Issue 494 | 6 May 2019
Fresh from the Maastricht Spitzenkandidat debate, ACRE commission presidency candidate and 15-year parliamentary veteran Jan Zahradil rocks our latest issue’s cover. We spoke to the Czech MEP about his vision for Europe and why the ACRE group think the EU needs “retuning”. Also fresh off the debating stage, team ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt discusses why he believes Europe’s so-called ‘silent majority’ should back a shakeup of Europe’s political landscape.
Also inside, MEPs Alojz Peterle and José Inácio Faria share their perspectives on the fight against cancer, while Jean Lambert, Tomáš Zdechovský, Marian Harkin and Nessa Childers expose the challenges of recognising and dealing with mental illnesses. Elsewhere, EESC Member Madi Sharma argues EU member states can no longer ignore the issue of environment refuges, and MEP Biljana Borzan illustrates how digital health solutions can solve the problems facing Europe’s healthcare systems.
With European Green Week right around the corner, environment commissioner Karmenu Vella recaps the latest green EU achievements, Committee of the Regions president Karl-Heinz Lambertz gives us the local perspective, and executive direct of the European Environment Agency Hans Bruyninckx explains what can be done to reverse the climate crisis.
We also have a preview of the European Business Summit, featuring articles on SMEs by MEP Maria Grapini and EESC member Pietro Francesco De Lotto, and a piece on women in the work place by commission economist Rudy Aernoudt. Last and not least, in our 5 Questions With… column, find out why Victor Hugo’s masterpiece “Les Misérables” inspired French MEP Isabelle Thomas.
Saving the EU from itself
Czech MEP Jan Zahradil, ACRE Spitzenkandidat, believes that it is time for the European Commission to stop trying to govern and listen more to the Member States it serves