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Austerity Indoors: Why Is There No Free Coffee At The European Commission?

Ross McQueen | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ross McQueen

The European Union gets a bad rap sometimes. Its Institutions are vilified by the tabloids, and its employees are lambasted for not having proper jobs...

An Embarrassing Truth: Being British In Brussels

Ross McQueen | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ross McQueen

When asked it, I roll my eyes, scoff, and use all my favourite synonyms for the word 'disaster'. "Yes, well, we never thought it would happen either," my European friends assure me. Nope, none of us did. Otherwise the many thousands of UK citizens here in Brussels would not have put so much time and effort into their European careers. All of that will now require a rethink.

Air Pollution In The EU Killing 467,000 People Annually

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Tech

Air pollution in Europe is causing nearly half a million premature deaths every year, according to a concerning new report from the European Environme...

Never Too Old For Sex, Drugs And Rock N'Roll

Ian Spero | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

So it turns out we're never too old for a bit of sex, drugs and rock n roll, and furthermore it can actually do us the world of good. That's according to Professor Wlodzislaw Duch, who heads up the Neurocognitive Laboratory in the Center of Modern Interdisciplinary Technologies, and the Department of Informatics (both at Nicolaus Copernicus University).

Haiti: Five Things To Remember When Battling A Monster Storm And Its Fallout

Unni Krishnan | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

We can't stop storms or earthquakes. But we can stop disasters turning into crises. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, here is a list of five key things to remember during the relief and recovery effort in Haiti.

British Expats Are Suing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK

A group of British expats is planning to sue European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Fair Deal for Expats, a group which represents Britons...

Are Patients 'At Risk From Thousands Of EU Medics?'

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Nima Ghadiri

On 24th September 2016, the Daily Mail headlined with the following: This follows on from a number of previous articles published earlier in the ye...

Mike Ashley, Rotten Apples, Jenga And The Laws Of Karma

Jon Wilkins | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Jon Wilkins

I was playing Jenga with my kids at the weekend. To say it was taxing and frustrating - as well as being damn right difficult - is an understatement. ...

Here's The Truth About Apple's Massive Pile Of Cash

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Tech

Following on from the news that Apple has been ordered to pay an eye-watering €13 billion in unpaid taxes by the European Commission it raises the q...

Apple's €13 Billion Tax Bill Is Bascially Loose Change To The Tech Giant

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Tech

The European Commission has ordered Apple to pay Ireland €13 billion (£11 billion) in back taxes. Apple’s enormous tax bill is the result of a th...

Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Committed People

Ian Spero | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Ian Spero

Not a great week to be British. I am in Germany when Nigel Farage proudly takes credit for achieving his lifelong ambition - to march the UK out of the European Union.

Leaving the EU Over Its Democratic Deficit? You've Got to Be Kidding...

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Ragnar Weilandt

The alternative to participating in such intergovernmental cooperation is standing alone in a world shaped by the survival of the fittest. As the UK has long ceased to belong to those, it is clearly much better off inside the European Union - imperfect as its system of governance might be.

Vote for Hope, Vote Remain

Gus Cairns | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gus Cairns

If tomorrow we wake up to find we've left the EU - the biggest single reason will be that the Leave campaign seized the hope agenda. In reality, I think voting to leave the EU is essentially a gesture of despair. The only hope we have as a region is to help Europe, and by doing help ourselves as part of Europe.

Why Women Are Just Not Into the EU

Jade Smith | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

We as a country are perfectly capable of advocating women's rights without help from anyone else, especially overpaid Eurocrats. We must lobby the MPs in power, stand up for what we believe in and always vote. Voting to leave the European Union is the safest choice for women.

Why I Believe That There Are Certain 'Facts' in the EU Referendum Debate

Louisa Metcalfe | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Louisa Metcalfe

The first time I studied economics, at 16, the case could be neatly and simply put across at A level. I came across the enormous benefits the EU can o...

We Can Be Heroes

Ian Spero | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

This morning I woke to learn of the sad death of Muhammad Ali, one of my childhood heroes. As I sat down to write this blog, rich memories of Ali and ...

Learning to Smile Again: Saving Lives and Relieving Suffering in Al-Dora, Iraq

Larissa Schneider | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Larissa Schneider

Nine-year-old Haneen has not eaten for days and often cries herself to sleep. Born with physical disabilities, Haneen is unable to hear, speak or walk since birth - issues that would be challenging in any environment, let alone in a camp outside of Baghdad for people who have fled their homes.

EU Plans to Side-step European Court Ruling on Live Animal Exports

Philip Lymbery | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Philip Lymbery

While claiming to have the highest standards of animal welfare in the world, the EU quietly engages in a trade of great cruelty. The EU exports over two million cattle and sheep a year to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

The Undemocratic EU Explained - It Will Never Change

Matthew Ellery | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Ellery

The EU is a highly undemocratic organisation ratcheting more and more power with every passing day. It is impervious to public opinion. The people who matter in the law-making process are unelected and therefore unaccountable...

Losing the Edge: Chinese Clean Energy Investment Far Outstrips Europe

Sam Maule | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Maule

Bad news for the European Union. Clean energy investment has fallen almost two-thirds since 2011, according to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance....

EU Referendum: MEPs Debate the UK's European Future

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

When people in the UK vote on 23 June on their country's EU membership, it will have consequences for the whole of Europe. the European Parliament de...

The European Union's Reckless Quarrels With Greece

Jo Simmons | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Jo Simmons

Compromise is required by both sides. In his comments about 'flooding' Europe, Kammenos made no effort to disguise the fact that this 'policy' was informed by vengeance only, saying "if they strike us, we will strike them." And while some Greeks may feel they have the moral high ground, the EU states must be careful to ensure the same contagion isn't infecting their thinking too.

Will The British Public Be Educated Enough For The EU Referendum?

James Cropper | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

With the referendum imminent, there are countless questions yet to be answered. However, with time running it will be crucial for the British public to receive enough information, which does not yet seem to be happening. The cards are in Cameron's hands, but it is whether or not he will leave enough time for campaigning which is the real question.

The Syrian Crisis in Figures: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, EU Funding

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The Syrian conflict could be the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, leaving millions homeless and hundreds of thousands desperately seeki...

Why Labour Must Say No to the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...