European Union

Let's Be Frank: The Result of The General Election Was Devastating

Amelia Womack | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

During the campaign, I met so many people desperately in need of a change of government. People whose basic rights were viciously undermined by the coalition, people forced to live their lives in an unnecessary state of struggle. We didn't just need a change of policy, but a radical change in the attitude of the government.

Five Tech Priorities for the New UK Government

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box

The Childcare Conversation: As Labour Realises Mistake Over EU Vanguard Stance, an Imagined Doorstep Chat

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The Conservatives and the LibDems (remember them?) performed the very same trick of arrogantly ignoring, misrepresenting, diminishing, dismissing and belittling the concerns of parents and voters generally. And now we have five years of a Conservative Government to enjoy in all its glory.

Bank's 'Brexit' Project Was Revealed By Email Accidentally Sent To Guardian Journalist

PA | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Politics

The Bank of England has launched a project to assess the economic risks to Britain if the country votes to leave the European Union in the referendum ...

Why the EU Referendum Is the Perfect Time for Votes at 16

Georgia Elander | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

Opponents of Europe and defenders of the status quo alike will seek to keep this issue out of the hands of young people. But if this referendum is to truly settle the question of Europe for our generation, they must be enfranchised.

Europe: 'Non or Innit'?

Darren Hall | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

Yesterday, I asked my parents how they would vote in the EU referendum. Bearing in mind they were one foot out the door to go camping in France, I was somewhat taken aback by their ambivalence towards our membership. If they are in any way representative of the general ignorance about Brussels, Europhiles have a much bigger hill to climb than many would like to think.

Sky Call Up Skype on Trademark Dispute

Wayne Beynon | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Earlier this month the European General Court upheld a ruling in Sky's favour, deeming that Sky and Skype's respective brand names sounded too similar and may lead to 'customer confusion'. This is the latest in a 10 year legal battle over Skype's right to have the word 'Sky' within their name.

NIgel Farage Did NOT Receive A Warm Welcome Back To Brussels

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Politics

After failing to win the Thanet South seat, resigning, then promptly 'unresigning', Nigel Farage has headed back to the European Parliament with his t...

Why Progressives Should Back a Brexit

Thomas Curran | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Thomas Curran

In short, Brexit would be economic masochism. Yet, it is the asset-rich who, for once, bare its fiercest consequences. It strikes me odd that the left don't consider this fact... Those of us who are passionate about social democracy should now very seriously consider voting for an EU exit.

No to Blood on Our Hands, No to Conflict Minerals

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The fight, however, is not yet over: we now need to get the support of a majority of the EU's 28 Member States before this important piece of legislation can be enacted. I hope that our own UK government will find itself on the principled side of this argument.

Why Are Politicians More Worried About Migration Than Education?

Mark Hillary | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is an enormous debate and affects countries far beyond the UK, but the recent UK election demonstrates clearly how the public are losing faith in a traditional approach to politics. Democracy can be difficult for most politicians to swallow, but if they don't listen to the people it's going to choke them all.

The Historians Are Revolting

Peter Frankopan | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Peter Frankopan

It's been a week where books have been put back on the shelves and the gloves have come off: historians have gone into overdrive following an article ...

The UK Would Benefit From the EU Rescue Plan for Boat Refugees

Peter Lind | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Peter Lind

Morally, but surprisingly, also financially, the UK can benefit from helping refugees. In other words, Great Britain can benefit from the EU rescue plan.

Douglas Carswell Should Call for Ukip Leadership Election

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

Carswell should be interim party leader and call for a vote on who the permanent head should be. If Farage wants to be considered, fine. But as things stand now, the party is being lead by a lame duck... a man who lost but refuses to leave, staying on not by popular demand but buy request of some of his lieutenants.

Why Is Everybody So Riled Up About TTIP?

Nash Riggins | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Have you heard about TTIP yet? It's been in the works for a couple years now, but it doesn't make the headlines very often. But now that this silly election is over and done with, chances are we're going to start hearing a lot more about it.

New Tory Government: Scrapping the Human Rights Act to Join an Exclusive Club

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Pulling out of this international treaty would be devastating for our international reputation, and although it is unclear what would actually be done under the current plans, it is likely that replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights would significantly reduce the scope of our basic civil liberties.

Concerning the European Union

Lewis Worrow | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

Our position in the European Union is one that is a benefit to us as a country, and the renegotiation process has already begun to ensure that the United Kingdom can secure better terms.

Three Things You Need to Know About the EU Commission Digital Single Market Proposals

Russell Haworth | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Yesterday the European Commission launched its much anticipated proposals to make the European "Digital Single Market" happen. It'll be some time before the Commission proposals translate into actual changes in the law, but the debate around them is just beginning.

Travellers to Enjoy More Rights When Booking Package Holidays

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Going on holiday is meant to reduce stress, not add to it. But misfortune can strike at any time, such as the travel operator going bust or a natura...

UK Would Lose 8% of Its Economy By Quitting the EU

Tim Oliver | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

Britain's E.U. debate focuses on the economics, so let's be clear the biggest cost of a Brexit would be losing the 8% (£150 billion) of the U.K. econ...

The Truth About Europe: We're Better In Than Out

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

On Thursday 7th May the UK faces a stark political choice. A choice between a Conservative Government intent on withdrawing from the world, or an outward-looking Labour Government invested in shaping a prosperous and fair Britain that is at ease with itself on the world stage. The biggest threat to our future is not Europe, it comes from within.

Estonia's PM Explains Why A Digital Government Is The Future

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It f...

Big Decisions for the Electorate and Thursday Is Just The Start

Phil Jones | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Phil Jones

Despite still appearing on the list of the worlds top ten wealthiest countries, the UK is punching well below its weight where it really matters.

World Press Freedom Day 2015: Is the World a Safer Place for Journalists?

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Freedom of Press is considered an essential element of democracy by the European Parliament, which strongly supports it within the EU and beyond. Article 11 of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights clearly states that "freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected"...

David Cameron Is Helping the Scottish Nationalists - and Knows it

Michael Havis | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

Let me take you back. It's September 2014 and David Cameron faces the very real prospect of being the Prime Minister who oversaw the demise of the United Kingdom...