Posts Tagged:democracy

Parliament calls for stronger Russian sanctions

MEPs have adopted a resolution calling for the EU to strengthen the second phase of sanctions against Russia.

Sanction list expands as Ukraine crisis escalates

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has condemned attempts by armed pro-Russian separatists to destabilise Ukraine, describing the situation as “extremely worrying”.

Criticism for ‘undemocratic’ joint agreement on next commission president

Parliament’s GUE/NGL and Greens/EFA groups have reacted angrily to a joint statement released by the EPP, S&D and ALDE groups announcing that they had reached an agreement in the selection of the next European commission president.

MEPs blast Erdoğan’s vow to ‘eradicate Twitter’

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s blocking of Twitter just 10 days ahead of the country’s local election has been branded a “blatant attack” on freedom of speech.

Ashton responds to ‘illegal’ Crimea referendum

European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has strongly condemned Russia for its role in the “so-called” referendum in Crimea, which she described as “illegal and in clear breach of the Ukrainian constitution”.

MEPs call for suspension of EU-US Swift agreement following new NSA revelations

Dutch deputy Sophie in’t Veld has requested that the European commission immediately suspend the EU-US terrorist finance tracking programme (TFTP) while new NSA revelations are investigated.


EU struggles to find a united voice on Syria

EU’s response to violence in Turkey branded ‘too little, too late’

Georgios Koumoutsakos, a vice chair of parliament’s EU-Turkey delegation, has condemned the EU’s slow reaction to the increasing violence and ongoing protests in Turkey, describing it as “too little, too late”.

Press freedom around the world ‘under attack’

On the 20th anniversary of world press freedom day, policymakers and stakeholders have spoken of the importance of press freedom and how journalists upholding this fundamental human right are finding themselves “under attack”.

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