Issue 543 | 25 October 2021

The latest edition of The Parliament Magazine is now available to read online for free.

Our cover star this issue is German S&D Group Deputy Katarina Barley, whose talents as an expert in international law and German – UK dual citizen, are in much demand. Fortunately for the European Parliament, areas of expertise are also her passions. Andreas Rogal tries to find out what drives her.

In our news and current affairs pages, MEP Charlie Weimers discusses why the EU needs a Bilateral Investment Agreement with Taiwan, while Christopher Ball, head of Dods EU Political Intelligence, analyses Washington and Brussels transatlantic relationship. Elsewhere, Sara Cerdas and Tilly Metz spoke to Brian Johnson about why they are campaigning for EU action to improve mental health services across Europe.

Our main feature focuses on the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which will take place in Glasgow in early November. This year’s European Parliament’s delegation includes EPP deputy Peter Liese, the Greens/EFA’s Pär Holmgren and the ECR’s Anna Zalewska, among others. Catch their comments on how the EU should lead the way to a greener future. Also, MEP Maria Spyraki talks about the importance of tackling methane emissions, and Gerassimos Thomas, Director General for Taxation and Customs Union at the European Commission explains how the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment can help the world become less carbon intensive.