Greens/EFA group calls for greater EU engagement with the Arab Community in Israel

in the face of a new cycle of deadly violence, reaching out to the minority communities in Israel and addressing the occupation are critical for peace

On Wednesday 14th of October, Greens/EFA Members met with Mossawa Center Director, Jafar Farah and other members of the Palestinian Arab community in Israel. During the meeting, they discussed the current situation in Israel and Palestine and the possibility of strengthening cooperation.


EU summit

Erdogan as EU’s border guard-in-chief

At the EU summit last night, EU heads of state and government committed to an agreement with Turkey on the response to the refugee crisis. The agreement would include €3bn in funding for Turkey, a simplified visa procedure and the opening of further chapters in Turkey's EU accession negotiations. ...

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Saudi Arabia/human rights

Raif Badawi chosen on shortlist for Sakharov Prize 2015

The shortlist for the 2015 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought was today selected by the European Parliament's foreign affairs, development and human rights committees (1). The shortlist includes Saudi Arabian online activist Raif Badawi, who was nominated by the Greens/EFA group for this year's p...

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Turkey attack

MEPs call for impartial investigation in cross-political letter to Turkish PM

Over 50 MEPs from different political groups have co-signed a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu calling for a 'full and impartial investigation' of the recent Ankara bombings. The letter expresses concern for the escalation of violence in Turkey and condemns attacks on innocent civilian p...


Situation in Ukraine

Plenary speech by Rebecca Harms

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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 5-8 October 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included, car pollution rules in Europe after the Volkswagen scandal; air pollution and industrial emissions rules; Hollande and Merkel; Turkey's worrying escalation; Syria; EU payment service rules; Corporate tax avoidance, rulings and the EU response; Data, privacy rights and the Facebook ruling; EU railway rules.


Recorded press conference


Turkey's crisis and how to ensure a peaceful solution, with Leyla Zana

This press conference addressed the concerning situation in Turkey, with leading Kurdish politician and rights activist Leyla Zana (winner of the 1995 Sakharov Prize). The European Parliament will debate the situation in Turkey on Wednesday, with the Greens/EFA group having initiated a cross-political group appeal for peace in Turkey two weeks ago.

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Greens call on EU to engage for peaceful solution

The European Parliament today debated the crisis in Syria. Commenting in the context of the debate, Green foreign affairs spokespersons Barbara Lochbihler and Tamas Meszerics stated: "The year-long air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) and the current Russian attack...

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Situation in Syria

Plenary speech by Alyn Smith


The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


Recorded press conference 6 october 2015 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms 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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Situation in Thailand

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Barbara Lochbihler, Heidi Hautala, Igor Šoltes, Davor Škrlecon behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, -  having regard to its previous resolutions on Thailand, in particular those of 20 May 2010 and 6 February 2014, -  having regard to the statement by the Spok...


The case of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Alyn Smith, Pascal Durand, Barbara Lochbihler, Klaus Buchner, Igor Šoltes, Davor Škrlec on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, - having regard to its previous resolutions of 12 February 2015 and of 11 March 2014, - having regard to the EU Guidelines on the Death Penal...