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Happy New Year EU! May 2014 Be the End of Your Ages...

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Mark Esposito

The EU cannot really afford to slow down even though it is about to go into a parliamentarian transition, next May. The reasons for national governments to make the necessary reforms to help SMEs grow will become one of Europe's most expected actions. Not doing enough does not only prevent the EU from becoming more competitive; it is a recipe for more problems down the road...

Winter Magic in Brussels

Vesela Gladicheva | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vesela Gladicheva

If you're in the midst of searching for a last-minute, magical escape this Christmas, look no more. In addition to the traditional, German-style market every European capital boasts nowadays, Brussels has something extra in store this winter.

Is Europe's Terminal Decline Inevitable?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

A recent trip to China confirmed the atmosphere of hope, growth and belief in a bright future that is prevalent among its people and its business leaders. That contrasts sharply with the current atmosphere in most European countries that, for the most part, seem concerned with an existential threat to their future.

'You Guys Are Making A Profit Out Of Immigration'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK

As tensions heighten over the possible "influx" of Bulgarian and Romanians from next month, Bulgaria's president criticised the fear tactics being use...

Clegg Vows To Block Curbs On EU Immigration

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has pledged to block any fresh attempts to curb immigration from the European Union, insisting "this is where we draw the line". The Dep...

Meet Ionut, He's Coming To Work In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK

As the UK prepares to open its borders to Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants in the New Year, the HuffPost follows one hopeful who plans to start a new...

Four Reasons Why Europa Takes World Leadership

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

Optimism is important. Europe's values play a key role as a compass for the world, and continue to hold an enormous power of attraction. To keep Europe's light from fading, we must stand together. Only as a community of Europeans will we have power, influence and a future.

Pussy Riot Will Soon Be Free... Speech in Russia Will Not

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Whilst the amnesty granted to the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina - is to be welcomed, we must view it for what it is: a political stunt by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Europe's Recession-Hit Economies Must Say 'Si' to Creativity

Johan Fourie | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Johan Fourie

It is a truism that creativity can create something special from nothing; just look at the "starving artist" ideal made popular by Picasso and Modigliani, Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier, or today's recession-busting artists such as Banksy...

Last Night's Panorama Wasn't Balanced, It Was Racist

Steve Rose | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

This edition of Panorama is merely a symptom of the wider discourse around immigration. A debate so toxic that facts are shouted down in a wave of popular fascism. But it also threatens our relationship with Europe and our right to free movement. On both fronts, we should all be worried about where this debate is heading in 2015.

Brits Would Welcome 'Hard-Working' Romanians And Bulgarians

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK

Britons do not have racist feelings toward Romanians and Bulgarians, but blame the government for a lack of real information on how further immigratio...

Pipeline Politics and Benefits to Europe and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week's large Oil and Gas conference in Erbil, which I attended, marked the probably inexorable progress of the Kurdistan Region to economic independence and better and more reliable relationships with the rest of Iraq and with Turkey...

Eat The Ugly Veg, Says Tesco

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK

Fussy customers who reject misshapen fruit and vegetables need to be educated about food waste, Tesco has told MPs. The supermarket said "wonky" pr...

Hamburg's Christmas Markets: Advent Tradition in Germany

Stuart Forster | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

As we enter the Advent period, Christmas markets are opening across Germany. A trip to Hamburg, in the north of the country, gave me a chance to learn that most of the city's 13 markets have a traditional feel but there's one in particular with a cheeky twist.

Raising State Pension Ages - We Have to Change Work First!

Chris Ball | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Ball

One problem is that ageing workers are widely seen as "a burden" with the focus of attention being on their chronological ages rather than their work capacity (or, to use an increasingly recognised concept, their work-ability) which can vary enormously from worker to worker of the same ages.

Unrest in Pungesti as Chevron Resume Fracking Plans

Stephen McGrath | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen McGrath

For over six weeks villagers in Pungesti, mostly farmers, camped round the clock in tents preventing vehicle access to an exploratory site targeted by Chevron for the possible extraction of shale gas. As a result, in mid-October the energy company temporarily withdrew its plans.

'Be Grateful' For Skilled Romanians Coming Here To Work

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK

Romanians are young, well-qualified and keen to work, and Britain should be grateful that they wish to work in this country, Romania's Labour minister...

Staying in Europe Is About Staying Prosperous - But It's Also About Who We Are as a Country

Mary Honeyball | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mary Honeyball

I believe, like countless others, that staying in Europe is the only way of securing Britain's future prosperity. But for me these economic arguments run deeper, to the core question of what type of country we want to be.

Battling for Benefit

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

As voters grit their teeth and reluctantly recognise that Britain's unsustainable deficit and public spending must be cut, there is no desire to open a new spending front to facilitate a new internationalism. Our own politicians, whatever their party, have begun to understand what Mr Andor and his colleagues refuse to do: he should therefore expect the same fate as his alma mater and the system that sustained it.

China Set To Invest In HS2

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

China could be set to invest some of its significant economic might in the controversial HS2 rail project and a new generation of nuclear power statio...

Muslims And Jews Unite In Polish Meat Case

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

A coalition of Jews and Muslims is to lodge a legal complaint against Poland, complaining of unfair treatment because of the ban on ritual slaughter. ...

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

The German Paradox: Highest Employment in Europe and Increasing Poverty

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

The number of people at risk of poverty grows in Germany, although the number of employed has never before been so high, according to the results published this week by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The study, which takes a snapshot of German society from numerous surveys, shows that in 2012 the country had 41.5 million people employed, the highest in its history. However, the total working volume was at 1991 levels.

Jessica Elgot

Would Brits Get A Better Deal On Benefits Moving Abroad? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

David Cameron has been warned Britain is at risk of being seen as a "nasty country" as he presses ahead with a clampdown on benefits for migrants. ...

Jessica Elgot

Labour MP Makes Extraordinary Blunder | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

UPDATE: John Mann's office has responded, but not retracted his call for Andor to resign. Issuing a 'correction', Mann said said that "his country'...