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 […]

Back to the Polls? French Abstentions Threaten Fledgling Party in European Parliamentary Elections

PARIS – The French media recently stopped publishing stories about the national Municipal Elections. One of the primary topics of this coverage was the unprecedented 36.45% abstention rate. In barely over a month French citizens will be called to the polls again to elect the European Parliament, but in these latter elections abstentions are the […]

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 […]

European Elections 2014: Far Right Parties to Form an Alliance against Brussels

French Front national (FN) leader, Marine Le Pen, and Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), leader Gert Wilders, announced their parties will join forces in light of next May’s European elections. The two far right parties wish to merge as the European Alliance for Freedom party, backed by five other European right wing and populist parties: […]

Keeping Personal Information Private: Europe responds to NSA Overseas Surveillance

The United States NSA, National Security Agency, has not only been keeping track of business at home, but has expanded its network overseas. Recently, Europeans have discovered Prism, an information program put in place by the NSA to scan communications on various online websites, such as Google, Facebook, and Skype. These new revelations were reported […]

America’s “Patent Trolls” on the Move to Europe?

For today’s largest companies, especially those in the technology sector, patent wars are an increasingly prevalent and expensive reality. Many patent wars last many years and have an effect that has consequences across continents. Recently, patents have composed a major topic of discussion, as the European Parliament’s decision to propose a unified patent court system […]

European Parliament Revokes Le Pen’s Immunity

Front national (FN) president and Member of the European Parliament Marine Le Pen has lost her parliamentary immunity, opening the way to hate speech prosecution in France. Le Pen was stripped of her immunity by a large margin following a show-of-hands vote in the European Parliament on July 2. She was present for the vote […]

Le Pen Faces Legal Trouble for Anti-Muslim Speech

Front national (FN) leader and member of the European Parliament Marine Le Pen may face charges over inciting racial hatred after a special vote in the EP. In a December 2010 speech, Le Pen compared Muslims praying in French streets to France’s Nazi occupiers. French prosecutors had hoped to charge Le Pen with inciting religious […]

Fiscal Evasion a Large Topic of Discussion at EU Summit in Brussels

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Brussels hosted a summit for the leaders of the European Union (EU) states.  France, alongside the UK and Germany, lobbied for the four-hour session to include an in-depth discussion of tax loopholes and evasion within the Eurozone, alongside the scheduled talks on European energy policy ad infrastructure.  These talks were prompted […]