On Thursday, 27 February, the European Parliament will vote on whether the United Arab Emirates should join the Schengen Agreement, which would provide their citizens with visa-free travel throughout European Union member states...
With the US reluctant to act and Russia only too keen to support Yanukovych, it falls to the EU to mediate and do all it can to promote a smooth transition and fair elections later in the year. Founded on the idea that fostering common interests helps to defuse conflicts, the EU has always favoured dialogue over the use of force.
The upcoming European elections will offer a valuable insight into the current state of democracy in the EU. While the vote will lay the foundations for a greater involvement of citizens in the Union's policy-making process, a poor result may end up undermining the legitimacy of the EU system as a whole.
The promised head-to-head European Union debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage has a strange dynamic - both men could emerge as winners.
Immigration may well prove to be the death knell of the EU as we know it. But if it is, it will not have been due to immigration itself but rather to Brussels' tone deaf, inflexible, and insensitive response to the issue. The matter is highly emotional and goes to the very heart of people's values, sense of fairness, cultural identity and social cohesion. Trying to counter that either with cold numerical and economic arguments or with dismissive insults of xenophobia is not only futile, it is grist to the mill for the political parties which have successfully made immigration their main platform and that seem on track to form the largest single grouping in the European Parliament after the May elections. But it's worse than that. The Brussels response will be constructed by many as being absolute proof of a type of Union they reject.
Countries that have regularised sex work have begun to question the efficiency of their laws. In Amsterdam, the local authority has started to close down the number of windows available for prostitution in its world-renowned red-light district.
Angela Merkel's call yesterday for a European network "so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic" is hardly surprising given the revelations of how German and other European citizens have had their data indiscriminately collected as they use web services based overseas.
Evgeni Plushenko, bowed out of the competition right before he was to take the ice in the singles event. As disappointed as he undoubtedly was (not to mention the fans), 31-year-old Plushenko has the rest of his life ahead of him, with a stack of Olympic hardware to his name and a celebrity brand to build upon. In time, his decision may be seen as noble- or at the very least, inevitable. Sometimes, you just have to know when it's time to quit. Street protesters in Ukraine and besieged civilians in Syria are probably hoping that the Russian government will follow their golden boy's lead and have the nerve to admit that their current foreign policy just isn't cutting it anymore.
My hunch is that, paradoxically, the Swiss Yes to immigration quotas makes a Scottish No to independence more likely. There'll be more warnings of the price to be paid for years of political uncertainty, potential instability and investor nervousness. Pro-independence campaigners will call it bullying; the anti-independence camp will call it setting out the facts.
The United States is deliberately sidelining the EU as a partner. After being appointed Secretary of State, John Kerry's first trip to Europe included stops in four EU member states but none in Brussels.
The lesson of this revolution is one that we have seen repeated time and again: market economies need good regulation and, with this in place, they generate benefits, efficiencies and opportunities, many of which are often unforeseen.
The European Union doesn't just have a British problem. The Eurobarometer shows that public opinion towards the EU was undermined across Europe by the financial crisis. The ratio of people feeling positive or negative about the EU was around three to one before the crisis but is now evenly balanced.
A bill to strengthen the rights of air passengers in the European Union has won the backing of the European Parliament at its first reading. MEPs passed the bill to give travellers better rights to information, care and re-routing, when stuck at an airport.
Market abuses like Libor helped to precipitate and exacerbate the economic crisis that has beset the world over the last few years. Yet, while the victims of this sort of fraud can be measured in millions and damages in billions, convictions remain only too rare and sentences are often lenient, considering the scale of the crimes.
ulgaria's right wing party Ataka (Attack in Bulgarian) has introduced a new draft bill to bans gay Pride marches this Wednesday. A previous, similar amendment, was rejected by the Bulgaria's Parliament last week, on the grounds it would violate European Union (EU) law and European Convention of Human Rights.
As the son of immigrants, I grew up living in a community in North London alongside people from numerous different backgrounds and cultures. I know how much immigrants can contribute to British society and we should welcome those who work hard and make a contribution. However, we have to take seriously, and address, public anxiety over the potential scale and effect of immigration from Eastern European countries.