Costly European Parliament 'travelling circus' must end
At a time of fiscal difficulties, it is impossible to justify the avoidable additional cost that results from shifting thousands of people and resources from place to place - warns Rebecca Harms MEP
The 'swindle' of welfare privatisation in Europe
Mikael Gustafsson MEP argues that Europe's welfare state faces disintegration as the economic crisis reinvigorates a neo-liberal zeal for privatisations – and it is time to stop the madness
Is Egypt replacing Turkey as the regional powerhouse?
Egypt's newly-elected President Mohamed Morsi could also cast a shadow on the efforts of Turkey's charismatic Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdošan to consolidate his country's vaunted potential to lead the region - writes Nora Fisher Onar
UK needs 'radical' new approach to broadband
The UK's broadband strategy is dogged by the same problems that existed two decades ago and compares unfavourably with other European countries, writes Harry McDermott
Italy and Spain 'must break down barriers to growth'
Spanish and Italian firms are significantly smaller on average than German ones – a clear sign of inefficiencies brought about by barriers to growth that must now be broken down, write Loris Rubini and Klaus Desmet
EU member states 'deconstructing' labour laws
There is clear evidence of a 'deconstruction' of labour laws under the pretext of the economic crisis - claim Stefan Clauwaert and Isabelle Schömann
Paralympics embarrassment - a warning for George Osborne
Booing is part of the civic dialogue, albeit in one of its more primitive forms, and the British Chancellor would be well advised not to try and brush off what has happened to him this week - writes Keiran Goddard
ECB President Mario Draghi and the G30 - a conflict of interest?
Deregulation is in part responsible for the economic crisis, so why is it acceptable for the president of the ECB to hang out with his old mates from the banking world and discuss profits - ask Kenneth Haar and Helen Burley
Iraq in chaos - the legacy of western intervention
Western economic aid for Iraq should be firmly tied to good governance and sanctions should be deployed if the human rights abuses, and corruption, continue - says Struan Stevenson MEP
The EU quangocracy is out of control, claims MEP
Expenditure on EU quangos has more than tripled over the past six years, we cannot afford to see this rise further – warns Marina Yannakoudakis MEP
Is biotech the answer to the coming food and water shortages?
With major demographic and climate change challenges lying ahead of us, it is now time for Europeans to reconsider what has been put aside for 15 years now – biotechnology - argues Carel du Marchie Sarvaas
A new 'axis of evil' - Iraq helping Iran to help Syria
Iraq is allegedly laundering money for Iran to help it overcome sanctions and is permitting the country to fly over Iraqi airspace to ferry supplies to Syria, so that Bashar Al-Assad can continue to massacre his own citizens, claims Baroness Turner of Camden
EU legislation prevents small firms from thinking big
The EU needs to cut down on the regulatory and administrative burden for SMEs - in order for them to grow – argues Patrick Gibbels
'Dangerous' commissioner elections will politicise UK police
The UK police commissioner votes in November could be 'the most dangerous elections in modern British history' – claims candidate Ann Barnes
'Campaign to demonise Israel' over Rachel Corrie death?
The evidence clearly shows that the International Solidarity Movement, not the state of Israel, was responsible for the death of activist Rachel Corrie in 2003, claims Gerald M Steinberg