Tag Archive for European Union

Europe and the EU

Lord Hylton

My last four blogs have been about wars, that our media hardly mention, for example in Yemen, inside Turkey since 1984, in the Philippines against suspected drug dealers and users, or the coming health and survival crisis in Gaza. Today I would like to draw attention to the three million EU citizens living in Britain…

EU Aid Must Not Be A Casualty of Budget War

Lord McConnell

  This week saw an interesting and lively debate in the House of Lords on recent developments in the European Union. While Members’ contributions were varied and focused on a range EU issues, I chose to highlight the impact of the Union as a driving force for poverty reduction and peace in some of the…

Making use of the Lisbon Treaty

Lord Norton

Wednesday was dominated by the Comprehensive Spending Review, but later in the day there was a significant event in the Lords in relation to the European Union.  The Lisbon Treaty accords a role to national parliaments in the European law-making process – something they did not previously have – enabling them to refer proposed legislation back…

Second chambers

Lord Norton

Second chambers are remarkable for a number of reasons.  Most countries don’t have one, though they are common in federal states and Western nations.  Though a minority taste, and often controversial, they can serve useful purposes and a number of developing countries and new democracies have established, or are considering establishing, them.  The proposal for…

Reactions to the Irish referendum

Lord Norton

I have previously written about the material we receive as parliamentarians.  One of the publications that arrives regularly on my desk is The German Times, ‘a monthly newspaper for Europe’.  In the July issue, the executive editor, Theo Sommer, writes about the outcome of the referendum in Ireland on the Lisbon treaty.  He raises issues…