European Union

Can You Speak Commission?

Susannah Savage | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

Bastardising the English language seems to be Europe's way of punishing Britain for its sins... "Whilst everyone else is making a large and valiant effort to communicate in their second or third language, the lazy, arrogant 'Anglo-Saxons' [sic] never bother to learn other languages and are linguistically inept in any case"

You'll Never Guess Who Neil Kinnock Wants To Be EU Commissioner

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics

Former Labour leaderNeil Kinnock has made an unlikely pick for who he thinks should be Britain's next European Commissioner - Conservative Foreign Off...

Juncker: The Final Steps Towards Becoming the Next President of the European Commission

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Jean-Claude Juncker will meet the European Parliament's political groups on 8 and 9 July, ahead of the vote on his candidacy on 15 July. Before the vote, Juncker will give a statement in the chamber, followed by a debate. The former prime minister of Luxembourg will need a simple majority of at least 376 MEPs in order to get the Commission's top job.

Lightning Always Strikes Twice in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I came to this place already opposed to the European Union. But if I'd been a waverer, the utter hypocrisy of the last week would have persuaded me of one thing: it is beyond hope, beyond even the possibility of reform.

Thomas Tamblyn

'The Right To Be Forgotten Doesn't Work In Practice' Says Top Security Expert

HuffingtonPost.com | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech

A top security expert has admitted that the EU's 'right to be forgotten' is 'technically impossible' to enforce. Speaking to the Huffington Post UK...

Voters Don't Trust Us On Immigration, Senior Labour Figure Says

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics

Voters are wary of Labour on immigration and Europe because they do not believe it has a "clear position" on these issues, a senior Labour figure has ...

Ed Miliband Rejects Union Demand For An EU Referendum

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has rejected calls from his party's biggest financial backer, the Unite union, to promise an in/out referendum on EU membership at next ye...

Trained to Schmooze

Susannah Savage | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

With a few public sector exceptions, Brussels is where meritocracy comes to die. And it takes its last breath in the naïve hopes of trainees. No one wastes any time letting us know that we are here to network. Such importance is placed on this I suspect there may be a strategic memo somewhere entitled 'Combatting Youth Unemployment in the EU: the Art of Networking'.

Miliband Must Offer EU Referendum, Says Unite Union

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

Labour's biggest union affiliate has urged the party to reconsider its position on a European Union referendum or risk being "boxed in" at the general...

Spectacular Nigel Farage Rant In Brussels Caught On Camera

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has returned to the European Parliament for its new session with a characteristically passionate rant against the EU. After leading h...

Juncker's Revenge

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

David Cameron has the political luxury of not having to answer the toxic question: if not Juncker, who? Unlike John Major, he can luxuriate indefinitely in the plaudits of eurosceptic MPs and newspapers, with Ukip confounded and Labour wrong-footed.

Unite Challenges Labour's EU Referendum Policy

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

The country's biggest union will today discuss calls for Labour to reconsider its approach to a referendum on the European Union amid warnings that it...

Cameron's EU Strategy In Tatters, Says Miliband

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron was "outwitted, outmanoeuvred and outvoted" in his failed attempt to block Jean-Claude Junker becoming the next president of the Europea...

The Five Routes a British Exit from the EU Could Take

Tim Oliver | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

Britain could exit the EU - a Brexit - as the result of a referendum leading to a negotiated withdrawal, a unilateral withdrawal without a referendum or negotiations, Britain's expulsion, steps by the EU to freeze Britain out, or the rest of the EU leaving Britain behind in a position that lands it outside. None will be easy for Britain or the EU. All have their flaws.

Cameron Is A Dangerous Man, Says Miliband

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's failure to block the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Union's top job shows he poses a "real and present danger" to ...

Nick Clegg Would Really Prefer You Didn't Read This EU Report

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics

Britain has attracted no more overseas investment as a member of the European Union than it would have done alone, research has found. Many of the ...

21 Pictures That Show The Scale Of Europe's Migrant Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

It is one of the most perilous journeys on Earth, risking drowning, starvation, rape and exploitation. Yet 60,000 make the journey from sub-Saharan Af...

How the Next European Parliament Is Taking Shape

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Over the coming months, the Parliament will play a key role in setting the EU's course for the next five years as it conducts hearings of prospective commissioners and must approve the new European Commission as a whole.

Osborne Defied By His Own Deputy In Call To Stay In European Union

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics

Danny Alexander, George Osborne's Liberal Democrat deputy, is risking a new coalition rift by using official Treasury analysis to more than three mill...

Asa Bennett

Top Tories Want Dave To Annoy Nick Into Ending The Coalition

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been urged by senior Tory backbenchers to end the coalition with the Liberal Democrats early before the next general election, with ...

Democracy - A Key Theme in Ukip's New Group in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

UKIP and the Italian Five Star Movement have succeeded in forming a new Group in the European Parliament. All of these Groups must have a minimum of 7 countries represented and at least 25 MEPs...

Vince Cable Denies Lib Dem U-Turn On EU Referendum

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons & Asa Bennett | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has insisted the Lib Dems are not about to bounced into backing David Cameron's pledge to hold an in/out referendum on Britain's membershi...

The EU Has Had Its Challenges When It Comes to Ethics, But It Is Serious About Addressing Them

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The notion that the European Parliament is a gravy train riddled with waste and financial scandal is simple to pedal, especially when you need to score easy political points back home. However those that often pedal it, fail to acknowledge the reforms that are quietly taking place.

Ned Simons

Jeremy Hunt Backs Andrew Lansley For EU Commissioner

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has backed his predecessor Andrew Lansley to be Britain's next European Commissioner. Lansley, who is currently leader...

Utterly Drab, Grey and Soulless - The Charade That Is the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

In all of this, it's interesting to note that MEPs actually have very little power. The European Parliament has repeatedly voted to end the travelling circus, which costs the taxpayer about 150 million euros per year and over 10,000 tonnes of unnecessary CO2 emissions.