News and Opinion from The European Union

Friday, 7 December 2012

The European Federalist Party

On the 2nd of December 2012 The European Federalist Party's UK chapter held it's first annual general meeting. This meeting marks a turning point in British politics as for the first time a political party is putting forwards the ideas of European economic and political integration.

The conference elected a board for the coming year and ratified the parties constitution which calls for subsidiarity and cooperation across The European Union. The party President said "Subsidiarity is the basic principle for which we stand, it is the idea that all decisions should be made by those who it effects not passed down from on high. When something involves only people from a town, a city or a county then it should be their decision. Equally when something effects all of Europe then it should be made by the democratic institutions at the European level."

The party will be releasing it manifesto within the next two months which will be discussed on this blog.

Erasmus, a symbol of Europe

A debate is ongoing as to the future of the Erasmus program, as the economic climate in Europe heats up questions have been raised as to the affordability of the project. Yet it is clear to me that Erasmus must be saved. It is a program which embodies so much of what Europe stands for; education, cultural understanding, the coming together of people and the free exchange of ideas.

Jose Manuel Barroso, President of The European Commission, has also called for Erasmus to continue to help students from around Europe study in other EU states. The European Federalist Party in the UK, a newly founded British political party in association with The European Federalist Party throughout The Union, also calls for Erasmus to be defended calling it "a shining example of European values in these difficult times."

The Erasmus program is not only a fantastic tool for students to broaden their horizons and learn in other places and ways, it is also a symbol of Europe. That The EU can work towards cultural understanding and cooperation across the continent is a beacon of hope for the rest of the world in such dark times.

Let us save Erasmus not only for ourselves but for our future.