Europe 5 February 2015 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17741526 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The Council of Europe, Europe's oldest political body, aims to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law across the continent.It … [Read more...] about What is the Council of Europe?
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Even before the first European election results were made public last Sunday there was talk at the top of the Labour party of a coup against Jeremy Corbyn. “Tom Watson’s already out, surprise surprise, trying to take on the role of Prince Machiavelli,” said Watson’s former friend turned arch-enemy Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union and close ally of Corbyn. “If he’s trying to turn Labour members against Corbyn and in his favour, then he’s going to lose disastrously.” McCluskey was reacting to an article Watson had written in the Observer that day saying that Labour would suffer a repeat of what he predicted would be terrible European election results at the next general election unless it ended its “mealy-mouthed” approach to Brexit. McCluskey, who seems to hate the idea of a second referendum on Brexit almost as much as he dislikes Watson, wanted to paint the deputy leader as a rogue plotter, interested more … [Read more...] about Trouble brews at the court of king Corbyn
The gargantuan grin with which Pedro Sánchez greeted his party’s victory in Sunday’s European elections had barely faded when it was pressed into service once more on the steps of the most exclusive address in Paris. “Now at the Élysée, with Emmanuel Macron, the president of the French republic, to analyse the results of the European parliamentary elections and exchange ideas over jobs in European institutions and the EU’s strategic agenda from 2019 to 2024,” he tweeted the following evening. Next came lunch with Macron and the prime ministers of Belgium, Holland and Portugal, and then a meeting with Angela Merkel. Neither the tweets, nor the accompanying pictures, required much deciphering. Flush from his second electoral triumph in less than a month – and newly confirmed as the leader of the largest social democratic party in the European parliament – Spain’s acting prime minister was coming to claim his seat at the high … [Read more...] about Spain’s victorious acting PM aims for heart of Europe
When it comes to Thursday’s election to the European Parliament, make no mistake: your vote could be decisive. Yes, I realise this is a platitude that – in theory at least – applies to every election. But on this occasion, there is genuinely scope for Gibraltarian voters to make a real difference as to who represents us in the European Parliament. To illustrate why, just look back to the last European election in 2014. On that occasion, just 33% of eligible voters in Gibraltar turned out to vote. Put another way, two out of every three voters did not bother. The lion’s share of support in Gibraltar went to the Liberal Democrats, whose list of candidates back then was topped by Sir Graham Watson, a stalwart champion of Gibraltar in the European Parliament and elsewhere. The Liberal Democrats obtained just over 160,000 votes in the south west England and Gibraltar region – 4,822 from Gibraltar – but it was not enough to secure one of the six … [Read more...] about In EU election, Gibraltarian votes matter
Gibraltar’s political parties have all called on the electorate to participate in the forthcoming European parliamentary elections set to take place next week, highlighting the importance of the vote against the backdrop of Brexit. Whilst the Gibraltar Government has not advised Gibraltarian voters to back a specific party, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said that as these elections are taking place against the context of the potential departure of the UK and Gibraltar from the EU, it is “all the more important that people should go to the polling stations to cast their vote”. Dr Garcia also underlined the fact that Gibraltar had to fight for the right to vote in EU elections. “It will be recalled that Gibraltar was originally excluded from the franchise for European elections,” he said. “This was only extended to us after a lengthy political and legal battle which saw the United Kingdom being taken to the European Court of Human Rights in … [Read more...] about Gibraltar urged to vote in EU election