It was November so it was cold; long underwear cold. My hotel was sandwiched between the Danube and the Christmas markets. The mulled wine was the perfect fuel for my exploits. I always condone sampling the national drink of choice when exploring a country (no matter the time of day!)
We should look to the biggest economic of recent events to find our answer. The 2008 crash and following recession is still shaping the economic situation across Europe. The Euro is struggling against the sterling, so does that mean we made the right choice?
The problem is that without a shared narrative which combines the political and the economic, the public reacts to the positive jobs creation stories of 'in' and the negative job destruction stories of 'out' with responses like "They would say that, wouldn't they" and "it's just scaremongering".
It has the potential to create the world's largest bilateral free-trade area, creating jobs and boosting economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, yet the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has proved controversial from the start.
The European Parliament has a very critical role. Not only as the co-legislator, but also in the social response needed in order to promote tolerance and fight anti-Semitism and Muslim-bashing.
On Friday 8 May 70 beacons are going to be lit all over Britain to celebrate our great European victory in World War II. Although torchlight processions are not really the English way of doing things, the fiery display will be at risk of being treated triumphally by whichever patriotic party wins the general election the day before.
The Conservatives believe in this case but are too shy so far to make it. However, soon after the election half the party will coalesce around this vision. Perhaps then, all party leaderships can reach a consensus which in truth is already present but unsaid. What is certain is that the British Influence message is getting through.
Consumers can look forward to estimated savings of €730 million a year under new EU rules on card payment fees. Legislation approved 10 March by the...
In my view, the EU would be a better place, if the plethora of its policies were not defined as an outcome of the everlasting conflicts between a humanitarian but unrealistic France and a productive but austere Germany, but if they were rather set by a pragmatist Britain. This outcome might as well be the best choice possible for Europe's -and Britain's- future.
Today is UN World Wildlife Day, an opportunity to celebrate the stunning diversity of flora and fauna around the planet and raise awareness about the importance of conserving it. This year, people and organisations all over the world have rallied around a simple yet vitally important theme: "It's time to get serious about wildlife crime."
This May brings a General Election more unpredictable than any in recent memory. With both major parties remaining neck and neck in the polls and the continuing strength of the fringe parties, the likelihood of an outright majority for either seems remote.
The prospect of Brexit has not yet sunk in. If Cameron is still prime minister after the British election on 7 May and then calls a referendum on leaving the EU watch out for truly scandalised Americans.
It is time we shook ourselves from the malaise and cynicism and remembered that, for all the faults and failures of our governments and our culture, it is still much better then any of the alternatives actually achieved.
Officials both in Europe and America, The Guardian reports, are convinced "that the Russians have infiltrated, or are helping to fund, NGOs campaignin...
The EU has been at the forefront of promoting issues such as safety at work, and a better environment for everyone - and it has of course freed up trade. Facile stories about curvy bananas overlook the ways in which the EU has driven economic development.
Led by Nigel Farage and Ukip, the British public have been led to believe that our country is the victim of a devastating tidal wave of EU immigrants. Crime levels have gone through the roof, public services are close to collapse, our jobs are in danger, 'British values' are all but gone and the M4 westbound is permanently gridlocked.