Migration

Breaking out from the old pattern

A Green vision for the new EU Commission

  This time it’s different. The traditional “Europe at a crossroad” has morphed into a cliff-hanger situation. For the European Union, the next five years have become a matter of make-or-break choices. Shaken by the violent crisis of the past years, European public opini...


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25 actions the next President of the EU Commission should commit to

  1. Strengthening democracy, changing political practice   1.1 Claim back the Commission’s autonomy from the influence of the European Council. This starts with the process leading to the election of the next POTEC and his programme. In addition, the EP’s role in init...


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Greens/EFA Roundup

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 1-3 July 2014

Table of contents New Greens/EFA group meets in StrasbourgUlrike Lunacek elected European Parliament Vice-PresidentVoices from UkrainePlenary speeches by our Co-Presidents Outside the Plenary Open hearing for European Commission President nomineeEU waste and resource policyCommission agrees with ...


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Voices from Ukraine

02.07.2014

From Eastern Regions and Maidan Square to European Parliament

Six months after the crackdown against democratic pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine, Greens/EFA organise a public hearing with Ukrainian representatives in order to debate about the situation


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G7 summit

More coherent diplomacy needed vis-a-vis Russia

Commenting in the context of the G7 summit in Brussels, Greens/EFA president Rebecca Harms said: "While the G7 leaders are meeting in Brussels, the situation in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate. The G7 cannot stand idly by and accept this deterioration, with its inevitable humanitarian con...


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 14-17 April 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included politicisation of EP administration posts and Martin Schulz; monster trucks, pollution and safety; EU airport noise rules; transparency and the lobby register; banking resolution and taxpayers' exposure; regulating investment markets and products; plastic bags; saving migrants' lives at sea; Dany Cohn-Bendit's departing speech; honey, GMOs and EU labelling; scrapping EU data retention rules; EU rules on posted workers; waste shipments and the EU's responsibility.


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Rescuing refugees at sea

New FRONTEX rules an improvement but concerns remain as regards treatment of refugees

The European Parliament today voted to confirm new EU legislation governing sea missions by FRONTEX, the EU's border management agency. The Greens acknowledged some improvements in the new rules but expressed concern that it will still fail to offer full protection to refugees. After the vote, Green...


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 14-18 April 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include reports on politicisation of EP administration posts and Martin Schulz; monster trucks, pollution and safety; EU airport noise rules; transparency and the lobby register; banking resolution and taxpayers' exposure; regulating investment markets and products; plastic bags; saving migrants' lives at sea; honey, GMOs and EU labelling; scrapping EU data retention rules; Ukrainian crisis and Europe’s role; saste shipments and the EU's responsibility


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Electoral Fraud in Turkey

Press Release from Aralar MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia

Basque MEP Inaki Irazabalbeitia held a press conference today in the European Parliament to raise concerns of alleged electoral fraud in the recent municipal elections in Turkey. He was joined for the press conference by Eyyup Doru of the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party or BDP. Mr Irazabalbeitia ...


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Putin's Russia

01.04.2014

Soviet Union reloaded?

This event will be livestreamed Watch the Livestream The Russian constitution declares the Russian Federation to be a democratic and social state under the rule-of-law. It guarantees human rights, the right to life, democracy, the separation of powers, individual liberty rights and diversity of po...


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EU summit

Welcome cooperation against Russia but missed opportunity for EU energy policy

Commenting on the outcome of today's EU summit, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "A new sense of unity has been evident at this summit, which has helped Ukraine. EU heads of state and government have today sent a strong European signal to Ukrainian citizens and the transitional gover...


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Ukraine-Russia

Sanctions the correct response to Russia's actions in the Crimea

Commenting on the outcome of today's Council of EU foreign ministers in response to the referendum held yesterday in the Crimea, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated:"Today's decision by foreign ministers is welcome. Sanctions are the correct response to Russia's actions in the Crimea. ...


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