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…

Animal rights award for campaigner John Flack

John Flack MEP

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…

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Foibe Massacres

Day of Remembrance of the Victims

Yesterday, (10 February) European Parliament President Antonio Tajani participated in the commemoration of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Foibe Massacres. He laid a wreath at the edge of the Basovizza Foiba in Trieste, Italy, as part of the solemn commemoration established by Italian state law in 2004. The President issued the…

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…

Parliament To Agree Goods Package For Product Safety in EU

Product Liability to Agree in EU

Rules to ensure better checks and safety of goods sold in the EU have been provisionally agreed by EU lawmakers. The market surveillance proposal, included in the “Goods package”, aims to strengthen checks made by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to EU consumers. These measures should also prevent rogue…

European Parliament Debates Police Use of Force Against Protests

Police clash against

After weeks of alleged police “brutality” against protesters across several EU countries, a request by GUE/NGL for a debate and resolution on the use of excessive force by the police against peacefully protesting citizens’ is on the Strasbourg plenary agenda for next week. Alleged police violence and use of weapons – including the so-called flashballs or…

The health impact of mineral wool: personal evidence given inside the European Parliament

Cosmin Rata, the CEO of ROTEAM, a Belgium-based roofing company, has spoken inside the European Parliament about the impact of handling mineral wool (or Man-made Vitreous Fibres, MMVF, as the substance is also known) upon his own health, as well as his fears for his workforce of forty people.   Mr Rata, originally from Romania,…

Exhibition of War Memorials from Derbyshire in Britain to Ypres in Belgium

Exhibition of War Memorials from Derbyshire in Britain

A trail taking in 25 distinctive war memorials stretching from Derbyshire in the UK to the Menin Gate in Belgium features in an exhibition at the European Parliament. The Angels of Peace exhibition has been created by Conservative MEP Rupert Matthews, who was initially inspired by an eye catching war memorial in the Derbyshire village…

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

Roger Casale - New Europeans Campaigns for Citizens' Rights

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…