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The EU and Sport: kicking it off

Baroness Young

The EU and sport probably aren’t two things that are often thought of together but a Committee which I chair has spent the past few months considering just that. The Lisbon Treaty gave the EU for the first time a formal competence to act in the field of sport. It is a limited competence and…

The EU’s money troubles

Guest Contributor

Guest blog from Lord Harrison: The European Union has money troubles. The banking crisis in 2008 was a global disaster whose impact on the EU is still being felt. Just days ago Portugal’s government fell when its plans to cut Portugal’s enormous budget deficit were rejected. It is now paying over 8% interest (that’s compared…

Rapid Intervention Border Force

Lord Soley

Today David Cameron will be phoning the French and German leaders to try and persuade them not to change existing EU treaties or make new one. The Conservatives are committed to a referendum if the EU powers are increased. The EU is still a sensitive issue for the Conservative Party and particularly delicate given the…

Meeting the new EU foreign policy supremo

Lord Teverson

Every six months chairs of foreign affairs committees from each national parliamentary chamber in the EU get together to discuss foreign affairs at a European level.  It’s a small part of making the EU more accountable. The group is known as COFAC (Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees) and as chair of the Lords’ EU foreign…

Georgia and Russia

Lord Soley

The EU summit on Russia and Georgia will be a very important one. I’m sure Russia feels resentment about the way the EU and NATO are encroaching on what they see as their sphere of influence. It is also possible to understand Russian resentment about their loss of power and influence since the collapse of…