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Climate Change Skepticism in the UK Independence Party

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On 6 May 2005, the day after the UK general election, the Euroskeptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) had much to be concerned about. Despite fielding 558 national candidates, UKIP had no seats in the UK Parliament and had won only nine seats on local councils. Ten years later, things have changed. UKIP currently holds 370 […]

The committee structure of the European Parliament visualised

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There are many ways to study the European Parliament. Votewatch.eu analyses roll call votes. Integritywatch.eu looks into side activities and side incomes of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). And political scientists study the European Parliament’s gender balance and many other topics that are of interest to wider or more limited audiences. Anybody who spends time researching, lobbying or […]

The Greek Experience

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At a time when British eurosceptics are turning up the volume with seductive accounts of how Britain could become great again outside the EU, it is worth having a look at what is happening over Greece. Syriza, a protest party bringing together an unlikely coalition of idealists, populists, Marxists and the simply fed up, was […]

Britain stands tall

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A report in The Daily Telegraph Business Section, February 13 under the by-line of Bruno Waterfield, the long serving Brussels correspondent, begins as follows: “David Cameron has told Alexis Tspiras, the Greek Prime Minister, that he must make peace with Germany and the Eurozone or risk damaging Britain’s economic recovery.” It is not difficult to […]

Europe’s responsibility towards Ukraine, by Camille-Renaud Merlen

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The renewed outburst of large-scale violence in Ukraine has propelled the conflict to the headlines once again. These events should come as no surprise. Even before the recent flaring up of hostilities, the Minsk ceasefire was extremely precarious, with over 1,300 deadly victims between September and January. Yet as late as 10 January, Merkel refused […]

Against the stream

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In the current high season of EU-bashing, whoever stands for whatever election seems to be well advised to either join the chorus of Eurosceptics or avoid the topic altogether. It is all the more surprising – one is tempted to say: refreshing – that Alain Juppé, mayor of Bordeaux and former prime minister (1995-1997), has […]

What David Cameron can learn from SYRIZA

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It has been little over a week since its electoral victory and SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) has already begun to back down from some of its most radical positions. Prior to the election, SYRIZA claimed that they would negotiate the forgiveness of the better part of Greece’s debt. Now Greek Finance Minister Yanis […]

Maligning the euro

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It is a sad indicator of the state of the debate on the EU and the euro that commentators find it necessary to resort to extreme language to justify their prejudices; thus Camilla Cavendish in this weeks Sunday Times: “The intransigence of the eurocrats and their political backers, their refusal to accept that the euro […]

NATO to create Command Centres in Central-Eastern Europe, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre

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NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered his Annual Report, referring to 2014 as a ‘black year’ for European security, and announcing a number of measure that are to make the Alliance more secure. One of these included the creation of NATO Command Centres in the Baltic and Central Eastern Europe. These are a result of […]

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Is SYRIZA just another Greek party that does not know what to do?

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Less than a week after SYRIZA’s (Coalition of the Radical Left) electoral victory, uncertainty regarding the newly formed Greek government’s economic policy has increased. In a statement emailed to Bloomberg News, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said: ‘we need time to breathe and create our own medium-term recovery programme’. Mr. Tsipras’ statement followed his Finance […]

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