EU environmental laws trickle down to your town

The G7 happened for its 2019 edition on a weekend starting on 24 August and brought with it new discussions on the environment.  France hosted this year’s summit and greeted the seven members plus two…

Worth a shot: Tough new laws spark an…

In Lithuania, people jokingly used to tell stories about how people from Finland travelled across the gulf from Helsinki to Tallinn to buy cheap booze. However as the Lithuanian government, inspired by Finland, in recent…

When Volt meets its audience

The pan-European movement Volt held political debates in Rotterdam and in various other Dutch cities every week. A meeting that enables citizens to discuss their political opinions directly with the members of the movement and…

Utrecht stands against antisemitism and intolerance

“Utrechters” assembled to express their support to Jewish Utrecht residents at the Nova shopping centre in Kanaleneiland last Sunday afternoon. With kippahs on their heads, the protest participants spoke out about intolerance, anti-Semitism and remembered…

There is something a little fishy about Brexit

[caption id="attachment_7807" align="aligncenter" width="519"] Photo: European Commission[/caption]   Whilst Britain pull their nets out from the vast expanse that is the European Union, the issue of fish is largely unheard of by the consumers whose…

How can animal suffering on European roads be…

The Commission and a majority of the EU member states do not want to make time limits on how long live animals can be transported across Europe. Instead, the Commission wants a better implementation of…

When claims on food don’t tell the (full)…

And EU citizens are consciously misled in their food purchase decisions The sliding door is opening. The uncomfortably hot air blasts your face whilst entering the big hall. And there you are, in the corridors…

Human rights at stake in Spain

Surrogacy will soon be debated in the Spanish Parliament after Ciudadanos, the Spanish Liberal Party, presented a law proposal to regulate it last June. The project they support only allows altruistic surrogacy, but it has…

The battle is real – EU arms for…

“Cyber attacks can be more dangerous to the stability of democracies and economies than guns and tanks.” - Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, claims at his State of the Union at the European…

European Commission battles plastic waste

The European Commission has opted for a public awareness campaign in a battle to reduce the amount of plastic waste being dumped in the oceans within Europe. [caption id="attachment_7287" align="alignnone" width="600"] (Pixabay: hhach)[/caption] Vice President…

Extended EU border control could cost a fortune

The EU Commission is proposing that member states can extend their ongoing control with borders – despite studies showing that billions of euros are being wasted due to delayed trade because of the border control.…