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Unions and Europe - What Are the Choices and Challenges on 23 June?

Gregor Gall | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

It has long been evident that the referendum on 23 June is about whether Britain's membership of the European Union should be maintained regardless of the deal David Cameron struck with the EU member countries on 19 February 2016. As such, the questions facing unions and their members are even more profound and searching than could have been expected.

Joining the Bandwagon

James Hargrave | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

For many of us who work in politics it feels like we have been having the In/Out debate forever. However, it is only now that the local/mayoral/PCC elections are out the way that the public at large will start to 'tune in.' What does this mean for me? Which way should I go? Do I really care?

Be on the Ball at Euro 2016

Fleur Rollet-Manus | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Fleur Rollet-Manus

We are now only a month away from either euphoric victory or embarrassing failure, as the England team gets ready to hop across the channel alongside thousands of British football fans to compete in this years Euros. But are you all set and on the ball?

5 Things Wrong With This EU Referendum

Anisa Haghdadi | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Anisa Haghdadi

This referendum could be an enjoyable exercise in democracy - encouraging the public to exercise and stretch their brains and hearts to find the right decision for them and their families.

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

The Developing World Is Better Off With Britain Inside the EU

Simon Maxwell | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Simon Maxwell

There is much at stake in Europe just now. The external environment is characterised by economic slowdown, the pressure of conflict, the refugee crisis, and the need to move rapidly to act on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to climate. Urgent action is also needed to tackle the tax and transparency issues revealed by the Panama Papers. The threat of global disease epidemics is ever-present, with Ebola having been supplanted by the zika virus as the most urgent current threat. In all these arenas, the priority is coordinated action among groups of nations: another reason to put the global role of the EU high on the agenda.

An Open Letter to All 294 MPs Who Voted Against the Dubs Amendment

Maudie Fraser | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

Dear MPs, I speak on behalf of a vast proportion of the British public when I express my profound disappointment that 294 members of the party ruling...

Why Doesn't the EU Have a Strategy for Syria?

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

Instead of sitting back, crossing our fingers and hoping for an end to the Syrian civil war, the EU should be uniting to heap pressure on those regional powers blocking the path to peace. Never before has a continent with so much invested in the stability of its surrounding regions, been so reluctant to project its power and defend its interests.

Is Xenophobia Team Brexit's Final Hope?

Nash Riggins | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Against everyone's better judgement, Brexiteers have now been forced to abandon all reason and double down on their hopes that Britain's festering xenophobia will ultimately be enough to defeat economic literacy come June. Politicians like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have consequently placed every last shred of credibility on the line by attempting to disprove their own fundamental beliefs on the supposed economic benefits of immigration. That's a pretty risky bet...

Why the EU Isn't a Sprawling Mass of Bureaucrats Lacking any Democratic Legitimacy

Theresa Griffin | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics
Theresa Griffin

The reality is that nothing is decided at an EU level unless all member countries have explicitly agreed by treaty to do so. Even then, each and every piece of legislation that is made at an EU level is agreed by national governments.

The Abolition of Roaming Charges Is Yet More Evidence of How Britain Is Better Off in the EU

Mary Creagh | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

Saturday marks a milestone for the travel industry and for business people and holidaymakers alike. Mobile phone roaming charges are being slashed by almost three quarters. From 15 June 2017, there will be no roaming charges in Europe at all. And it's all thanks to the EU.

Europe Is a Force for Good - We Should Be United in Support of It

Dr Julie Smith | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Smith

Frank Field would do well to take a leaf out of Jeremy Corbyn's book. He should look at the EU of the 21st Century not the 1970s. Corbyn has changed his position, he has come around to the ideas that the Liberal Democrats have long been extolling. The current EU is good for the UK; not only that it's good for traditional Labour voters - something Corbyn has come to realise.

Whistleblowing in the Public Interest Goes on Trial

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This week, the man who lifted the lid on the cynical practices employed by large, profitable corporations to avoid paying taxes goes on trial. Through...

The Flyway of Death That Shames Europe

David Cox | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
David Cox

The Brexiteers complain that Brussels dictates our destiny. Wildlife enthusiasts might wish that its conservation arm would do just that. In fact, the EU's priorities lie elsewhere and its conservation capabilities are thoroughly limited at national level. Leaving the European Union will not save our wildlife, but neither, it seems, will remaining inside.

Why I Will Vote to Remain in the European Union

Julie Cooper | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Cooper

We should stay in Europe not just because it is economically advantageous, though it is, but because we are a confident, an outward looking internationalist country. It is the right thing to do because we all have a moral duty to pass on a better world to our children. Britain is better in Europe and the world is better for it.

EU Freedom of Movement Is Good for British Businesses - And for Your Career

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Our prosperity is highly dependent on a steady influx of talented people. A knowledge-based economy like ours is desperate to attract the world's 'best and brightest'. The reason for that is obvious; we need brilliant minds to push the boundaries of knowledge, to invent and to innovate.

Europe: A Bastion of Moderate and Temperate Speech? No Thanks

Thomas Hughes | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas Hughes

For Jan Böhmermann the German comedian at the centre of the current row, it's more than tricky. He faces three years imprisonment for insulting a Head of State, under paragraph 103 of the German Criminal Code.

What Can a Technologist Do About Climate Change?

Drew Hemment | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Tech
Drew Hemment

Climate change happens on such a big scale and over such long time periods it is hard to comprehend at human scale. But we can already see its impact in extreme weather events that are becoming more common.

Corbyn, Trump, Sanders, Geoff and Me.

Tony Schumacher | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Schumacher

Back in the dim and distant past, when I used to sell trucks for a living, there used to be a thing Geoff my boss used to call: "Customer Relationship...

Nine Examples of What Jeremy Corbyn Really Thinks About the EU

Oliver Huitson | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Huitson

So what exactly are Corbyn's views on the EU? It's worth reminding ourselves, as even some passionate Corbyn supporters seem to have forgotten.

Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas: Refugees Are Facing Police Violence at Every Stage of Their Journey

Heenali Patel | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

For vulnerable people like Leyla and Ahmed the road ahead is fraught with danger, and until refugees are provided with safe passage across borders the threat of violence or abuse will shadow them at every turn.

The Ultimate UEFA Euro 2016 City Guide - Paris

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

Matt Spiro is the English voice of French football. He's the go to guy whenever your club buys a player from Ligue Un. Therefore he's the man we're tu...

Women Need Tax Justice More Than Once a Month

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Osborne must realise that genuine tax justice for women is not a once-a-month occurrence. It must cut across all tax and spend policies, universally, and help rather than hinder the fight for gender equality.

Enough of the Stats, I'll Be Voting to Stay in the EU on Principle

Kate Delaney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Kate Delaney

This is an amazing chance for everyone, from either side of the debate, to have a say and send a strong message, to not only Europe but the whole world, about what the British people value the most. So I will be voting to remain in the European Union this June. I hope you use your principles to guide you and do the same.

Panama Papers Reveal the Rotten Heart of the British Financial System

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our current system means we all get the politics that these users of tax havens pay for. It's now up to David Cameron to break with that unholy alliance - to announce an end to the secrecy regimes in all British-controlled territory, to use the summit he is hosting next month to demand matching action from other nations, and to say that the Tory Party will no longer accept money from donors who use tax havens in their business or personal affairs.