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Mehdi's Morning Memo: John Major's 23rd Tax Rise

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 23rd October 2013... 1) JOHN MAJOR'S 23rd TAX RISE Remember how New Labour used to accuse John Maj...

Ned Simons

John Major: I Called Them 'Bastards' Because They Were | Ned Simons | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

Sir John Major is often seen as a drab and grey figure, however the former prime minister gave a barnstorming performance during a question and answer...

Animal Welfare Intergroup - Europe's Sleeping Beauty?

Rita Pal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

Accountability is a vital deterrent to breaches of rights and criminal acts. Without it, a country becomes lawless, as can be seen in Romania's Stra...

How Much Do EU Rules Cost The UK?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Politics

Britain is paying £27.4 billion a year due to the burden of the European Union's most expensive regulations, a report has found. The findings cam...

How Much EU Red Tape Has Come In Under David Cameron?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Politics

British businesses have been burdened with 3,580 new European Union rules and directives under the coalition, new research suggests, despite David Cam...

Jessica Elgot

'Xenophobic And Populist' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK

Romania's foreign minister has expressed his outrage at "xenophobic, populist" politicians in the UK, who he accused of being "fundamentally unprofess...

Moral Courage and Democratic Solidarity: The 70th Anniversary of the Rescue of Danish Jewry

Noam Schimmel | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Noam Schimmel

Seventy years ago in October something extraordinary took place in Europe. Standing in solidarity with their fellow Danes, the people of Denmark organized a large scale rescue of the Danish Jewish community, bringing the overwhelming majority to the safety of neutral Sweden and thus preventing their deportation by the Nazis to extermination camps...

Nissan Wants UK To Stay In The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics

Nissan has called on Britain to stay in the European Union, warning that a departure would create "obstacles" to foreign investment in car manufacturi...

Cutting Off Their Nose to Spite Their Face: The Folly of Ukip

Bill Cash | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics
Bill Cash

Ukip represent the greatest danger facing the Eurorealist cause within the Conservative Party. Why? Because on their current heading they could deprive the Conservative Party of the marginal seats and votes in Parliament to fend off a Lib-Lab coalition. That would spell the end of Britain's chances of a referendum, of an exit from the EU, or even a renegotiated relationship with Brussels.

'Crime Wave' Reports Are 'Ruining Romanians Lives'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Hardworking Romanians in Britain are having their lives and reputations ruined by misleading statistics and "scaremongering" rhetoric from the media a...

Romania in the UK and the Culture of Blame

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

We all know that today East Europeans do not get a very good press in Britain. Economic difficulties, austerity measures, the rising of anti-EU rhetoric, the electoral context and misleading forecasts in 2004 have combined to create a culture of blame whose victims are now Romanians and Bulgarians.

Is Same-Sex Marriage Becoming Less of an Issue in Europe?

Emily Annear | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Annear

Yet with member states all in agreement, there are some that do little to actively promote equality for the LGBT community. In particular, catholic countries such as Italy and Poland who are members of the EU, are a very long way behind some of their counterparts. They will allow couples to live together but do not recognize any kind of commitment between homosexuals.

Lampedusa: Not Just Italy's Crisis

Laura Padoan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Laura Padoan

The tiny island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily - once the landing place for Phoenicians, Greeks and Arabs - is again the focal point for migration in the southern Mediterranean, brought sharply into focus by the sinking on Thursday of yet another fated vessel just half a mile from its coast.

Curvy Cucumbers and High-Heeled Hairdressers Welcome in Brussels

Giles Goodall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The EU gets a lot of bad press in Britain for its perceived addiction to pointless and occasionally bizarre regulations. Who could forget the reports about straight bananas, fishermen's hairnets and a ban on topless builders?

Robin Hood in Reverse

Horace Trubridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

Then there are the many, many people who still think it's OK to use file sharing and pirate sites to download music for free with the justification that the record labels have been ripping us off for years. This "justification" conveniently side-steps the fact that if the record company doesn't get paid then neither does the artist...

Germany, Be Bold!

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

It is the task of a bold and constructive German foreign policy to play a leading role in the EU and in that Zwischeneuropa, the "Europe in-between", from the Baltic to the Black Sea; but also to influence the peace efforts in what has become the "Wild East" - the Orient. Maybe it is going too far to speak of a German pacifistic Sleeping Beauty slumber.

'No Sane Person Would Enter Politics These Days'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Godfrey Bloom has said no "sane" person from a professional background would enter politics these days because "the vilification and lies overwhelm an...

Suddenly, Europe's Parliament Might Actually Matter

Jason O'Mahony | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jason O'Mahony

Despite my passion for the EU, I have a confession. Not only have I never really been a fan of the European Parliament, but I get a bit embarrassed when the EP tries to hype up the European Elections. It's like they're watching all the hoopla of the US elections and shouting "But look at us! 500 million people! We matter too!"

Alternative Oktoberfest: 10 German Destinations | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

For many, Autumn in Germany means Oktoberfest: Munich's 16-day celebration of beer, welcoming over six million visitors each year. However, Germany has much more to offer than beer, pretzels, lederhosen and dirndls.

It's Time to Kick-Start Carbon Capture

Chris Davies MEP | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Davies MEP

Five years ago the EU looked set to become the world leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS), a process which prevents carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere by storing it deep underground... Yet now, there is little to show for the initial enthusiasm.

Godfrey Bloom Quits Ukip After 'Sluts' Scandal

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

Godfrey Bloom has quit as a Ukip MEP - but he's not leaving politics yet. The controversial politician had the whip unceremoniously withdrawn by Ni...

The Rise of Golden Dawn Casts a Shadow Over Greek Politics

Daphne Halikiopoulou | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Daphne Halikiopoulou

The recent murder of left-wing activist Pavlos Fyssas in Greece has drawn further attention to the rise of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn. For many, this phenomenon may be understood as the result of the economic crisis facing Greece, the severe austerity measures, declining living standards, the lack of jobs and the government shut-downs.

German Umbrella Will Not Protect Eurozone Against Political-Economic Rain and Hail

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

The markets hope that after the elections Merkel will be more amenable in areas such as the banking union and additional bailouts for distressed Eurozone countries. Alas, the Germans will not change their stance very much.

The Big Unanswered Question of the German Elections

Dr Joanna McKay | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Joanna McKay

With just a few days to go before the German federal election all the evidence suggests that Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), together with their Bavarian sister party the CSU, will easily emerge as the largest party in the German parliament... But this doesn't mean that the overall outcome of the election is a foregone conclusion.

Europe Facing Austerity Winter That Could Last a Generation

Max Lawson | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Max Lawson

The most vulnerable people in Europe are facing an "austerity winter" that could last a generation. Regrettably, we are just at the beginning. Cuts to social security and public services are combining with falling incomes and rising unemployment, such that millions are already struggling to make ends meet.