Generators of Hope

“Generators of hope” – a campaign launched jointly by Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, and Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities – will bring practical aid to people in Ukraine, by delivering a massive supply of power generators at a time of urgent need. Following consecutive missile and drone attacks by Russia on critical civilian infrastructure of…

EPP Seeks Acceleration of Ukraine’s EU Accession

EU Ukraine

Brussels has been urged to “systematically align EU policies for the victory of Ukraine.”. The message, from centre right MEPs, comes with the war in Ukraine showing no signs of abating. In comments on Thursday, the EPP group also said the EU should start membership talks with Ukraine “as soon as possible.” The EPP statement…

Conspiracy of Silence

Brexit Disaster

Last week UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled an emergency budget to plug the £55 billion black hole in the nation’s finances. He accepted that the last seven years of growth would be erased and that the country will remain in recession for up to two years., writes Philip Bushill-Matthews . In the circumstances he had little…

Don’t Leave Behind the Elderly

transport mobility for the elderly

Elderly people and those with a disability “must not be left behind” in Europe’s rush to digitilization, an international conference on transport mobility was told. The conference heard that new technologies such as artificial intelligence will have a crucial role to play in transforming Europe’s transport eco system. But, in any debate about the future…

Illegal Immigration: Time to Be Braver

Illegal Immigration

It is 33 years since the Berlin Wall was torn down, in November 1989. It heralded the break-up of the old Soviet empire and a new hope for the fledgling democracies which would spring up across Central and Eastern Europe, writes Philip Bushill-Matthews.  Some walls stayed firmly fixed: the ‘Peace Walls’ in Belfast and the…

Balkan Assistance Package

Balkan Border Control

The Commission has adopted a recommendation to the Council to authorise the opening of negotiations of upgraded European Border and Coast Guard Agency’s (Frontex) status agreements between the EU and Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, as well as with Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The Commission is also adopting a new assistance package worth €39.2 million under the Instrument for…

EU-Uzbekistan Partnership

EU Uzbekistan

According to a statement issued by the Uzbekistan Government, European partners highly appreciate and support the profound socio-economic reforms undertaken at the initiative of PresidentShavkat Mirziyoyev, as well as Uzbekistan’s new regional policy. This has made it possible to solve within a short period of time the most difficult problems of joint use of water…

Nightmare on Downing Street

10 Downing Street

EU colleagues must be bewildered by the current antics in the UK Conservative party. They are not the only ones, writes Philip Bushill-Matthews. Liz Truss finally resigned, not just becoming our shortest ever Prime Minister but also securing the title of the country’s worst PM despite stiff competition from her immediate predecessors. She said the reason for her going was that she was no longer able to…

New Campaign Launched to Sell the Merits of Wines from Alsace

Alsace Wine

Climate change is having a “very real” impact on wine production in Europe, according to leading French wine growers. Their warning about global warming on the wine sector came at the launch of a high profile campaign to promote a “new generation” of wines from the Alsace region of France. The campaign, tagged “Alsace Rocks!”,…

UK Conservatives: The Disunited Party

UK General Election

Thirty-two years ago, after some 4000 days as Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was ousted by her own MPs. At the time this seemed exceptional: sacking Tory leaders is now the new normal, with Liz Truss’s premiership breaking a new record by being doomed within her first 40 days. Exactly ten years ago in a lengthy…