworth, Secretary-General of Eurochild.  If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get in touch via social media.&nb...


EU-Russia: Tighten targeted sanctions and engage with democratic society
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06/04/2021

The EU should support pro-democracy Russians by tightening the screws on Putin's associates with tougher sanctions while deepening ties with countries like Ukraine to show the benefits of democracy, say exiled Russian dissident Mikhaïl Khodorkovsky and EPP Group MEP Andrius Kubilius, a former Lithuanian Prime Minister.  Listen to their podcast as they also discuss the capture of Belarusian blogger Roman Protasevich and the upcoming September elections in Russia. What should be the opposition's strategy? And what should be the EU's approach?  If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please g...


The EU’s mission: Harness data and AI to solve global challenges
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05/28/2021

Data is the driving force behind innovation, particularly in Artificial Intelligence. But there are many different sorts of data – from commercial data, to personal data, big open source public data, to metadata – and how it is mined, managed and made useful has a huge impact on how successful the resulting AI programs will be. Getting access to the various types of data is a challenge that could potentially be overcome by EU guidelines. But at the same time, data flows freely globally and Europe cannot afford to become a walled garden. In the new episode of the EPP Group podcast, Jenn...


Hijacked elections and Covid sabotage: Calls to regulate against online disinformation
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05/21/2021

With malicious social networks sabotaging elections and the fight against Covid, there are calls for tougher regulations to rein in disinformation on the social networks. In this EPP Group podcast, MEPs Sabine Verheyen and Vlado Bilčík talk with the head of LieDetectors.org, Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck, about quick fixes and longer-term action.  As more elections approach in the EU this year and as Europe struggles to put the pandemic behind it, the issue is critical and urgent. If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get in touch via social me...


How to protect children from cyber perpetrators?
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05/12/2021

In 2016, more than half the child sex abuse material hosted globally was in Europe, so there is still some way to go to make children safe online. We look at the issues of cybercrime and digital literacy. Future generations must be able to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by digital technologies and this means teaching children how to protect themselves online, but also how to navigate the online world critically so they don't become prey to disinformation or conspiracy campaigns. We also need to tackle online child sex abuse. The dark web has allowed networks to proliferate in...


What's the future of Europe?
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05/07/2021

In a post-Brexit Europe, the idea is to reconnect European citizens with the decision-making process in Brussels and Strasbourg - to give the people their say in how the EU should function. The plan is now in action with an EU digital portal being used where citizens can give their views online - the EU promises every single one will be read. With the Conference on the Future of Europe getting into full swing on 9 May, we delve into a major discussion with EPP Group Chairman, Manfred Weber, and the head of the Group’s task force, Paulo Rangel MEP. If...


Post-Brexit tensions: defending EU consumers, expats, youth and businesses
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05/01/2021

With the new EU-UK trade accord getting the green light from the European Parliament, the road ahead can still be treacherous for people on both sides of the Channel and the Irish border. Still to work out: fishing rights, financial services, and preventing more unrest in Northern Ireland. In the latest EPP Group podcast, MEPs Deirdre Clune and David McAllister give their take on how to deal with the latest tensions, and how the EU should work to keep the Brexit trade agreement from unravelling. If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast...


EU-China: How to manage troubled ties with the EU's biggest trading partner?
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04/23/2021

Should the European Parliament ratify an Investment Accord with China when Beijing maintains its oppressive policies in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong?  And after China blacklisted five Parliament Members in a tit-for-tat against EU sanctions? Check out this EPP Group podcast with one of those blacklisted MEPs - Miriam Lexmann of Slovakia - along with Polish MEP and ex-Foreign Minister Radosław ''Radek'' Sikorski, plus Noah Barkin of the German Marshall Fund and the research provider Rhodium Group. If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get in touch via social m...


How important is innovation in the early detection of cancer?
#7
04/09/2021

We delve into the issues facing cancer screening programmes within the European Union with a rundown of the dedicated hearing within the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer and are joined by Irish MEP Deidre Clune. To find out more follow the www.eucanbeatcancer.eu (#EUCanBeatCancer) campaign on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eucanbeatcancer/ (@eucanbeatcancer) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eucanbeatcancer Did you enjoy this episode? Please subscribe, rate and review our podcast on your favourite podcast platform.


Deadly threats to media freedom
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03/30/2021

The recent assassinations of journalists in Malta and Slovakia are the most shocking ways to silence free media. So is hijacking justice to wage ''strategic lawsuits against public participation,'' or SLAPP cases against reporters. EPP Group Members in the European Parliament's Special Committee on Disinformation - Sandra Kalniete and Vlado Bilcik - join Michał Szułdrzyński, Deputy Editor of the Polish daily "Rzeczpospolita" in a podcast with host Chris Burns, to call for more EU action to defend Europe's media freedom. If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get in...


The future of Artificial Intelligence for the EU's competitive edge
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03/20/2021

If Europe is to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with renewed competitive vigor, the potential of Artificial intelligence must be fully realised. But as with all new technologies, concerts linger about how and when it should be used. Clearly there is scope for good regulation to harness A.I. for the benefit of Europeans. Listen to our EPP Group Podcast episode featuring MEPs Axel VOSS, Anna-Michelle ASIMAKOPOULOU and Jorgen WARBORN what is their take on AI and Competitiveness.  If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get in touch via social...


