European Politics

EU Reform - Can We Learn From the Polish Transition?

Witold Sobków | Posted 14.07.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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.

In the Ukraine Powerplay, the West Has Much to Answer For

Paul Embery | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

It wasn't just Russia that breached the sovereignty of Ukraine. The West did it too. And, in doing so, it set the scene for one of the most precarious international crises for a generation... The Eurocrats and oligarchs have failed Ukraine. Its people now need to look to each other in the fight for justice and liberation.

With Merkel in Town, It's Time for Tory Sceptics to Put Up or Shut Up

Tim Farron | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

We must harness the EU to create jobs and attract investment into the UK and to streamline regulations for our smallest companies... But this doesn't interest Tory rebels precisely because they don't want reform to work. They want to pretend that the EU is un-reformable because their true agenda is to leave the EU.

Building Trust on Social Media: A Recipe to Increase Turnout at the 2014 European Elections

Alessandro Bonzio | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Tech
Alessandro Bonzio

The upcoming European elections will offer a valuable insight into the current state of democracy in the EU. While the vote will lay the foundations for a greater involvement of citizens in the Union's policy-making process, a poor result may end up undermining the legitimacy of the EU system as a whole.

Is Rufus Hound the New Glenda Jackson or the New Adam Rickitt?

Sean Kippin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sean Kippin

Entertainment industry celebrities have a habit of popping up and declaring their political ambitions at various stages in the electoral cycle. Often it is a sincerely held belief about a set of issues, occasionally ego, that drives them, though perhaps it could be a desire to gain publicity for other ventures...

Airbus and Unilever Say UK Better Off In EU

Sir Graham Watson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Graham Watson

Yesterday Airbus Group UK and Unilever, which together employ 23,000 people across the UK, added to the growing chorus of business voices urging Britain to remain in the EU. They join the ranks of Ford, Nissan, Siemens and major business groups such as the CBI, CityUK and manufacturers' organisation EEF, who have all warned in recent months that the UK should not blindly head for the EU exit door.

European Arrest Warrant Is a Vital Weapon in the Fight Against Crime

Tim Farron | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

What do attempted London bomber Hussain Osman, child abductor Jeremy Forrest and drug-smuggling gangster Mark Lilley all have in common? Well, aside from having been some of Britain's most-wanted criminals, they were all captured and brought back to face justice in the UK thanks to the European Arrest Warrant, which saw its tenth anniversary earlier this month.... All across the country, the European Arrest Warrant has been used to track down criminals and obtain justice for victims of crime and their relatives.

EuroMaidan - The Continuing Struggle For Democracy

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

EuroMaidan, the mass pro-Europe movement that began in Ukraine on 21 November last year, is now into its second month. Initially, it began as a reaction to the government's suspension of the European Union Association Agreement, and demanded closer integration with the EU. Since then, the scope of the movement has broadened considerably...

Behind the Headlines, a Nation Divided Over Immigration

The Conversation UK | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Many headlines suggest the British public is implacably opposed to migration, and demand radical action from the government to bring down migrant numbers. The true picture, however, is more complicated

Why I'm Urging the Government to Restrict EU Migration for Another Five Years

Nigel Mills | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Mills

I don't believe that if, in 2005, we had known the extent of migration from the previous Accession countries and the scale of the recession that would hit us, we would have agreed to the restrictions being lifted now... Even at this very late stage, I urge the government to keep the restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian migration for a further five years - I can see no other solution.