European Union

Asa Bennett

Tory MP Has No Problem With Farage Being Deputy Prime Minister

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics

Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged the Tories to forge closer links with Ukip, going as far as having Nigel Farage become deputy prime minister in a new Tory-U...

Ned Simons

Treasury Minister Says Businesses Will 'Not Suffer' Whatever The EU Referendum Result

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics

British businesses will "not suffer" whatever the outcome of a referendum of the UK's membership of the European Union, a Treasury minister has told t...

A Tory Eurosceptic Has Threatened To 'Punish' Pro-EU Businesses

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics

One of the Tories' most outspoken Eurosceptic MPs has said pro-EU businesses should be "punished" if they are seen to be "meddling in politics". In...

Little Johnny and Facebook : Wising Up to Online Protection Hazards

Nick Fouche | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Fouche

In sum, over an intensive two-year period of online interaction with a sizably representative group of its target population, the I.O.R. project team prepares now to conclude the animation of its profile pages with further confirmation of its very earliest suspicions surrounding use of the social networks by some of Europe's youngest online account holders.

Parlez-vous Anglais?‏

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Unlimited immigration from the EU is not a good thing. Immigration is, according to the polling, the second most important issue in British politics today - behind only the economy. In his Conference speech Labour's Ed Miliband, the man hoping to be our next Prime Minister, 'forgot' to mention both the economy and immigration. Understandable perhaps, given Labour's record on both issues when they were in government.

How to Follow the Hearings for the Candidate Commissioners at the European Parliament

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The next two weeks will be crunch time for the 27 candidates hoping to be part of the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. From 29 September to 7 October they will face hearings at the European Parliament to assess their suitability. MEPs will then vote on 22 October on whether to approve the new European Commission as a whole.

Child Privacy Protection on the Social Networks - The Challenge of Europe's Young Netizens

Nick Fouche | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Nick Fouche

With current levels of web literacy being what they are and our obstinate agility as net surfers still feverishly evergreen, underage online use...

European Commission: Scrutinising the People Who Will Be Running Europe for the Next Five Years

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The aim is to assess each candidate's suitability as commissioner, evaluate their knowledge of the proposed portfolio and find out about their future plans. Based on the candidates' responses and performance, the committees will then draw up a recommendation and send it to the president of the European Parliament...

Dave Was An 'Idiot Abroad' And It Cost Us In Brussels, Says EU Party Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron made the UK a laughing stock by acting like a typical English 'idiot abroad' in Brussels, attempting to block the appointment of the EU ...

Scottish Independence Will Mean Less Freedom, Not More

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

In an increasingly integrated, globalised world, such isolationism curtails the freedom a nation needs to exercise the economic and trade decisions and activities needed for long-term economic prosperity and political success.

More Faux Democracy in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

It's nothing new. Week in, week out, these things happen in Brussels and Strasbourg. The only difference is, most of the time the decisions don't play dice with national security.

Spain Just Decisively Undermined Salmond's EU Hopes For Indy Scotland

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond's vision for Scotland to rejoin the European Union within two years of gaining independence while keeping the pound has been awkwardly un...

Russia: Helping European Companies Deal With the Impact of Import Bans

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The situation is far from being resolved. Despite the agreed cease-fire, fighting continues in Eastern Ukraine and the EU has already announced further sanctions.

EU Sanctions: Necessary, Effective and Timely

David Lidington | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Lidington

This week the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political and diplomatic efforts to restore peace and stability.

Here's Why Nigel Farage May Actually Want Scots To Vote Yes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish independence would spark "massive recriminations" in Westminster and increase the likelihood of Britain leaving the European Union, a French ...

We Bagged a Great Portfolio - Now Let's Get on With the Job in Europe

Peter Wilding | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

This is an important moment for the UK but it is even more important for the wider EU. The restructuring of the Commission to place an emphasis on action to develop economic growth is a real move forward. The UK must seize this opportunity to make a reality of its own reform agenda and work for the vast majority of British people who see reform and change in the EU, not defeat and exit, as the real prize.

Work in Progress: The Challenges Facing the European Parliament in the Coming Months

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

September is not just a time when trees start shedding their leaves and university students dust off their books, it's also when the European Parliament returns from the summer recess and starts work on legislation that will affect the lives of everyone living in the European Union.

Brussels Revolving Door Leads Straight to the City

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

In order to strengthen citizens' trust in democracy, there needs to be extensive and tightly enforced cooling-off periods between the time a person spends holding public office and their move to a job for a private company in a related field. We need to introduce such a cooling-off period across the EU; three years would be a reasonable minimum length.

Brexit Can Be a Moderate Proposition

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

As British exit becomes more likely, all interest groups should consider the merits and drawbacks of leaving the EU and how they should be addressed. Questions of free trade, Britain's stance on the world stage and domestic policy can all be overcome. It's best that they're overcome together.

Asa Bennett

Business Leader Evokes Fears Of 'New Jacobite Wars' As Indy Vote Nears

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics

The imminent Scottish referendum risks similar tensions to what was seen in Scotland when the Jacobite rebellions took place, a business leader has su...

Britain's Best Approach to Stopping the Ukip Tide

Peter Wilding | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

The prime minister may be taking to heart president Theodore Roosevelt's advice to conduct diplomacy by speaking softly and carrying a big stick. Unnoticed by either his own members of Parliament and let alone the media, is the fact that following the Juncker debacle, Britain has bagged three significant successes over the summer...

Cameron Must Set Out What He Wants From EU, Says Ex-Tory Cabinet Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been warned by one of his former cabinet ministers that he must set out his "red lines" and "spell out" what he wants in his attempt...

Ministers Admit NHS Not Safe From Private Firms In Secret Trade Talks

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have admitted the NHS is still on the table as part of secretive talks over a controversial US-EU trade deal that could see it opened up to ...

Tory MPs Defy Cameron With Pledge To Leave European Union

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron faced further pressure to respond to the rise of Ukip, with a move by Tory MPs to promise to vote for the UK to leave the European Union...

Independent Scotland Will Be Rudely Awakened From Its Euro Dreams

Ben Acheson | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

For years, questions were asked about Scotland's EU status if a Yes vote transpired. The European Commission repeatedly refused to answer the 'accession versus succession' issue, not wanting to deal in 'what if' situations or influence anyone's democratic decision. So succession was always a possibility because everything is technically a possible if there is no definite confirmation of its impossibility. Confirmation or not, there were still warnings about the hurdles and potential EU-related costs accompanying Scotland's separation from the UK.