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Truth, Lies and Migrants

by Roberto Franceschini, Chairman of the European Movement’s Devon branch./// The South West TUC has issued a well researched guide about migration in the region (“Truth, lies and Migrants” South West TUC December 2013). If, like me, you are tired of seeing in the Daily Mail scare stories of migrants swamping us out, their study… » read more

Many supporters of the European Union don’t understand the sceptical stance of the British. The very founding documents of the EU speak unashamedly of “step by step” movement towards an “ever-closer union”. So, it’s easy to empathise with the incredulity of our European counterparts when the UK feigns outrage each time Brussels attempts to ratchet… » read more

by Sir Christopher Audland, former Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission/// The debate in the UK has for a while now been revolving around the notion of “reforming” the EU. A lot has been said about improving the way the EU operates but, as it is often the case, the rhetoric ignores existing initiatives… » read more

Que: What do Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping up Appearances and Nigel Farage have in common? Answer: Surnames that can be pronounced according to personal preference. Hyacinth, snob extraordinaire and little England social climber, insists her surname is not Bucket (as in there’s a hole in my …) but Bouquet – as in pretty floral arrangement… » read more

Wales in the European Union

By Dr James Luchte /// Will the proposed UK EU exit make Welsh independence inevitable? Should Wales follow Scotland if it votes ‘Yes’? The benefits of EU membership are universally acknowledged in Wales and nobody in the mainstream of politics, business and academia in Wales wants to leave the European Union – at least no… » read more

by Jonathan Gaventa, programme leader on European energy infrastructure at E3G. There is no security in separatism, no innovation in isolationism, and nothing to be gained from walking away from our seat at the European table. Connection to Europe will protect our energy security. Protecting UK energy security in a carbon-constrained world critically depends on… » read more

by the Rt Hon Baroness Joyce Quin, Vice-President of the European Movement UK/// There has been much discussion recently in the press and elsewhere about whether or not an in/out referendum on our membership of the EU should take place and, if so, when such a referendum could or should be held. Last Friday in… » read more

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