The Record: Europe

Details of this week’s edition ofThe Record: Europe and some of the BBC Programme Highlights this week.
All times are UK unless otherwise stated.

 

BBC Parliament

Saturdays 11pm, Sundays 4.30 pm and Mondays 10.00 am

Kosovo independence: over-ambitious EU?

Disquiet and division in the EU as Kosovo declares independence. The EU’s police and justice mission is now on its way to take over from the UN administration there but has the Union bitten off more than it can chew?

This week in Strasbourg at the the European Parliament, Serbia’s foreign minister told MEPs that the decision by nearly 20 EU countries to recognise an independent Kosovo will bring instability to the region.

Shirin Wheeler has been speaking to four members of the Parliament with a specialised knowledge of the region:

Jelko Kacin MEP, Slovenian Liberal and the Parliament’s “rapporteur” for relations with Serbia
Joost Lagendijk MEP, Dutch Green and “rapporteur” for relations with Kosovo
Doris Pack MEP, German Christian Democrat and chair of the European Parliament’s South East Europe delegation
Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, defence and foreign affairs spokesman for the British Conservatives in the European Parliament, and former international Military staff with NATO

EU governments called ‘chicken’ over referendum refusals

Also on the programme – more protests by pro referendum campaigners as the European Parliament votes in favour of the Treaty of Lisbon. On the programme Nigel Farage MEP, leader of the UK Indpendance Party, Giles Chichester leader of the British Conservative MEPs and Kathelijne Buitenweg, Netherlands Green MEP debate whether the refusal to grant referendums on the Treaty by EU goverenments will backfire.

Also onToday in Parliament, Radio 4, tonight at 23.30 (Friday)

Shirin Wheeler reports back on the Parliament’s session in Strasbourg.

According to a British member of the Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee a confidential internal auditors report into how MEPs pay their assistants is being cited as evidence of fraud, whilst the Parliament’s own administration has said there is no evidence to back up the claims, and that a more transparent common European contract for MEP assistants is planned. Chris Davies MEP explains his concerns.

This week’s vote overwhelmingly in favour of the Lisbon Treaty prompted further protests from pro-referendum members of the Parliament. Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party explains why he’s calling some EU governments ‘chicken’ whilst Kathelijne Buitenweg, Dutch Green MEP outlines the need for the treaty to improve the EU’s workings.

BBC World

The programme is also shown on Saturday at 13:30 and on Sunday 08:30 (CET).

BBC News 24

Saturdays at 5:30 am and Sundays 3:30 am.

BBC World Service

18:05 (CET) Europe Today – Every weekday, Europe Today brings you news and current affairs from a European perspective.

See website for more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/europetoday/index.shtml

 

Mark Mardell’s Euroblog – Kosovo lights up the EU

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/

 

Friday 22 February 2008

o The Daily Politics – 12:00 – 12:30 BBC TWO

Andrew Neil and Jenny Scott present the political stories of the day, with live coverage from the House of Commons

o After the KGB – 09:06 – 09:30 (repeat at 12:06 & 20:06) BBC World Service

1/2. Martin Sixsmith looks at Russia’s ‘new KGB’, the FSB, arguably the most politically influential secret service in the world

o Friday Night Is Music Night – 19:30 – 21:15 BBC Radio 2

Paul Gambaccini presents the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Sutherland, with singing guests Rebecca Thornhill, Graham Bickley and the Puppini Sisters reviving the harmony singing of the Forties. Live from the Mermaid Theatre in London

o Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – 22:35 – 23:35 BBC ONE

The guests for tonight’s show are Hollywood superstar Forest Whitaker, winner of last years Best Actor Oscar for The Last King of Scotland and now returning to the big screen in political thriller Vantage Point; Britain’s best-loved showman Bruce Forsyth, celebrating a lifetime of all-round entertaining on the eve of his 80th birthday; the fashion world’s latest supermodel Agyness Deyn; and there’s music from indie rockers Elbow, performing live in the studio

 

Saturday 23 February 2008

o The Week in Westminster – 11:00 – 11:30 BBC Radio 4

A look behind the scenes at Westminster with Jackie Ashley

o The Kremlin and the World – 09:06 – 09:30 BBC World Service

1/4. Russia is back, Europe is dividing again. Tim Whewell looks at today’s conflicts and asks if Russia could be a friend of the West?

