European Union

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.

Eurosceptic Media Gets Upset About Vacuum Cleaners

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK

If there was ever a time to panic buy a vacuum cleaner, it's now, according to the UK's Eurosceptic media. In news that could send readers sprintin...

George Ruins His Lib Dem Deputy's Warning Over EU Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics

Danny Alexander, George Osborne's Liberal Democrat deputy, has been awkwardly undermined by Treasury civil servants in his warning that three million ...

Britain's New Foreign Office Minister Told The EU To 'Sod Off'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's new Foreign Office minister once told the European Commission to "sod off" in a row over whether the UK would have to pay benefits to Bulgar...

9 Foods Russian Could No Longer Enjoy Thanks To Putin

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics

With EU and Western leaders piling pressure on Vladimir Putin with financial sanctions, Russia has retaliated by launching a food fight. Prime Mini...

Is Integration 'Impossible' for Roma in France?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

'Integration is impossible in a country like France which is plagued by debt, the budget deficit, the crisis and mass unemployment!'... Roma generally find themselves in the poorest neighbourhoods of France, which suffer from high levels of unemployment and so are inevitably hostile to newcomers.

Boris Says Quitting The European Union Could Be Good For Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics

Getting out of the EU could be better for Britain than staying in an unreformed union, London mayor Boris Johnson has said. His comment came ahead ...

Juncker's 'Women Problem' - And How to Solve It

Giles Goodall | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The current nine female commissioners have called for 10 or more women in the new team, while Juncker himself called gender balance 'a political must'. With 37% women among its own ranks, the European Parliament will be in no mind for compromise.

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

EU Agrees Package Of Economic Sanctions Against Russia

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

The European Union has agreed a package of new economic sanctions against Russia, as Prime Minister David Cameron met families of Britons killed in th...

Cameron Has Announced Plans To 'Build A Different Kind Of Britain'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

David Cameron has outlined new plans to "build a different kind of Britain," in a bid to lure voters from eurosceptic rivals 10 months from the genera...

Is the Eurozone Crisis Over?

Martin Koehring | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

The euro zone has emerged from recession, borrowing costs have fallen and the risk of euro area collapse has diminished since mid-2012. However, major causes for concern persist.