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UKIP blames MEPs and Verhofstadt for deaths of Ukrainians

MEPs “directly encouraged” the deaths of young Ukrainians by interfering in the Ukraine, a UK Independence Party politician told the European Parliament yesterday (15 January). Janice Atkinson’s comments in Strasbourg … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Parliament divisions stop joint resolution to save environmental laws

The European Parliament’s failure to pass a joint resolution against the Commission’s ditching of green legislation does not mean it backs the decision, MEPs and campaigners have said. Cracks between different … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

European Parliament committee signals opposition to ISDS

The European Parliament’s trade committee has signalled its opposition to an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). ISDS is controversial because it allows … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

MEP from party led by racist could save Farage’s EFDD

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament is expected to reform after a Polish MEP from a party led by a racist joined the Eurosceptic faction. Robert Jaroslaw … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Le Pen candidate joins Farage’s new EFD group

A former French National Front MEP has joined Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament, which now has enough support to re-form. Joelle Bergeron, 64, … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Five Star Movement votes online to join Farage’s EFD

Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement last night (12 June) voted overwhelmingly in an online referendum to join the UK Independence Party led Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group in … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lithuanians vow to stick by Farage and EFD

The leader of Lithuania’s Order and Justice Party has written to Nigel Farage, denying he will leave the Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group to join Marine Le Pen’s alliance … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Farage’s EU Parliament group faces uncertain future

Despite a resounding victory in the UK, Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group in the European Parliament risks isolation and even extinction without the support of Beppe Grillo’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Defiant ECR predicts kingmaker role in race for Commission Presidency

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group last night (25 May) claimed they could act as kingmakers in the appointment of the next Commission President, as their Tory chairman lost his … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Neo-Nazi’s EU Parliament appointment ‘ultimate insult’ to Jews

Jewish leaders worldwide have called on the European Union to introduce minimum election thresholds for the European Parliament after a neo-Nazi took a seat on its Civil Liberties Committee. The … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

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