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Food for Thought: Celebrating Quality Farm Prodcuts

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Food scandals, although terrifying, are luckily still a fairly rare occurrence, meaning we are free to enjoy the quality food on offer. From British beef to blue stilton, farmers produce many excellent products that are worth celebrating...

Women's Rights: The March Backwards

Thilde Knudsen | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Thilde Knudsen

Spain is about to criminalise abortion; politicians in the UK repeatedly attempt to reduce the 24-week limit and today in Brussels, a Parliamentary hearing is discussing a European Citizens' Initiative that if successful would block European Commission (EC) development funding for maternal health.

Airport Noise: MEPs Sound Off Over Plans to Let Commission Decide

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Airports, conducive to boosting trade and travel, are also a source of nuisance to their neighbours. The challenge has always been how to maximise airports' economic impact, while minimising the effects they have on the people living around them. But who should act as the impartial judge to balance contradicting interests in the case of a dispute?

Net Neutrality: The Battle to Preserve the Open Nature of the Internet

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Tech
European Parliament Web Team

Some 41% of Europeans experience difficulties watching a video on a mobile device and 37% via a fixed internet connection at home due to speed limitations or the blocking of content, according to a Eurobarometer survey published in February.

Remembering the Greek Debt Paradox

Paulo Casaca | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

To restructure Portuguese debt will be at best a loss of credibility in the state of law and a loss of time; at worse it might just be the beginning of an unpredictable extrication of the whole of the Euro-zone system.

A Banking System Fit for Purpose

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The crisis showed that the pivotal role of the banking system, essential for the smooth running of our economy, comes at a cost. Although bankers were the ones taking hazardous risks, it was ordinary people footing the bill, when governments used tax money to prop up failing banks. It raised the question of whether banks were there to serve people or the other way around.

Why We Need to Think Again About How We Deal With Humanitarian Crises

William Garvelink | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
William Garvelink

As disasters continue to increase in lives lost and in damage costs it is time for the international community to look again at the fundamentals of disaster response and invest in training the real First Responders, the families and communities affected by these emergencies.

New EU Rules to Protect Posted Workers and Prevent Abuse

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Valuable, even necessary. Companies often post workers abroad to fill service contracts in other EU countries. However, these postings can be far from an unadulterated blessing. The workers involved can be exploited and companies may try to avoid tax and social security contributions in host countries...

Data Protection: The Shape of Things to Come

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The way personal data will be used and protected in Europe will change as a result of decisions to be taken this week. The European Parliament will vote on rules governing the collection and use of personal data, including for law enforcement purposes...

Neglect of Stray Dogs - MEPs Deliver Damning Indictment of Romania's Mismanagement

Rita Pal | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Rita Pal

Highlights From the Vice-Chairman of the AGRI Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, MEP Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR). Press C...

Violence Against Women: Enough Is Enough

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The statistics only tell half the story. They show that nearly half of all women (45%) in Europe have been the victim of some form of violence; 20-25% have experienced physical violence at least once and more than 1-in-10 has been subject to sexual violence involving force.

Ukraine: Europe's Border Region Between Hope and Violence

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

With the US reluctant to act and Russia only too keen to support Yanukovych, it falls to the EU to mediate and do all it can to promote a smooth transition and fair elections later in the year. Founded on the idea that fostering common interests helps to defuse conflicts, the EU has always favoured dialogue over the use of force.

Scottish Independence: It's All About Trust

Ben Acheson | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Politics is about running a country, or at least trying to get into Government in order to run a country. That is why there is one question that really matters if you are voting in Scotland's independence referendum. Can the Scottish Government be trusted to run a country? Providing an answer is no easy task. You could argue that the SNP has been in power since 2007 and the country has not imploded, but you could claim that total implosion is unlikely as it is propped up by the UK Government. Either way, the unprecedented nature of the debate makes judging on track records a potentially perilous endeavour.

Prostitution: Should Sex Buyers Be Criminalised?

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Countries that have regularised sex work have begun to question the efficiency of their laws. In Amsterdam, the local authority has started to close down the number of windows available for prostitution in its world-renowned red-light district.

European Union DID NOT Cause Floods, Mr Farage

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK

EU regulations did not contribute to Britain’s flooding crisis, according to the president of the European Commission. Responding to accusations...

Has the EU Lost the Public for Good?

Penny Young | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Penny Young

The European Union doesn't just have a British problem. The Eurobarometer shows that public opinion towards the EU was undermined across Europe by the financial crisis. The ratio of people feeling positive or negative about the EU was around three to one before the crisis but is now evenly balanced.

EU Markets: Stiffer Penalties for Financial Fraud

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Market abuses like Libor helped to precipitate and exacerbate the economic crisis that has beset the world over the last few years. Yet, while the victims of this sort of fraud can be measured in millions and damages in billions, convictions remain only too rare and sentences are often lenient, considering the scale of the crimes.

Equal Rights: Why Europe Needs an EU-Wide Strategy to Protect LGBTI People

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

It was a bold move that could have cost him his career. But when Olympic diver Tom Daley released a video announcing his relationship with a man, it was warmly welcomed by Brits. Celebrities lined up to offer their congratulations on Twitter, while many newspapers ran the news on their front pages, hailing his courage...

'Breathtaking' EU Corruption Revealed In Shock Report

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics

The European Union loses about £100 billion each year due to a "breathtaking" level of corruption across Europe, according to a major new report by t...

Scottish Independence, the EU and the Rebate Debate

Ben Acheson | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Let's not digress into white paper bashing though, plenty of others have excoriated it already. The point is that Scotland's monumental decision is on the horizon and too many crucial questions remain unanswered... The future of a nation cannot be decided on conjecture and supposition alone. We need answers.

'The Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Will Sleep Well Tonight'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Environment activists have derided "shocking" plans to deal with climate change proposed by the European Commission, calling them weak and unambitious...

Worth the Austerity? Why the European Parliament Is Conducting an Inquiry Into the Impact of Troika Measures

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Bailout countries have been on the Troika's leash now for nearly four years, but just how effective have its measures been. The Troika - composed of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - is tasked with getting economies back into shape by proscribing a diet of strict austerity and plenty of strenuous reform measures, but its methodology has been questioned since the start.

Parental Child Abduction: A Hope for the Holidays

Vicki McLynn | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The forthcoming holiday season provides an opportunity for families to spend time together. Sadly, it can also exacerbate tensions which may result in them breaking apart. Such division can have long-lasting consequences for the adults involved and for any children.

Banks Fined €1.7 Billion Over Interest Rate Rigging Cartel

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays are among a raft of global banking giants involved in a record 1.7 billion euro (£1.4 billion) settlement with Eu...

Spanish Border Checks In Gibraltar Dispute 'Not Illegal'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Spain has been cleared by the European Commission of accusations the government broke EU rules by stepping up checks on people passing between the Spa...