Putin's Russia


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...


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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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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EU member states must end arms exports to Russia

The Greens have called for an end to the supply of arms and military technology to Russia by EU member states in the context of the Russian intervention in the Crimea. Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms stated: "The crisis in Ukraine shows that the export of arms and military technology can ...

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Russian escalation must be met with unified response

Commenting on the latest situation in Ukraine and the decision by the Russian Duma to clear the way for a military intervention, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The dramatic escalation by Russia represents a breach of international law, the likes of which has not been seen in Europ...


Ukrainian crisis

Escalation in Crimea must be avoided

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the situation in Ukraine. Commenting on this and the latest developments in Ukraine, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The European Parliament has today warned against an escalation of violence in Ukraine. European leaders must im...

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Rebecca Harms in Kiev

EU must support reforms in Ukraine

Commenting on the current events in Ukraine, Rebecca Harms, President of the Greens/EFA group in the European parliament, stated: “Recent events in Ukraine have demonstrated the strength of Ukraine’s civil rights movement and shown how strong the wish is for a new, democratic beginning and justi...

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Afrophobia in the EU


A Greens/EFA hearing

The main objective of this event is to raise awareness and concerns about how People of African Descent (PAD) and Black Europeans (BE) are specifically affected by racial discrimination and stereotypes and to emphasize the urgency with which this specific form of racism must be recognized and tackled politically in order to really make a change in the lives of the 7 to 12 million PAD/BE residing in the EU.


Ukrainian crisis

EU must act; Red Cross involvement key

Following the escalation of violence in Ukraine, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms commented: "The EU must exert pressure on Kiev and Moscow equally. Europe is not powerless: EU governments must swiftly adopt targeted sanctions against those in the Ukrainian leadership, who are responsible ...

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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 17-21 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU rules on money market funds, posted workers, cloned animals and EU food law, money laundering, terrorism funding and the financial system, protecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean. Among Greens/EFA events : hearing on right to water - first successful EU citizens' initiative, conferences on plastic bags, on social cohesion in times of recession and on afrophobia in the EU

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Swiss free movement referendum

No quotas on the application of EU law

Commenting on the outcome of this weekend's referendum in Switzerland, in which a majority voted in favour of restrictions on immigration, including the free movement of EU citizens to Switzerland, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "Even if it only passed with a narrow majority, this ...

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Macedonian dispute

European Parliament finally takes clear position on dispute over country's name

The European Parliament today adopted a report outlining its position on the stalled EU accession progress of the FYRO Macedonia. The Greens welcomed the adoption of the report and, in particular, a Green amendment seeking to clarify the long-running dispute over the country's name. Commenting after...