Issue 529 | 1 February 2021

Gracing the cover this issue is Loucas Fourlas, Chair of the MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) Interest Group. The Cypriot EPP deputy tells Jon Benton and Ana Gallego what drives him in his fight against cancer, his campaign to help those affected and of his own personal tragedy.

Staying on the topic of cancer, we preview World Cancer Day (4 February). We spoke to MAC members Tanja Fajon (SL, S&D), Barry Andrews (IE, RE) and Dolors Montserrat (ES, EPP) about how Europe can win the fight against cancer.

Our special feature this issue looks at the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy. Parliament’s rapporteur, Jens Geier (DE, S&D), and shadow rapporteur, Damien Carême (FR, Greens/EFA), give their takes on how the universe’s most abundant element can drive Europe’s green energy transition.

Elsewhere, Ioan-RareĊŸ Bogdan (RO, EPP) and Bettina Vollath (AT, S&D) discuss the EU’s Children Strategy. EPP Group Vice-Chair, Paulo Rangel (PT, EPP), examines the Portuguese EU Council Presidency priorities. Meanwhile, Chair of the Bahrain Friendship Group, Tomáš Zdechovský (CZ, EPP), says it’s time for the EU to review and renew its relationship with Bahrain.

Also inside: Adriana Maldonado López (ES, S&D) analyses the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood Policy, and Deputy Editor Lorna Hutchinson reports on US President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Answering our five questions this issue is Danish S&D deputy Niels Fuglsang.