"A voice for Scotland”
Struan bids you adieu this month in his last ever Brussels Briefing before standing down as an MEP. Updates are given on an EU fisheries task force, a potential partnership between Europe and Somalia and ends with a commitment to stand by Iran's freedom fighters.
This month, Struan discusses the perilous route back to EU membership for an independent Scotland, argues that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is Britain's ally for EU change, wishes Iranians a happy new year on the occasion of Nowruz and welcomes the end of the Mackerel Wars.
This month, Struan reflects on the SNP's problems over Europe, discusses the human rights situation in Iraq, points to European financial assistance to fishermen affected by this winter's storms and praises the performance of Team GB at the Winter Olympics.
This month, Struan reflects on January's parliamentary whirlwind, criticises the Scottish Government's assault on Scotland's golf courses, warns that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is ramping up his reign of terror in the country and pays tribute to the great chieftan o' the puddin'-race at his annual charity Burns Supper.
This month, Struan praises Malala Yousafzai as she collects her Sakharov Prize, highlights religious freedoms under threat worldwide, reports on the aquaculture industry in Vietnam and Laos and calls for greater regulation of e-cigarettes.
This month, as the European Parliament presented Aung San Suu Kyi with her Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Struan argues that parliamentarians should always make sure their actions match their rhetoric when it comes to supporting champions of liberty no matter where they're from. Also this month, Struan asks whether European green orthodoxy is really the best way to safeguard biodiversity, highlights the real cost of green energy and welcomes the parliament's passage of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
This month Struan tells readers about further Ashraf agony, says the international green lobby are scraping the bottom of the barrel as they push for a deep water trawling ban, argues that the SNP's renewable energy policies are not the right ones for growing the economy and offers readers the chance to have their say on the Scottish Government's offshore renewable plans.
This month, Struan argues the case for greater shale gas production in Britain, presents an old friend with the European Citizen's Prize, brings the anti-windfarm message to a rally in Ireland and explains why he's about to get a bit more talkative.
This month, Struan gives us an update on Lithuania and Croatia as they both enter new phases of their European journeys, warns readers to be wary of Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani, describes the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra's visit to Strasbourg and tells of Ian Duncan's hidden talent.