European Union

Dealing with that “unfinished business”

The European Parliament plenary session that kicks off on Monday will be one of the last opportunities for MEPs to make progress on critical legislation before the electoral campaign for the June European elections fully engulfs their agendas. Marking a crucial moment in European democracy, around 370 million citizens across the 27 EU member states will be called to cast their ballots between 6th and 9th June. This vote will decide the composition of the European Parliament’s 10th term, which will...

A push for a European Union with equality law

Dr Helena Dalli writes about the priorities she has been focusing on, as the first ever European Commissioner for Equality, to create the conditions for equality for everyone, regardless of differences based on gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation. During my mandate as European Union Commissioner for Equality, I give great attention to the development of minimum legal standards that apply throughout the EU with the goal of creating a Union of Equality. I do this regarding the implementation of five EU equality...

Rule, Britannia?

The British Empire did not result from cold minds, even colder hearts, sitting in committee rooms in London or Edinburgh plotting, looking at a map of the world and planning - well that’s Africa settled, next Tuesday we’ll annex India. Last time round I wrote about the need to understand the realities of history. I hadn’t anticipated that, entirely coincidentally, there would be some discussion about the current lack of interest in the teaching and the learning of history. This is not limited to...