EU Home Affairs Chief Ylva Johansson – Aussie Reset – Line of Interpreters – POLITICO

As the drama unfolds across the English Channel, we take a look at where things stand with EU migration policy and look at EU-Australia relations. We also review a revealing new documentary on Emmanuel Macron’s international diplomacy efforts and explain why European Parliament interpreters are unhappy with their post-COVID working conditions.

Brussels Playbook co-author Suzanne Lynch hosts this episode, which begins with our French political reporter Clea Caulcutt giving us a look at a new behind-the-scenes documentary on Macron’s diplomatic efforts to stop the war in Ukraine. Clea also explains the political calculus behind Macron’s recent cabinet reshuffle and what it means for Brussels. And POLITICO’s Maïa de La Baume joins the discussion to explain the latest entanglement between the EU and its most important interpreters.

Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, joins Suzanne on the podcast to discuss EU migration policy – what progress has been made since its plan was unveiled in September 2020 and where sticking points remain. She also underlines the challenges for EU countries to welcome more than 3 million Ukrainians fleeing the war in recent months.

And we welcome a delegation of Australian visitors to learn about the state of relations with the EU. Stuart Lau, our EU-China correspondent, talks to Prof Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at the Australian National University and thought leader on the Indo-Pacific, and Prof Duncan Lewis, an upcoming expert in military and security matters who has held senior positions in the Australian military and civil service, including as a former ambassador to the EU, Belgium and NATO.


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