European Union

New Pact for Europe

Andrew Duff | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

Euroscepticism used to be a very English phenomenon. But, as this year's European elections demonstrated, it now has much wider credentials... Few EU member states have been left untouched by public protest over Europe, either on the streets or at the ballot box.

The West Is Sending a Message: It's Fine to be a Violent Regime

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

The depravity of the west is becoming too obvious. We have lost our sense of knowing what is right and wrong. The foreign policy became dominated by the idea of not offending any feelings and being bought into the culture of relativism. Cuba and Palestine are just the recent examples of how easily the west can be forced into the obedience.

Mind the Gap

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

European funding might not be a regular topic of conversation over your breakfast table or in the pub. But when you look closely there are European funded projects all around us. In a region like the North East cash from the European Union (EU) is absolutely vital.

The CIA Torture Scandal

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The release of this report teaches us an important lesson; that it is easy for the rule of law and our own civility to be lost in a climate of fear, where pressing concerns are focused on finding ways to protect ourselves from dangerous and evil forces like Al Qaeda or ISIS. Behaviour that compromises such principles, however, will invariably fail to keep us safe.

Micro Business Owners of the EU Must Stand Together

Soozi Baggs | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Soozi Baggs

The senior civil servants, politicians, and people who drafted the legislation do not understand how micro-level ecommerce works.

What Pro-EU Politicians Could Learn From Jeremy Clarkson

Stuart Brown | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics
Stuart Brown

If David Cameron is serious about reducing red tape then there are no better allies than his partners in the EU's institutions. Instead of viewing EU legislation as a costly inconvenience, we'd be better served by seeing it as one of the best mechanisms we have available for making Europe a more streamlined and competitive place.

Why It's Time to Destroy Parliament

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

In return for so little power we elect a small group of people who often have no expertise in government to run a country. In no other field of endeavour would we allow someone with no experience to take control of something so important.

Cameron's Migration Speech Is Nothing But Bluster - Only By Leaving the EU Can We Gain Proper Border Control

Sean Howlett | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

David Cameron's speech last Friday was just one more, in a long line of over-spun media stunts. His Conservative party has sacrificed more than a decade's worth of life chances for the people of this country on a cross of lies.

EU Budget Explained: Expenditure and Contribution by Member State

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

There are in fact two types of EU budgets. There is the long-term budget, known as the multi-annual framework, which establishes the annual spending limits. This is negotiated ever seven years. There is also the annual budget, which sets out in more detail how the EU should spend its budget over the coming year.

Russia Today UK Is Bad News - But Even Tyrants Have a Right to Free Speech

James Snell | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
James Snell

Yes, RT is bad, but maybe by exposing its partisanship and the many flaws in its approach to a wider range of people, we might be able to defuse some of its negative potential. If our arguments for liberal democracy were not good enough to stand up to this sort of naked political manoeuvring, that is the point at which we should begin to worry.

The EU's Xmas Lunch Menu Is A Truly Epic Facepalm

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK

The EU get a bad press sometimes, and sometimes they don't deserve it. The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz even admitted to Huf...

You Can Now Become An E-Resident Of Estonia

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech

Estonia has become the first country in the world to offer E-Residency, a way of legitimising your online identity throughout the global internet. ...

Polish Minister Tells Cameron Changes To EU Migration Rules Would Cross A 'Red Line'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Politics

Poland’s deputy foreign minister has warned David Cameron that any change to EU rules regarding migrants would represent “an absolute red line” ...

Which Country Is Actually Most Popular With EU Migrants? It's Not Britain...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has ripped into the Tories' stance towards Europe after it emerged that more migrants are actually going to Germany than Britain. Prime...

Jessica Elgot

'I Am Quite Clear That People Have Lost Trust In Us'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

At first glance, the office of the European Parliament's president is a eurosceptic's stereotype, the top of the 15-story building, with sweep...

The Last Person You Want To Comment On EU Immigration Just Spoke...

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics

Lord Tebbit may have reached his nadir (or zenith depending on which side if the argument you fall) by suggesting that EU migrants attempting to enter...

A Tale of Two Immigration Speeches: What Is Britain So Afraid Of?

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

Britain needs to stop romanticising 'us' and stop demonising 'them'. Britain needs embrace it immigrant hordes for the incredible resources that they are, and reclaim its rightful place as a power broker in the 21st Century. But first, Britain needs to stop being afraid.

Jessica Elgot

EU Parliament Chief Backs Miliband For PM In Snub For 'Strange' Cameron

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics

STRASBOURG -- Ed Miliband would be the best prime minister for the UK, the President of the European Parliament has said, telling HuffPost UK he thoug...

Jessica Elgot

EU President Backs Calls For 'Compromise' On Troika's Greece Demands

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

STRASBOURG – Europe must be prepared to make new compromises over Greek debt or risk the nation forfeiting its timid growth and spooking potential n...

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...

Cameron To Set Out 'Red Lines' On EU Immigration

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK

David Cameron will promise to block European Union migrants from claiming welfare for the first four years after they arrive in Britain as he sets out...

10 Desperate Ways The Tories Have Tried To Cut Migration

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is set to rally the Tories with a big speech on immigration after official figured showed he is massively off track on his pledge to cut...

Self-Driving Cars Sink the Case for TTIP

Martin Whitlock | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

The case for the Transatlantic trade and Investment Partnership is mostly about cars. The E.U.'s impact assessment document on the proposed deal leaves no doubt about that. According to the assessment, motor vehicles and parts account for 47% of the anticipated increase in exports and 41% of the increase in imports in the most ambitious scenario. The details are in Tables 31 and 32 of the report.

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.

Ned Simons

Brexit A 'Nightmare' For Europe, Warns Ex-WTO Director

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics

It would be a "nightmare" if Britain decided to quit the European Union, a former director general of the World Trade Organisation has warned. Pasc...