European Union

Reform, Abolition or the Status Quo: What Should Be Done About the European Parliament?

Sean Kippin | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sean Kippin

As turnout falls, the voices of highly motivated and organised fringe parties becomes amplified, allowing them to build organisations and increase their profile in countries which are usually resistant to their divisive and damaging rhetoric and in some cases policies. Inaction may be the easiest option, but it may also, in the long-term, be the most dangerous.

Blair: 'Not A Candidate' For European Union President Job

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics

Tony Blair has played down suggestions he could seek the job of president of the European Council, amid speculation the former prime minister is looki...

David Cameron Accused Of 'Blackmail' Over Juncker's Candidacy For EU President

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK

David Cameron has been accused of "blackmail" after he warned that Britain could leave the EU if a federalist becomes the next president of its execut...

WATCH: Remember When John Major Told Eurosceptics To 'Put Up Or Shut Up'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Politics

A Conservative prime minister under pressure from right-wing eurosceptics triggers a leadership election in order to smoke out his critics. Not David ...

Russell Brand Isn't Responsible for the EU Election Result, We Are

John Bunzl | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

Two things are very apparent following the European Elections - very few people in the UK voted (fewer than in the last election), and those who did a...

The Rise of Ukip: Is This the End of a Political Era?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Ahmed

Many people do not vote because of a sense of hopelessness. Would my vote make a difference? Would it have an impact on government? Here's a real-life example for those cynics, skeptics and pessimists ... In Southcoates East, UKIP's victory was decided by only 9 votes. With the benefit of hindsight, would you have voted if that preordained the defeat of such party?

Unhappy Voters Need to Be Offered a New Way of Life, Not Just a New Brand of Politics

Matt Hawkins | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Voting UKIP and battening down the hatches isn't going to provide the social and economic security we all desire - that way only further mistrust and isolation lies. By voting Green we can restructure the economy and reframe our societal values. That's so much more than a protest vote.

Ukip: The Perception, and the Reality

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Over many years, British politics has thrown up a number of anomalies. Perhaps that's the nature of politics - a business in which perception can often seem more important than reality - but it can take generations before a sense of perspective is reached.

A Guide to Far-Right and Far-Left of the New European Parliament

Peter Lesniak | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Lesniak

The 2014 elections to the European Parliament saw a high rise in euro-skeptic vote amongst the European public. The financial crisis, harsh austerity...

What the Rise of Ukip Means for the Political Establishment

John Mills | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The recent European elections were certainly a wake-up call for the major political parties and the Westminster political class in the UK, but it takes a bit of interpretation to be clear exactly what the message the electorate delivered was.

EU Election Results: A Symptom of a Less Peaceful Europe?

Barry Navarro | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

Since the last European elections were held in 2009, five EU countries - Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus - have required bailouts, and unemployment across the continent has remained persistently high, particularly among young people.

Why Ukip? The Answer Is In History - Not Bigotry

Robin Koerner | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Koerner

Many people regard Magna Carta as the first Constitutional guarantee of the basic liberties of the English-speaking world. Fewer people know that M...

Ukip in Government? No So Far-Fetched Now

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

What Nick Clegg and his Lib-Dem colleagues should have learned from their poll disaster is that hard and fast political dogma is suicidal in the changing fortunes of time. Their steadfast support for the UK's European Union membership, in spite of all popular opinion polls showing negative views of the EU, sealed their fate...

The EU Spent €600K On A 'Hands Free' Plane

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Tech

The EU has funded a project to build planes that can be flown via thought control. The 'Brainflight' program -- which cost the EU almost 600,000 eu...

Cameron Tells EU Leaders Brussels Is 'Too Big, Too Bossy'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK

David Cameron issued a stark warning to European counterparts that Brussels is "too big, too bossy, too interfering" as he made clear his opposition t...

Britain: Wake Up and Smell the Fascism

Rosie Tallant | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rosie Tallant

We need to renew the faith of the British public in non-radical parties and to persuade them that not voting because they don't think politics affects them is no longer a rational decision. It's time that we all used our votes to stop our country sinking further into a pit of self-serving xenophobia.

When Voting Loses Its Meaning, the Far-Right Triumphs

John Bunzl | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

The real story behind the rise of these parties is neither an over-bearing European Union nor rampant immigration, but that governments around the world have failed to cooperate to reign in the global forces that make austerity, immigration and unemployment inevitable.

The European Elections Are Over: What Happens Next?

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The European elections are now behind us, but many questions have yet to be answered. The next few days should cast more light on who will be the next Commission president and which political groups will find common ground to shape the agenda of the new Parliament. Here is a brief look at what comes next.

The Establishment Under Siege: Interpreting and Tackling the Rise of Ukip

Charlie Cadywould | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Cadywould

The Lib Dems continue to tank, Labour are not making the gains they need, and the Conservatives have failed to come first or second in a national election for the first time since the party was founded in 1834. Yet there is only one story that is making the headlines in the aftermath of the 2014 local and European elections...

World Trade Organisation's Decision Gets Seal of Approval From Peta (and Seals)

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld a ruling that allows the European Union to ban seal fur imports on moral grounds. Canada fought desperately to have the ban repealed, but the WTO affirmed that nations have the right to reject seal products which they find morally reprehensible.

The Narrative That Is Helping UKIP While Threatening The UK

John Sargeant | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Twitter is a blaze with condemnation that most people that bothered to vote went for UKIP than any other single party in last weeks European Election. Let alone for the vast majority that chose not to visit the voting booths. Across mainland Europe the far right made spectacular advances. A darkness is descending as we howl against the fading moon dreading what this new dawn will usher forth...

Cameron Urges Reform As EU Faces Fight Against The Right

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is urging fellow European Union leaders to embrace reform, as mainstream parties fight to salvage their positions after the spectacular ...

Cameron Tells EU Leaders To Reform Bloc In Wake Of Eurosceptic Victories

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has spoken to fellow EU leaders to call for reform of the 28-nation bloc in the wake of successes for eurosceptic parties across the con...

Noisy Rise in Extreme Factions Opens Door to Centre-Left

Mark Watts | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Watts

British politics is entering a period of uncertainty, after the relative and somewhat unexpected calm of coalition politics. But in Brussels the impact will be very different. The results across the EU will significantly alter the shape of the European Parliament, and the outcome will influence the formation of the new Commission later this year.

A Party With A Very Suspect Name Probably Cost Ukip One More MEP

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip could have won even more seats in the European Parliament, with a party with a suspiciously similar name picking up more than 23,000 votes in one...