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 ...
The birth of new Ukraine Ukraine now greatly needs help and support of the European Union: a speedy signature of the Association Agreement, short-term economic assistance and a longer-term commitment based on real reform, writes Bohdan Sumenko.Bohdan Sumenko is co-founder of the Centre for information and analysis “Content and Consulting”.
The end of February 2014 became the period of demise for authoritarian and corrupted Ukraine and its transition into new quality. There is no doubt that at the end of all transformations and changes Ukraine will appear as a democratic country governed by rule-of-law, closely cooperating with the EU in many areas. However, the reforming process will be painful and lingering. But this doesn’t scare anybody, especially the Ukrainian people and civil society, as the very high price for the right to alter their own country has already been paid. About a hundred Ukrainian patriots gave their lives and approximately a thousand more were injured for the right
Internet guru: Digital world must have in-built ethical system SPECIAL REPORT / As the Barcelona Mobile World Congress ends, EurActiv explores the ethical aspects of the internet and the move towards ever-more connected objects and devices. Per Strömbäck, editor of Netopia, says machines can and should be adjusted to fit the moral values of individuals and the wider society in which they operate.Per Strömbäck is the editor of Netopia, an organisation working to develop a free and open internet, which recently published a report on ethics in the digital world. He was answering e-mailed questions from EurActiv’s editor and publisher, Frédéric Simon.
Can individuals maintain control of their privacy in a world where personal data circulates freely among machines? Or is there necessarily a trade-off between the two?
Privacy is already a challenge with today’s technology and services. Most of us voluntarily trade privacy for free services like search and e-mail – and involuntarily we are monitore
Parliament backs optional European sales law The European Parliament on Wednesday (26 February) voted for a proposal for an optional European Sales Law which aims to provide a coherent set of rules for the marketing of digital products and related services instead of 28 different rules in member states.The European Commission's proposal seeks to give businesses and consumers the choice of using a single European sales law for their cross-border contracts when offering goods across the EU.
However, the approach will leave national legislation untouched. Instead, it will provide an incentive to develop a high-standard law that is appealing to traders and consumers.
The optional European Sales Law also allows small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to market their goods on the basis of one single law across Europe and the need to ensure consumer confidence through a high level of protection standards.
Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, said in a statement that the Parliament vote was very good news for Europe and for
Steinmeier's mission impossible? A continuing refusal to deal with the NSA scandal and its fallout will be a sign of Germany’s degradation in the US’s geostrategic outlook. The next two days are crucial. Steinmeier’s repair-and-reconfirm mission faces a significant challenge, writes Annette Heuser.Annette Heuser is executive director of the Washington, DC-based Bertelsmann Foundation.
As German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in Washington, DC today, his mission is to repair a badly frayed partnership and reconfirm its importance. There may be many items on the bilateral to-do list ― Ukraine, Syria, Iran, just to name three ― but it is the NSA scandal that continues to overshadow the entire German-American relationship. The success of the foreign minister's visit hinges on getting his hosts to understand that.
Those who thought the war in Iraq brought the once-rock-solid partnership to an unparalleled low now stand corrected. US surveillance ac