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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.

Jessica Elgot

Pope's EU Visit Gets Super Awkward As Francis Slams 'Aloof' Leadership

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG -- Pope Francis has attacked the European Union's "opulent" and "aloof" leadership and institutions in an extraordinary speech to the Stras...

Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge Set to Introduce Key Brussels Conference on Children Rough Sleepers at EU Parliament

Nick Fouche | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Fouche

Besides their enhanced chances of subjection to violence or of being embroiled in crime either as victims or perpetrators, teens sleeping today in our cities' parks, upon shop doorsteps or 'sofa surfing' between friends and acquaintances often live in real peril of various forms of abuse by adults or older minors who observe their movements over time only to then take advantage of their powerlessness.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Eleven: Stockholm (Part Two)

Kai Humphries | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

What happened last night? Where did I leave Daniel? Why is my bed wet? Once I wrangle together my material possessions, find the location of my test subject and tip the maid, I relax in transit and begin to collate my findings from the previous day. Today is different, I have none of those anxieties.

To See the Future of Science We Need to Look Beyond the '2.0 Paradigm'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Ten: Stockholm

Kai Humphries | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

The doting gesture of adoration is to act as a surprise accompaniment to the gift I had already left behind before embarking on my journey, and additionally aids to pacify any displeasure she may harbour towards my absence. I dare say it also selfishly helps to quell my own guilt at the situation. Regardless, Daniel has informed me that my actions suggest that I am a closeted homosexual.

Podemos: A Youthful Warning

Asher Kessler | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Asher Kessler

Podemos should serve as a warning to the British political class. If you kick us too hard, we could just kick you back.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Nine: Oslo

Kai Humphries | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

We shot beverages of high alcohol content in Norway from vessels the size of an average household vase. After several of these refreshments we challenged some of our newly acquired Scandinavian acquaintances to a friendly game of their national sport, Shuffle-Board.

Gorbachev, the Pious Fool

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

By the end of the Cold War, the West has gotten to know a voice of sanity from Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, or "Gorby" as West Germans tenderly called. He was a smart politician, a politician indeed rather than a supreme ruler of the second most powerful superpower equipped with the deadliest weapons of mass destruction.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Eight: Paris

Kai Humphries | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

The only thing more annoying than an irritating child being rambunctious on a crowded train, is a child conducting himself in such a manner in French. There is something rather excruciating about hearing incomprehensible high pitched words produced from the back of someone else's throat when you are already of a nauseous disposition.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Seven: Amsterdam

Kai Humphries | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

I'm feeling positively charged already at the prospect of being in a city that allows you to be sovereign of your own consciousness without risk of incarceration. This in my opinion shouldn't be a luxury afforded to you in a very specific geographical location, but a worldwide liberty as an individual...

Daily Mail Forced To Correct Piece By... The Justice Secretary

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK

The Daily Mail has been forced to make a humiliating correction to a piece written for the newspaper by Chris Grayling about the European Court of Hum...

Black Is the New Green, Part One: Energy Security

David Saddington | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
David Saddington

Energy security is one of the most talked about topics not only in terms of the debates around climate change action but also conventional policy. Energy price and stability have very real economic implications for any nation and there is now more than ever increasing concern to secure the resource by internalising energy generation.

Mehdi Hasan

David Lammy: Labour Should Be A Pro-Immigration Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics

"I think that the next general election is going to be phenomenally close." David Lammy is sitting in the corner of his parliamentary offi...

'Shambles!' 'Trickery!' 'Disgrace!' - What Happened In Parliament To Get MPs So Angry?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics

The Government has been accused of orchestrating a "shambles" over a controversial vote on the European Arrest Warrant - which turned out not to be a ...

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Five: Antwerp

Kai Humphries | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

Having failed with base level communication I engaged Daniel with more meaningful discussion about our respective childhoods, this topic seemed to be of interest to Daniel, I suspect this is because it gave him an opportunity to talk about himself, something he highly enjoys doing regardless of tense.

Merkel's Comments Show a Disregard for the Democratic will of European Citizens and Openly Will be the Destruction of the EU

Liam Deacon | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Before many of us could even catch our breath after Britain nearly tore itself in two, England is at it again, playing roulette with our other closest, hard won political partnership.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Four: Tallinn

Kai Humphries | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

As the cabin readies for take off, I have taken it upon myself, rather mischievously, to alter my subject's surroundings while he is unaware. I have lowered his tray table, elevated his arm rest, reclined his seat, unclipped his seatbelt and closed his window blind, the stewardess is heading methodically in our direction...

A Question of Justice Well Served?

Sean Howlett | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Sean Howlett

This boy should spend the rest of his life in prison. Psychopaths like him cannot be rehabilitated into society and to suggest that they can puts more innocent people at risk. They need to be removed from everyday life. It is irresponsible for anybody to suggest leniency because of his age.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Three: Vilnius

Kai Humphries | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

I myself am quite happily monogamous and spiritually bound to one lady, but the part of me that would like to live vicariously through Daniel on this excursion wants to fight him to the death. My disillusionment is inflated by the fact he spends his first hour of bedding down in his chambers perusing the tinder application every night before sleep consumes him...

Nurturing the European Midmarket

Garry Veale | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Garry Veale

A key characteristic for midmarket companies in general is a focus on growth and innovation. They are inherently more nimble than their larger competitors. They are also more adept at meeting change quickly and consequently can thrive even in the toughest environments.

Why Coronary Heart Disease Is Europe's Biggest Worry

Simon Gillespie | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Gillespie

This potentially fatal condition occurs when the arteries that supply the heart muscle with oxygen become narrowed by a build-up of fatty material potentially leading to blood clots and fatal heart attacks. Risk factors include things like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.