Ukraine fatigue and Iran protests: MEPs debate EU response on talk show in Brussels


Euronews’ Brussels office brings you the third episode of a new talk show that aims to break down European news and politics to make it more accessible to viewers.

The third episode of the show featured panelists Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou, Greek MEP from the European People’s Party; Manon Aubry, French MEP and co-president of the Left group in the European Parliament; and Romanian MEP Dragos Tudorache, vice-president of Renew Europe.

The new program was hosted by Euronews’ European affairs correspondent, Méabh Mc Mahon.

Watch the video above to see our new Euronews Brussels talk show, my love?

Ukrainian fatigue

After G20 leaders met in Bali this week and most members condemned the ongoing war in Ukrainewe asked our panelists if the liberation of Kherson could be the beginning of the end of the war and if people across Europe are still fully supporting Ukrainians in need.

French MEP Manon Aubry said the challenge is that “we must not forget that the objective must be to obtain an end to this war and to obtain an end to this war, at some point we have need for diplomacy”.

Romanian MEP Dragos Tudorache said the EU must be very firm in helping Ukraine fight Russia.

“I think Ukraine can win this war on the battlefield, of course, as I said earlier, we have to help it do that. But we shouldn’t underestimate that Russia has significant capabilities on the pitch,” he added.

He said attacks on infrastructure are unfortunately likely to continue.

“My constituents still realize that they want to be on the right side of history,” said Greek MEP Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou.

“My constituents still believe it is a worthwhile sacrifice that we are making,” she said, adding that it was up to politicians to deal with the consequences.

“No one should give in to Putin’s blackmail,” Asimakopoulou added.

Protests continue in Iran

This week also marked two months since the death of young Iranian girl Mahsa Amini after her arrest for allegedly breaking Iran’s strict dress code for girls.

His death saw protests erupt across Iran, leaving hundreds dead due to a violent crackdown by authorities.

Aubry said she wanted to highlight the courage of women who take to the streets.

“I think we can call it a revolution because they’ve been joined by men and now they’re really challenging all the power. It’s not just about what you can wear on the street as a woman. , it’s a fight against a corrupt state,” she said.

Tudorache said: “The Iranian people need our support and above all, I think they need a sign of solidarity from us even if it is a political sign of solidarity because there are not many means to help him on the ground”.

Greek MEP Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou told the panel that she believed “Iran is an authoritarian Islamic state that is exporting terrorism and violence and brutally oppressing its own people right now,” adding that it was too late for symbolic gestures, and more action was needed at EU level.

“And I think you’re asking if these penalties bite. Yeah, it’s mosquito bites, and when you need a cobra bite.”

Watch the talk show in the video player above to hear the rest of the discussion.

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