Rights and freedoms

Fighting for EU democracy, defending human rights

#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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LGBT rights conference

LGBTi Rights - "Progress is reversible"

EFA MEP Alyn Smith (Scotland) speaks out on LGBTi rights

EFA MEP Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party) has spoken out in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg over the alarming situation of LGBTi rights and the EU guidelines to protect and uphold them, particularly in the aftermath of the revelations of LGBTi “purges” in Chechnya, Russia. T...


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European Union

Making relocation happen

Plenary speech by Greens/EFA Co-President Ska Keller

There is far too little progress on the relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy to other Member States. Member States must make relocation happen. It is an important instrument of solidarity and responsibility sharing.


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

16.05.2017

LIVE press conference 16 May 2017 10:30-10:50

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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Defending the rights of Breton Speakers

EFA Press Release from Jill Evans MEP (Wales)

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans and UDB (Breton Democratic Union), both members of the European Free Alliance (EFA) stand together to defend the rights of four Breton activists who had participated in the struggle against France's 'Labour Law'. Many people in Brittany have fought this law,...


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Attack against civil society stalled until independent Court of Auditors Report

Response to the controversial EPP report

A couple of weeks ago, we sounded the alarm in response to a controversial report, penned by the EPP group in the European Parliament, which attacked NGOs and civil society organisations in a biased and unconvincing manner.


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