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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.

The Sweet Drug of Bank Subsidies

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The large banks that dominate the financial services sector would be making heavy losses without the implicit subsidies they enjoy as a result of the taxpayer guarantee.

In the Footsteps of Our Families

Robin Lustig | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Like an ever-increasing number of people, we have a growing interest in our families' origins. But also because, as journalists, we can't help but be aware that migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the world we live in. So it's only natural that as the son and grandson of immigrants, we're irresistibly tempted to use our own families' pasts as a way of examining the present and the future.

Jessica Elgot

Couple Spend Life Savings On Boat And Drones To Stop Migrant Deaths In The Med

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Regina Catrambone was enjoying the July sunshine on her boat off the coast of Italy's Lampedusa when something caught her eye, a winter jacket floatin...

Is European Fascism on the Rise?

Jo Simmons | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Simmons

Though Russia has trumpeted its goal of fighting fascism more or less continuously since the Second World War, many in Europe have assumed such an ideology to be definitively outmoded. Today, the West must figure out how to speak to disenfranchised citizens in a meaningful way, to show them that dysfunctional democracies can be reformed, and that directing political frustration at society's most vulnerable members is never a constructive way forward.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Paterson and Gove Sackings Are Long Overdue

Natalie Bennett | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The removal of a truly dreadful secretary of state - who in the badger cull demonstrated his broader contempt or total failure to understand scientific evidence - is something to celebrate. The departure of education secretary Michael Gove is also cause for celebration. Again, his replacement is largely an unknown quality, her vote against gay marriage a cause for concern, but there's an opportunity here for the government to draw a line under a truly awful period for English schools.

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

Can You Speak Commission?

Susannah Savage | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

Bastardising the English language seems to be Europe's way of punishing Britain for its sins... "Whilst everyone else is making a large and valiant effort to communicate in their second or third language, the lazy, arrogant 'Anglo-Saxons' [sic] never bother to learn other languages and are linguistically inept in any case"

Visiting the Pinakothek der Moderne Art Museum in Munich, Germany

Stuart Forster | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

The museum displays works by modern and contemporary artists and has much for people interested in architecture and design.

Stitch-Ups, Backstabbing and Voters Ignored - 24 Hours in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

When I arrived in the European Parliament, I fully expected that there would be stitch-ups, slanderous accusations, voters' wishes ignored by the establishment and backstabbing from the political groups. At the time of writing, I have officially been an MEP for just over 24 hours - what has shocked me is that I have witnessed all of these happen already.

A Magical Land: The Rise and Rise of Slovenia

Lizzie Davey | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

I'll tell you what's not normal, though: Slovenia as a place. Not in a bad way. In fact, quite the opposite. It's not normal in the sense that it is amazing, and I'm assuming here that you don't see amazing every day.

Juncker's Revenge

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

David Cameron has the political luxury of not having to answer the toxic question: if not Juncker, who? Unlike John Major, he can luxuriate indefinitely in the plaudits of eurosceptic MPs and newspapers, with Ukip confounded and Labour wrong-footed.

Through Gritted Teeth Dave? Cameron Congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK

David Cameron's been criticising him all week and attempted to stop him from getting his new job, but now the prime minister has called Jean-Claude Ju...

Cameron Is A Dangerous Man, Says Miliband

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's failure to block the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Union's top job shows he poses a "real and present danger" to ...

Dave No Mates: Farage Says PM Is 'Friendless In Europe'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's defeat over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker shows he is "friendless" in Europe, Nigel Farage has said. The prime minister'...

21 Pictures That Show The Scale Of Europe's Migrant Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

It is one of the most perilous journeys on Earth, risking drowning, starvation, rape and exploitation. Yet 60,000 make the journey from sub-Saharan Af...

The Real Reason England Are Out of The World Cup

Hamish Mackay | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

That countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile and Mexico have all looked more impressive than England makes the inevitable debate about how we need to change our coaching set up/youth teams/b-teams/academies/facilities all the more embarrassing and redundant.

Top Ten Boutique Hotels for Hipsters (Moustache Not Included)

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

With their vintage threads, vinyl records and penchant for independent coffee shops, hipsters are well known for their discerning tastes. But thanks to the global popularity of this exclusive subculture, hipsters no longer need to settle for a mainstream chain - they can now unpack their skinny jeans in the boutique hotel of their dreams.

What Are We Voting For?

Susannah Savage | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

Italy's 'score' is announced on a big screen in front of us and a roar of applause and whooping erupts from the Italians in the crowd, followed by a cacophony of chinking glasses. The Italians are bizarrely celebrating their voting turnout at the election party...

ISIS Jihadist Used To Have Ambitions To Be 'Britain's First Asian Prime Minister'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK

The British jihadist who called for more Britons to join the ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria was a moderate young man who wrote just four years ago he wa...

Will the European Elections Change Things for Young People?

Allan Päll | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Allan Päll

For Europe's young people, who have often suffered worst from the crisis, many of them - notably in Spain and Italy - have supported left-wing or even far right political parties. Some of these far-right parties are promoting hate-speech, xenophobia, nationalist and Eurosceptic ideas.

The Top 10 Boutique European Festivals This Summer 2014

Marco Zande | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Marco Zande

Ready to take a trek off the beaten festival path? From mountain thermal springs to private secluded beaches to 100% sustainable eco-friendly ventures, all of the festivals on our Top 10 Boutique Festivals list have their own unique points of difference, boldly turning away from current trends to forge their own unique paths on the European festival landscape

The EU Has Had Its Challenges When It Comes to Ethics, But It Is Serious About Addressing Them

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The notion that the European Parliament is a gravy train riddled with waste and financial scandal is simple to pedal, especially when you need to score easy political points back home. However those that often pedal it, fail to acknowledge the reforms that are quietly taking place.

Top Ten Places to Get Your 'Game of Thrones' Fix

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

Game of Thrones has become an international phenomenon with a dedicated following around the world. Over the past four seasons, the show has become well-known for its dramatic backdrops and breath-taking locations filmed all over Europe.