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Investing in Clean Energy With a Social Conscience

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

For a region with a strong history of energy production, it is really exciting that the North East is carving out its place as a clean energy technology hub for the UK. It is great that companies are investing in building new energy production sites and providing some of the new power capacity needed to decarbonise our energy supply and industries.

A Test That Europe Must Not Fail

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It looks as if 2015 could turn out to be Europe's Year of the Insurgents... More than at any time since the end of the Cold War, Europe needs clear, determined leaders who can calm voters' anger and offer reassurance that better times are coming, especially for those who have been hardest hit by the age of austerity. Anger, fear and intolerance of minorities are a highly dangerous mix - we have seen before where they can lead when populist politicians fan the flames. The coming year will be a test that Europe must not fail.

Is Europe Overlooking the Far-Right 'Foreign Fighter' Issue in Ukraine?

Lewis Barton | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

Think of a 'foreign fighter'. Are they a young male, aged between 19-29, probably of Middle Eastern origin, and possibly a Muslim? Are they associated with the concern and debate over Syria and Iraq? To most people it's more than likely that this is the image that comes to mind. This isn't necessary wrong, but it's definitely not completely accurate.

As Europe Eases Into Quantitative Easing, It's Time for Green QE

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Those of us who have decried the way the policies of austerity and monetary stimulus have been used to benefit the rich at the expense of the poor should be arguing now that, when the ECB loosens the purse-strings, it must use the principle of sustainability to guide how QE should be implemented...

Join in the Masquerade at Venice's Carnival

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

One of the best ways to experience Carnival is to simply wander the city, especially around Piazza San Marco, admiring the professionals in their elaborately over-the-top costumes as they pose and preen for the cameras, all vying for the "Best Costume" award.

A Muslim's Response to the 25,000 Anti-Islam Protesters in Germany

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

I hear you marched in your thousands against my religion. Last week, and last month. You marched against immigrants, foreigners, and anyone a shade darker. I will not draw comparisons to Nazi Germany. I will not call you bigots, I will not insult you, and I will not label you. But we do have a problem.

Do You Really Need a Reason to Go on Exchange?

Sabrina Azmi | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sabrina Azmi

Leaving home is always going to be hard, be it a semester-long escapade or a few years of study, being thrown into a completely foreign country is terrifying. But it will be the best decision you will ever make in your life, as it is mine.

All Bark No Bite: Why 'Instagram Inspiration' Needs Action

Josh Marshall | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Marshall

"Start before you're ready" ... What does it mean? It means to "whisper #YOLO to the wind" and delve into something before all your cards are dealt, because, let's face it - so many of us wait for the right moment and that moment never comes.

Opatija: Croatia's Venerable Seaside Resort

Stuart Forster | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

A hundred summers ago Opatija, on the Adriatic coast, was regarded one of Europe's finest seaside resorts. Head there today and you'll find an attractive Croatian town overlooking the shimmering water of Kvarner Bay.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

The UK in 2015: The Year of Living Dangerously

Gavin Devine | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

So that's what 2015 holds in store. It won't all be bad, far from it, but there will be a lot of uncertainty , nervousness and hesitation. And a choice in May which might be characterised as being between a party that risks being bad for the economy in the short-term and one that runs that risk for the long-term. Not much of a choice, really. Happy New Year!

Why Farmers Should Vote Labour

Paul Brannen | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Traditions are by their very nature famously difficult to break but there must be a growing sense among UK farmers that there is only one way to secure the future of British farming come May's general election and that is to break the habit of a lifetime and this year vote Labour.

The Euro - The Most Socially Destructive Political Act Since WWII

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

The economic dangers associated with the introduction of the Euro were predictable - and indeed predicted by many. Yet political leaders at the time chose to make a grand and hubristic political statement irrespective of the devastation it could bring to their citizens. The Euro is, maybe, the best example of the consequences of a political and policy elite living in their own world and totally divorced from the consequences of their actions on ordinary people.

UKIP's Contribution

John Watson | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

I hold no candle for UKIP, a party whose policies on the EU and on immigration seem to me to be mistaken and which, if it is to make an impact in May, will need to attract some very odd people; but neither are they all racists and, by removing the taboo on the discussion of immigration, they have done their country a great service.

Four Britons Rescued From Stricken Ferry - But 150 Still Trapped

The Huffington Post UK/PA/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK

Four British nationals have been rescued from a stricken Greek ferry which caught fire in the Adriatic, with five people now believed to have died as ...

Hull's Taxi Drivers and the Luftwaffe - Lessons About the Past and Warnings About the Future..

Karl Davis | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Recent debates around the whole "local driver" issue involving a local taxi firm are illustrated beautifully by two buildings on Hull's Holderness Road. They are connected by real proximity, but separated by the passage of 70 years. Yards from 35 taxi's bustling taxi office stands the Boyes store, built on the site of what was the Savoy Cinema.

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...