What more can Europe do to beat childhood cancer?
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03/12/2021

What more can Europe do to provide childhood cancer patients with the best treatment and care available, and support for survivors?  In this new episode of our EPP Group podcast, we approach these questions in relation to the fight against paediatric cancer, from the main challenges young patients face, to the encouraging opportunities that the recently launched European Beating Cancer Plan will bring to beat this disease.  Hear from the Polish Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ewa Kopacz, a former Prime Minister, Minister of Health and paediatrician. She discusses the need for specialised treatments that are developed to...


Have social media platforms become a breeding ground for disinformation?
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02/10/2021

Social media platforms have become a breeding ground for disinformation, echo chambers that amplify alternative news and alternative facts, which hijack elections and politics as we saw in the US on 6 January. Twenty years ago we talked about the information highway, but it can also be a highway to hell. It can potentially be just as destructive as it can be constructive. Facebook and Twitter pulled the plug on Donald Trump after the storming of the Capitol. We are talking about the impact of these events on Europe with MEPs Rasa Juknevičienė and Vladimír Bilčík, and co-founder of th...


The Promise of AI and Its Impact on Healthcare
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01/28/2021

In this episode, we discover how AI can revolutionise EU healthcare: from prevention and diagnosis, to emergencies and chronic conditions. Loubna Bouarfa, founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies, enlightens us about the empowerment of life science professionals with AI-driven insights.   Finally, we discuss the challenges of using AI in European healthcare with Axel Voss MEP, rapporteur of the AIDA Final Report and Eva Maydell MEP, Member of the AIDA and ITRE Committees. If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get...


Cancer Prevention
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12/19/2020

Coming to you from the European Parliament in Brussels, in this episode, we discuss how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer and outline the environmental factors. We discuss cancer prevention with our guest MEP, a WHO expert and a hospital pharmacist. Our main aim on this podcast is to keep you up to date with plans by the EPP Group and indeed the EU to deal with cancer head on – in particular we’re focussing on the work of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer which was set up here in Parliament just a few months ago. We w...


Improving Cancer Screening
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03/13/2020

In this episode, Stefan Gijssels of Digestive Cancers Europe explains how better screening for colorectal cancer could save 100,000 lives in the EU every year, and former professional footballer Stiliyan Petrov shares his experience as a cancer survivor. To find out more follow the http://www.eucanbeatcancer.eu/ (#EUCanBeatCancer) campaign on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eucanbeatcancer/ (@eucanbeatcancer) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eucanbeatcancer (@eucanbeatcancer) ----- Did you enjoy this episode? Please subscribe, rate and review our podcast on your favourite podcast platform.  ----- Have a topic you want discussed? If you have a topic that you would...


Life After Cancer and the Challenges of Survivorship
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02/28/2020

In this episode we hear from http://www.seaofchangechoir.com/ (Sea of Change), a hugely popular choir group formed by cancer patients and survivors in Ireland, who recently performed in the European Parliament marking World Cancer Day. We also interview Dr. Benedict Belge, a medical doctor at the Medical Services at the European Parliament, who launched a hugely successful breast cancer support group in 2015. We discuss cancer survivorship and the challenges faced by patients, family, survivors and carers. To find out more follow the http://www.eucanbeatcancer.eu/ (#EUCanBeatCancer) campaign on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eucanbeatcancer...


EU Commission Launches Public Consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
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02/14/2020

The European Commission has made the fight against cancer a priority and is expected to publish a plan to beat cancer by the end of the year, but as a starting point a public consultation on the plan has been launched. The 12-week consultation aims to allow EU citizens and stakeholders to contribute and voice their opinion on Europe's cancer plan. On February 15th, the world will be marking International Childhood Cancer Day. To discuss this, EPP Group Chairman, Manfred Weber met with a paediatric cancer specialist. Listen to their discussion in this week's episode. To find out more follow...


MEP Reactions to Bid to Beat Cancer in the EU
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01/31/2020

On today's podcast, we hear reactions from Members of the European Parliament to the bid to beat cancer in the European Union. For the EPP Group, beating cancer in the EU is a priority. The group is calling for more and better cooperation between research centres across Europe, more money across cancer research and to make sure that the same quality of care is accessible across Europe. To find out more follow the http://www.eucanbeatcancer.eu/ (#EUCanBeatCancer) campaign on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eucanbeatcancer/ (@eucanbeatcancer) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eucanbeatcancer (@eucanbeatcancer) ----- Did you enjoy...


EPP Group Launches #EUCanBeatCancer Campaign
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01/23/2020

On today's podcast, the EPP Group launches a masterplan to beat cancer. Manfred Weber and Dr Matti Aapro tell us why this is a core EPP priority. To find out more follow the http://www.eucanbeatcancer.eu (#EUCanBeatCancer) campaign on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eucanbeatcancer/ (@eucanbeatcancer) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eucanbeatcancer (@eucanbeatcancer) ----- Did you enjoy this episode? Please subscribe, rate and review our podcast on your favourite podcast platform.  ----- Have a topic you want discussed? If you have a topic that you would like to hear discussed on this podcast, please get in...