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There Can Be No Compromise on Secret Courts in Trade Deals

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

This is not good enough. In a trade deal between two regions with legal systems as advanced as in the EU and US, a separate system of arbitration - whether public or private - is rendered obsolete: ISDS-lite is still ISDS.

British Business Should Ignore Sajid Javid

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

The newly installed Business Secretary has decided to instruct business leaders that they mustn't be campaigning for Britain to stay in the EU as that would risk undermining Mr Cameron's negotiating position ahead of the In/Out referendum. Business leaders should ignore him, keep calm and carry on campaigning.

Spartan Spirit and Sunday's Referendum

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Will the Greek people strike a blow for freedom, not just theirs but ours too? For if the answer is indeed 'Oxi', then who knows? Perhaps in generations to come July 5 will join October 28, and two 'anniversaries of the No' will be celebrated.

The Islands of Tears

Sam Barratt | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Sam Barratt

For Greece and Italy, a breakthrough can't come too soon. This year alone, 100,000 refugees have arrived on the southern shores of Europe. With the UN saying there are a record number of people displaced by conflict this year, this crisis isn't going away anytime soon.

Greece: Drama In Overtime

Νικόλας Μακαρέζος | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Νικόλας Μακαρέζος

I deeply believe in Greece inside Europe of democracy, of altruism, of common institutions and firm relationships. Greece and its bond with Euro was born of respect and faith and by no means should it die of arrogance.

Cameron Cannot Please Two Audiences Any Longer on the EU Referendum

Charles Grant | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics
Charles Grant

When Cameron kicked off the renegotiation at the European summit in Brussels, over dinner last week, it became clear that he will work broadly within parameters that are acceptable to his fellow leaders. British officials briefed that the government understood the EU treaties cannot be changed before a referendum.

Someone Is Trying To Bailout Greece With An Online Crowdfunding Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Comedy

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up on IndieGoGo with the hopes of raising €1,600,000,000 (£1,138,320,437.89) to bail out Greece's faltering ec...

It's Going To Be Cheaper To Use The Internet On Your Phone In Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

It will be cheaper to make phone calls, send text messages and use the internet in the European Union from 2017, after European leaders agreed a new d...

Eurozone Faces Economic Abyss As Greece Heads Towards The Exit

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK

Greece sat perched on the edge of the economic precipice on Monday, the impasse between Europe’s finance ministers and the government in Athens maki...

A Greek Tragedy That Can Only Be Ended by Greece Leaving the Euro

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What kind of system have we created where our elite inflict austerity on ordinary people that causes misery and suffering to millions, while financiers and gamblers of financial markets enjoy such a bonanza of riches? The mind boggles.

Britain, the EU and Generation Y - How We Can Win This Thing.

Alan Grant | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

We have the opportunity to come out of this referendum enlivened in our common endeavour, let's go ahead and take it, even if we have to endure a little bit of cliché for our troubles.

If Greece Votes 'No' To Latest Proposals, Cameron Doesn't Think They Can Keep The Euro

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK

If the Greeks vote to reject the Eurozone's bailout terms of their country, they should leave the euro, David Cameron has suggested. The Prime Mini...

No Bailout Extension Leaves Greece On Brink Of Eurozone Exit

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK

European finance ministers rejected pleas from Athens for an extension to the bailout on Saturday, heightening fears the Mediterranean nation will exi...

The Larger Battle Being Fought By the Greeks

Manuel Barcia | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Manuel Barcia

As for the EU, there's little else to say. They have gone from promising the earth and the heavens to their citizens, to becoming the executioners of the IMF and their own bankers. Pity they cannot see that by carrying out like this, they are not just destroying Greece but also the very foundations of their precious and profitable political and economic unity. For them, too, the hour of reckoning is nigh.

The Trade in Instruments of Torture Must Be Stopped

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

If the EU is to be serious about its opposition to torture and the ill-treatment of human beings it must put its full might behind effective, comprehensive and adaptable controls on the instruments of torture. We believe that the legislation currently under debate in the Parliament can do this: we just need the political will to see it through.

Cameron And Merkel Listen To Queen's Call For European Unity

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK

The Queen called for European unity on Wednesday, delivering a speech at a state banquet in Berlin attended by German chancellor Angela Merkel and Bri...

'What Should Greece Do Now?' - Keep Calm and Find a Solution

Dr Ioannis Christodoulou | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Christodoulou

Now is the time to provide Greece with a truly sustainable aid programme that helps Greece out of intensive care. Greeks and Europeans, need a resolution, both political and economic. What is needed is a show of common sense and a move towards European consensus that would strengthen EU and unite its citizens even more but the clock is ticking.

Cameron Is 'Playing With Fire' Over EU Renegotiation Says Union Chief

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is “playing with fire” as workers could vote to leave the European Union if he strips away employment rights as part of his renegoti...

Britain's Top Union Chief Warns Cameron Is Playing With Fire Over EU Renegotiation

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is “playing with fire” as workers could vote to leave the European Union if he strips away employment rights as part of his renegoti...

Migration in the UK and EU: Facts and Figures

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

David Cameron will join the leaders of other EU countries on Thursday and Friday for a special summit to discuss the EU's migration policy, following a dramatic increase in the number of irregular migrants trying to enter the EU this year. In recent months there have also been more cases of migrants drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

What Could an EU Exit Mean for the UK Construction Industry?

Simon Thomas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

Even though the dust from the 2015 General Election has only just begun to settle, the political news agenda has already shifted to the next public po...

How Much Data Protection Do We Need?

Mike Weston | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Tech
Mike Weston

Pushing for strong and transparent data protection rules isn't only in the interest of the man or woman on the street, it will benefit businesses too. Making the rules of the game clearly defined creates a level playing field within which businesses can innovate.

Let's Hear About the Dream of Europe

Dale Bilson | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

Much of the political talk this past week has been of UKIP's ineptitude. The resignation that never was has now been followed by the sacking that never was, with Suzanne Evans unceremoniously dumped and inelegantly reinstated as a party spokesperson for the European separatists in the space of mere hours.

Europe Will Go Federal to Deal With Brexit and Grexit

Andrew Duff | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

There are still those who assert that everything the European Union needs to do can be done under its existing treaties. Few of these pundits stop to explain why it is that if indeed everything can be done under the existing treaties, everything is not, in fact, being done.

Cloning for Food Could Soon Be Banned in Europe Because of Animal Welfare Concerns

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

In the EU food from clones currently needs pre-market approval based on a scientific food safety assessment by the EFSA before it can be put on the market. To date there has not been a single application and therefore authorisation has never been granted.