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Fate of EU - Turkey relations to be debated Wednesday

Plenary Session External relations26-04-2017 - 12:00

The outcome of Turkey’s referendum, expanding presidential powers, will be debated with EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday at around 17.30. (Read more: Fate of EU - Turkey relations to be debated Wednesday )

 

EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say

AFET BUDG DEVE Development and cooperation / External relations / Budget24-04-2017 - 18:48

An EU scheme to mobilise €44 billion in private sector investment in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood should focus on the poor, said committee MEPs on Monday. (Read more: EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say )

 

Fake news: how to counter misinformation

Plenary Session Institutions / External relations10-04-2017 - 20:16
 

Social media not only serves as a source of news for nearly half of Europeans, but it also has made spreading fake news easier and faster. Six out of ten news items are shared without actually being read. MEPS raised concerns about the spread of disinformation, political propaganda and hate speech in plenary on 5 April. However, they disagreed on the best way to respond to the problem. Watch our video above for an overview of the debate. (Read more: Fake news: how to counter misinformation )

 

Human rights: Navalny in Russia, arrests in Belarus, child brides in Bangladesh

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations06-04-2017 - 12:16

The European Parliament urges the Russian authorities to release opposition politician Alexei Navalny and other detained demonstrators, condemns the crackdown on peaceful protestors and arrests of human rights defenders and journalists in Belarus, and calls on the government of Bangladesh to close loopholes in new legislation that provide legal authorisation for child marriage, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Navalny in Russia, arrests in Belarus, child brides in Bangladesh )

 

Timeline: Parliament’s continued support for Ukraine

Plenary Session Visa policy / External relations05-04-2017 - 16:36
 

A visa-free regime for Ukrainians travelling to the EU is just the latest step in the European Parliament’s continued support of Ukraine. The Parliament has consistently shown solidarity by condemning Russia’s military involvement and illegal annexation of Crimea and promoting political and economic reforms. (Read more: Timeline: Parliament’s continued support for Ukraine )

 

Migration: the answer needs to be global

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations05-04-2017 - 13:18

Multilateral measures are urgently needed to manage the unprecedented numbers of migrants on the move worldwide, and not least to halt migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, MEPs urge in a resolution voted on Wednesday. (Read more: Migration: the answer needs to be global )

 

EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

Others External relations22-03-2017 - 10:06
 

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have become strained in recent year. Read on for an overview of the current state of affairs. (Read more: EU-Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship )

 

Arctic: ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs

Plenary Session External relations / Environment16-03-2017 - 12:44
Picture of iceland glacier lagoon bay  

Climate change is bringing new environmental and security challenges in the Arctic, as the melting ice cap opens up new navigation and fishing routes, and competition for its natural resources heats up, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They call for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, ban oil drilling there and keep it a low-tension and cooperation area. (Read more: Arctic: ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs )

 

MEPs welcome 2016 reform efforts in Montenegro

Plenary Session External relations16-03-2017 - 12:34

Montenegro made further progress in its EU accession negotiations last year, topping the list of the most advanced EU accession countries, but corruption and organised crime remain a serious concern, said MEPs on Thursday. MEPs also highlight Russia’s attempts to influence developments in Montenegro, as it pursues Euro-Atlantic integration. (Read more: MEPs welcome 2016 reform efforts in Montenegro )

 

Human rights: Zimbabwe, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, and Philippines

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations16-03-2017 - 12:15

Parliament deplores the arrest of Pastor Evan Mawarire and political violence against human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, calls for the release of Ukrainians illegally detained in Russia and urges the Philippines to release human rights advocate Senator Leila M. De Lima, detained on drug-trafficking charges, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Zimbabwe, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, and Philippines )