I have just returned from Strasbourg, where for three days the European Youth Forum ran its annual YO!Fest as part of the European Youth Event, which took place at the European Parliament. I have come back to Brussels truly heartened and inspired by the ideas and motivation of the 5,300 young people that came together for this event...
Those fundamentally opposed to the EU say we should turn our backs on the world and become more inwardly focused. But Liberal Democrats believe that the best way to increase opportunities for young people is by having a strong voice in Brussels and working together with our European neighbours. Ukip offer nothing to young people; leaving the EU would reduce job opportunities in the UK and take away their right to work, study or train freely in 27 other European countries, including through Erasmus+.
Although much has been achieved by the 7th legislature, the work is far from complete. Europe has yet to resume full economic growth, many banks are still ailing and millions continue to be unemployed. The results of the European elections in May will not only determine the direction the EU will take, but how it will tackle these issues.
As things stand, the pro-separatists insist that they will go ahead with the referendum, with or without Mr Putin's blessing. But at least now he can claim that he did what he could to halt it - and hope, in so doing, to lift the threat of further sanctions being imposed.
The conclusion must be that this election - the first to take place in Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops - has been significantly corrupted to the point where the result, when it finally emerges, will almost certainly be fraudulent.
The Tories' failure to defend Britain's EU membership is of a different nature altogether. They seem to have gone quiet in order to hide what we already know - most Conservatives want to leave the EU. They simply don't care that it supports British jobs, helps fight climate change and makes our streets safer. They aren't interested in the huge benefits the EU gives consumers through cheaper shopping bills, travel and mobile phone roaming, and they are certainly not interested in projecting British influence and values around the world through the EU amplifier.
Legal experts, academics, and NGOs working in Burma identified key elements of genocide which are taking place there. These included denying Rohingya legal existence and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life...
Austerity or investment, more or less migration, putting the brakes on Brussels or expanding Europe... The economic crisis over the last few years has caused many people to question what should happen next.
The debate surrounding the EU elections in the UK has been dominated by politicians from the three main parties trying to appeal to UKIP voters on issues of domestic policy - without actually discussing the biggest challenges currently facing the EU, and how your vote can change them.
Dear voters, you are right. We have failed you. Your elected representatives have failed to protect you and your families from a catastrophic financial and economic melt-down... and we have failed to demonstrate the sort of moral probity that you are entitled to expect when you entrust us with your vote.
The elections for the European Parliament are round the corner and those of us who will turn up to vote anywhere in Europe are faced with a multiplicity of choices. Who to vote for?
But ten years have gone by, and the workforce has evolved and changed. Poles cannot be described in absolute terms anymore: they have received promotions, spent countless hours learning English, they're used to the humid climate and two-tap sinks. Poles in the UK are poets, novelists, managers and journalists.
Ten years later one may nonetheless argue that these waves of immigration have been comparatively successful. Whatever the growing pains such groups have encountered integrating into British society, the predictions of sceptics have largely failed to materialize.
Political commentators will churn up column inches debating whether he bottled it or not, and what impact this will have on Teflon Nigel. However, this debate misses the central point about UKIP - they hold the electorate in utter contempt.
You'd struggle to find a better example of 'the establishment' than the businesses operating in the City of London. The firms, which range from banks to brokers, insurance to law firms, are diverse in their work but can often be found singing the same tune when it comes to the regulation of what they do.
The European election campaign is now underway as EU member states prepare to go to the polls late in May to chose 751 MEPs for the European Parliament in Brussels. These MEPs do not sit in national blocs, but in political groupings.