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Debating Europe wants to give students the chance to question policymakers, debate with fellow students from other European countries, and learn more about the work of the EU.

To achieve this goal, we are working closely with schools and colleges across each EU member state to launch a series of student-led online debates. You can read our previous debates with students from other European countries here.

Our fifteenth debate is with students from the Szepsi Laczkó Máté Mezőgazdasági és Élelmiszeriapri Szakképző Iskola, Hungary. We took their questions to Gabriele Zimmer, a German MEP and the Chair of the Radical Left group; Katarína Neveďalová, a Slovakian MEP who sits with the  Social Democrats in the European Parliament; Seán Kelly, an Irish MEP with the  Centre-Right, and James Nicholson, an MEP from the UK with the  Conservatives.

Take a look at their answers below, and see if they help give you a better idea who you want to vote for in our Debating Europe Vote 2014!

1. Is the right of EU citizens to migrate to other European countries under threat?

The European Parliament elections are less than a month away, and EU migration is proving one of the most controversial issues in the run-up. Some countries would like to see a reform of the EU’s freedom of movement rules, making it harder for EU citizens to migrate to other countries unless they already have a job waiting.

We had a question from Zsolt asking what the EU could do to better protect the right of workers in the EU to migrate to other countries. We took this question to James Nicholson, an MEP from the UK who sits with the  Conservatives. He argued that there shouldn’t be a completely “free flow” of people within the EU, and there must be guarantees that migrants will work and contribute to the society they live in.

Sean Kelly from the  Centre-Right had a different perspective. He argued that freedom of movement is a fundamental right of the European Union, and despite the recent tensions he does not think it is under threat.

2. What can the EU do to encourage more female politicians?

The next question came from Márton, who wanted to know what the European Union could do to encourage more women to become involved in political life. We took this question to Gabriele Zimmer, an MEP from Germany and the Chair of the Radical Left group in the European Parliament.

We also took this question to Katarína Neveďalová, a Slovakian MEP with the  Social Democrats. How would she respond?

Katka NevedalovaTo have more women in politics, we need to have good examples. I hope I’m one of them, because I’m also a young woman, which is a combination not very often seen in the European Parliament. I hope that we can strengthen women and also help them to be in more senior positions, but this is the role of hte national member states and the national political parties in the MS to support more women in the lists as candidates in regional, national and European elections. So, it’s more on the MS, but we as the EP want more women. I’m very glad we have lots of female members, and we ahve a special committee in the European Union looking at women’s rights.

3. How can the EU better support farmers and agriculture?

We took this question to James Nicholson, who is a farmer himself as well as being a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. How would he react?

Is the right of EU citizens to migrate to other European countries under threat? What can the EU do to encourage more female politicians? And how can the EU better support farmers and agriculture? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policy-makers and experts for their reactions!

Vote 2014

Voting is closed in our Debating Europe Vote 2014! The results are now in, so come and see what our readers thought!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    Carlos Manrique Pérez

    The schengen treaty and free border crossings should become the only things left of the EU, the euro should be kept only as a block currency to compete against other currencies in the markets and as emergency/tourist money. NO POLITICAL UNION or economical one.

  2. avatar
    Paul X

    “Is the right of EU citizens to migrate to other European countries under threat?” This was never a “fundamental right” as is so often spouted by the Euro elite.

    Fundamental rights originate from the the Treaty of Rome and the Treaty of Rome said that that there should be “free movement of workers”, i.e. people were free to move throughout Europe in connection with a job

    As is usual the EU has managed to totally distort this by subsequent amendments in later treaties and now claims (lies) that the freedom of everyone and anyone to wander into any country they fancy has always been fundamental to the EU……’s because of devious manipulations like this that many people distrust the whole institution

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Laurat Titilola Ogunjobi

      …especially for EU citizens that come from uncivilized backward EU nations that can’t pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and have to rely on SOLICHARITY from the Northern EU nations!

  3. avatar

    Why is it that so many of those ‘harmonize everything’ people don’t understand that you cannot aggregate wealth at the highest level. It will be a weighted average which means North/West Europe has to significantly reduce its wealth to make that possible?

  4. avatar
    J M Perz Gnlz

    If there will be more womans into politics, I hope they wouldn’t be like Angela Merkel, puf

  5. avatar
    Carlos V Arc

    Oh so now young women in Europe must take an example on Merkel :-D what else? Margareth Thatcher? No, please!

  6. avatar

    We need European TV to spread ideas, not everyone speaks english and sits on internet, actualy only the minority.. I dont know anyone around me who even knows about this site..

  7. avatar
    Nikolaos Sotirelis

    Dear admin, that wasn’t a very successful sample! Try again! It’s unfair for women! (unless you’re trolling) ;)

  8. avatar
    Antonio Jose Pecurto Pecurto

    Politicas federalistas no espaço Europeu e garantia de futuro bem-estar social e de europa em que todos cidadão poderão viver em paz e com direitos

  9. avatar
    Magda Pallejà

    Maybe it was just hard to find a more appealing example… because there aren’t that many well-known women in politics! And that’s why a debate like this is on the table, in the first place :-)
    (there are many women in politics, but most frequently in non-leading positions, thus their supporting role to parties and projects goes without public recognition)

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