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Biofuels - A Burning Issue

Paul Brannen | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

There is a place for biofuels in EU agriculture, transport and environment policies, but we have to get it right. Labour MEPs are clear that any European support for biofuels should not take precedence over sources of food, environmental protection or land rights.

Beamish Museum: The Case for Culture in the North East

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

This has been a really exciting week for Paul Brannen MEP and me, as our team in Brussels joined us in Newcastle for 'Constituency Week'. With the help of two electric LEAF cars kindly lent to us by Nissan we travelled all over the region to meet with local groups and businesses, giving our European office the chance to see the impact of our work in the North East.

Never Mind Putin - Fracking and TTIP Will Make Idiots of Us All

Martin Whitlock | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

Officials both in Europe and America, The Guardian reports, are convinced "that the Russians have infiltrated, or are helping to fund, NGOs campaignin...

Bluster From The Kremlin Over British Minister's Comments

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics

Russia has reacted with fury after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned there was a "real and present danger" that Moscow could repeat the tactics ...

Tony Blair Advising A Prime Minister Who Called Him An 'English Gay Fart'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK

Tony Blair is now advising a prime minister whose country he once bombed, and who also once contributed to a book entitled "English Gay Fart Tony Blai...

I Just Called, to Say, I Love EU

Gavin Devine | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

The EU has been at the forefront of promoting issues such as safety at work, and a better environment for everyone - and it has of course freed up trade. Facile stories about curvy bananas overlook the ways in which the EU has driven economic development.

Liver Disease: A Poverty-Based Health Crisis?

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

As Labour MEPs we are not willing to let medical research funding and policy be dictated by the wealth or strength of vested interests or particular parts of society. Politicians must ensure that those without a voice are heard, particularly as a silent epidemic emerges in our midst.

Petitions: The European Parliament Gives You a Chance to Be Heard

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Do you have a problem linked to the EU? The European Parliament can help. The EP's petitions committee ensures that people's complaints are heard at the highest level. And thanks to a new website launched this week, it is now easier than ever.

To the Ballot Box!

Paul Brannen | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Please make sure that you, your family and friends are all registered to vote in the coming general election and for any possible referendum on our continued membership of the EU.

Britain's EU Exit 'Would Spell Disaster For Poland'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

If Britain pulls out of the European Union it would spell disaster for countries like Poland, the country's ambassador has warned. Witold Sobkow, ...

This Is One Business Chief Who Isn't Exactly Bowled Over By George's 'Long-Term Plan'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

The Tories ' flagship election slogan, boasting of having a "long-term economic plan", has failed to impress one major business leader, despite the pa...

The Ukip Index: Who's Voting Ukip?

Laurence Stellings | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

Ukip undoubtedly attracts supporters from all walks of life - a party polling strongly just three months before a General Election must - but our Ukip Index illustrates the types of voters most likely to have been won over.

Building World Class Industrial Innovation: It Takes Us All!

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Increasing innovation is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's plan to reindustrialise Europe and ensure a solid recovery from the economic crisis. It is a laudable aim. Economies with strong manufacturing industries were more resilient to the impact of the economic crisis.

Greece Is No Poker Game - We're All Standing on a Cliff's Edge

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Everyone is portraying it as a game of poker. They couldn't be more mistaken. It seems impossible to get Greece off the front pages of the newspapers. And so it should be. The current untenable situation poses an existential threat to the European Union. Many are treating this as a game of bluff and double bluff...

Slovakia Takes 'Step Backwards' With Gay Rights Referendum

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Politics

Slovakia held a national referendum on Saturday on placing further restrictions on gay rights. Reported by the BBC, citizens of the small European sta...

High Stakes Game of Euro Chicken

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Left-wing Syriza lead by Alexis Tsipras has not wasted time after winning the Greek elections: he formed a coalition with the right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks and the new government is now involved in a very high-stakes game of chicken with the Troika (the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF).

EU Needs Social Entrepreneurs to Leverage the Silver Economy

Ian Spero | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

A Revolution which aims to inspire businesses - large, medium, small, micro, and entrepreneurs - to join forces, in a united effort to imagine new products and services with potential of disrupting the institutional model of long term care; a model which is currently not fit for purpose

The Return of the ''Left'': Observations from a Tumultuous Week in Greek Politics

Dr Ioannis Christodoulou | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Dr Ioannis Christodoulou

The new government is clearly stating its European focus and determination to stay in the union of Europe. The big challenge is how the new government will ensure the continuation of payments by the creditors and at the same time the re-negotiation of the terms without asking for a write-off.

Man's Best Friend Is Not the Dog - It's the Tree

Paul Brannen | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

As I see it, the strategy should first and foremost focus on the mitigation impact our forests can have in relation to the growing problem of climate change. Secondly, the strategy should focus on the job protection and job creation potential of our forests and the wood they produce.

Mehdi Hasan

Alan Duncan On Why Cameron Must Make Voters 'Tingle' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics

Sir Alan Duncan isn't happy with the state of British politics - or the Conservative Party, for that matter. "What disappoints me most is ...

Driving Job Creation Through Energy Efficiency: It's a No Brainer!

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

MEPs, campaign groups and EU citizens know that having an ambitious and united approach to energy policy is a no-brainer, and part of that should be equipping buildings to do the hard work of cutting energy consumption for us. It's time now to convince the Commission and our governments to go that step further to creating a strategy that truly benefits people and planet.

Osborne Would Prefer You Didn't Read This EU Report....

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics

Negative attitudes and a lack of "hard graft" are fuelling a decline in Britain's influence in Brussels, according to peers. The implications of re...

Top Tory Leadership Contenders Jostle For Dave's Job

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid have both played down the risks of Britain leaving the European Union, in a move to burnish their Eurosceptic credential...

Here's Why There's So Much Terror Content On YouTube

AP | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Tech

Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complic...

Why EU's carbon policy discourages subsidies for energy savings and renewables

Laurens de Vries | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Tech
Laurens de Vries

The Dutch government had commissioned this study to compare different options, but the large negative value of offshore wind was what caught most attention. This negative result is partly due to the fact that the climate benefits of wind energy were valued at zero.