Migration

Turkey

EU must exert pressure to end conflict

Commenting on the developing situation in Turkey, with a wave of attacks on the pro-Kurdish HDP party and a clampdown on the press, Greens/EFA president Rebecca Harms said: "The growing violence in Turkey is alarming and threatens the stability of the country, with civil war a real prospect. EU...


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Refugee crisis

European Parliament calls for binding EU measures

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the refugee crisis with a large majority. Commenting after the vote, Green asylum and migration spokesperson Judith Sargentini said: "The European Parliament has delivered a strong signal in support of binding EU measures in response to the ...


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Refugee crisis

National egotism on refugee crisis must be overcome

The European Parliament today debated the refugee crisis, ahead of a meeting of EU home affairs ministers on 14 September and proposals from the EU Commission on a redistribution scheme for refugees. Commenting on the refugee crisis in the context of the State of the Union debate, Greens/EFA co-pres...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

08.09.2015

Recorded press conference 8 September 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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Migration and refugees in Europe

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Greens/EFA welcome the remarkable outpouring of public support to refugees and migrants. They also welcome the Commission’s new initiatives to quadruple relocation places and the operational support which the Commission will provide to frontline Member States...


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State of the Union 2015

Plenary debate on 9 September

Statement by Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts ahead of the debate on the State of the European Union 2015.


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Refugee crisis

Hungarian government must stop blocking humanitarian response

Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms and other Green MEPs are currently in Hungary to assess the situation on the ground and the government's response to the refugee crisis. Commenting from Budapest, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The lack of any proper, coherent response means t...


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Refugee crisis

Chaotic and inhumane response across Europe cannot be tolerated

The Greens/EFA group is supporting calls for a high-level debate in the European Parliament next week, ahead of the emergency meeting of EU home affairs ministers on 14 September and anticipated proposals from the EU Commission. In this context, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms and other Green ...


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Turkey

EU and NATO must condemn Erdogan's opportunistic strikes on Kurdish territories

Commenting on the Turkish air strikes on Islamic State and Kurdish territories and in the context of today's NATO meeting, Greens/EFA president Rebecca Harms said: "It is alarming that Turkish president Erdogan is seeking renewed confrontation with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), with his o...


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Distribution key for relocating refugees

A strong signal for more solidarity

The European Parliament’s Civil liberties committee today adopted a report by Green draftsperson Ska Keller on a proposal on the relocation of refugees from Italy and Greece to other Member States based on a binding distribution key. Following the adoption of the report, migration spokesperson of ...


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EU summit/Migration

EU leaders in favour of solidarity as long as they can opt out

Commenting on the outcome of today’s summit of EU heads of state and government on the EU’s response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said:“The message from this summit seems to be that EU leaders support the idea of sol...


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EP Turkey report

EU negotiation process can help strengthen democracy in Turkey

The European Parliament today adopted its annual report on Turkey's progress in the context of the EU accession process. Commenting after the vote, Green foreign policy spokesperson and Turkey expert Bodil Ceballos said: "The EU Parliament has today sent a clear signal on the need for the EU to...


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