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EU-Turkey relations

Accession negotiations must be frozen

The European Parliament will today debate EU-Turkey relations. While there is expected to be support from a majority of MEPs for a freeze on accession negotiations with Turkey, the Greens/EFA group is also calling for pushback on Turkey's calls for enhancement of the Customs Union and Visa Liberalis...


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European entry permit

Superfluous data collection

 The European Commission today presented its proposal for a new European entry permit. Under the proposals, travellers to the European Union who do not need a visa would have to apply for entry using the EU Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). The system is intended to coll...


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Megaprojects in Turkey

Turkey Progress Report

Accession negotiations must be put on hold

The European Commission will present today its annual report on Turkey’s progress on EU membership. Commenting ahead of the report, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “The EU and its Member States must strongly condemn the recent arrests and call on the Turkish government ...


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Turkey

Opposition arrests a further blow to democracy and rule of law

Several members of Turkey’s opposition HDP party, including its leader Selahattin Demirtas, have been arrested and detained in Ankara.


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Turkey

Persecution of journalists must end

The European Parliament will today debate the situation of journalists in Turkey. Commenting ahead of the debate Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “The situation of journalists in Turkey, which was bad before the coup, intensifies day by day. "Thousands of journalists have been dis...


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Civil liberties must be safeguarded in fight against terror

Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (Catalunya)

MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday debated progress on security issues, with new European Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King. President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras, took part in the debate and emphasised the need to protect and defend human ri...


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Situation of journalists in Turkey

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Rebecca Harms, Bodil Valero, Ernest Maragall, Ska Keller, Barbara Lochbihler, Benedek Jávor, Ulrike Lunacek, Ernest Urtasun on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, –  having regard to its previous resolutions on Turkey, in particular that of...


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CETA - MEP José Bové refused entry to Canada

No free speech allowed on free trade!

The co-president of the Greens/EFA Group has sent a letter (1) to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, following the decision of Canadian authorities to refuse Greens/EFA MEP José Bové entry to Canada.José Bové was invited to Montreal by the Council of Canadians, the Réseau ...


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In solidarity with Népszabadság

Questions about media freedom and pluralism in Hungary

The biggest Hungarian opposition daily newspaper Népszabadság was summarily shut down over the weekend of 8-9 October 2016. Journalists were told that their offices were being moved to another building and that they should put their things into boxes ready for the move.


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Sakharov Prize

Green nominee Can Dündar on shortlist

The European Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees have today decided on the shortlist for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, including Green nominee, Can Dündar.


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Hungary migration referendum

Result fails to meet threshold

Commenting on the result of the Hungarian referendum on EU migration quotas, which failed to reach the legal threshold of 50% turnout, Greens/EFA MEP Tamás Meszerics stated: “Despite an extremely aggressive propaganda campaign, a majority of the Hungarian electorate did not cast a valid vote. Eve...


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EUleaks

PANA Committee

Greens/EFA MEPs launch EULeaks whistleblower platform

A group of Greens/EFA MEPs today launched EULEAKS, an online platform which will allow whistleblowers to upload documents securely and anonymously. The platform, which can be accessed via the Greens/EFA website (http://www.greens-efa.eu), went live following the first meeting of the Committee of Inq...


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