o The Kremlin and the World – 13:06 – 13:30 BBC World Service

2/4. Russia is back, Europe is dividing again. Tim Whewell looks at today’s conflicts and asks if Russia could be a friend of the West?

o Six Nations Rugby – 14:00 – 19:00 BBC ONE

Wales v Italy
Ireland v Scotland

o Six Nations Rugby – 19:50 – 22:00 BBC ONE

France v England

o Profile – 19:00 – 19:15 BBC RADIO 4

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines

 

Sunday 24 February 2008

o The Politics Show – 12:00 – 13:00 BBC ONE

From Downing Street, to your street, Jon Sopel reports on policies and government decisions affecting people around the UK

o File on 4 – 17:00 – 17:40 BBC RADIO 4

Town halls are facing thousands of backdated equal pay claims from women workers. But how are cash-strapped local authorities going to meet bills which could amount to almost three billion pounds? Jenny Cuffe reports

o Analysis – Jackanory Politics – 21:30 – 21:58 BBC RADIO 4

Frances Stonor examines the increasingly popular method of delivering a political message by telling a story. The narrative can be an effective communicating tool, but can it sometimes obscure the facts? Contributors include former political adviser Lord Gould, writer Robert McKee, psychologist Drew Westen, journalist Daniel Finkelstein and BBC Home Editor Mark Easton

o The Westminster Hour – 22:00 – 22:56 BBC RADIO 4

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster

 

Monday 25 February 2008

o The Daily Politics – 12:00 – 12:30 BBC TWO

Andrew Neil and Jenny Scott present the political stories of the day, with live coverage from the House of Commons

o The Kremlin and the World – 09:06- 09:30 (repeat 12:06 & 20:06) BBC World Service

3/4. Russia is back, Europe is dividing again. Tim Whewell looks at today’s conflicts and asks if Russia could be a friend of the West??

o Panorama – On Whose Orders? – 20:30 – 21:00 BBC ONE

Featuring interviews with Tony Blair’s Attorney General Lord Goldsmith and General Sir Mike Jackson, Panorama asks how rules preventing abuse and torture of prisoners in Iraq were overturned, and analyses new claims that could bring disgrace to the Army. With Jeremy Vine

o Big Band Special – 22:00 – 22:30 BBC RADIO2

Clare Teal presents the BBC Big Band, conducted by Jiggs Whigham.

Tuesday 26 February 2008

o The Daily Politics – 12:00 – 12:30 BBC TWO

Andrew Neil and Jenny Scott present the political stories of the day, with live coverage from the House of Commons

o Digital Planet – 12:30 – 13:30 (repeat 16:30; 20h30) BBC World Service

An introduction to new technology, how it works and what it can do for us

o File on 4 – 20:00 – 20:40 BBC RADIO 4

Armadeep Basset reports on the activities of UK-based Sikh groups in support of a violent campaign for an independent homeland in the Punjab

o Simpson Returns to China – 09:00 – 09:30 (repeat 21:30) BBC RADIO 4

John Simpson reports on modern China.
2/2. Win in China?
He meets the country’s winners and losers, guesting on China’s equivalent to BBC2’s Dragons’ Den programme and talking to cave dwellers and social activists in Xi’an

 

Wednesday 27 February 2008

o The Daily Politics – 11:30 – 13:00 BBC TWO

Andrew Neil and Jenny Scott present the political stories of the day, with live coverage from the House of Commons. Includes Prime Minister’s Questions.

o The Kremlin and the World – 09:06- 09:30 (repeat 12:06 & 20:06) BBC World Service

4/4. Russia is back, Europe is dividing again. Tim Whewell looks at today’s conflicts and asks if Russia could be a friend of the West?

o Mine All Mine – 3/5. My Music – 20:00 – 20:40 BBC RADIO 4

Chris Ledgard looks at the global war between the defenders of intellectual property and those determined to share it.
The music industry has been revolutionised by the internet explosion. With free music available online, why should anyone pay for it?

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