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New Pact for Europe

Andrew Duff | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

Euroscepticism used to be a very English phenomenon. But, as this year's European elections demonstrated, it now has much wider credentials... Few EU member states have been left untouched by public protest over Europe, either on the streets or at the ballot box.

Tories And Ukip Enraged That This Woman Can Come To UK With No Visa

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK

Conservative and Ukip MEPs have reacted furiously to a court ruling allowing a Colombian woman whose family is British to visit the UK without a visa....

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Twenty: Zagreb

Kai Humphries | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

There is a sweet taste of melancholy in the air after our final show, although performance has been my auxiliary goal to observing Daniel's behaviour, it has had an addictive quality that leaves me yearning for longevity in this project so I could indulge in more of its more-ish byproduct.

Europe Has Made Two Big Decisions About Palestine Today

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK

Palestinians scored two partial victories in Europe on Wednesday, with a European Union court removing Hamas from the EU terrorist list, and the Europ...

Belarus: Old Masters of New Tech in Europe

Mark Hillary | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

My first impression on arriving in Minsk was astonishment. I have been to many countries in Eastern Europe and several that were behind the old Soviet Iron Curtain, so I had a preconception of what I might see, but the first thing I noticed was that the road from the airport into the city was so smooth and new, it would be a skateboarders dream surface.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Nineteen: Ljubljana

Kai Humphries | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

We have arrived in Ljubljana, a title that reads more like a WiFi password than a place name, after an eight hour sleep in the Belgrade hotel and a five hour sleep in the car Daniel has found it necessary to retire to his quarters for a nap and recharge for the gig.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Eighteen: Belgrade

Kai Humphries | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

We've boarded the flight from Zurich to Belgrade with that hazy level of hangover where everything is vague, memories evaporate the minute they are made, nothing is done with consideration or care because being conscious is a trick...

Renegotiation Must Tackle More Than Immigration to Win an EU Referendum

John Mills | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

While the negotiations around issues such as immigration are very important, they are not the whole story. Of perhaps equal significance are the developments within the EU itself. These changes may, in the end, have an even larger bearing on the outcome of any 'in-out' referendum, if and when the time comes.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Sixteen: Geneva (Part Two)

Kai Humphries | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

Last night was the first since beginning these trials that I have not used an abundance of alcohol as an instrument for my studies and as I lay clear headed in my hotel bed I completely forgot how to initiate sleep...

The EU's Xmas Lunch Menu Is A Truly Epic Facepalm

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK

The EU get a bad press sometimes, and sometimes they don't deserve it. The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz even admitted to Huf...

Why We Need to Remember Srebrenica

Zarah Sultana | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. The British government is funding 750 young Britons to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn lessons from the Bosnian war and recognise the dangers of what can manifest when racism, religious-hatred and discrimination go unchallenged and ethnic divisions are exploited by political leaders...

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Fifteen: Geneva

Kai Humphries | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

We have boarded the flight to Geneva, for the past two hours we sat silently next to each other in departures completely ignoring each other's presence, fixated on our electronic devices. To the outside world we must look like a same sex couple who have had a major disagreement on holiday and are enduring the journey home in an amicable silence with underlying rancour.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day 14: Reykjavik (Part Two)

Kai Humphries | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

Seeing as we have a day off from travelling and performing today, and Berang doesn't return to Sweden until tomorrow, we all agreed on applying our free time to recreation. Daniel joined us to eventually ingest some food as we lunched on the fresh catch of the day before our Icelandic host, Ari, picked us up.

Jessica Elgot

'I Am Quite Clear That People Have Lost Trust In Us'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

At first glance, the office of the European Parliament's president is a eurosceptic's stereotype, the top of the 15-story building, with sweep...

Police Checks For Migrants To Track Their Employment

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics

Migrants could be forced to sign in at police stations to keep track of their movements so they can be deported if they are unemloyed after six months...

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Thirteen: Reykjavik

Kai Humphries | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

Due to social conditioning, I didn't feel entirely comfortable with my order choice but consoled myself with the conclusion that I am ill positioned to place the lives of animals in a hierarchy of worth, if I am to eliminate one meat option I should eliminate them all rather than engaging in some back patting moral hypocrisy.

A Tale of Two Immigration Speeches: What Is Britain So Afraid Of?

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

Britain needs to stop romanticising 'us' and stop demonising 'them'. Britain needs embrace it immigrant hordes for the incredible resources that they are, and reclaim its rightful place as a power broker in the 21st Century. But first, Britain needs to stop being afraid.

Jessica Elgot

EU Parliament Chief Backs Miliband For PM In Snub For 'Strange' Cameron

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics

STRASBOURG -- Ed Miliband would be the best prime minister for the UK, the President of the European Parliament has said, telling HuffPost UK he thoug...

Jessica Elgot

EU President Backs Calls For 'Compromise' On Troika's Greece Demands

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG – Europe must be prepared to make new compromises over Greek debt or risk the nation forfeiting its timid growth and spooking potential n...

Jessica Elgot

'We Have An Image Problem,' EU Parliament Chief Admits

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG – The European Union is suffering from a “image problem” and has become an institution where people have “lost trust,” the Presid...

Cameron To Set Out 'Red Lines' On EU Immigration

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

David Cameron will promise to block European Union migrants from claiming welfare for the first four years after they arrive in Britain as he sets out...

The Cultural Poison of Europe's Immigration Policies

Alexandra Politaki | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Politaki

In the name of defending its prosperity, Europe is encouraging a historic decline of the humanitarian principles and values on which much of European culture has been constructed during the last three centuries. Not only is the welfare state in retreat, but a hostile attitude towards vulnerable social groups is becoming prevalent. An outlook is gradually spreading of considering vulnerable people to be unacceptable, particularly when they come from abroad. The cultural implications for Europe, which long ago stopped being the leading producer of culture in the world and has been living in the shadow of the USA, are incalculable.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Twelve: Vesteras

Kai Humphries | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

The host of the broadcast asked my subject what he would be doing with his life had he not found his calling as a stand up comedian, to which Daniel rather tragically responded that he'd probably be working in a job he hated, married to a spouse he didn't love, with children he didn't want. On measuring this brutally self aware proclamation I don't think Daniel considered the target audience of drive time radio.

Jessica Elgot

This Man Treated 30,000 Victims Of War Rape - He's Worried About Europe

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG -- Rising anti-immigration rhetoric in Europe is a "worrying" trend that could lead to more discrimination, the Congolese winner of the Eur...

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.