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Ukip vs “The Hof”: Why Italy’s Five Star Movement was rejected by EU liberals

The attempt by the liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to form a controversial alliance with the populist Italian movement has failed, giving Ukip cause for celebration. Advertisements

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

UKIP leadership frontrunner hospitalised after European Parliament fight

Steven Woolfe, the favourite to take over from Nigel Farage as leader of the UK Independence Party, was rushed to hospital today (6 October), after an alleged fight with fellow UKIP … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Farage slams ‘insulting’ choice of Verhofstadt as Brexit boss

Guy Verhofstadt was today (8 September) chosen as the European Parliament’s lead negotiator on Brexit, an appointment immediately slammed by Nigel Farage as “insulting”.

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maelbeek bomb survivor: I will get back on the Brussels metro

EXCLUSIVE / A survivor of the Maelbeek station bombing that killed at least 20 people on Tuesday today (24 March) vowed to get back on the Brussels metro when he … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Juncker tells divided MEPs to back EU-UK Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today in Strasbourg (3 February) told Members of the European Parliament to back the deal struck by David Cameron and Donald Tusk to keep Britain in … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

UN rejects EU request to attend green aviation meeting

EXCLUSIVE / The United Nations’ agency for aviation, the ICAO, has snubbed a request by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to allow MEPs to sit in on a crunch meeting to … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Commission’s British Brexit boss can’t vote in UK referendum

The British EU official in charge of the European Commission’s strategy on Brexit, will not be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

MEPs vote to cap some agricultural emissions, but not cow burps

The European Parliament today (28 October) backed proposed caps on methane and ammonia in draft legislation to reduce air pollution, setting up tough negotiations with the Council of Ministers over the … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Grumpy Juncker: ‘Call it EUleaks, not Luxleaks!’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (17 September) gave MEPs an occasionally short-tempered defence of his alleged role in the Luxleaks tax scandal. Juncker was appearing before the European Parliament’s Special … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Irish PM ordered MEP to drop support for EU energy savings fund

EXCLUSIVE / Taoiseach Enda Kenny allegedly ordered an Irish MEP to drop his support for a €5 billion ringfence for energy efficiency projects in the €315-billion Juncker Investment Plan. Ireland’s … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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