Reports to the European Parliament - Michel Barnier

EU Negotiations with UK on Brexit

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chief Negotiator for Article 50 Negotiations, Michel Barnier spoke this afternoon at the European Parliament’s Plenary session debate on the latest state of play concerning the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. They provided a reaction to the vote in the House of Commons last night. President Juncker said: “The Withdrawal…


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Your Move, Hungarian

Your Move, Hungarian

If European leaders still harbour any doubts about the Hungarian conservative Viktor Orbán’s loyalties to Europe, the events in Hungary last week will have done little to dispel them, writes James Wilson. Hungary has a new VIP asylum seeker, the former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. He was convicted by a court in Skopje of…




Flight Safety in Europe After Brexit

Council Agrees Position on Flight Safety After Brexit

The EU is taking the steps which are needed to continue to ensure a high level of aviation safety in its airspace the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated agreement. Today, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved a mandate for the presidency to start talks with the European Parliament on a…

Finnish Presidency

Finnish Premier Talks Up the Finnish Presidency of the Council

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä debated the future of Europe with MEPs and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday. In his speech to MEPs, Finnish Prime Minister Sipilä expressed his support for the “kind of EU that proves its credibility through concrete action”. He highlighted that the way to win back people’s trust and fight…

Merkel and Macron To Prioritise Copyright Reform

Publishers Urge Merkel and Macron To Prioritise Copyright Reform

Europe’s news publishers, news agencies and journalists have appealed to Chancellor Merkel and President Macron to break the Franco-German deadlock over the negotiation on the EU copyright reform, in a letter  signed by the entirety of the press ecosystem, namely ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association), EMMA (European Magazine Media Association), EFJ (European Federation of Journalists),…




Appeal to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Release Political Prisoners

Zimbabwe must release political prisoners and return to the path of democratic change, Conservative Security and Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden told the European Parliament this week. Van Orden contrasted the current crisis with the feelings of optimism and change when Robert Mugabe was ousted in November 2017. However, the clampdown and suppression of free…


Eurosceptics Set to Paralyse the EU: Forecast to Win 30% of EP Seats in May

A new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations, (ECFR) reveals that anti-European parties are on course to win the third of seats in the European Parliament needed to frustrate activity, undermine the security and defence of Europe, and ultimately sow discord that could destroy the EU over time. Research reveals in forensic detail…

John Flack MEP

Animal rights award for campaigner John Flack

Campaigning MEP John Flack has been honoured for his work in support of animal rights. Flack, Conservative MEP for the East of England, was named Parliamentarian of the Month by Cruelty Free International,  the anti animal-experimentation charity He is an unstinting champion of animal welfare and conservation causes, and sits as Vice President of the…




Future Investment in EU Regions

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said it “welcomes” the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Common Provisions Regulation Report on future investment in EU regions, which represents a positive step towards a strong, reformed Cohesion policy after 2020. In particular, the CPMR supports the Parliament’s decision to remove from the report the link…


Second Brexit Referendum to be Held on Day of EU Elections?

Speculation is growing about the possibility of a breakthrough in the campaign to secure a second referendum after a grassroots proposal to allow the Withdrawal Agreement a safe passage through parliament  in return for a second Brexit referendum was taken up by across-party group of MPs. Roger Casale, founder and CEO of New Europeans who  drafted the…

Roger Casale - New Europeans Campaigns for Citizens' Rights

“New Europeans” Campaigns for Citizens’ Rights Post-Brexit

The campaign group New Europeans has renewed its call for a “GreenCard” for EU citizens at meeting to discuss way forward with citizenship rights post Brexit. Members of New Europeans and representatives of civil society met on Thursday in Brussels to discuss the plight of EU27 citizens and Britons in Europe post Brexit at a…