Not Even the End of the Beginning

Brexit – Not Even the End of the Beginning

Now the first rule of politics kicks in. Start counting. Not the number of words in the 585 page Withdrawal Agreement or the 7 page political declaration but the number of MPs who will vote Yay or Nay, writes Denis Macshane Already London and Brussels are contradicting each other. Michel Barnier says that EU citizens can…




Exhibition of War Memorials from Derbyshire in Britain

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

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…

Regional Approach To Refugee

Regional Approach To Refugee Situation in Europe

The  refugee situation in Europe and its neighbourhood continues to be high on the European  political agenda.  There are many actors at different levels providing a multi-layered response to the refugee situation, writes Hande Bozatli. Among these  actors the  role of Local and Regional Governments is at the forefront of offering public services to refugees. At the…

CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

German CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

The German Christian Democrats (CDU) are no longer under the thumb of Angela Merkel. During the party congress in Hamburg on December 7 the CDU elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (or simply AKK) as its chairperson. She was Merkel’s candidate of choice. But her election was a close call, as the first round did not produce any…




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Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Paintings From a Russian Prison

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko are being exhibited at the Brussels Press Club. A journalist of the Ukrainian state agency “Ukrinform”, based in Paris as their correspondent for France, he was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment in Russia on charges of espionage. He was arrested while travelling to Russia to visit…

Enhanced Security in Europe

Enhanced Security in Europe after Strasbourg Attack

The heinous shooting in the centre of Strasbourg was an act of terrorism. The French authorities have no doubt any more. The investigation of the incident has been taken up by the anti-terrorist unit of the prosecutor’s office in Paris. Four people were killed and at least 12 wounded as a result of the shooting…

Domansky Calls Press Freedom in Ukraine

Domansky Calls For More Press Freedom in Ukraine

Speaking on International Human Rights Day (10 December) at the Brussels Press Club, Andriy Domansky, a prominent Ukrainian lawyer, called for the freedom of speech and the rights of journalists in Ukraine.  He represents a number of journalists in Ukraine who have been detained or harassed for doing nothing more than carrying out their professional duty….