Sussex in Europe
the website of the Sussex branch of the European Movement

The European Movement
Encouraging local communities in Britain to play a leading role in a strong, democratic and reformed Europe.  The International European Movement was inspired by Winston Churchill's Zurich speech in 1948, when he urged the recreation of the European family following the end of the Second World War. 
The movement has no political party affiliation.  November 2007 saw a refreshed movement re-launched in the Houses of Parliament.

The Sussex branch is one of ten in the south-east, and covers both East and West Sussex - there is also a separate branch set up in Eastbourne.

Events coming up soon

Quaker case studies in Europe

28 March 2015

Monthly in Brighton
Europe Matters

The next meeting will be on
Saturday 28 February
check here later for more information
Sussex branch stall
at the Jubilee Library

normally every 3rd Saturday afternoon of the month

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What is the EU?
Myth and fact
What if we leave?
What EU means to UK
What EU means to you
Is there another way?

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Read the Surrey branch newsletter
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For other neighbouring area events
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Notices for members

Annual seminar 2011 - Europe and the 'Arab Spring'

The Sussex branch AGM for 2013

François Duchêne travel bursaries –
awards in 2011

Citizenship teachers and advisers
on Brussels visit

Letters in Sussex newspapers
Book reviews

Archive - revisit previous years


European Parliament elections
Thursday, 22 May 2014

South-East region
The South-East is the largest of the UK's Euro constituencies, and has 10 seats allocated - more than some other whole European countries. The South-East electoral region covers 83 parliamentary constituencies in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent.

10 MEPs elected

Richard Ashworth Conservative ECR
Janice Atkinson UKIP EFD
Catherine Bearder LibDem ALDE
Nirj Deva Conservative ECR
Anneliese Dodds Labour S&D
Nigel Farage UKIP EFD
Ray Finch UKIP EFD
Daniel Hannan Conservative ECR
Diane James UKIP EFD
Keith Taylor Green G/EFA
See more detail on voting patterns in all Sussex districts

European Parliament
27 May 2014 - 740 of 751 seats declared

The number of MEPs has risen this year from the 736 elected at the last election in 2009. This takes account of new member state Croatia which joined in 2013 and also of Europe's increasing population.

European Parliament group MEPs % of vote change from 2009
European People's Party 210 24.2% -8.3%
Socialists & Democrats 186 24.4% +1.7%
Other ("non-inscrit" or independent) 116 20.9% +7.4%
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe 58 7.6% -2.5%
European Greens and Free Alliance 46 7.3% -0.05%
European Conservative & Reformist 45 4.2% -0.6%
European United Left 41 6.1% +2.1%
Europe of Freedom & Democracy 38 5.17 +0.3%

Central & Eastern Europe
Archive news items

country & topic index

What's on
music, arts, theatre
from central & eastern Europe


Sussex Russian Society
The next meeting will be in Lewes on
Monday 9 February 2015
7.15 pm this evening

Sussex Hungarian Society

Sussexi Magyar Kulturális Szövetség

Eastbourne Hungarian Society

Contacts for Polish organisations

Central & Eastern Europe

Archive news
by country and by topics

Indexed map of central & eastern Europe

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European Parliament elections
Thursday, 4-7 June 2009

see the results for 10 central European countries

Why are there special features
on central and eastern Europe?

The European Movement in Sussex was joined in 2004 by Lewes Links, an organisation which was set up in 1992 to forge links and to promote better understanding of central and eastern Europe.  As countries in those areas opened to contacts with western Europe, Lewes Links aimed to involve Sussex people in creating and sustaining links with people and organisations in the eastern half of Europe.

In May 2004 some of the countries where these contacts had been built were welcomed into the European Union, and another two in January 2007.  Other countries still aspire to join, and the concept of a European identity goes well beyond the borders of the EU.

See the Lewes Links archive

Europe in Sussex

The Sussex branch AGM
30 November 2013

The 2013 university travel bursary commemorating François Duchêne

A report was heard at the AGM on 30 November 2013.

Citizenship teachers and advisers
from West Sussex made an intensive study visit to the European Commission and Parliament

Letters in newspapers

Book reviews

Reports and resumés

Reforming the EU
With the imminent euro-elections in mind, the day started with an assessment by Professor Alan Mayhew of the UK’s longer-term interests within the EU framework.  In the afternoon South-East MEP Richard Ashworth and EP election candidate Antony Hook reviewed current issues where changes to institutions and practices could be achieved.
Click here for a report on the seminar

The next five years - Europe versus the UK ?

Our Europe Day Seminar on 9 May 2013 looked at the current volatility in EU/UK relations. The prospect of an in-out referendum has triggered the start of serious debate - timely too for the EP elections in 2014.  With the major parties still divided, popular media remained fixated on the one-man UKIP message, though perhaps the electorate has been getting bored with ‘Europe’.
Three topics were the focus:
Rethinking European Integration
The UK`s real interest – inside or outside the EU?
How to reach the man in the street

Click here for a summary report

Europe, her southern neighbours, and Turkey
From early in 2011, the 'Arab Spring' throughout much of North Africa and the Middle East captivated the world. In this year's annual seminar five experts looked at different aspects of how the European Union would react to developments in its southern neighbours.
Click here to see issues discussed at the seminar

Lisbon - Expectations and Realities
how the European Union is changing

Speakers leading the discussions at the annual seminar held in October 2010 were Lord Hannay, Brendan Donnelly and Richard Corbett.
Texts from their notes can be downloaded


2014 events
or look back at events in 2005, 2006, 20072008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013