Issue 420 | 05 October 2015
Roberta Metsola interview, refugee crisis, ETS overhaul, VWgate, LuxLeaks, dog & cat welfare and more...
This issue’s cover story focuses on Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis, beginning with an exclusive interview with Roberta Metsola, Parliament’s co-rapporteur on the situation in the Mediterranean and need for a holistic EU approach to migration. The Maltese MEP is frustrated that, “member states can easily agree on how many plastic bags they can throw away, but when bodies of children are washing up on our shores, and we still cannot agree on how to deal with refugees humanely, it seems to me everything else we do is of little use”.
Her co-rapporteur Cécile Kyenge writes about her recent visits to Lampedusa and Hungary and warns against “gambling on the potentially explosive nature of the unheard proportions of this exodus, and the economic crisis”. We also hear from Parliament’s shadow rapporteurs on the dossier, who all agree that Europe must act soon, or continue to face the tragic consequences.
Free trade and open markets are important, but they are only free and open when everyone plays by the rules, argues Gerd Götz.
Bioplastics are a key element in Europe’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy, writes Hasso von Pogrell
MEPs have a golden opportunity to fix ETS indirect carbon costs compensation, but achieving their ambition will require that they go the extra mile, write Guy Thiran and Gerd Götz.