A fresh start for the Europe-India relationship
Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, the Speaker of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha, led a group of Indian MPs to the European Parliament on 23/24 June.Read more
Telegraph Article: Have we stuck our heads in the sand over Europe?
Britain can be stronger and safer by freeing itself from cumbersome EU structures.Read more
Geoffrey Van Orden slams Juncker’s proposal for an EU army
“This relentless drive towards a European army must stop. For Eurocrats every crisis is seen as an opportunity to further the EU’s centralising objectives. However the EU’s defence ambitions are detrimental to our national interest, to Nato, and to the close alliances that Britain has with many countries outside the EU – not least the United States, Gulf allies, and many Commonwealth countries.” Van Orden also accused Juncker of living in a “fantasy world”. “If our nations faced a serious security threat, who would we want to rely on – Nato or the EU? The question answers itself,” he said.
The Guardian, 8 March 2015Read more
Sri Lankan Presidential elections
After an intensive and well-conducted election with strong participation from all regions of the country, albeit with some outbursts of violence, the Sri Lankan people have given victory to Maithripala Sirisena, the surprise challenger to the incumbent Mahindra Rajapaksa.Read more
On behalf of the Friends of Sri Lanka in the European Parliament, Geoffrey Van Orden commented:
Key role in European Parliament for Van Orden
Local Conservative MEP Geoffrey Van Orden MEP was today elected Chairman of the key Parliamentary Delegation for Relations with India. This comes at an important moment as the strategic and trade relationship assumes increasing importance, especially for the UK, but also for other European countries.Read more