Brussels & Europe

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
Top MEP: EU-Iran Free Trade Deal “in not too distant future”

Top MEP: EU-Iran Free Trade Deal “in not too distant future”

In this interview, Parliament Street’s Clare Ambrosino hears from Seán Kelly MEP. Seán is Ireland’s only member of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Iran. He is the Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament and was appointed to this role by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on August 4th, 2014.   Q. How did the election of President Rouhani facilitate […]

Why  Grexit is more likely now than ever before

Why Grexit is more likely now than ever before

With Greece having thrown down the gauntlet to its creditors at the tail end of last week,  the stage is set for a default on their IMF debts. Whether they default on payments due to other creditors remains to be seen, and whether or not they will remain a part of the Euro is also unclear.  Indeed, a departure from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Meaning of Fraternité: Every attack on Jews is an attack on us all

The Meaning of Fraternité: Every attack on Jews is an attack on us all

  Joseph Weissman is Media Analyst at the Embassy of Israel   Immediate lessons have been drawn from last week’s terror attacks in Paris, as France has bolstered its security by calling up thousands of troops to protect sensitive sites across the capital. Half of these protected sites are Jewish, following the murder of four Jews in the kosher bakery […]

Questioning the efficacy of gun control in Europe after the Charlie Hebdo shooting

Questioning the efficacy of gun control in Europe after the Charlie Hebdo shooting

Parliament Street’s Helen Chandler-Wilde compares views on gun control policy in Europe and in the US after Charlie Hebdo massacre On 7th January of this year, two masked gunmen forced their way into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in the 11th arrondissement. The two perpetrators of this attack, thought to be brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, used powerful military-grade firearms to […]