The Independence/Democracy Group in the European Parliament (IND/DEM) was an Eurosceptic political group active during the 2004–2009 term of the European Parliament. The collapsed following the 2009 European elections after losing many of its MEPs.
Formal name: Independence/Democracy Group in the European Parliament
Founded: 20 July 2004
Dissolved: 1 July 2009 (de facto)
Preceded by: Europe of Democracies and Diversities
Succeeded by: Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD)
Chaired by: Nigel Farage MEP and Hanne Dahl MEP
October 31, 2009
The European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, has faced a grilling by MEPs in a first question and answer session in Strasbourg.The Q&A session was based on Prime Minister's Questions in the British House of Commons.Representatives of the parliament's main groupings each had the chance to ask any question they wanted.MEPs are hoping the sessions will liven up the parliament's proceedings and add a touch of spontaneity.As much as they may complain about the "Punch and Judy" nature of Prime Minister's Question Time, British MPs know the weekly session at Westminster is envied in ...
ECB interest rate cut bolsters spending in Germany After an ECB resolution to push interest rates to all-time lows, the inclination to save is dwindling among consumers, a trend apparent among Germans, who are spending more than they have in seven years. EurActiv Germany reports.
Paris and Brussels debate yoghurt and margarine On the eve of the European Council (27 June), yet another dispute has emerged between the EU and France. The French national food safety agency found nothing to prove that food containing high levels of phytosterol prevents heart disease, which contradicts European food safety regulation. EurActiv France reports.
Alcohol still the number one killer on Europe's roads Alcohol remains the number one substance endangering lives on European roads. But use of drugs and medicines behind the wheel, also combined with alcohol, is likewise a major challenge for policymakers, says a new report by the EU's drug agency EMCDDA.
Around 28,000 lives are lost on Europe’s roads every year, and a further 1.34 million people are injured, with many the accidents caused by drivers whose performance is impaired by a psychoactive substance, states the report published on Wednesday (25 June).
France campaigns for EU border guards France wants to increase funding for Frontex, Europe’s border control agency, and ensure border guards. It will raise the issue in the European Council on Friday 27 June. EurActiv France reports.