European Council

No to GMO: EU Countries to Enjoy Greater Powers to Ban GMOs

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The proposal enabling a member state to invoke legal justifications to prohibit GMO cultivation will have to be approved by both the European Council and the European Parliament before it can enter into force.

Ukraine: Europe's Border Region Between Hope and Violence

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.04.2014 | 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.

IDS Blasts Council Of Europe 'Lunacy' For Warning On 'Inadequate' UK Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Council of Europe's "lunacy" for calling on the UK to raise the amount of benefits paid out from their "manife...

The EU's 2030 Climate Package Attempts Tricky Balancing Act

Martin Koehring | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

In a long-awaited publication of its suggested framework for the EU's climate and energy policy for 2030, the European Commission has placed a stronger emphasis on boosting economic growth, job creation and industrial competitiveness compared with its previous climate package (for 2020) released seven years ago.

Lampedusa: A Turning Point for Europe's Migration Policy

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The more than 360 people drowning off the Lampedusa coast on 3 October were not the first to die while traversing the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life, nor unfortunately were they the last. Just over a week later another 38 people died when their vessel experienced difficulties.

The €1trillion a Year Dilemma: What Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion Really Costs the EU

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

It is a problem that affects everyone. Tax fraud and tax avoidance costs the EU an estimated €1 trillion a year - €2,000 for every European. That is more than Europe spends on healthcare each year and more than four times what is spent on education.

Lovely To Meet You

Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

The wife of one of Europe's most powerful politicians has been pictured shaking hands and smiling with Zimbabwe leader, Robert Mugabe. Geertrui Win...

How the European Parliament Will Ensure That the EU's New Long-Term Budget Adds Up

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The gap between what member states are asking the EU to do and what they are willing to pay for is unsustainable. Either they dial down their demands or provide the institutions with realistic means.

Why Parliaments Need a Greater Say Over Economic Reform

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Countries trade with other member states and invest across borders, while Europeans live, study and work abroad. This means that what happens in one country will affect the others. The crisis over the last few years showed the impact a few financially troubled countries can have on the rest of the EU.

European Council Summit Ends With Unimpressive EU budget 2014-2020

Sir Graham Watson | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Graham Watson

It is the same old budget as before, nothing new or modern about it. Farming and structural funds are the name of the game. It is like the EU's leaders have lazily gone to the fridge, rummaged around for the same old budget they've been serving up for the last 50 years, warmed it up a bit and whacked it on a plate. Bon appétit, Europe.

Are We Really Governed By the EU? Sort of, But Not Really

Harry Cooper | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

One of the more depressing aspects of the debate about the UK's membership of the EU is the fact that very people actually seem to know what the EU is.

What the Erasmus Programme Teaches Us About Europe

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
European Parliament Web Team

It's no wonder then that the European Parliament has been so keen to defend the Erasmus programme. It significantly boosts career prospects and improves engagement in the European project.

Cameron Warns Assad 'Nothing Is Off The Table'

PA?/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK

Britain is on the verge of sending more support to Syrian rebels, as David Cameron warned "nothing is off the table" when it comes to the removal of P...

Slashing the Cost of Innovation: A Patently Good Development

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The patent remains an essential part of a modern economy as it is the driving force behind innovation. But for it to be really efficient, a patent regime needs to be both cheap and easily enforceable. European patents currently fail on both counts.

Making Sure the EU's Long-term Budget Adds Up

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Setting a budget is a difficult exercise at the best of times. Even when money is plentiful, it is never unlimited, so tough choices have to be made. Now imagine 27 countries, all with their own of difficulties and preferences, having to decide about billions of euros for a seven-year period in the midst of the biggest economic crisis since the great depression.

Cameron Denies UK Has 'Put Itself In The Margins' Of Europe

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Politics

Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday denied that Britain was failing to "pull its weight" in Europe, amid claims that the UK was marginalised by its...

David Cameron's Phantom Veto

Emma Reynolds | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Politics
Emma Reynolds

After the last EU Council meeting in December, David Cameron was given a hero's welcome on his return by Tory MPs. However the mood of the House of Commons and his backbenchers has dramatically changed since then as it became clear that the much trumpeted "veto" didn't in fact stop anything from going ahead and left Britain weaker, not stronger, in Europe... the failure of Cameron's strategy in Europe has been exposed and will continue to damage British interests long past the headlines of this week's papers.

Eurosceptics' Appetite is Unquenchable

Stuart Bonar | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

At a Commons debate ahead of the European Council meeting, one Eurosceptic MP suggested that negotiating within the EU was like the deals that the British pre-war prime minister Neville Chamberlain did with Hitler.