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Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Debate with the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, on the Future of Europe (debate)

  Elly Schlein (S&D). – Mr President, I would say to the Prime Minister that we are very worried about the illiberal choices of his majority.

Three simple messages. This new electoral law that you’re trying to pass on the European election is a clear attempt to kill opposition parties by fixing the natural threshold at 15 to 20%. You are attacking the principle of proportionality and the principle of representation by depriving a lot of Polish citizens of their voices.

On women’s rights, women have a right over their own body. Please stop attacking abortion rights. We strongly support the Czarny protest.

On migration your attitude has been very childish, Prime Minister, because you are talking about cohesion policy – and we all agree about that – but you cannot pick and choose one form of solidarity and refuse the other one. You cannot want only the benefits of belonging to a great union without ever sharing the responsibility that comes with it. So you should support the Dublin Regulation reform that this Parliament adopted with a two—thirds majority.

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