Foreign affairs

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The time for warnings has passed – the EU must trigger article 7

Hungary

Greens/EFA MEP Judith Sargentini has today presented her report on the European Parliament's investigation into whether or not Hungary is in breach of the values of the European Union. Sargentini's report recommends that the Council initiate Article 7 proceedings against Hungary.


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Protection of investigative journalists in Europe - Quote from Benedek Jávor

Slovakia

The European Parliament will hold a debate this afternoon (14 March) on the protection of investigative journalists in Europe, following the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his partner Martina Kušnírová.


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Judicial reform in Poland - quote from Ska Keller

Article 7

The planned reform of the judiciary in Poland is a "serious breach of the rule of law", according to the majority of MEPs.


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EU plans financial injection for bloated arms industry

Defence industry

The Greens/EFA Group has voted against plans that would see the European Union provide financial support to the European defence industry in developing weapons and other arms.


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Turkish Green co-chairs Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sönmez are released

Turkish Greens

The co-chairs of the Turkish Greens and the Left Party of the Future (Yesiller ve Sol Gelecek Partisi) Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sönmez were released on Saturday morning at 5am after having been held in custody for just over one week.


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We demand immediate release of Turkish co-chairs Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sonmez

Statement of the co-presidents of the Greens/EFA Group and of the co-chairs of the European Green Party

We demand an immediate explanation from the Turkish authorities over the outrageous arbitrary arrests of Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sonmez in the early hours this morning and call for their immediate release. This action is yet another example of Turkey’s growing contempt for the rule of law under the leadership of President Erdogan.


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Conservatives blow opportunity to build Europe-wide democracy

Transnational lists / Spitzenkandidaten

“By burying transnational lists, the European Parliament has missed an historic opportunity. Never before has this idea enjoyed such popularity in the Council," said Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts.


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Greek and FYROM talks about conflict over the name of FYROM

Reaction from Ska Keller

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev raised the prospect of settling the conflict over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). An agreement opens up the possibility for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to join the European Union, as well as NATO.


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The Bulgarian Presidency must show leadership on asylum reform

Refugee policy

"Transferring responsibility for refugees to neighbouring European countries is not an acceptable solution to the EU's solidarity crisis," comments Ska Keller, president of the Greens/EFA group.


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European Parliament agrees stricter rules for dual-use technology exports

No more spyware for dictators

"The European Parliament has delivered on its promise to strengthen the EU's human rights policy by making exports of surveillance technology stricter", comments Greens/EFA rapporteur Klaus Buchner.


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Greens/EFA group offers full support to LuxLeaks whistleblowers in fight for justice

Luxleaks trial

“We are delighted that the court has overturned the verdict against Antoine Deltour. His brave action, and that of Raphael Halet who sadly lost his appeal today, was vital in bringing this tax scandal to public attention," said Greens/EFA transparency spokesperson Benedek Jávor.


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Now the EU must turn plans into action

Panama Papers

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament is calling on the European Commission and European Council to take immediate steps to turn the recommendations of the Panama Papers inquiry into action.


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