Brussels & Europe

The Path to Localism Reform in the EU

The Path to Localism Reform in the EU

Dr. Gintas Vilkelis is Director of Localism and Decentralisation for Parliament Street. This article was first published in Brussels-based ‘New Direction’ in January 2016. The Problem In this modern internet age, we have a serious dichotomy: while the technology and private industry are rapidly moving towards greater individualisation and personal empowerment, in most areas of public life the current trend is worryingly going in the […]

by · 17th May 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Brexit vs. Bremain – 70 Days to Go: This week’s round up of the polls

Brexit vs. Bremain – 70 Days to Go: This week’s round up of the polls

Christopher Hanley; Director of Public Opinion & Polling and James F. Downes; Director of British & European Politics Key take away points: – Remain and Leave ‘neck and neck’ in the polls – Can we trust the polls? – The Campaign: ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave sides focusing on core ‘heartlands’ Brussels bombings have not boosted Brexit Brexit hardliners were quick to jump on the […]

by · 13th April 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
The leader of Dutch rightwing party PVV Geert Wilders casts his vote in The Hague, in a non-binding referendum on an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine | Martijn Beekman/AFP via Getty Images

The Dutch Vote for Putin

Thomas Lahey is a student at the Catholic University of America and aspiring jurist. It is by no means an exaggeration to guess that Putin was watching the election results from the Dutch referendum on the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine more closely than he watches what’s happening with the US Presidential election. Let’s not pretend that this is not […]

by · 11th April 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Where Does Europe Go From Here?

Where Does Europe Go From Here?

Thomas Lahey is a student at the Catholic University of America and aspiring jurist. His article below was first published in the Huffington Post. This has been a very difficult time for many in Europe, not just Brussels. Belgium’s capital city dually serves as the capital of the European Union and its many institutions, and the attacks in Brussels were […]

International Women’s Day: We can Brexit

International Women’s Day: We can Brexit

By Clare George-Hilley International Women’s Day is an important celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the world. It’s also an event that marks independence and strength, recognising the many challenges women have overcome. This morning I witnessed another example of women coming together in a shared cause at the launch of the Women for Britain in […]

by · 11th March 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Don’t be spooked by Remain Campaign’s EU scare stories

Don’t be spooked by Remain Campaign’s EU scare stories

Parliament Street’s Clare George-Hilley on why we shouldn’t let the Remain Campaign scare stories spook us  Scaring isn’t caring, and the tactics being deployed by the Remain campaign to frighten the British people into voting to stay in the European Union (EU) demonstrates how desperate their cause has become. Yet the celebrity endorsements and signed letters from big business leaders will continue […]

by · 6th March 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Interview with Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP

Interview with Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP

    Parliament Street’s Charlotte Kude met Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday. He shared his thoughts about the general election campaign, his hopes for a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union and outlined his strategy to fight ISIL and prevent terrorist attacks on British soil. Philip Hammond is Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. He was Secretary […]

Why the EU will always fail to free itself of the “awkward member”

Why the EU will always fail to free itself of the “awkward member”

Parliament Street’s Tom Hunt argues that unless the EU elites give ground and recognise their inability to transcend ingrained political cultures, the European project in destined for failure. The European elite have tried and failed in their attempts at trying to get different European nation states to conform to particular ways of behaving and expressing themselves economically. This has been […]

Interview: David Campbell Bannerman MEP

Interview: David Campbell Bannerman MEP

This week Parliament Street’s Charlotte Kude met David Campbell Bannerman, Conservative member of the European Parliament for the East of England. A great supporter of the Commonwealth, he was born in India but has lived in the UK since childhood. After graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA (Honours) degree, he first worked for advertising agencies and public relations companies. He went […]

by · 18th January 2015 · Interviews, News, Brussels & Europe
We should not tolerate the intolerant

We should not tolerate the intolerant

Parliament Street’s Charlotte Kude analyses the meaning of last week’s events for French society and the wider western world. Also featuring in TheCommentator We are at war. Not my words, those of a French MP last Thursday. Finally, someone says it. This is a war that we didn’t start. Let me clarify: the West is not at war against Islam and never has been. However, it will defend itself […]