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Russia: Helping European Companies Deal With the Impact of Import Bans

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The situation is far from being resolved. Despite the agreed cease-fire, fighting continues in Eastern Ukraine and the EU has already announced further sanctions.

We Bagged a Great Portfolio - Now Let's Get on With the Job in Europe

Peter Wilding | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

This is an important moment for the UK but it is even more important for the wider EU. The restructuring of the Commission to place an emphasis on action to develop economic growth is a real move forward. The UK must seize this opportunity to make a reality of its own reform agenda and work for the vast majority of British people who see reform and change in the EU, not defeat and exit, as the real prize.

Work in Progress: The Challenges Facing the European Parliament in the Coming Months

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

September is not just a time when trees start shedding their leaves and university students dust off their books, it's also when the European Parliament returns from the summer recess and starts work on legislation that will affect the lives of everyone living in the European Union.

Juncker's 'Women Problem' - And How to Solve It

Giles Goodall | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The current nine female commissioners have called for 10 or more women in the new team, while Juncker himself called gender balance 'a political must'. With 37% women among its own ranks, the European Parliament will be in no mind for compromise.

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

EU: How the UK's Next Commissioner Will Be Appointed

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The name raised a few eyebrows in Brussels when he was announced as the nominee for the UK's spot in the European Commission. Lord Jonathan Hill of Oareford, the leader of the House of Lords, is little known abroad and his appointment is far from guaranteed as he will be subjected to a careful vetting process over the coming months.

EU Reform - Can We Learn From the Polish Transition?

Witold Sobków | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Witold Sobków

There is an appetite for change shared not only by EU member states, but also by many people in EU institutions, who are able to identify challenges faced by Europe nowadays. Poland believes in strong EU institutions and deeper political integration, as well as aims, like the UK, at the completion of the single market.

Can You Speak Commission?

Susannah Savage | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

Bastardising the English language seems to be Europe's way of punishing Britain for its sins... "Whilst everyone else is making a large and valiant effort to communicate in their second or third language, the lazy, arrogant 'Anglo-Saxons' [sic] never bother to learn other languages and are linguistically inept in any case"

Juncker: The Final Steps Towards Becoming the Next President of the European Commission

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Jean-Claude Juncker will meet the European Parliament's political groups on 8 and 9 July, ahead of the vote on his candidacy on 15 July. Before the vote, Juncker will give a statement in the chamber, followed by a debate. The former prime minister of Luxembourg will need a simple majority of at least 376 MEPs in order to get the Commission's top job.

Stitch-Ups, Backstabbing and Voters Ignored - 24 Hours in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

When I arrived in the European Parliament, I fully expected that there would be stitch-ups, slanderous accusations, voters' wishes ignored by the establishment and backstabbing from the political groups. At the time of writing, I have officially been an MEP for just over 24 hours - what has shocked me is that I have witnessed all of these happen already.

Trained to Schmooze

Susannah Savage | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

With a few public sector exceptions, Brussels is where meritocracy comes to die. And it takes its last breath in the naïve hopes of trainees. No one wastes any time letting us know that we are here to network. Such importance is placed on this I suspect there may be a strategic memo somewhere entitled 'Combatting Youth Unemployment in the EU: the Art of Networking'.

The Five Routes a British Exit from the EU Could Take

Tim Oliver | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

Britain could exit the EU - a Brexit - as the result of a referendum leading to a negotiated withdrawal, a unilateral withdrawal without a referendum or negotiations, Britain's expulsion, steps by the EU to freeze Britain out, or the rest of the EU leaving Britain behind in a position that lands it outside. None will be easy for Britain or the EU. All have their flaws.

Through Gritted Teeth Dave? Cameron Congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK

David Cameron's been criticising him all week and attempted to stop him from getting his new job, but now the prime minister has called Jean-Claude Ju...

Cameron 'Completely Unapologetic' About Opposition To 'Cognac For Breakfast' Jean-Claude Juncker

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has warned fellow EU leaders of "consequences" if they press ahead with plans to nominate an arch-federalist, whom Britain regards as an...

How the Next European Parliament Is Taking Shape

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Over the coming months, the Parliament will play a key role in setting the EU's course for the next five years as it conducts hearings of prospective commissioners and must approve the new European Commission as a whole.

A Stimulus Every Country Needs

Nigel Chapman | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Chapman

What happens this week in Brussels will be an important signal from global leaders about their commitment to key development and human rights issues and their resolve to work together. The life chances of 57 million children out of school weigh in the balance.

Should Cameron Stop Juncker By Copying Nigel Farage? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is making a last-ditch attempt this week to stop former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the Europe...

What Are We Voting For?

Susannah Savage | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

Italy's 'score' is announced on a big screen in front of us and a roar of applause and whooping erupts from the Italians in the crowd, followed by a cacophony of chinking glasses. The Italians are bizarrely celebrating their voting turnout at the election party...

Cameron To Force Vote To Block 'Arch-Federalist'

PA | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron will risk inflaming the row with fellow EU leaders over his wish to block Jean-Claude Juncker from taking the European Commission presid...

The EU Has Had Its Challenges When It Comes to Ethics, But It Is Serious About Addressing Them

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The notion that the European Parliament is a gravy train riddled with waste and financial scandal is simple to pedal, especially when you need to score easy political points back home. However those that often pedal it, fail to acknowledge the reforms that are quietly taking place.

David Cameron's Euro Chutzpah

Denis MacShane | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Mr Cameron wants to show to his increasingly anti-European Conservative Party and to the Murdoch press as well as the other Europhobe media in London that he can be tough in Europe. Once again he wants to boast that a British prime minister can impose a veto against a candidate for the post of Commission president. London is back dictating to Europe what is permitted and what is forbidden.

An Unidentified 'European' Object

Susannah Savage | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

The first thing my traineeship in Brussels has taught me is that the British, according to European stereotypes, are not just unfunny. We are underqualified and undereducated too...

Caption Competition: What Are Cameron And Merkel Rowing About?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron, Angela Merkel and two of their EU counterparts have embarked on a row boat ride which, The Huffington Post UK suspects, could be a meta...

David Cameron REALLY Doesn't Want This Chap To Get A Job

PA | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Prime Minister will hold talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and other European counterparts over the coming days as the Government continu...

Why Cameron Is Right to Resist a Juncker Presidency

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Earthquakes are rarely predicted. But when they happen, we cannot help but take note of the devastation and try our utmost to repair it...