If the E.U. is keen to assert leadership on these issues, it could do worse than reflect upon what "wealth" really means for its 500 million citizens.
Later today we will find out for sure if the European Commission is planning on scrapping two vital European laws. When the commission presents it's full 2015 work programme this afternoon it looks very likely that the 'clean air' and 'circular economy (waste)' packages will both be withdrawn.
The senior civil servants, politicians, and people who drafted the legislation do not understand how micro-level ecommerce works.
While the negotiations around issues such as immigration are very important, they are not the whole story. Of perhaps equal significance are the developments within the EU itself. These changes may, in the end, have an even larger bearing on the outcome of any 'in-out' referendum, if and when the time comes.
There are in fact two types of EU budgets. There is the long-term budget, known as the multi-annual framework, which establishes the annual spending limits. This is negotiated ever seven years. There is also the annual budget, which sets out in more detail how the EU should spend its budget over the coming year.
There has been a lot of progress recently within the EU on measures that facilitate prosecution in judicial and police matters, such as the European Arrest Warrant. The EU felt it was time to take action to balance the newly afforded rights given to investigating and prosecuting criminals such as the new arrest warrant, with the protection of procedural rights of individual EU citizens..
The fishing industry has been gearing up for the landing obligation, and progress is being made. New nets with larger holes mean smaller fish, doomed to be thrown back dead under the old law, are allowed to swim free.
Ukip MEP Tim Aker recently paid a visit to his old sixth form. Hoping to win over the soon-to-be first time voters he stood with folded arms as lines of teenagers spilled noisily into the lecture theatre. Within minutes hundreds of seats had filled and late-arrivers were perching in the aisles...
We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.
Besides their enhanced chances of subjection to violence or of being embroiled in crime either as victims or perpetrators, teens sleeping today in our cities' parks, upon shop doorsteps or 'sofa surfing' between friends and acquaintances often live in real peril of various forms of abuse by adults or older minors who observe their movements over time only to then take advantage of their powerlessness.
It is not just France's credibility that's at stake over the way it has handled a sale of two Mistral class assault ships to Russia, but the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers.
Later this month Innovate UK, a public funded agency providing support for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with high-growth potential, will light the touch paper for a revolution, a revolution which aims to radically rethink current models of long term care and dependency.
The European Court of Justice ruling this year is a watershed moment for the info sphere - it redefines the individual's relationship to his/her online data, not to mention presenting a practical quandrum for search giants like Google.
Bruno Gollnisch said tax harmonisation is not needed but that there is a need to make multinationals pay tax in the countries where they make profits. He also voiced concerns about Commission officials, led by Juncker, being responsible for the inquiry.
Okay, I'll admit it. As a UKIP MEP I've believed for a while now that the European Parliament lacks many of the true features of a proper Parliamentary democracy. I didn't think that I could be any more shocked than I have been already at the breathtaking lack of respect for the rules, but I was wrong...
The idea of protest voting in next May's General Election is becoming a very real concern for the main Westminster parties. The Conservatives are threatened on the right by UKIP, Labour are challenged on the left by the SNP and Greens, and the Liberal Democrats are losing votes to, well, basically any other party...