In my Graduation ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of Durham University urged myself and my fellow gown-clothed peers 'Don't let your degree get in the way of your education' and he is right. Having a degree here isn't a requirement, but it gives me encouragement.
While David Cameron may not have reached the heights of Churchillian rhetoric this week, he should be applauded for telling the Artist Formerly Known as Frau Nein and her cronies that Britain will not be pushed around by the Brussels pen-pushing elites any longer.
As an independent candidate at the last UK general election in 2010, it was only when canvassing started that I realised that, overwhelmingly, immigration was the most important issue concerning the voting public.
Immigrants are not a strain on the public sector, austerity is. Moreover, if Ukip truly believe that "Britain is full", should the party be urging its members to stop procreating? Same-sex relationships would surely be far more patriotic?
2014 will be a big year for the issue of prostitution. France and Ireland are both looking to move towards a Swedish-style system - which criminalises buying sex but legalises selling it - and Holland and Germany appear to be retreating from their previous laissez-faire stances. Countries like Britain (which has a muddled approach) are coming to a crossroads, and will need to choose their path: Swedish or Dutch.
Bailout countries have been on the Troika's leash now for nearly four years, but just how effective have its measures been. The Troika - composed of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - is tasked with getting economies back into shape by proscribing a diet of strict austerity and plenty of strenuous reform measures, but its methodology has been questioned since the start.
Business for Britain doesn't want to leave the EU, but we do want some simple and achievable changes made that would help businesses to compete in the new high-growth areas of the world like South America and South-East Asia. The British Option would do that, and without undermining the Single Market.
I'm trying really hard to remember a time when we could go a whole week without having to have a national moan about "Europe"*. I mean I get it, I really do. All that great food, fantastic culture and nice weather. Not to mention Germany and France's positively infuriating collective predilection for paying people properly and according them proper employment rights.
We Greens are proud of being different. We're proud that we highlighted the risks of climate change long before it became fashionable to do so, we're proud to have said 'no' to the war in the Iraq and we're proud to be standing with migrants whilst the political establishment attempts to blame them for a financial crisis they didn't cause.
I'm sure you already have it marked in your diary: 22 May, the date of the next euro-elections. If you haven't, you should have. Why? Because, if current opinion polls are right, anti-EU parties will do exceptionally well in several countries, including here in Britain.
This article is co-authored with Terry Townshend who is Head of Policy at GLOBE International It is not well know that Kazakhstan -- a nation whose l...
Farage himself predicted an "earthquake" while other prominent right wingers envisage "the liberation from the European elite, the monster in Brussels". So are they correct? Their success would certainly send a shockwave across the continent but are we really about to find ourselves at the mercy of the most anti-EU, combatively euro-sceptic European Parliament to date? No.
Just a few days ago 29million Romanians and Bulgarians gained the right to settle in any part of the European Union, including Britain and Ireland. Although there are fears many will make their way here, the impact is unlikely to be as significant as in 2004 when the UK opened its borders to people from eight new member states including Poland and Hungary...
The British tabloids should thank Romania for providing it with so much great material over the last quarter century. The latest scaremongering - 27 million Romanian and Bulgarian scroungers are coming over in January 2014 - is just the latest in a long list of scare stories.
Optimism is important. Europe's values play a key role as a compass for the world, and continue to hold an enormous power of attraction. To keep Europe's light from fading, we must stand together. Only as a community of Europeans will we have power, influence and a future.
I don't believe that if, in 2005, we had known the extent of migration from the previous Accession countries and the scale of the recession that would hit us, we would have agreed to the restrictions being lifted now... Even at this very late stage, I urge the government to keep the restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian migration for a further five years - I can see no other solution.