European Politics

Europe Needs a Smart TTIP

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 12.06.2015 | 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 15.05.2015 | 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 11.05.2015 | 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'.

Spectacular Nigel Farage Rant In Brussels Caught On Camera

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has returned to the European Parliament for its new session with a characteristically passionate rant against the EU. After leading h...

WATCH: The Moment Nigel Farage Literally Turned His Back On The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage led his fellow Ukip MEPs in an act of protest against the European Parliament as they turned their backs while the European Union's anthe...

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...

Be Careful What You Wish For, Ukip

Nick Beecroft | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Beecroft

There must be a good probability that Nigel Farage will see the sense in coming to some form of rapprochement with the Tories over tactics with regard to the constituencies in which UKIP may choose to field candidates. If the Tories do get re-elected, there is at least the prospect of a referendum and UKIP will indeed have achieved something-game theory would certainly suggest this as his best course of action.

Alternative für Großbritannien? What European Politicians Can Get Away With Thanks to Unaware Brits

Gregor Smith | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

What these Conservative alliances really show, then, is not the increasing likelihood of any UK parliamentary coalition with UKIP, but the unawareness - or even ignorance or apathy - of British voters towards European politics.

The EU Needs a Face, But Which One?

Andrew B Neville | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew B Neville

Tony Blair has now set out his stall on Europe. It attacks the big issues, but it may be that he comes with too much history, baggage as well as too many enemies for it to progress any further. Who else is there?

Hope Must Overcome Despair Following the European Elections

Leanne Wood | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

In all corners of the European Union, a significant proportion of those who voted last week opted for parties that provided a vehicle for expressing deep dissatisfaction. That dissatisfaction - despair even - is complicated and sincerely felt and should not be dismissed. It should be confronted.

The Narrative That Is Helping UKIP While Threatening The UK

John Sargeant | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Twitter is a blaze with condemnation that most people that bothered to vote went for UKIP than any other single party in last weeks European Election. Let alone for the vast majority that chose not to visit the voting booths. Across mainland Europe the far right made spectacular advances. A darkness is descending as we howl against the fading moon dreading what this new dawn will usher forth...

Depressingly, Ukip Is Now Also a Scottish Phenomena

Jim Murphy MP | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Murphy MP

I'm totally gutted by Ukip's success. No matter about all the other disagreements that Labour, Tory, SNP and Lib Dems have, this is a warning to us all... In an election with often contradictory outcomes one thing is now depressingly clear. The rise of Ukip is now also a Scottish phenomena.

Economic Clouds Begin to Disperse

Peter Kellner | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

To help us limber up for the glorious five-day festival of number-crunching that lies ahead - from polling day on Thursday to next Monday's fallout from the European Parliament election results - here are some figures that might matter more in the long-run. They concern Britain's economy.

Time Now to Stop the Scaremongering Against Romanians?

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Alarmist "experts" predicted that 385,000 people will migrate from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK over the next five years. Migration Watch advanced 50,000 persons a year. Ukip spoke about 29million people, the entire population of the two countries combined, to flood the British shores. The official figures released today by ONS prove I was right.

European Parliament Makes It Easier for You to Know What's in the Medicines You're Taking

Tim Farron | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Doctors regularly get accused of treating their patients like children by not revealing all the facts, but it's nothing compared to how drugs companies can treat doctors. Astonishingly drugs companies are often under no legal burden to make their research public, despite millions of people depending on the drugs they develop for treatment.

British Manufacturing and the Case for Europe

Vince Cable | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Vince Cable

No one can plausibly be in favour of the rebalancing the British economy, boosting exports and supporting sustainable growth while being in favour of leaving the EU... It is inconceivable to sacrifice the success of our most successful manufacturers to satisfy knee-jerk isolationism.