Sorry Nigel but EU law will not prohibit a properly handled nationalisation of energy utilities.
As elected lawmakers we have to defend our European values and we insist that any expansion of relationship with Iran must be conditioned to end of executions and a clear progress on human rights and situation of women.
Since David Cameron promised an in-out referendum in the Conservative Party manifesto, the question of Britain's membership of the European Union has rarely made it out of the headlines. With the referendum provisionally scheduled for autumn 2017, there has been a lot of speculation on what it actually means to be European and whether we're in fact better off in or out of the bloc - how much do we actually have in common with our European counterparts?
The European Union is built on a labyrinthine system of rules and regulations designed to ensure that all members have equal rights and responsibilities. Once member states start tearing up the rule book with impunity, the structure soon starts to crumble.
Consider the word "crisis" in the modern world. Which would be the first geographical region that comes to your mind when you think about "crisis"? Maybe not Europe? At least, perhaps not until recent months, when the region became plagued with two major crises -- the financial one caused by our Greek friends, and the currently trending news item, the migrant crisis.
The economic gulf between what we pay our vital frontline National Health Service staff and who I consider the far less vital administrators who sit supposedly "above" them never fails to amaze me. We learned a week ago that three temporary NHS chiefs were paid salaries between £210,000 and £305,000 last year by a deeply-indebted hospital.
Denying the European Parliament the right to receive key documents is simply unacceptable and disrespectful of the only institution with elected European representatives. This is what the Greens will unanimously tell Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for taxation, when they visit the European Parliament today.
No-one would order a Cornish pasty made in Belgium or take seriously a Scotch whisky distilled in Finland. Luckily these delicacies are protected through so-called geographical indications, reassuring food enthusiasts about the origin and the quality of their purchases.
The Syrian refugee crisis needs to be met with structural policy responses. Individual Europeans have responded with ...
Our current political leaders, whether we support them on other matters or not, must not abdicate themselves from showing the leadership the world so desperately needs.
There is a strange thing happening to broadcast news, particularly and strangely obvious in the case of UK's public broadcaster, the BBC. It's 'newsta...
It is time for the EU to be brave. Greek tensions may be simmering under the surface for now, but the EU should pursue a policy of debt relief and take decisive action before the Greeks once again teeter too close to a Grexit. It's in everybody's best interests for the EU to be strong, and further prolonging Greek suffering is not conducive to a happy union.
How many MEPs, I wonder, have even failed to spot what is staring us in the face on a daily basis: that there is no such thing as debate in the European Parliament?
The current question before the political leaders of the USA's allies such as the UK is 'how can we address the refugee problem at source, and how far should our escalating military efforts against ISIS and the Syrian regime go ?'.
Today marks a symbolic victory for those who believe that an Israeli-Palestinian peace is only possible if both sides are treated as equals. The European Parliament voted yesterday to change the name of its "Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council" to the "Delegation for Relations with Palestine" by 344 votes to 282.
Traditional health and adjacent business will be affected, shaped and in some case redefined. We all stand to win from this revolution which could make ageing a lot more fun than it is for many older adults today. The future really is in our hands.