European Union

David Cameron Will Most Likely Ignore This Advice From John Major...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron should avoid negotiating with his European partners "through a megaphone" and be ready to make concessions in order to achieve meaningfu...

Portillo Thinks Cameron Will Fail To Deliver An EU Referendum

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron's flagship pledge of a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union after this May's general election is "not going to happe...

Clueless Within Europe, Rudderless Without

Gavin Devine | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Britain's role within Europe is going to be much discussed in the coming months. A lot of truths and untruths will be trotted out by both sides of the debate. We will hear a lot of myths about what the UK can achieve vis-à-vis Europe in terms of reforming the EU and its institutions, or in terms of the relationship we can have if we leave...

Pushing Harder for Tax Justice in the EU

Paul Brannen | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Tax avoidance can also be illegal. Hence you can be found guilty of tax avoidance if it is ruled that the methods you used were actually illegal, even though the intention of the tax(non)payer was not to break the law. ..

Why Stalling Social Europe Could Be Suicidal for the EU

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 16.01.2015 | 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.

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

Battle for Air Passenger Rights Continues Despite Multiple Court Rulings

Jakub Kotan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Jakub Kotan

Celebrating air passengers flooded internet forums at the end of October 2014. The Supreme Court confirmed an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal in Huzar v regarding passenger rights to monetary compensation. English law now gives passengers the right to compensation for a delay greater than 3 hours, if caused by a faulty aircraft.

How Much Worse Can Merkel Let Things Get?

Andrew Duff | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

Not since Queen Victoria has a German woman been so powerful in European politics. In those perversely fascinating 'family photos' of the European Council, Angela Merkel stands out from the crowd...

Why Farmers Should Vote Labour

Paul Brannen | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Traditions are by their very nature famously difficult to break but there must be a growing sense among UK farmers that there is only one way to secure the future of British farming come May's general election and that is to break the habit of a lifetime and this year vote Labour.

I was a Teenage Ukipper

John Fletcher | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Fletcher

Whatever their reasons for supporting the party I cannot believe that every member is the screaming racists that some commentators would paint. I know people like them, I was one of them once, and painting them as 'swivel eyed loons' only pushes them into a corner.

Good Intentions: What the European Commission Has in Store for 2015

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Eating less, exercising more... It's the time of year for forging resolutions. It's also the occasion for the European Commission to see what it cou...

How Have Millionaire Tories Convinced Us Immigrants and the Poor Are to Blame for Poverty?

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

As long as the public continues to accept the assurances of the rich that we have to suffer so that they don't have to, the bitterness created will continue to create divisions between ethnic and religious communities that should be working together to destroy zero hour contracts and ensure proper funding for the NHS.

2015: A Year to Celebrate a Global Connectedness

Hans Zomer | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Hans Zomer

2014 was a difficult year for those of us who like to take the optimist's view of life. Airplanes disappeared, a killer disease spread across West Afr...

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Britain Enraged But Not Engaged

Andrew Duff | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The Liberal Democrats brought stability of government when they formed the coalition with the Conservatives in May 2010, and it will be their joint management of the British economy through the crisis that will dominate this May's election campaign...

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.