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Rosetta, Beagle 2 and the Virtue of Science for Science's Sake

Clare Moody MEP | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Clare Moody MEP

If we are truly to achieve the science of tomorrow that will help us overcome the problems of today, we need to be bold. We need to be brave. We need to dare to dream. Beagle 2 reminds us to keep the dream alive. As for tomorrow, who knows? Let's keep dreaming.

Building World Class Industrial Innovation: It Takes Us All!

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Increasing innovation is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's plan to reindustrialise Europe and ensure a solid recovery from the economic crisis. It is a laudable aim. Economies with strong manufacturing industries were more resilient to the impact of the economic crisis.

Greece Is No Poker Game - We're All Standing on a Cliff's Edge

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Everyone is portraying it as a game of poker. They couldn't be more mistaken. It seems impossible to get Greece off the front pages of the newspapers. And so it should be. The current untenable situation poses an existential threat to the European Union. Many are treating this as a game of bluff and double bluff...

Very Ironic Ukip Map Claims Support From China, India And The Outback

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

Ukip has released an astoundingly ironic new election graphic encouraging voters living abroad to register to vote in the 2015 general election. Th...

Greek Debt in a Nutshell

Ian Baxter | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

New Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is cutting a dash as he jets around Europe economy class. It certainly makes a change to see a leader so seemingly down to earth even if I think he'd look more credible with his shirt tucked in. But as the rest of the Eurozone wonders how to solve a problem called Syriza what are the rights and wrongs of this situation and where can the solution be found?

High Stakes Game of Euro Chicken

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Left-wing Syriza lead by Alexis Tsipras has not wasted time after winning the Greek elections: he formed a coalition with the right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks and the new government is now involved in a very high-stakes game of chicken with the Troika (the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF).

The Return of the ''Left'': Observations from a Tumultuous Week in Greek Politics

Dr Ioannis Christodoulou | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Dr Ioannis Christodoulou

The new government is clearly stating its European focus and determination to stay in the union of Europe. The big challenge is how the new government will ensure the continuation of payments by the creditors and at the same time the re-negotiation of the terms without asking for a write-off.

Britain and Europe: Winning the Policy, Losing the Politics

Peter Wilding | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

It is infuriating that a forward policy towards Europe, though favoured by the public and silently shared by the leaderships of the three main parties, gets shredded by media and political expediency.

Man's Best Friend Is Not the Dog - It's the Tree

Paul Brannen | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

As I see it, the strategy should first and foremost focus on the mitigation impact our forests can have in relation to the growing problem of climate change. Secondly, the strategy should focus on the job protection and job creation potential of our forests and the wood they produce.

No One Has Ever Come To Meet George Osborne Looking Like This Before

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK

Sashaying up the Downing Street catwalk like a meeting with the Chancellor was meerly an after-thought following a big night on the London tiles, Gree...

Driving Job Creation Through Energy Efficiency: It's a No Brainer!

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

MEPs, campaign groups and EU citizens know that having an ambitious and united approach to energy policy is a no-brainer, and part of that should be equipping buildings to do the hard work of cutting energy consumption for us. It's time now to convince the Commission and our governments to go that step further to creating a strategy that truly benefits people and planet.

Greece's Radical New Finance Minister Roars Up For Osborne Meeting

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics

One rides a 1300 CC Yamaha motorbike, gets mobbed for selfies, writes a cutting-edge blog and calls Greece's bailout terms "fiscal waterboarding" . ...

This Spanish Party Could Shake The Whole Of Europe

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK

A wave of anti-austerity fervour continues to sweep through southern Europe, as tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a sh...

Investing in Clean Energy With a Social Conscience

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 28.03.2015 | 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 25.03.2015 | 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 25.03.2015 | 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 23.03.2015 | 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 17.03.2015 | 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 20.03.2015 | 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 15.03.2015 | 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 16.03.2015 | 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 15.03.2015 | 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 15.03.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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.