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Renegotiation Must Tackle More Than Immigration to Win an EU Referendum

John Mills | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Mills

While the negotiations around issues such as immigration are very important, they are not the whole story. Of perhaps equal significance are the developments within the EU itself. These changes may, in the end, have an even larger bearing on the outcome of any 'in-out' referendum, if and when the time comes.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Sixteen: Geneva (Part Two)

Kai Humphries | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

Last night was the first since beginning these trials that I have not used an abundance of alcohol as an instrument for my studies and as I lay clear headed in my hotel bed I completely forgot how to initiate sleep...

The EU's Xmas Lunch Menu Is A Truly Epic Facepalm

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK

The EU get a bad press sometimes, and sometimes they don't deserve it. The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz even admitted to Huf...

Why We Need to Remember Srebrenica

Zarah Sultana | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. The British government is funding 750 young Britons to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn lessons from the Bosnian war and recognise the dangers of what can manifest when racism, religious-hatred and discrimination go unchallenged and ethnic divisions are exploited by political leaders...

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Fifteen: Geneva

Kai Humphries | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

We have boarded the flight to Geneva, for the past two hours we sat silently next to each other in departures completely ignoring each other's presence, fixated on our electronic devices. To the outside world we must look like a same sex couple who have had a major disagreement on holiday and are enduring the journey home in an amicable silence with underlying rancour.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day 14: Reykjavik (Part Two)

Kai Humphries | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

Seeing as we have a day off from travelling and performing today, and Berang doesn't return to Sweden until tomorrow, we all agreed on applying our free time to recreation. Daniel joined us to eventually ingest some food as we lunched on the fresh catch of the day before our Icelandic host, Ari, picked us up.

Jessica Elgot

'I Am Quite Clear That People Have Lost Trust In Us'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

At first glance, the office of the European Parliament's president is a eurosceptic's stereotype, the top of the 15-story building, with sweep...

Police Checks For Migrants To Track Their Employment

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics

Migrants could be forced to sign in at police stations to keep track of their movements so they can be deported if they are unemloyed after six months...

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Thirteen: Reykjavik

Kai Humphries | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

Due to social conditioning, I didn't feel entirely comfortable with my order choice but consoled myself with the conclusion that I am ill positioned to place the lives of animals in a hierarchy of worth, if I am to eliminate one meat option I should eliminate them all rather than engaging in some back patting moral hypocrisy.

A Tale of Two Immigration Speeches: What Is Britain So Afraid Of?

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

Britain needs to stop romanticising 'us' and stop demonising 'them'. Britain needs embrace it immigrant hordes for the incredible resources that they are, and reclaim its rightful place as a power broker in the 21st Century. But first, Britain needs to stop being afraid.

Jessica Elgot

EU Parliament Chief Backs Miliband For PM In Snub For 'Strange' Cameron

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics

STRASBOURG -- Ed Miliband would be the best prime minister for the UK, the President of the European Parliament has said, telling HuffPost UK he thoug...

Jessica Elgot

EU President Backs Calls For 'Compromise' On Troika's Greece Demands

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG – Europe must be prepared to make new compromises over Greek debt or risk the nation forfeiting its timid growth and spooking potential n...

Jessica Elgot

'We Have An Image Problem,' EU Parliament Chief Admits

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG – The European Union is suffering from a “image problem” and has become an institution where people have “lost trust,” the Presid...

Cameron To Set Out 'Red Lines' On EU Immigration

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

David Cameron will promise to block European Union migrants from claiming welfare for the first four years after they arrive in Britain as he sets out...

The Cultural Poison of Europe's Immigration Policies

Alexandra Politaki | Posted 27.01.2015 | 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 26.01.2015 | 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 25.01.2015 | 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 23.01.2015 | 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 24.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 18.01.2015 | 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.