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Sat 5 Sep 2015 07:00

Saturday 9th September


There's no sign of the European Union coming closer together on a more equitable distribution of the tens of thousands of refugees already inside its borders. Chris Morris, our Europe correspondent, talks about the growing rift between leaders. 


It has been estimated that Britain will take between four and ten thousand Syrian refugees from the camps along Syria's border. What impact would that number have on the UK? Carlos Vargas Silva is a senior researcher at Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford and Councillor David Simmonds is chairman of the Local Government Association's Asylum, Migration and Refugee Task Group. 


How is the neonicotinoid pesticide ban affecting farmers? Countryfile visits Guy's farm in Essex, where the 'cabbage stem flea beetle' is now flourishing.


Our chief correspondent Matthew Price brings us the latest from Hungary, where long lines of buses packed with migrants continue the journey to Austria today.  


Routine, 7-day GP care is unachievable in this Parliament and risks destabilising core services, according to the chair of the Royal College of GPs. Sophie Hutchinson visits a GP’s practice in Clacton, Essex and Hugh Pym explains the politics and practicalities of 7-day GP care.


Relevant to the size of its population, Sweden has had more Syrian asylum applications than any other EU nation. Our reporter Tom Bateman speaks to us live from Stockholm.


A 14-year-old boy who sent a naked picture of himself to a girl at schoolhas had the crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him. He tells us that what he did wasn't out of the ordinary. 


RAF jets could soon be taking on so-called Islamic State militants in Syria according to BBC sources. Has the growing migrant crisis changed the climate of opinion since MPs rejected military action two years ago? Mike Thomson speaks to ta resident of Kobani and Jeremy Bowen joins us from Damascus.


The government has insisted it will stick to its pre-election pledge to give all patients access to GP services seven days a week, by 2020. Sir Sam Everington is a senior GP in east London who was appointed in January by NHS England to help lead work on redesigning primary care. Dr. Tim Ballard is vice chairman of the Royal College of GPs.

Two thousand years ago the city of Palmyra was one of the most important cultural centres of the Middle East. This week, some of the site's most beautiful and iconic monuments were destroyed by the so-called Islamic State group in an act which the UN has called "an intolerable crime against civilization. Poet and author Marius Kociejowski reflects on the inspiration drawn from Palmyra over the centuries.

Vishing – or phone phishing – is a growing crime, in which people are conned into transferring large amounts of money from their accounts into the accounts of criminals. Joe Lyman speaks to a victim from west London and Caroline Wayman, Chief Financial Ombudsman, gives us her reaction.


Matthew Price reports from Hungary and Sir John Holmes, former UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, discusses the scale of the crisis and what should the UN, the EU and the UK should do.


We turn to the economics of the migrant crises and the reversal of Cameron’s position on taking more migrants. Andrew Lillico is a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Ngaire Woods is the director of the Centre for Governance at Oxford University.


How well has Cameron handled the migrant crisis? We take a look at the political climate in which the crisis is being played out. Isabelle Oakeshott is a biographer of David Cameron, Angie Hobbs is a professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, and Victor Sebestyen is the author of 'Twelve Days: Revolution 1956. How the Hungarians tried to topple their Soviet masters.'


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