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Fighting for EU democracy, defending human rights

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Opening the doors to dialogue

20.06.2017

World Refugee Day

Far too often we just talk about refugees - it is time to let people tell their own story. This unique project aims at engaging with refugees around the globe, entering into a real dialogue with them and raising awareness about their situation.


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"Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a Republic?"

EFA MEP Jordi Solé on Catalonia's plans for an independence referendum on 1 October

The Catalan government has announced a referendum on independence which will take place on 1 October 2017. EFA MEP Jordi Solé from Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya took the floor at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week to inform MEPs from across Europe of the Catalan government...


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EU countries must not shirk their shared responsibilities towards refugees in Europe

Refugee relocation

The European Commission has announced that it will start infringement proceedings against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic in response to their boycotting of the relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy to other Member States. Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller responds.


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Europe's Languages Charter – 25 years later

25th anniversary of the adoption of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages

To mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages by the Council of Europe, diverse MEPs intervened in the European Parliament's Strasbourg Plenary session in their own native languages. The MEPs included President of the EFA Group in the ...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

13.06.2017

LIVE press conference 13 June 2017 11:40-12:00

Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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#WannaCry: Lessons learned for Security and Liability in the Internet of Things

07.06.2017

In the beginning of 2017, the European Commission has published a communication on the “Data Economy” that also touches on liability regimes for the internet of things, and has kicked off a public consultation. The conference could pick up on this and focus on security vulnerabilities created by smart devices.


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Democratic Discourse 2.0

07.06.2017

Potentials and challenges in a new era of communication

The increased role of intermediaries in a convergent media environment and the rise of so-called “alternative media” raises questions about the future role of traditional media and journalism. Furthermore, the strategic use of algorithms and targeted diffusion of fake news on social media in the context of electoral campaigns show us that latest innovations and trends in the media environment have significant effects on how politics are discussed in our democratic societies.


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Trump’s European voyage of discovery

A guided tour

To mark Donald Trump's first foreign trip as President, here's a hand-picked guide to Europe with some highlights he shouldn't miss. Map and directions included.


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 15-18 May 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: food waste; Commission statement: harnessing globalisation by 2025; ECJ ruling on competences of EU vs Member States in FTAs; Council and Commission statements - Making relocation happen; Vote on GMO objections; Situation in Hungary; Money laundering; Conclusions of the European Council meeting; Cross-border portability.


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European Parliament denounces Member States' failure to relocate refugees

Relocation

Member States must finally implement the relocation of 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy. Those Member States that continue to boycott relocation cannot be allowed to get away with their refusal to show solidarity. The Commission must initiate infringement procedures against them.


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Digital borders in Europe to remain

Digital Single Market

The European Parliament has today adopted a new regulation that will ensure that Europeans who buy or subscribe to online content services are able to access them when they travel in other EU countries. Services like Netflix and Spotify will now be obliged to enable cross-border portability of their...


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Chechnya

The Atrocities On Our Doorstep

Greens/EFA call on Russian authorities to take action


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