Brussels & Europe

An inconvenient lie: environmentalists get it wrong again

An inconvenient lie: environmentalists get it wrong again

While the rest of the world enjoys low energy prices and energy independence, the EU is left in the dust, under the thumbs of delusional anti-fossil fuel bureaucrats in Brussels. Doomsday, peak oil, extraordinary gas prices, natural resource wars; these were all predictions from environmentalists several years ago, and despite recent conflict in OPEC countries, the opposite has happened. This […]

How much do Europeans actually know about the EU?

How much do Europeans actually know about the EU?

The Alliance of European Conservatives & Reformists – the political bloc the Conservative Party sits in the European Parliament – has carried out an extensive study of voters from fifteen European countries. The voters and non-voters were asked about the degree of awareness of the political parties and candidates at European level directly after the recent elections. Eurocrats and Brussels functionaries […]

Martin Callanan for UK Commissioner

Martin Callanan for UK Commissioner

One of the Conservative Party’s most loyal stalwarts is the former Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England and Tyneside councillor, Martin Callanan. He’s been the leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and latterly was the respected and largely successful President of the European Conservatives & Reformists Group (ECR). Before last week, he won […]

Smoke and Mirrors: The myth of a common EU foreign policy

Smoke and Mirrors: The myth of a common EU foreign policy

Ross Matthewman explores the flaws in the EU’s response to Russian action in Crimea Angry words, handwringing, special summits, and vague threats of intangible “consequences” if an undefined series of events were to take place…at some point, somewhere.  The European Union’s approach to foreign policy has never exactly been decisive and inspiring. And for all of their grand statements (“The […]

by · 25th March 2014 · Brussels & Europe
Building a competitive Europe

Building a competitive Europe

By Craig Rimmer Brussels The last week was all about doing business in Europe for me. I was at a Brussels Business Association dinner on the Tuesday and the American Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, and the starting gambit in the debate on both occasions was that labour costs in Belgium are too high. Belgians on average pay the highest […]

The French National Front is not a eurosceptic party – it’s a racist party

The French National Front is not a eurosceptic party – it’s a racist party

By Charlotte Kude As much as I disagree with Nigel Farage, I was profoundly relieved to hear him say he would not join forces with the French National Front to fight next year’s European elections. Populist leader Marine Le Pen’s attempts to deradicalise her party’s image since she became leader have had little effect so far, and focusing on anti-EU […]

by and · 26th November 2013 · Brussels & Europe