UKIP Success in European Parliament Elections

There is talk of a political earthquake across Europe after the European Parliament elections that came to a close on Sunday. The vote distribution was quite the success story for the far-right parties in most member states, notably France and the UK, where Marine Le Pen’s Front National (FN) and Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party […]

Final Day of EP Elections Arrives

400 million people can vote in the European Parliament (EP) election, taking place across the European Union from May 22 to May 25. The only democratically elected institution in the European Union, the EP brings together the 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) from the 28 states, who will not only set the course of European […]

Sanctions Against Russia Raise Issues

Russia, Ukraine and the EU walk into a bar. Ukraine fancies Russia, but sees a future with the EU. When Crimea passes by, Russia remembers they were once together and decides to aggravate Ukraine by leaving with Crimea. The US storms in, shocked by the injustice and, together with the EU, comforts Ukraine. The US […]

Immigration Restrictions Lifted for Bulgaria and Romania: Have they Lived Up to the Hype?

Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, but their citizens saw their right to work freely in other EU nations restricted for seven years. Employers had to apply for work permits and migrants for an “accession worker card” or self-employment certificates, while low-skilled workers were constrained by quota schemes in the agricultural and […]

European communication network: viable reaction to NSA scandal?

LONDON. – Angela Merkel has voiced support for a European communication network that would keep out the US. Germany has been pushing the issue of data protection in Europe ever since the NSA scandal first broke. Following revelations that Merkel’s phone had been under surveillance –among 60 million other German calls the NSA had tapped into […]

European Leaders Respond to “NSA Reform”

Data protection and privacy, rights contained in Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, have often triggered differences of opinions and policies between the US and Europe. The recent disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden did little to help. Following months of resulting controversy, President Barack Obama committed to reforming […]

Winners and Losers? EP rejects the Estrela Report Yet Again

The European Parliament rejected the controversial Estrela report yet again on the Dec. 10, with 351 members voting to send it back for further revision. The Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, put forward by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela, was rejected once before in October. Despite the changes made by the Committee on […]

Tense Warsaw Climate Change Conference Ends in Consensus

The COP19 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the most recent round of ongoing United Nations talks aiming to forge a new global agreement on climate change, ended on November 23 after two weeks of tense negotiations. The goal of the talks was to lay the groundwork for an agreement involving substantial reductions […]

Spain Releases ETA Prisoners Following European Court of Human Rights Ruling

Spain’s release of nine members of the separatist paramilitary group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna this month could symbolize social progress in the country, rather than renewed violence. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Parot doctrine could not be applied to prisoners retroactively.  The doctrine, which was made into law in 2006, allows prison sentences to […]