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 Elections: UK Looks On From the Outside

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Photo by Matt Brown on Unsplash There is something fundamentally depressing about the forthcoming Euro elections, writes Lord Richard Balfe.  The first that the UK will not be involved with. Yet in a way we will be involved because the outcome will shape our relations with each other. The EU Commission has recently outlined a youth mobility programme…

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…

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…

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…

The European Elections of 2024

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I was first elected in 1984 as a pro-EU Conservative for a Yorkshire UK constituency. Since then, I fought no less than six more Euro-elections, mostly as a member of the Christian Democrat/Conservative European Peoples Party group, writes Edward McMillan-Scott. But when David Cameron, then UK premier, formed a new nationalist Conservatives and Reformists group…

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…

Ethical Standards in the EU

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Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash The European Parliament has approved the creation of a new EU body to help strengthen integrity, transparency, and accountability in European decision-making. The agreement was reached between Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the European Central Bank, the European Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the…

European Parliament Elections

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Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash The European Parliament has launched the second phase of its communication campaign, highlighting the “importance of voting and safeguarding democracy.” Between 6 and 9 June 2024, more than 370 million people across 27 Member States are called to vote in the European elections.  To further inform EU citizens and encourage them to…