European Council

This Is How The Pound Reacted To Confirmation Of The Article 50 Date

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK

The pound on Monday fell against the US dollar after confirmation of the date Brexit negotiations will begin. Sterling declined by 0.23 percent to a d...

Brexit Bill Receives Royal Assent Allowing Theresa May To Trigger Article 50

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has today been granted the authority to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal Brexit process after the necessary legislation received Ro...

Brexit Briefing: Lords Amendments, Canada Trade Deal And Champagne Price Rise

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics

If you’re reading this on the web, you can sign up for this briefing by clicking here, and you’ll receive it straight to your inbox every Thursday...

Brexit Briefing: White Rabbits, White Papers and Empty Dance Floors

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics

All you need to know from the world of Brexit this week. You can sign up for this briefing by clicking here, and you’ll receive it straight to your ...

EU Referendum: MEPs Debate the UK's European Future

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.02.2017 | 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 Resounding Silence of Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Fight

Jo Simmons | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jo Simmons

Poroshenko, himself a billionaire oligarch, was hailed by the West for his anti-corruption virtues when he was sworn into office. A year and a half into his term, the so-called reformer is proving to be just a more cunning version of his fellow oligarchs: gaining control of the state by promising without delivering.

Refugee Crisis Divides EU Leaders, Rights Groups Question Their Understanding Of Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

Emergency refugee talks in Brussels on Wednesday saw heads of states locked in talks for more than five hours. Following warnings from European Cou...

Europe Will Go Federal to Deal With Brexit and Grexit

Andrew Duff | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

There are still those who assert that everything the European Union needs to do can be done under its existing treaties. Few of these pundits stop to explain why it is that if indeed everything can be done under the existing treaties, everything is not, in fact, being done.

TTIP: The European Parliaments Draws Its Red Lines

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The future of the much debated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is far from assured. Apart from the difficulty in thrashing out a...

Travellers to Enjoy More Rights When Booking Package Holidays

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Going on holiday is meant to reduce stress, not add to it. But misfortune can strike at any time, such as the travel operator going bust or a natural ...

TTIP: Opportunities and Risk of an EU-US Free Trade Agreement

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

It has the potential to create the world's largest bilateral free-trade area, creating jobs and boosting economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, yet the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has proved controversial from the start.

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator: 'Jail Is a Major Incubator of Radicalisation'

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The European Parliament has a very critical role. Not only as the co-legislator, but also in the social response needed in order to promote tolerance and fight anti-Semitism and Muslim-bashing.

€730 Million a Year: Consumers to Benefit From Cap on Card Payment Fees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Consumers can look forward to estimated savings of €730 million a year under new EU rules on card payment fees. Legislation approved 10 March by the...

France And Belgium At War Over 'Prejudicial' Coin

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK

A planned Euro coin commemorating the Battle of Waterloo has been withdrawn after the French objected to it, saying it was a "negative" symbol. The...

Petitions: The European Parliament Gives You a Chance to Be Heard

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Do you have a problem linked to the EU? The European Parliament can help. The EP's petitions committee ensures that people's complaints are heard at the highest level. And thanks to a new website launched this week, it is now easier than ever.

Jessica Elgot

'We Have An Image Problem,' EU Parliament Chief Admits

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG – The European Union is suffering from a “image problem” and has become an institution where people have “lost trust,” the Presid...

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

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.01.2015 | 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.