About: Syed Kamall

Brexit 07-06-2017

Kamall: Why do we confine ourselves to just Europe?

"I would like to see a deal where we couldn’t perceive the UK or the EU as winners or losers. Where the UK is no longer a reluctant tenant of the EU but we are good neighbours," ECR chief Syed Kamall told EURACTIV Poland.

Enlargement 23-11-2016

MEPs urge freezing Turkey membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze the accession talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges - while the Commission warned that cutting ties would be a lose-lose solution.

Future EU 14-09-2016

Europe will never accept racist attacks in Brexit Britain, warns Juncker

Europeans will never accept its citizens being “harassed, beaten up or even murdered” in the streets of Brexit Britain, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today (14 September) in his flagship State of the Union speech in Strasbourg.

Brexit 11-03-2016

ECR chief backs Brexit

Britain’s most senior Conservative MEP has said he will vote for the UK to leave the European Union at the 23 June referendum.

Brexit 03-02-2016

Juncker tells divided MEPs to back EU-UK Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today in Strasbourg (3 February) told Members of the European Parliament to back the deal struck by David Cameron and Donald Tusk to keep Britain in the EU.

Brexit 16-09-2015

With Brexit deadlines tight, UK-EU talks begin

Jeremy Corbyn and George Osborne have combined to remind Europe that London is now fully embarked on a turbulent, quickfire negotiation with Brussels that may see Britons vote next year to quit the European Union.

Brexit 13-05-2015

Brexit battle will be won, or lost, on the economy

The British are not emotionally attached to the European Union, so Brussels needs to show them that the EU can compete with other major economies in the run-up to the UK's referendum on its membership of the bloc. While issues like democracy, immigration and the EU budget will play a big part in the referendum campaign, it's "the economy, stupid", writes Syed Kamall.

Europe's East 12-02-2015

Syed Kamall: The Minsk agreement freezes the conflict

The Minsk agreement reached Thursday (12 February) between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany is a better step for solving the conflict in Eastern Ukraine than sending arms, says MEP Syed Kamall. 

Euro & Finance 04-02-2015

Lawmakers fail EU plans to split up large banks

Deep divisions between political groups in the European Parliament are set to sink reforms aimed at preventing banks from being “too big to fail”, a key political objective following the 2008 financial crisis.

Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt [R] is not an active MEP [European Parliament]
Elections 21-01-2015

Poll ranks EP political group leaders as laggards

A poll measuring the most and least active members of the European Parliament reveals that the leaders of the political groups are among the most inactive MEPs, in terms of parliamentary engagement.

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Development Policy 26-11-2014

Tories, UKIP MEPs join far-right in voting against development goals

A recent vote in the European Parliament provided the opportunity to look into which MEPs voted against EU policies to promote the development agenda. Surprisingly, all the Eurosceptic and conservative British MEPs voted against.

Jean-Claude Juncker arrives in the European Parliament for political group hearings, Brussels, 8 July 2014 ["© European Union 2014 - European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 09-07-2014

Juncker tells Parliament Eurosceptics he is no federalist

Jean-Claude Juncker denied on Tuesday (8 July) that he favoured a federal European superstate as he sought the support of British Conservatives and other Eurosceptics for his presidency of the European Commission, but his assurances drew a cool response.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]
EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]

After a first plenary session and a series committee meetings in early July 2014, key positions were distributed in the European Parliament.

The European Parliament’s 22 committees held their first meeting on Monday (7 July). On the agenda was the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs.

The week before, MEPs gathered for the Parliament's first plenary session in Strasbourg, and elected a president, vice-presidents and quaestors. They also appointed the leader(s) of their faction.

The final leading positions were settled after one Vice-President, Corina Cretu, was selected to take up a Commissioner role in Jean-Claude Juncker's EU executive team.

Find an overview of the Parliament's key faces for 2014-2019 in our infographic.

Brexit 13-06-2014

Five Star Movement votes online to join Farage’s EFD

Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement last night (12 June) voted overwhelmingly in an online referendum to join the UK Independence Party led Europe of Freedom and Democracy  (EFD) group in the new European Parliament.

Brexit 04-02-2010

Brussels denies rumours of secret anti-piracy treaty

An upcoming global trade agreement on copyright and counterfeiting, known as ACTA, will not rewrite EU rules on the liability of internet service providers, a leading European Commission official told EURACTIV, denying media reports that suggest otherwise.