Aid partners of today are trade partners of tomorrow, Bennion tells UKIP

Comments by UKIP's Godfrey Bloom MEP attacking aid to 'Bongo Bongo Land' are not only racist but ignore the long term value of aid to developing countries, says Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion.

  The UKIP MEP first used the phrase in a meeting in Wordsley in the West Midlands but repeated it in a bizarre interview on the BBC's Today programme this morning

Croatia joining EU is victory for British vision of a wider Europe

Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion has welcomed Croatia becoming the 28th member state of the European Union this week as a victory for the British vision of a wider Europe.

Phil Bennion spoke out as the first Croatian MEPs took their seats in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, after the country's formal accession on July 1st, after many years of negotiations

Mutual benefit? The challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment in Europe

Speaking after an event in the European Parliament he hosted, Phil Bennion MEPcomments on the importance of Chinese direct foriegn invesment in Europe and the need for the single market to create legal certainty for such investments to boost our own economy.

{module Chinese Investment in the EU } For more information about the event and the issues discussed, please follow the link below: 'Mutual benefit? The challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment in Europe

EU-US Trade Agreement: A unique partnership

In February 2013, two of the world’s economic giants, the United States of America and the European Union, took a momentous step towards a more prosperous future.

The beginning of negotiations (agreed February 13th) on an EU-US Trade Agreement follows on from the call to President Obama by the EU’s Trade Commissioner for urgent action

Obama's second term needs global leadership for peace and green growth

A progressive and peaceful engagement with the wider world is vital from President Obama in his second term, says Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion.

Commenting after Barack Obama's second inauguration speech, which largely concentrated on American domestic issues, Dr Bennion said he hoped the President realised the massive potential he still had to make a difference in the wider world