Issue 416/417 | 13 July 2015
Luxembourg EU council presidency, Croatian accession two years on, trade in seal products and more...
Luxembourg's highly experienced foreign minister Jean Asselborn tells the Parliament Magazine about his plans to ensure the EU becomes a respected global player. "The European Union's current foreign policy situation is a very challenging one," he says. Asselborn highlights the need for strong relations between the EU's institutions, stressing, "We believe that we can only strengthen the EU's presence on the global stage if cooperation between the European commission, parliament and presidency is excellent."
Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's environment minister, explains that Europe must show strong leadership in the build-up to December's COP 21 talks. "It is my aim," she says, "to elaborate a strong mandate for the climate summit in Paris."
MEPs must help end the current lack of transparency, accountability and sustainability in EU external fisheries rules, argues Lasse Gustavsson.
Free trade and open markets are important, but they are only free and open when everyone plays by the rules, argues Gerd Götz.
Quick and efficient climate change gains are only achievable with gas, argues Beate Raabe.