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Forget Me Not: The Legal Right to Be Forgotten

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Do you fancy your grandchildren being able to see that Saturday night pic from your student days in thirty years time? Your great-grandchildren or even their friends? What do you think happens to all these texts, Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram photos as you age and move through the different stages of your life?

Athens-Moscow: An (Un)orthodox Alliance?

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

Shortly before Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met Vladimir Putin in Moscow on his first official visit to Russia, the Financial Times publishe...

Glitter Attack Fails To Reform The European Central Bank

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics

How to you set about reforming the role of the European Central Bank? Wear a t-shirt with a logo and throw some paper in the air. That was the tactic ...

Momentum Is Gathering Behind the Energy Union - We Must Keep Up the Pace

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

In order to see that the Energy Union is a success, we need a truly collective approach to reducing CO2 emissions and ensuring security of energy supply to Member States. The technology is there and projects such as the North Sea interconnector show that momentum is gathering.

The Real 'Health Tourism': Brits in the Rest of Europe

Giles Goodall | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The big ones are Spain, France, and Germany, where British visitors cost local health services up to a staggering 34 times more than their visitors to the UK do. Just four of the 27 other EU countries spent less on treating British visitors than the NHS did on their nationals (Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania and Lithuania).

The Blairs... They Are Coming

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics

Tony and Cherie Blair will return to the frontline of British politics on Tuesday, the pair embarking on a campaign for Labour ahead of the general el...

Youth Unemployment and the Legacy of Austerity Britain

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

As Labour MEP for one of the worst affected regions in the UK, I have made tackling youth unemployment a top priority and will do everything I can to ensure these issues are heard in the European Parliament.

Facebook Is Tracking Literally Everyone

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook is tracking you, and it's doing it whether you're a member of Facebook or not. That's according to recent findings by The Interdisciplinary C...

Freedom of Movement Is the Main Road to Knowledge

Nigel Carrington | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

Even in the digital age, knowledge happens because people with common interests can easily work alongside each other, wherever they come from. This open society is under attack amidst calls to leave the EU.

TTIP: Opportunities and Risk of an EU-US Free Trade Agreement

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

It has the potential to create the world's largest bilateral free-trade area, creating jobs and boosting economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, yet the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has proved controversial from the start.

Peterlee to Patagonia: EU-Latin American Cooperation Is Key to North East's Future

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

We need an ambitious yet realistic agenda to end extreme poverty by 2030 as the UN has proposed, and it is my firm belief that increased cooperation between states on issues such as trade, human rights, security and climate change gives us the political clout in order to achieve this. It is only in this way we can ensure that the benefits of globalisation are felt all the way from the Peterlee to Patagonia.

Letter from Macedonia

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

In Macedonia the critics are silenced, opponents are imprisoned, the budget is empty and ethnic tensions are reaching boiling point. What has led to this disaster?

Investing in Our Youth Is the Ticket to Prosperity

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

With youth unemployment at 23% across the EU, and with an extremely volatile European business market that is changing at an unprecedented speed as it struggles to pull itself out of recession, we need our young people to have the skills to cope.

I'm Just Like Tom Cruise, Says PM

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK

David Cameron believes he will prevail in the rewriting EU treaties just like "Tom Cruise", as the president of the European Council Donald Tusk said ...

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator: 'Jail Is a Major Incubator of Radicalisation'

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The European Parliament has a very critical role. Not only as the co-legislator, but also in the social response needed in order to promote tolerance and fight anti-Semitism and Muslim-bashing.

Is There a Solution to the Greek Problem?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Most important, even the mere consideration of a programme of this nature might change the atmosphere of the discussion. It may change the current toxic environment where everyone is pulling in opposite directions with each party losing patience with everyone else, to a constructive discussion about a long-term solution with a short-term, finite safety net.

Jack Sommers

Alastair Campbell Is Really Not Happy With The 'Biased, Right-Wing Media' | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell says Ed Miliband is failing to get his message across because the media have a right-wing bias. In an i...

Britain's European Question Will Not Be Answered by an In-Out Vote

Tim Oliver | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

Like it or not, the idea of an in-out referendum will play a big part in the Britain's forthcoming general election. Britons might tell pollsters they care little about the topic, but Europe is woven into so many issues that it will be up there in the headlines day after day. Yet the question of Britain's E.U. membership defies simple answers.

Beware of the European Union Bearing Gifts

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

History seems to repeat itself in the European Parliament altogether too often. This week in Strasbourg the European Parliament voted for a well-meaning yet naive proposal to cap the costs that can be charged for card payments at a very low level. Whether this ever actually becomes law is an open question, but in the meantime no doubt we will hear plenty of it from the EU's PR machine.

Why Keeping Our Meat Safe Is All About Trust

Paul Brannen | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

The horsemeat scandal knocked people's faith in the food they eat. One business here in the North East has always had high standards of meat traceability and is now leading the industry by using state of the art technology to deliver information on where our food actually comes from...

My 'BBC Free Speech' Experience With Ed Miliband

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

I was lucky enough to be a part of the BBC Free Speech audience yesterday, when Ed Miliband was invited. It was an interesting experience and encompassed questions from the depths of domestic discourse, to the far reaches of foreign policy. This is my take.

€730 Million a Year: Consumers to Benefit From Cap on Card Payment Fees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Consumers can look forward to estimated savings of €730 million a year under new EU rules on card payment fees. Legislation approved 10 March by the...

Secret Courts, Trade Deals and Power to the People

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Today, we are sending them a loud and clear message that we can only contemplate support if our conditions - and the conditions of UK citizens - are met.

EU Profits from Uber-cruel Trade in Live Animals

Philip Lymbery | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

The Commission has just held a workshop in Lebanon on welfare at slaughter. This is extremely welcome. However, it must be seen as only the first of the many steps that are needed to bring welfare at slaughter in this region up to international standards.

To What Extent Is the Nation State an Antiquated Notion?

Lord David Owen | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

The pretension that lies behind the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxembourg, arguing for a European Army is a reflection of Europe's deep seated problem. Europe pretends to be a nation when it is not.