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Why we must stop biometric surveillance in the EU

Patrick Breyer
Opinion by Patrick Breyer
EDRi (the European Digital Rights network) has launched a European Citizen's Initiative calling for a ban on the use of biometric mass surveillance in public spaces. How could these technologies affect the lives of everyday people?
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Windmills/ CC0 anna-jimenez-calaf
Windmills/ CC0 anna-jimenez-calaf
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A new industrial revolution is coming - this time it will be green

A new industrial revolution is coming. And this time it will be green. The European Commission is expected to update the EU Industrial Strategy by the end of April 2021. Although we're still in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, we see a chance to connect the recovery with the green transition and build a more sustainable economy and soci…
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Sunset over a crop field/ CC0 Federico Respini
Sunset over a crop field/ CC0 Federico Respini
Opinion |

We want a CAP that is fit for purpose!

Benoît Biteau Martin Häusling Tilly Metz
Opinion by Benoît Biteau & Martin Häusling & Tilly Metz
Much ado about nothing? That might well be the outcome of this « super trilogue » on the future CAP. We need an effective control mechanism for taxpayers' money and fair allocation of funds to support small farmers.
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Wind turbines on hill ridge/ CC0 Nuno Marques
Wind turbines on hill ridge/ CC0 Nuno Marques
Opinion |

Rebuild greener, rebuild fairer, rebuild stronger

Ville Niinistö
Opinion by Ville Niinistö
2020 was a challenging year for all of us. The unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on societies and economies across the globe. Recovery must go hand in hand with our common goal to tackle the climate emergency.
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Child holding a balloon during a climate march/ CC0 Mika Baumeister
Child holding a balloon during a climate march/ CC0 Mika Baumeister
Opinion |

The case for a European Climate Change Council

Why we need a European Climate Change Council to ensure the European Climate Law works.
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Opinion |

State of emergency at the French-Italian border

The European border and coast guard agency (FRONTEX) has allegedly assisted and took part in pushbacks of asylum seekers into the sea, which is contrary to the international law and to the Geneva Convention. While we obtained the implementation of an inquiry into the agency’s actions at the EU’s external borders, we do not forget that EU …
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Opinion |

Call on the European Commission to urgently propose a directive to prevent, respond and end gender-based violence

On International Women’s Day, we call on the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and inclusive directive to prevent, respond to and end gender-based violence online and offline.
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Person with raised fist during protest/ shutterstock
Person with raised fist during protest/ shutterstock
Opinion |

Why the EU urgently needs to act on gender-based violence

Terry Reintke
Opinion by Terry Reintke
Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations in the world, claiming thousands of lives every year even before the pandemic. Under COVID-19, it has surged worldwide into a shadow pandemic. It’s time the EU moves from empty words to concrete actions.
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We desperately need stronger action on social rights

The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound health, economic, employment and social impacts. We desperately need a stronger Social Europe. Here are the Greens/EFA's proposals ahead of the launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
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Tiblissi, Georgia, Annette Bouvain/ Flickr/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Tiblissi, Georgia, Annette Bouvain/ Flickr/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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Georgia’s crisis is the EU’s problem, too

Markéta Gregorová
Opinion by Markéta Gregorová
As Georgia will celebrate the first anniversary of the so-called 8th March Agreement, we, as the European Parliament, need to send a strong signal in order to let Georgians know that we watch the situation very closely and care about their democratic future.