European Politics

Is There Ever A Case For ICS?

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

As a result, the public are scrutinising our trade deals. They have shown their resounding opposition to ISDS/ICS at every opportunity, in yet the trade establishment is only willing to tinker at the edges of its old recipe. More imagination is needed if the EU and its trade policy is to regain public credibility.

The French Presidential Campaign: Some Considerations For Investors

William Hobbs | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
William Hobbs

It's three months before the final round of France's presidential election and while polls suggest a comfortable eventual defeat for Marine Le Pen, in...

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.

Is the Vote Leave Campaign Rhetoric Around Turkey Just a Little Bit Xenophobic?

Nathan Coyle | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Politics
Nathan Coyle

The Vote Leave campaign has been coming out with some absolute crackers last week. "Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia would bring 12,...

Why Doesn't the EU Have a Strategy for Syria?

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

Instead of sitting back, crossing our fingers and hoping for an end to the Syrian civil war, the EU should be uniting to heap pressure on those regional powers blocking the path to peace. Never before has a continent with so much invested in the stability of its surrounding regions, been so reluctant to project its power and defend its interests.

Why the EU Isn't a Sprawling Mass of Bureaucrats Lacking any Democratic Legitimacy

Theresa Griffin | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Theresa Griffin

The reality is that nothing is decided at an EU level unless all member countries have explicitly agreed by treaty to do so. Even then, each and every piece of legislation that is made at an EU level is agreed by national governments.

We Cannot Let Xenophobic Sentiment and 'Headline Culture' Overshadow the Plight of the 'Cologne Women'

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

If we allow the radical right to maintain their poisonous grasp on this story, the experiences of these women - their violent fight, their fears and their scars - will be left lying amongst the placards and the banners, dropped and forgotten whenever 'the mob' inevitably find something new to shout about. It's time to start writing headlines about real victims, rather than those who simply shout the loudest.

Record Migration Is Bad News for Britain and Another Sign That We Must Leave the EU

Steven Woolfe | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

The bottom line here is this: the only way we can control immigration into the UK is to take back control of our borders. This means we have to stop our open-ended EU free movement of people obligations to potentially hundreds of millions of EU migrants. The only way we can do this is to leave the EU.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's EU Renegotiation: Tortoise or Hare?

Cameron Rae | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK Politics
Cameron Rae

In January 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered his now infamous Bloomberg speech, promising to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU. Following renegotiation, he said he would present the British public with the "simple choice" of staying in or choosing to leave, based on the terms secured by the end of 2017.

Merkel's Welcome of Migrants Is a Colossal, Historic Mistake for the European Union

Steven Woolfe | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

The Chancellor's overall strategy of berating member states on how they cope with the great migration was flawed to begin with and ironically her open-ended refugee pledge has made matters worse for those same states. So what does the world do now?

Member States Should Step Up to Solve the Refugee Crisis - It's That Simple

Jean Lambert | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jean Lambert

The humanity shown by those who give exhausted people water, food, clothes and toys for their children, help out in refugee centres or offer support in their communities, must guide our response to the challenge, not the meagre, defensive and wholly inadequate plan from Mr Cameron.

Politics Continues to Radically Realign the Continental Shift Leaving Post-Political Hacks Dazed and Confused - In Fact, Dumbstruck

Christian Garland | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

British politics is shifting and realigning, the shift being part of something far bigger than just UK politics, and such a continental shift leaves p...

Europe Needs a Smart TTIP

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

Now is not the time to say 'Yes' or 'No' to TTIP - it hasn't been negotiated yet. We have a responsibility to fight for a progressive deal for Europe, with the necessary safeguards. But for the sake of our continent and the future of the European Union we have built together, we must give TTIP a chance.

The UK's Voting System Is Failing Our Democracy, It's Time to Modernise

Lord Malloch-Brown | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Malloch-Brown

As the new Government works on its first Queen's Speech, it will need to address a range of fundamental constitutional issues. Among them should be the question of how we can increase turnout and improve the integrity of our voting system itself. It's time to ask whether the UK's voting system of polling stations, ballot boxes, postal and proxy votes - is fit for purpose. This election has raised a series of important questions about the way in which people vote in the UK. And the reasons why people choose not to.

Europe Is Changing Faster Than You Believe

Michel Sapin | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK Politics
Michel Sapin

If there's anything to be learned from recent years, it is that, in fact, and contrary to what is bandied about, Europe is moving ahead much faster than we think. Six years of economic crisis has turned things around, often in irreversible ways, and we can expect even more progress in the coming months. Let me give three examples.

A European Energy Union Would Hit Putin Where It Hurts Most

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

If Europe can deliver an ambitious and effective Energy Union, we will deliver a range of crucial goals; more independence, a secure supply of energy, a more sustainable economy, with Europe once again leading the development of green technologies. Putin and many of the other energy exporters outside the EU, who have grown wealthy on our addiction to fossil fuels, will be willing us to fail; but this is a fight we cannot afford to lose.

Working Together in Europe to Fight Terrorism

Vĕra Jourová | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
Vĕra Jourová

The recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, and the London and Madrid bombings ten years ago, were an attack on our core values: respect for life, freedom and tolerance. We must stand up to protect these fundamental principles and values.

Why Stalling Social Europe Could Be Suicidal for the EU

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The European Union was founded as a political project to bring peace and prosperity for citizens as well as opportunities to companies and businesses. Without the correct balance between economic and social issues the EU will always be at risk of failing to connect with people. This lack of the social dimension is something needs to addressed, and fast.

Word From Syria: Don't Drift Towards Assad to Tackle Isis

Alyn Smith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

If Europe wishes to find a solution for the problems of the Middle East, it needs to correct a number of misconceptions about Syria. Most importantly, it needs to realise that the key threat is not ISIS but the Assad regime, both of which are engaged with a fight to the death with Europe's only possible ally: the rebels.

The Day Democracy Died

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Okay, I'll admit it. As a UKIP MEP I've believed for a while now that the European Parliament lacks many of the true features of a proper Parliamentary democracy. I didn't think that I could be any more shocked than I have been already at the breathtaking lack of respect for the rules, but I was wrong...

Outnumbered on the Western Front

Susannah Savage | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

One of the many joys of being a trainee in the European Commission is being able to socialise in the international melting pot of the European bubble, to gluttonously gorge on a feast of cultures and languages, to take the notion of 'nationality' and throw it off like a duvet on a sweaty summer night such as we have rarely experienced in the UK...

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"

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'.