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Martin Schulz on Rebecca Harms being denied entry into Russia

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 26-09-2014

 (Brüssel ).
This is grave diplomatic incident which is a worrying setback for relations between the European Parliament and Russia. I ask the Russian government to withdraw the decision. (Read more)
 (Brussels ).
Rising inequality is a threat not only to our economies but also to our democracies, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said during the opening of the conference organised by the European Trade Union Confederation / European Trade Union Institute. (Read more)

Schulz on the result of the referendum on independence for Scotland

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 19-09-2014

 (Brussels ).
Reacting to the result of the referendum in Scotland on independence, President Schulz made the following comment. (Read more)

Schulz's decision on the inappropriate language of MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke

Press Release - Strasbourg - 17-09-2014

 (Strasbourg ).
As you know, the deputy Janusz Korwin-Mikke expressed himself in a racist manner during a debate on youth unemployment during the plenary meeting on 16 July 2014. He refused to apologise during the plenary of that day, and still refuses after I met him on 9 September. As Members of the European Parliament, we are particularly obliged to respect and protect the fundamental values of the European Union. This includes the principle of non-discrimination and respect for human dignity. (Read more)

Schulz on the vote on the EU – Ukraine Association Agreement

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Press Release - Strasbourg - 16-09-2014

 (Strasbourg ).
Today we have witnessed history being made. Never before has an Association Agreement been voted simultaneously by two parliaments. Today we translate the initiative proposed by President Poroshenko and myself for such a joint vote. The message this sends could not be clearer: the European Parliament supports Ukraine in its European vocation. The European Parliament will continue defending a united and sovereign Ukraine. (Read more)
 (Kyiv ).
Upon arrival yesterday evening I visited the memorial in Institutska street to honour the people who were killed during the Maidan revolution. Normal people - students, engineers, painters - who went out on the streets because they wanted to live in a society that is free and democratic; courageous people who stood up and demanded free elections; Brave people who gave their life so that others would have the right to live as they choose. When I was laying the flowers at the memorial it struck me how much our world has changed in the last year. (Read more)

Speech at the 6th Cohesion Forum - investing for jobs and growth, an evidence for exiting the crisis

Speeches - Brussels - 09-09-2014

 (Brussels ).
To me, being a friend of cohesion and believing in better spending is not a contradiction - rather: they are complementary. And cohesion policy is money particularly well spent: Because cohesion policy is an investment in our shared future. One thing is clear: If we want Europe to effectively exit the crisis and be a world champion we need to step-up our investments - especially in science, education, research and development and infrastructure. Today, we already face an investment gap. Europe is falling behind. To catch up we need to act now: We must step up our investments. (Read more)

Schulz on Tusk's election and Mogherini's appointment

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 30-08-2014

 (Brussels ).
I congratulate Prime Minister Donald Tusk on his election as President of the European Council. Mr Tusk's stewardship of Poland during the last seven years has made the country stronger and more prosperous. The Polish economy kept growing, even when all other EU economies entered recession. His pro-European credentials are beyond doubt. (Read more)

Speech by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament at the special meeting of the European Council 30 August

Speeches - Foreign Affairs - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 30-08-2014

Martin Schulz.
We call on Russia to withdraw its own troops from Ukraine without delay, to scale down the forces it has deployed on its border with Ukraine and to withdraw all its forces from that region as soon as possible. The European Parliament reiterates its call to Russia to take measures to control its own border with Ukraine effectively, to halt the ongoing incursions, involving movements of irregular fighters, arms and equipment, to cease all hostile actions and to put a stop to the infiltration of Ukrainian territory. Without effective controls on the Russo-Ukrainian border, no peaceful solution will be possible. (Read more)

Schulz on Gaza ceasefire agreement

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Human Rights - Brussels - 27-08-2014

 (Brussels ).
I warmly welcome the agreement on a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and call on all parties to comply fully with the terms agreed. The easing of the blockade is an encouraging step. The European Union and the international community now have to step up efforts to tackle the urgent humanitarian needs, the security concerns of both Israelis and Palestinians and the reconstruction of Gaza. (Read more)

Schulz on the situation in Iraq

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Human Rights - Brussels - 11-08-2014

 (Brussels ).
On behalf of the European Parliament, I firmly condemn the terror and violence spread by the Islamic State across Iraq and the Middle East, which has claimed so many innocent lives, including women and children. (Read more)