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The Record: Europe

31 October edition
Lucy Thomas

Who'll get the EU's top jobs?

EU leaders meeting at the summit in Brussels have declared they are "determined" to see the Lisbon Treaty come into force by the end of the year .

On the programme we ask if the EU can really count on the Czech Republic's eurosceptic President to play ball, even after his demand for a partial opt out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights was agreed.

Lisbon Treaty under scrutiny

The Record Europe will be hearing from two political journalists who've been following recent developments.

• George Parker, Political Editor of the Financial Times

• Joanna Grohova, Correspondent for Czech Television Z1.

Lisbon controversies

Charter of Fundamental Rights proving controversial

We'll also be looking more closely at some of the controversial changes the Lisbon Treaty could bring.

Czech centre right MEP Jan Zahradil, German Social Democrat Jo Leinen, and the English Green MEP Jean Lambert tell us why some find the Charter Of Fundamental Rights so problematic .

And we hear from UKIP's Paul Nuttal, Danish Social Democrat Dan Jorgensen and the Dutch Liberal Sophie in't Veld on the scrapping of the national veto and more powers to the European Parliament.

With a record low in turnout at the European elections in May, we'll be asking if the Parliament has really earned more political clout ?

The Record: Europe examines the key moments in the political week in Brussels and Strasbourg and focuses on the work of the European Parliament and European Commission.

It is broadcast on BBC Parliament on Saturdays at 2300, Sundays at 1700 and Mondays at 1000, on BBC World on Saturdays at 1330 and Sundays at 0630 and on the BBC News channel on Sundays at 0530 and Mondays at 0330.

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