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Move follows revelations MEP failed to declare lavish funding from year of the EU referendum

The European parliament is to investigate Nigel Farage for failing to declare lavish expenses funded by Arron Banks.

The European parliament president, Antonio Tajani, “today refers the Farage issue to an advisory committee”, a source told the Guardian.
EU to investigate Nigel Farage over expenses funded by Arron Banks
#NigelFarage #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews #Brexitparty #UKIndependencepartyUkip
 
Marina Abramović, Elmgreen & Dragset and Bernard-Henri Lévy are just some of the big names involved in United Artists for Europe. Here’s why they’re taking a stand

Bernard-Henri Lévy, French philosopher
Wallop our EU punchbag! Artists talk us through their Brexit creations
#Art #Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Britishidentityandsociety #Artanddesign #Culture #Europe #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews
 
FvD will join divided ranks of Europe’s populist right where alliances are in flux

In the conference room of a slightly soulless hotel on the neat outskirts of the eastern Dutch town of Emmen, a crowd of 100 or so had gathered to hear a former MEP and European commission staffer tell them there is far too much Europe.

“Everyone wants more EU. We want less,” said Derk Jan Eppink. “Take power back from Brussels, return it to nation states. With our French, Italian, Polish, Spanish partners, we will be a united front.”
Dutch Eurosceptics dream of united front to roll back EU
#Europeanelections #EuropeanUnion #Thefarright #Netherlands #Europe #Worldnews
 
Tens of thousands gather in cities, including Berlin and Munich, to protest against nationalist and far-right parties. #Germany #Europe #EuropeanUnion #Italy #TheFarRight
 
Voters sign off on firearms reforms which the government said was crucial to maintain treaties with EU. #Switzerland #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Guncontrol
 
Jeremy Corbyn says he 'won't support new attempt at Brexit deal' - video
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2019/may/19/jeremy-corbyn-says-he-wont-support-new-attempt-at-brexit-deal-video
#JeremyCorbyn #Labour #UKnews #Politics #Brexit #TheresaMay #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
Diplomatic cables reveal the monarch also appeared to back the creation of a single market

The Queen confided to the German ambassador that she believed the future of Britain lay in Europe, newly released diplomatic cables from 1988 have shown.

“Some have not realised this yet,” the monarch allegedly said of her subjects. She also appeared to back the creation of the single market.
'Future of Britain is in Europe,' the Queen told Germany in 1988
#TheQueen #UKnews #Germany #Europe #EuropeanUnion #Worldnews #Brexit #PrinceCharles
 
Supporters of greater restrictions say Swiss rules need to line up with EU’s

Swiss voters are casting ballots in a referendum to decide whether to enact new restrictions on guns and line up with other countries in the European visa-free travel zone who have tightened rules following extremist attacks.

The proposal could require regular training in the use of firearms, special waivers for possession of some semi-automatic weapons and serial-numbering of major parts of some guns to help track them.
Switzerland votes in referendum on tighter gun laws
#Switzerland #Europe #Worldnews #EuropeanUnion
 
From understanding the proportional representation system to voting tactically, here are the key facts

What are the European elections?
The European elections are the second-largest democratic contest in the world, second only to the Indian elections. Voters in 28 countries will elect 751 members of the European parliament for a five-year term that starts on 2 July. If Brexit goes ahead, British MEPs will quit; some of the UK’s 73 seats will be redistributed to other states, but the parliament will be reduced to 705 members.

When does voting happen?
The Netherlands and the UK vote first, on Thursday 23 May. A handful of countries go to the polls on Friday and Saturday, but most member states (21 of them) run the election on Sunday. Results cannot be announced before the last polling station closes at 11pm Central European Time (CET) in Italy. Officials at the European parliament expect to announce the first projection of results, based on exit polls and counted votes, as soon as 11.15pm CET.
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As the anniversaries of D-Day and Monte Cassino approach, we should remember how and why the ‘European project’ started

Shortly after Thursday’s elections for the European parliament, we shall be witnessing the 75th anniversaries of D-Day and of the terrible carnage of the battle of Monte Cassino. One hopes that memories of these events – or, in many cases, learning about them for the first time – may concentrate minds on all sides in the debate about our future relationship with the rest of Europe.

It was the horror of the second world war that led European leaders to bring individual countries together in the hope that future conflict could be avoided. Despite the fantasies of Nigel Farage and his ilk, winning that war was hardly a solo effort on the part of Great Britain. The Americans were an indispensable force in the D-Day landings; Polish forces lost many troops fighting at Monte Cassino. And, of course, the war was won by the allies as a whole, who included the US, Commonwealth countries and, not least, the Soviet Union.

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Europhiles should ignore Labour and vote for a Remain party

This Thursday, voters face an important choice. It’s not the choice they deserve: whether to approve or reject the Brexit deal Theresa May has negotiated on their behalf. But it is the most important opportunity yet to send a clear message to our political leaders that the gridlock, the lacklustre leadership and the general sense of malaise that have infected Westminster since 2016 just isn’t good enough.

For months, people have been denied their say, despite the prolonged parliamentary stalemate and the knots in which both main parties have tied themselves over Brexit. These European elections should not be treated as a proxy referendum: there is no distinct question being put to the public and turnout will probably be much lower than in a general election or referendum. But they are a precious chance for those who share the Observer’s view that Brexit would be an unmitigated disaster to show Labour and the Conservatives exactly what they think of their takeaway from the dire local e... Show more...
 
Heinz-Christian Strache quits after sting video shows he offered government contracts to a potential Russian benefactor. #Europe #Austria #EuropeanUnion
 
Labour avoids party split over Common Market – archive, 17 May 1971
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/17/labour-avoids-party-split-over-common-market-archive-1971
#Labour #Politicspast #Europe #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy
 
EU commission president says he “should have spoken out” on Vote Leave’s Brexit campaign

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he regrets failing to rebut claims made in the run-up to the Brexit referendum about the hundreds of millions of pounds the UK would save each week if it left.

In an interview in which the European commission president also criticised the Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, over his recent Brussels-bashing, Juncker said he could not understand why he had failed to speak out.
Jean-Claude Juncker: I regret not challenging '£350m a week' claims
#Brexit #Jean-ClaudeJuncker #EuropeanUnion #Europe #UKnews #Politics
 
Theresa May will attempt to get MPs' support for her Brexit deal for the fourth and final time. #Brexit #TheresaMay #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
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