Europe Will Change

There is a concern running through the EU establishment elite as to the growing level of hostility to the EU. In France, Marine le Pen the Leader of the Front National Party is expected to be the leader of the largest block of French MEPs after the election. She has already made alliances with the […]

European War Games Planned For London

Open Europe, a UK “Think Tank”, based in London is staging what they describe as the First Ever Simulation of Negotiations that could shape the UK’s future in the EU. The UK’s Prime Minister’s position is that he wishes to renegotiate the terms of membership of the EU or at least have Europe change some […]

Will New German Government Have Impact On EU?

After protracted negotiations, the shape of the new German Government was unveiled during the course of last week. The division of Government ministries will see Mrs Merkel’s CDU with six seats, her sister party the CSU three seats and their new partners the SDP will have five seats. Mrs Merkel was deemed to have won […]

Can The Greens Get It Together Online?

The 46 Green Parties from across the EU are staging a Pan-European election. They are in the process of selecting their “front” runners, who will represent them across Europe during the elections to the EU parliament next May. The election, described as innovative e-democracy invites all “Green minded people” to register online. On registration, the […]

EU Political Groups Select Candidates

Last week, I attended a conference in Brussels organised by the EPP Group within the EU Committee of the Regions. Some 64 journalists, broadcasters and columnists drawn from across the member states attended. The three days of interactive training provided the opportunity to hear from MEPs, Commission Spokespersons and Media consultants. While the meeting was […]

Will Immigration / Migration Be An EU Election Issue?

Right now the question of immigration and migration is one which may well develop into a major EU election issue. There is the ever present issue of illegal immigrants who seek entry to and a better life in the EU. In recent weeks, we have heard of the dreadful loss of life of many of […]

Some Just Don’t Want To Be Good Europeans

The small Italian independent state of San Marino shunned the prospect of joining the EU, when asked to vote in a referendum on Sunday the 20th October last. That republic with an electorate of just 32,448 gave the thumbs down when they just did not vote. A story’s told of Frank Cluskey, a former T.D. […]

Subs Play In Europe

Most think the European elections, held every five years, elect those whom they wish to represent them in that parliament. The reality is somewhat different in practice. Of the three members elected in 2010, just one with their name on the posters continues to serve. Proinsias De Rossa who was first elected as a Workers […]