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Discours du Président du Parlement européen Martin Schulz devant l'Assemblée des Représentants du Peuple - Tunisie

Discours - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Tunis - 08-02-2016

Martin Schulz.
C'est avec humilité et émotion que je m'adresse à vous du haut de cette tribune symbole de la démocratie tunisienne. Je vous remercie pour cet honneur que vous me faites et que je reçois comme une marque d'amitié et de confiance. En ce lieu où résonnent la vitalité et la diversité de la société tunisienne, je voudrais commencer par rendre hommage à tous ceux qui ont payé de leur vie ce combat pour la liberté, la dignité et la démocratie. (Read more)

Turbulent Times - Speech at the London School of Economics

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Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - London - 05-02-2016

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I am well aware that my reputation precedes me as being a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. Some would even claim I am a provoker always looking for trouble. But rest assured I have not come to London to pick a fight, or to advise the British government on what to do; nor to lecture the British people on how to vote. I have come here as an elected politician, a representative of the European Union, one who is a passionate European - and I am proud to say so - but a pro-European who is deeply worried about the state of the European Union. I have come here to have a realistic debate and share my concerns with you about the shape of the European Union. (Read more)

Speech at the Supporting Syria & the Region London 2016 Conference

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Speeches - Foreign Affairs - Human Rights - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - London - 04-02-2016

Martin Schulz.
For too long, the international community has turned a blind eye to the suffering of the Syrian people. Only when arrivals of Syrian refugees in Europe spiked this summer, after the World Food Organisation had run out of funds and saw itself forced to drastically cut food rations, did we wake up to the humanitarian catastrophe on our doorstep. Since, 2011, half of the Syrian population have fled their homes, running for their lives from the bombs of Assad and the brutality of Daesh. More than four million Syrians have found shelter in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Half of them are children. (Read more)

Keynote speech at #CPDP2016 on Technological, Totalitarianism, Politics and Democracy

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Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 28-01-2016

Martin Schulz.
We are living in the middle of a revolution. It is a revolution without banners, guns or a guillotine. But it is still a revolution turning the world upside down and leading us to question established certainties. As with every revolution, we do not know yet if it will work out for the better or for the worse. Both outcomes are possible: it is possible that in an on-line world more people will have access to knowledge, to innovative ideas and to global prosperity; that we will learn to understand one another better and to make ourselves understood better. But it is also possible that we will turn into remote-controlled ‘data cows’ who live in a world ruled over by a handful of multinational companies. (Read more)

Speech by EP President Martin Schulz on the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day in the European Parliament

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Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 27-01-2016

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I am very moved to be here with you today at this Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony, organised by the European Parliament in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress. As a German born in 1955, I did not live through the darkest times in the history of my country. But the mass murder committed by the Nazis in the name of my nation was the reason I became involved in politics, as I vowed: Never again. (Read more)

Schulz condemns the terrorist attack in Istanbul

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Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 12-01-2016

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Today, Istanbul has been the target of this heinous group of terrorist fanatics. From Paris to Istanbul, from the US to Egypt, Daesh's murderous outreach is a global plague which requires unity and resolve to be defeated. (Read more)

Speech at the European Council by Martin Schulz President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 17-12-2015

Martin Schulz.
These past years we have been rushing from crisis summit to crisis summit: from the financial crisis, on to youth unemployment, the Euro, the Ukraine conflict, then one Greek summit followed the other, since summer we have been almost exclusively focussing on refugees, which maybe will soon be displaced by meetings on counter-terrorism. (Read more)

Sakharov Prize award 2015 to Raif Badawi

Speeches - Human Rights - 16-12-2015

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Sakharov Prize Raïf Badawi is not with us today because he has been sentenced to ten years' imprisonment and 1,000 lashings for speaking freely and encouraging freedom of thought. Last week we received alarming news that he has been moved to isolation. (Read more)

Schulz welcomes the Paris Climate Agreement

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Press Release - Energy and Climate Change - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 12-12-2015

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A month ago Paris was the theatre of the terror and hatred of the few. Today the world's collective consciousness and reason have come together in Paris to deliver a climate agreement which will make safer the future of our planet, for the current and next generations. 'Historic' is an often-abused adjective in politics, but today's agreement deserves this qualification: it outlines the path on which we all have to embark to strengthen the global response to climate change in the short, medium and long term. (Read more)

President Schulz on the release of Leyla Yunus

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Press Release - Human Rights - Brussels - 09-12-2015

Martin Schulz © European Union 2014 - European Parliament. (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license) (15/04/2014).
On behalf of the European Parliament, I warmly welcome the release of Azeri human rights defender Leyla Yunus, director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy in Azerbaijan. (Read more)

Informal Summit between the European Union and Turkey - Speech by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 29-11-2015

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Today's Summit between the European Union and Turkey is an exceptional step: never before has the European Union held a European Council meeting together with a candidate country. This step is more than justified in light of the value we attach to our relationship and the dramatic crisis we are facing together. The horrendous civil war in Syria has in its wake created one of the worst humanitarian crises of this century. With well over 200.000 dead and 12 million forced to flee their homes from the brutality of Daesh and from Assad, the country has according to Ban Ki-moon lost the equivalent of four decades of human development and is at risk of losing an entire generation deprived of education and traumatised by war. (Read more)