Students’ question time at European Parliament 

STUDENTS from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) recently grilled a Welsh MEP on contentious issues in the grand surroundings of the European Parliament.

Twenty seven students from UWIC’s Department of Humanities within the Cardiff School of Education travelled to Brussels led by Dr Russell Deacon and Steve Belzak.

The visit to the European Parliament was sponsored by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans, who was questioned by the students for 45 minutes in the debating chamber on issues including the European Union, nuclear power and the Welsh language. She had no answer when asked why all four of Wales’ MEP’s live in South Wales.

Dr Russell Deacon said: “This is our sixth visit to the European Parliament in the last 15 years. Living on the fringe of Europe it is important for both our students and those MEPs in Brussels to realise that Wales - despite being on the edge of Europe - also often feels like it is at the heart of Europe.

“The students were impressed by the warm welcome they received in the European Parliament, but even more impressed by the fact that many Brussels bars offered a selection of over 250 beers.”

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