Germany's start to 2016 has been dominated by a wave of sexual assaults that took place in Cologne and elsewhere on New Year's Eve. A number of the suspects for these assaults were of North African origin, which has once again stirred up the main debate in Germany- how to deal with the European refugee crisis.
I am convinced that the UK government must change its stance towards those stuck in northern France in order to save lives. The extraordinary efforts of the volunteers and activists there can only treat the problem and not solve it. Of course charity and donations are essential, yet the solution is a political one and one that is sorely needed and morally required. This would prevent further deaths such as those mourned at the memorial service today.
You might conclude from this article that I'm a closet Little 'Englander, but I firmly believe that I'm a little 'Europer. So vote leave, protect roast dinners, French toast, Belgian chocolate and Danish pastries.
Four minutes and 15 seconds was the length of the Prime Minister's pre-recorded New Year message. It was released onto the BBC website just sixteen s...
When we in the Green Party talk about climate change, it is possible to be drawn into a debate about temperatures and statistics, when what we are really talking about is people - and the plants and other animals with which we share the planet.
In the name of multiculturalism, we cannot allow an infantile liberal-Left deny and denigrate all that is radical and emancipatory about Europe. Because only the far-Right, which hates egalitarian European values as much as the Islamists, will be the eventual beneficiary of this.
Don't shriek, don't wail, don't be scared. Instead, let people like Mr Trump say their piece, safe in the knowledge that your superior intellect and argumentation will win out in the end. Because I genuinely believe it will.
Activists from Lesbian & Gays Supports the Migrants spilled their own blood into the pond outside of the Home Office in protest of the Immigration Bill to be voted on today. Three protestors, from a larger group, cut themselves open to let their blood flow from their arms into the ponds in London this morning.
The use of limitless immigration detention - unashamedly for administrative convenience - is one of the greatest stains on our country's human rights record in recent decades. Despite guidance stating that a person's removal from the UK must be considered 'imminent' to justify detention, many are locked up for months on end - some for years.
The net migration target is far too blunt and crude to be much use to anybody. The target lumps together refugees fleeing ISIL with entrepreneurs from the US, cleaners from Poland and students from Hong Kong. It will never offer a sophisticated or useful snapshot of the state of immigration in Britain, other than to testify that it exists.
The bottom line here is this: the only way we can control immigration into the UK is to take back control of our borders. This means we have to stop our open-ended EU free movement of people obligations to potentially hundreds of millions of EU migrants. The only way we can do this is to leave the EU.
The hell of Raqqa: where the French have joined the bloodied military games, the whips of Daesh rule the land and morality fled into the night long ag...
Europe needs a multilateral approach in order to deal with economic migration and a clear recognition that migration from Africa will not cease but will continue to grow under the pressure of demographics and financial inequality.
We don't have to like Putin to realise that a united front against people who rape children and behead Christians is the best idea for a safer world. We joined forces with Stalin to defeat Hitler because he was an immediate threat and that pragmatic attitude is what we need now.
If the left carry on to hide away from this debate, then they forfeit credibility. Attacking the government's failed attempts to reduce immigration, while putting forward bold policies which outline Labour's belief in protecting workers, is the direction party policy now has to go. To convince voters of the progressive advantages immigration can bring to the UK, the left need to step up.
Growing up, I had all of the opportunities. Like a good Russian kid, I had piano lessons twice a week and tennis lessons on Sunday mornings. I went to drama school on weekends, as well as writing classes and horse riding lessons. I can't remember a time in my childhood when I wasn't inundated with recreational activities.