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

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 27.03.2015 | 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.

Peterlee to Patagonia: EU-Latin American Cooperation Is Key to North East's Future

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

We need an ambitious yet realistic agenda to end extreme poverty by 2030 as the UN has proposed, and it is my firm belief that increased cooperation between states on issues such as trade, human rights, security and climate change gives us the political clout in order to achieve this. It is only in this way we can ensure that the benefits of globalisation are felt all the way from the Peterlee to Patagonia.

Letter from Macedonia

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

In Macedonia the critics are silenced, opponents are imprisoned, the budget is empty and ethnic tensions are reaching boiling point. What has led to this disaster?

Investing in Our Youth Is the Ticket to Prosperity

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

With youth unemployment at 23% across the EU, and with an extremely volatile European business market that is changing at an unprecedented speed as it struggles to pull itself out of recession, we need our young people to have the skills to cope.

I'm Just Like Tom Cruise, Says PM

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK

David Cameron believes he will prevail in the rewriting EU treaties just like "Tom Cruise", as the president of the European Council Donald Tusk said ...

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

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 20.03.2015 | 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.

Is There a Solution to the Greek Problem?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Most important, even the mere consideration of a programme of this nature might change the atmosphere of the discussion. It may change the current toxic environment where everyone is pulling in opposite directions with each party losing patience with everyone else, to a constructive discussion about a long-term solution with a short-term, finite safety net.

Jack Sommers

Alastair Campbell Is Really Not Happy With The 'Biased, Right-Wing Media'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell says Ed Miliband is failing to get his message across because the media have a right-wing bias. In an i...

Britain's European Question Will Not Be Answered by an In-Out Vote

Tim Oliver | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

Like it or not, the idea of an in-out referendum will play a big part in the Britain's forthcoming general election. Britons might tell pollsters they care little about the topic, but Europe is woven into so many issues that it will be up there in the headlines day after day. Yet the question of Britain's E.U. membership defies simple answers.

Beware of the European Union Bearing Gifts

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

History seems to repeat itself in the European Parliament altogether too often. This week in Strasbourg the European Parliament voted for a well-meaning yet naive proposal to cap the costs that can be charged for card payments at a very low level. Whether this ever actually becomes law is an open question, but in the meantime no doubt we will hear plenty of it from the EU's PR machine.

Why Keeping Our Meat Safe Is All About Trust

Paul Brannen | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

The horsemeat scandal knocked people's faith in the food they eat. One business here in the North East has always had high standards of meat traceability and is now leading the industry by using state of the art technology to deliver information on where our food actually comes from...

My 'BBC Free Speech' Experience With Ed Miliband

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

I was lucky enough to be a part of the BBC Free Speech audience yesterday, when Ed Miliband was invited. It was an interesting experience and encompassed questions from the depths of domestic discourse, to the far reaches of foreign policy. This is my take.

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

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 11.03.2015 | 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...

Secret Courts, Trade Deals and Power to the People

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Today, we are sending them a loud and clear message that we can only contemplate support if our conditions - and the conditions of UK citizens - are met.

EU Profits from Uber-cruel Trade in Live Animals

Philip Lymbery | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

The Commission has just held a workshop in Lebanon on welfare at slaughter. This is extremely welcome. However, it must be seen as only the first of the many steps that are needed to bring welfare at slaughter in this region up to international standards.

To What Extent Is the Nation State an Antiquated Notion?

Lord David Owen | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

The pretension that lies behind the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxembourg, arguing for a European Army is a reflection of Europe's deep seated problem. Europe pretends to be a nation when it is not.

UK Will Be Europe's North Korea Warns Gordon Brown

PA | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics

Britain would become the North Korea of Europe if it severed ties with Brussels, Gordon Brown has suggested. Quitting the European Union would leav...

What Has the EU Ever Done for Women?

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

International Women's Day is not just a day for us to reflect on our progress but a day to remind the world of the work yet to be done - that is the message that I am taking up the European Parliament.

Immigration and the Importance of Maintaining Our Romance With the EU

David Ready | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Ready

With Immigration remaining a significant area of debate in the UK, I assessed the pros and cons of immigration in my interview with Private Law Editor, Amy Ling, exploring the possibilities that immigration allows to students, how it is affects our current housing market and the issue of whether migrants should adapt to British values.

Hurting Our Mental Health: Austerity's Collateral Damage

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Stress, anxiety and depression have reached crisis levels in the UK - an indirect result of growing job and financial insecurity for individuals and...

'We Don't Need The Full Gym Membership,' Tories Tell Dave Over EU

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron needs to forge a "minimalist" relationship for the UK with the European Union, a senior Tory MP has argued, warning that the political b...

Biofuels - A Burning Issue

Paul Brannen | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

There is a place for biofuels in EU agriculture, transport and environment policies, but we have to get it right. Labour MEPs are clear that any European support for biofuels should not take precedence over sources of food, environmental protection or land rights.

Beamish Museum: The Case for Culture in the North East

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

This has been a really exciting week for Paul Brannen MEP and me, as our team in Brussels joined us in Newcastle for 'Constituency Week'. With the help of two electric LEAF cars kindly lent to us by Nissan we travelled all over the region to meet with local groups and businesses, giving our European office the chance to see the impact of our work in the North East.

Never Mind Putin - Fracking and TTIP Will Make Idiots of Us All

Martin Whitlock | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

Officials both in Europe and America, The Guardian reports, are convinced "that the Russians have infiltrated, or are helping to fund, NGOs campaignin...

Bluster From The Kremlin Over British Minister's Comments

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics

Russia has reacted with fury after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned there was a "real and present danger" that Moscow could repeat the tactics ...