Migration and the EU: An Institution Crumbling?

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

The European Union is built on a labyrinthine system of rules and regulations designed to ensure that all members have equal rights and responsibilities. Once member states start tearing up the rule book with impunity, the structure soon starts to crumble.

SDGs: It's Time to Get Serious About Sustainable Development

David Nussbaum | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

A few days ago WWF revealed that over the last few decades, the number of marine vertebrates in our seas has halved. Bird, fish, reptile and mammal p...

It Is Time to Talk to Assad

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.

Time Is Running Out in the Middle East

John Watson | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

Very hesitantly, with a weather eye on the immigration figures and the population forecasts, the UK Government reacts to public pressure to confirm th...

Heartbreaking Images of Syrian Boy Drowned on Shore: PM David Cameron Must Act Now

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

As the images unfold of the reality of the refugee crisis, Europe is busy squabbling over numbers of how many people should be "let in". The heart- re...

Cameron in Europe: Not a Good Place to Be

Robin Lustig | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

For a journalist, covering the EU has always been one of the toughest gigs around. Brussels? Oh. So. Boring. But not any more. The coming months will see the EU front and centre of the political debate not just in the UK but in many other member states as well.

We Should Be Very Careful When Giving Up Our Freedoms

Bob Morgan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The starting place for any democratic decisions about how we balance our rights to freedom against the need to compromise that freedom for the safety and security of the wider community should be that we should be free to do anything we want except if there is a compelling case why we should not.

Dear Mr Cameron: Beware Murphy's Law

Robin Lustig | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The sighs of exasperation at Britain's continuing ambivalence over its EU membership can be heard all the way from Lisbon in the west to Bucharest in the east. It's not as if our EU partners don't have other things to worry about, above all the still unresolved matter of Greece's slow slide towards bankruptcy.

The Danger of Trying to Police Britishness

Bob Morgan | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Theresa May and David Cameron say the Queen's Speech will contain proposals to limit the 'harmful activities' of extremists and to promote 'British values' and to stop activities that would undermine democracy. As simplistic political rhetoric it sounds a very obvious and desirable thing to do. Who can argue against that idea? But - it could be damaging to the very thing it is intended to protect.

Some Helpful Tips for the Tories

Andrew Duff | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The new Conservative government is hard at work cobbling together the catalogue of demands it soon must make on the European Union... Here are nine tips to the Conservatives which, given the level of ignorance in London about how the EU works, may be helpful.

Putting Mental Health on the Agenda

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

It's mental health awareness week, and whilst the country is still reeling from the election shock, there has never been a better time to raise awareness of mental health.

Women Are Missing In This General Election

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nona Buckley-Irvine

So let us harness the fact that we have this incredible scenario where there is female representation. And let us use it to push all the political parties to talk in gendered terms, and acknowledge the fact that socio economic inequality in the UK is gendered. And it has to change.

Party Politics: Just Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

David Mooney | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

We've hit the part of the General Election campaign that really starts to get on my nerves. The funny thing is, I genuinely think this vote could be one of the most interesting in the UK's history, given how disillusionment with large swathes of the political spectrum has resulted in no one party looking capable of gaining an overall majority...

Was Cameron's Diplomatic Faux-Pas With France Worth It?

Julien Tissandier | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Julien Tissandier

On Sunday 22 March, David Cameron wrote in the Sunday Times an article entitled "Labour will make us as bad as France". Why thank you David, much obliged. As a French national I personally do not take offense though, for two reasons...

What a Second Kitchen Really Means

Steve Doran | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

It's annoying when that sort of thinking applies to people. The fact that something as complex as a human being can be boiled down to their accent or their football team is a shame. But the deeper problem is that it happens to issues, too.

Why Do We Care How Bullying Dictatorships Feel?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

Remember that YouTube video where a fairly obese kid responded to a weak and bony bully by performing judo kind of move and smashed the bloke into the...

Europe's Crisis Is Constitutional

Andrew Duff | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The dilemma in which Mario Draghi found himself over quantitative easing is emblematic of the state of the European Union as a whole. Like other of the EU's crisis management measures, the resort to QE has been criticised for being too little and too late...

How Much Worse Can Merkel Let Things Get?

Andrew Duff | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

Not since Queen Victoria has a German woman been so powerful in European politics. In those perversely fascinating 'family photos' of the European Council, Angela Merkel stands out from the crowd...

This Immoral Government

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I have rarely felt so ashamed, or so angry. David Cameron, it seems, regards it as a "moral duty" to cut taxes - but not to save desperate migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean. By comparison, Marie Antoinette ("let them eat cake") was compassion incarnate.

The Case for British Strikes Against the Islamic State

James Snell | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

We can, with our technology, our material and our enviable financial position, intervene on the right side. We can fight the aggressors, the fascists, and rescue Iraq from the scourge of Islamist violence. But this is only possible in coalition, in alliance. Leaving the Kurds to fight the Islamic State alone is immoral; abandoning Iraq is equally bad; and letting the United States shoulder the burdens of internationalism alone fails the very definition of the term.

A Widening War: We're Back in Iraq

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When the history books come to be written, someone will doubtless compare the self-immolation of the Tunisian street-seller Mohamed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010, which sparked the wave of Arab uprisings, with the shot fired by the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Each was a single act that no one could have foreseen would lead to the appalling carnage that followed. And each reshaped the world, destroying great political powers and sowing the seeds for future instability.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Miliband Takes On The Israelis

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 22 July 2014... 1) MILIBAND TAKES ON THE ISRAELIS Ed Miliband hasn't had much to say about Israel's ...

Picking Your Enemies

Katie Welsford | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Katie Welsford

Since their removal from power this time last year, the Muslim Brotherhood has constantly been the focus of Egyptian headlines. But when, in early April, Downing Street ordered an inquiry into the group's 'philosophy, origins and activities', it entered the UK domestic political scene too...

Why I Loathe Gove's 'British Values'

Minesh Parekh | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Minesh Parekh

Education secretary Michael Gove recently declared that all 20,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, stating that this government 'will put the promotion of British values at the heart of what every school has to deliver for children'. But this raises several questions, most importantly: what actually are "British" values?

How to Solve a Problem Like Maria

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Less than a quarter of Britons trust MPs. This worrying fact was published in an IPSOS/Mori poll in December 2013. If you polled the same people today, that figure would be below a fifth, thanks to the renewed scandal Maria Miller has brought to the Commons.