EU

SNP set for a European volte-face

Duncan Hothersall  |  22 February 2016

The European Union referendum looks a little different in Scotland than, I suspect, it looks elsewhere in the United Kingdom right now. That is not just because of a pretty solid political coalition around the remain campaign, and some strong polling numbers for remain among the electorate. An interesting piece of analysis from the Estimating …

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Cameron’s agenda is not ours

Owen Tudor  |  19 February 2016

David Cameron was not the only one to visit Brussels this week for last minute talks with Europe’s leaders ahead of the European Council meeting. Trades Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady was also in town on Wednesday, seeing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, social affairs commissioner Marianne Thyssen and trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. Our colleagues …

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How can we boost productivity to benefit working people?

Mathewe Bennett  |  20 October 2015

The last of the Progress debates, the productivity discussion was also one of the liveliest, and personally most enjoyable debates across the three days. In her opening statement, Nita Clarke introduced the topic as ‘the most important issue of our time’, a bold statement, but not without merit – low productivity is one of the …

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A social Europe

Ivana Bartoletti  |  19 October 2015

Today I am speaking about social Europe at a conference in Copenhagen. Symbolically, we are at the offices of the Danish trade union, LO. This venue embodies the transition to the welfare state as we would like it to be from the reality of where we are at in the United Kingdom. I believe it …

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Knife-edge

Felicity Slater  |  6 October 2015

The success of centre-left reformers hangs in the balance The centre-left is in retreat across Europe, but there are glimmers of hope. In Italy and France, our sister parties are in office. Prime ministers Matteo Renzi and Manuel Valls are tackling some of the countries’ most entrenched problems. Are they getting it right? Renzi has had …

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Europe for patriots

Emma Reynolds MP  |  5 October 2015

Labour’s case can be progressive and patriotic A progressive, centre-left campaign to remain in the European Union must appeal to people’s sense of patriotism. Our membership makes our country stronger, more modern and better equipped to deal with the challenges that we face now and in the future. Eurosceptics have always tried to claim the …

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A fight on our hands

Roger Liddle  |  5 October 2015

The time for complacency is over Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that Labour will campaign in the coming referendum for our continued membership of the European Union, whatever the outcome of David Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’, was a welcome shift from the equivocations of the days that preceded it. Labour’s pro-Europeans are expected to stand and cheer. We shall see. Corbyn, who …

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Positive and profound

Josh MacAlister  |  5 October 2015

The ‘In’ campaign needs to start big One of my earliest experiences campaigning was in a European parliament election. I was handed a bundle of wholly uninspiring leaflets designed to convince people that the European Union had done things to improve their lives. The headline claim was that the ‘EU had reduced your mobile phone bill’. I thought twice before …

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No fear

Catherine Stihler MEP  |  5 October 2015

A public figure should lead the ‘In’ campaign Despite there being no firm date for the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, most of us suspect it will be held in 2016. As a result, campaign groups have already formed and discussions are taking place about what arguments we should make to convince the …

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Letter From … Lisbon

Hugo Coelho  |  29 September 2015

The history of the euro crisis is full of rising radicals and disgraced moderates. Not so much in Portugal. The country is heading for parliamentary elections on 4 October with no clear threat to the position of the mainstream parties in sight. It was not always evident that the opposition Socialists and the incumbent rightwing coalition …

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