My Voice, My Choice

Photo by Manny Becerra on Unsplash Leading European NGOs met in Berlin on Wednesday (22 May) calling to “put reproductive rights on the ballot paper” in the forthcoming European Parliament elections.  On the heels of the recent government commissioned report calling for abortions to be legalised within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in Germany, activists from across Europe gathered…

EU Commission Presidency 2004-2009

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Photo by Guillaume Périgois on Unsplash Candidates competing for the EU commission presidency after the EU elections will go head to head in a live debate on Thursday. The Eurovision debate between the lead candidates for the Commission presidency will take place on from  3pm in Parliament’s plenary chamber in Brussels The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is…

New App Launched For People With Vision Problems

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Photo by ThisisEngineering on Unsplash A new app to help charities and voluntary organisations protect staff and volunteers working in the community has been developed thanks to a partnership between a leading sight loss charity and PwC. Fife-based charity Seescape worked with the global consultancy firm to produce the app through the Scottish Tech Army initiative. The project…

Dutch Deal Slammed

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Photo by Andres Bartelsman on Unsplash The European Green Party has demanded that the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE),”take measures” towards the liberal party VVD, following the Dutch government coalition deal the VVD concluded with Geert Wilders’ “far-right” PVV.  Last week, the Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD), the party of incumbent Dutch PM Mark Rutte, agreed to…

ATMs Renewed for One Year for Ukraine Trade

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Photo by Viktor Hesse on Unsplash The suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian exports to the European Union will be extended for another year, it has been announced. The EU said the move shows  it is “delivering once again on its commitment to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.” These so-called Autonomous Trade Measures (ATMs) have been in…

EU Attitudes to Migration

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Photo by Julie Ricard on Unsplash In some countries, emigration outweighs immigration as a concern. according to a new survey. It comes just ahead of the keenly awaited EU elections this June. Ahead of the poll, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) tested public attitudes towards key themes of the political campaigns – including migration, the performance…

European Young Leaders

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Photo by Kiana Bosman on Unsplash Are you a high flyer with a “sense of European identity”? If so, the European Young Leaders (EYL40) programme could be just for you. It seeks to honour younger people who are striving to make an impact in their chosen field of work and, currently, nominations are being sought for…

Low-Cost Carrier Relaunches Brussels Flights

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Photo by Robert Lukeman on Unsplash PLAY, a low-cost carrier based in Iceland, will relaunch its Brussels flights on May 28, the third consecutive year it has served travellers from the Belgian capital. It offers three flights a week from Brussels Zaventem Airport to Reykjavík, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, between 28 May and 7…

Left Calls to Shun Radical Political Parties

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash The leaders of the S&D Group, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA and the Left in the European Parliament have called on all democratic European parties to reject any “normalisation, cooperation or alliance with far-right and radical parties.” In their joint statement, they say they “condemn” any form of violence and reiterate…

European Commitment to Support Ukraine

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Photo by Hristo Sahatchiev on Unsplash European Parliament President Roberta Metsola’s visit in Kyiv on Europe Day demonstrated, she said, the Parliament’s continued support and commitment to Ukraine and its European path. In Kyiv on 9 May, Metsola met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, addressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and met…