UK Europe

Should the Rest of the UK Care About the Prospect of Scottish Independence?

Ian Baxter | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won't get a vote (even if they're Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.

Swinging Through Sweden

Noelle Reno | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Noelle Reno

I've started to embrace the "non-plan" which was very much the case when I hit the southern shores of Sweden by way of the Öresundsbron (the overwater/underwater bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden).

Eight Things You Must Do When Visiting Ibiza

Emily Oakden | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Oakden

Lots of people see Ibiza and automatically associate it with endless parting in world renowned clubs. Yes, those words are synonymous with certain parts of the island, but there is another side of Ibiza that offers idyllic beaches, fantastic Spanish culture and quaint towns.

Brussels Revolving Door Leads Straight to the City

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

In order to strengthen citizens' trust in democracy, there needs to be extensive and tightly enforced cooling-off periods between the time a person spends holding public office and their move to a job for a private company in a related field. We need to introduce such a cooling-off period across the EU; three years would be a reasonable minimum length.

Swim the Hellespont - The Ten Things You Need to Know

Bill Coles | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Sport
Bill Coles

I have just had my second crack at attempting to swim the Hellespont; it did not go well. Sometimes, even though I'm only two years in, it feels as if this historic swim is developing its own powerful juju that will contrive to thwart me at every turn...

Why Poznan Should Be on Your Bucket List

Andrea Magrath | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Magrath

Poznan, in central west Poland, is an enchanting city. Simply beautiful storybook architecture, friendly locals, and the charm of a city not yet inundated with tourists. There are plenty of things to see and do in Poznan for visitors, whether you're a couple, solo traveller, or a family. Here are my top ten picks...

Brace Yourself for the Next Financial Crisis - And The One After That

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

In a recent speech Angela Merkel stated that "the danger of another financial crisis is already pre-scripted." She is right.

Europe's Problem With Far-Right Violence

Vidhya Ramalingam | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
Vidhya Ramalingam

We aim to start a conversation on how Europe can engage directly with the problem of far-right extremism. It is a conversation about solutions.

Sharp Rise In Immigration Means Targets 'Should Be Put Out Of Their Misery'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

David Cameron's dogged attempts to slash net migration have been dealt another blow as official figures revealed that figure rose to 243,000 in the ye...

Independent Scotland Will Be Rudely Awakened From Its Euro Dreams

Ben Acheson | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

For years, questions were asked about Scotland's EU status if a Yes vote transpired. The European Commission repeatedly refused to answer the 'accession versus succession' issue, not wanting to deal in 'what if' situations or influence anyone's democratic decision. So succession was always a possibility because everything is technically a possible if there is no definite confirmation of its impossibility. Confirmation or not, there were still warnings about the hurdles and potential EU-related costs accompanying Scotland's separation from the UK.

The British Public Definitely Don't Want The Government To Target International Students

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The British public does not see international students as immigrants and are opposed to attempts to reduce their number in a bid to lower net immigrat...

Montenegro - The Pearl of the Adriatic

Petra Shepherd | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

A destination often has an iconic building or place that one instantly associates with it. Think Taj Mahal for India, The Eiffel Tower for France. However, the photo often used to promote the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro is in fact an uber luxury Aman resort, the Aman Sveti Stefan.

Open Letter to America: 10 Things I've Learned as an Ex-Pat

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

On a recent trip across America, I naturally felt like a stranger in a strange land. Things have moved on and changed a lot during the years of my travels. But some things never change, and I found myself in hundreds of casual conversations across the continent, engaging in the same sort of message repeatedly, a message about things I never knew when I grew up there...

Becouscous I Told you, That's Why! - A Hitch-Hike to Morocco

James Dann | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

The old band back together. "No fella (I imagine he said fella) it's legal, it's OK, €50 and we'll be back in 5 minutes, my brother will ...

Romanian Immigration Is Up - But Ukip's Sums Were Off By A Pretty Long Way

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to the UK has increased by 13,000 since labour restrictions were lifted in January, but analysts say the...

9 Foods Russian Could No Longer Enjoy Thanks To Putin

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics

With EU and Western leaders piling pressure on Vladimir Putin with financial sanctions, Russia has retaliated by launching a food fight. Prime Mini...

Prodding the Sleeping Giant- Keeping the Rise of Cycling Rolling

Alec James | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Sport
Alec James

The public's incredible reaction to the Tour de France which finished on Sunday may have surprised some, but its legacy through quality cycling provision in Britain must be a surprise to no-one.

Industry 4.0: A Driver of Innovation for Europe

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Tech
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

If Europe wants to get a good start in this future market, it has to lay the foundations now, and become active first and foremost on three fronts: in infrastructure, in education, research and development, and in the support and financing of startups.

The Stunning Natural Beauty of Montenegro

Ellis Shuman | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellis Shuman

We really didn't know what to expect when we crossed the border into Montenegro, but we would soon learn that this small, southeastern Europe country is home to some of the most stunning natural beauty that we have ever seen.

Managing Housing Market Risks in the United Kingdom

Ruy Lama | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Ruy Lama

House prices are rising rapidly in the UK at an annual rate of 10.5 percent. House price inflation is particularly high in London (20 percent per year...

Is the Eurozone Crisis Over?

Martin Koehring | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

The euro zone has emerged from recession, borrowing costs have fallen and the risk of euro area collapse has diminished since mid-2012. However, major causes for concern persist.

The Conservatives in the European Parliament Are Going From Strength to Strength

Syed Kamall | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

We have planted a flag in Brussels which will be a rallying point for others who favour reform and renegotiation in Europe, including those MEPs currently in different political groups in the parliament. Anyone who believes Europe has lost its way and has to change, will know that they will never lack friendship or support from the ECR.

Cheer - Inequality Is Falling Globally! (And Similar Nonsense)

John Weeks | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK
John Weeks

I bet you think that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. A few well-known facts might lead you to this conclusion. For example, in the ...

A Guide to Porto and the Douro Valley

Zahra Razavi | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Porto's historic city centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason. Undoubtedly, one of the best things you can get up to during a stay in Porto is simply to wander and wonder; to engage in the well-established art of flânerie - to walk around idly and aimlessly. Here are some things to look out for on your strolls around the city.

EU: How the UK's Next Commissioner Will Be Appointed

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The name raised a few eyebrows in Brussels when he was announced as the nominee for the UK's spot in the European Commission. Lord Jonathan Hill of Oareford, the leader of the House of Lords, is little known abroad and his appointment is far from guaranteed as he will be subjected to a careful vetting process over the coming months.