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Special European Summit 23 April 2015 in Brussels - Speech by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Brussels - 23-04-2015

Martin Schulz.
Twenty years ago, I became a member of the European Parliament. For twenty years, the European Parliament has been calling for a truly European asylum and migration policy. Today, I could still deliver the same speech, I delivered twenty years ago. Sadly and tragically, not much has changed. We witness the same tragedy repeating itself over and over again as more people perish in the Mediterranean. (Read more)

The role of Parliaments in negotiations on international Treaties

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Speeches - Rome, Montecitorio - 21-04-2015

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Governments negotiate and conclude international treaties and, when the work is done, Parliaments ratify them. That is the classical division of labour. But things have changed. In today's world, parliaments don't stop their work at the national borders anymore. Parliaments have to think about the consequences of international events on their work. (Read more)

Schulz for renewal of refugee and migration policies

Press Release - Brussels - 19-04-2015

Martin Schulz.
The renewed tragedy off the Libyan coast, in which possibly up to 700 people have lost their lives, leaves me speechless. How many more people will have to drown until we finally act in Europe? How many times more do we want to express our dismay, only to then move on to our daily routine? Words of grief are not enough. We cannot continue like this. Every day we sit idly by and watch how people put themselves into the hands of criminal and inhumane traffickers and die on their way to Europe, we burden ourselves with more blame. (Read more)

Schulz on the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean

Press Release - Brussels - 15-04-2015

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We have received news reports of yet another tragedy off the coasts of Libya in which about 400 migrants are feared dead. This would be a tragedy of immense proportions. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. I thank the rescue workers for their admirable efforts in these difficult hours. The response to the repetitiveness and magnitude of these tragedies cannot be apathy, but it must be an urgent and comprehensive solution to this calamity. (Read more)

Schulz on the death of Günter Grass

Press Release - Brussels - 13-04-2015

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It is with great sadness that I learn of the death of Günter Grass. His death leaves a void that will be very hard to fill. With Günter Grass we lose an outstanding writer who has shaped German post-war and contemporary literature like no other and whose work is admired worldwide. His books and poems are unforgettable. (Read more)
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Wir sind heute nach Weimar gekommen, um mit Ihnen gemeinsam der Befreiung des Konzentrationslagers Buchenwald vor 70 Jahren, am 11. April 1945, zu gedenken. Sie haben die Hölle des Konzentrationslagers überlebt. Doch für viele Ihrer Mitgefangenen, Ihrer Angehörigen und Freunde kam die Rettung zu spät. Durch Hunger und Krankheit, Zwangsarbeit und Folter, Hinrichtung und unvorstellbare Grausamkeit wurden 56.000 Menschen in Buchenwald ermordet. Die zerstörten Leben werden für immer fehlen. (Read more)

Martin Schulz to pay official visit to Turkey

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Press Release - Brussels - 07-04-2015

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The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz will be on a two-day official visit to Turkey tomorrow and Thursday. On Wednesday President Schulz will have meetings with the highest Turkish authorities, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, European Affair Minister Volkan Bozkır, and the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Cemil Çiçek. President Schulz will also meet with political group leaders in the TGNA. (Read more)

Schulz on the outcome of nuclear negotiations with Iran

Press Release - Energy and Climate Change - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 02-04-2015

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I salute the historic deal reached today at the end of long and difficult negotiations between E3+3 representatives and Iran. (Read more)
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Investing in Europe is, of course, about money and figures. It is about closing the investment gap and catching up with our competitors. But investing in Europe is about much more than money and figures: it is about demonstrating our commitment to our union, it is about self-confidence and optimism. Investing in Europe, be it as a private or a public stake-holder, is about showing trust in Europe and building bridges to a joint future. (Read more)
"Flag of the Romani people" by AdiJapan - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Today around six million Romani people live in the European Union. Romani people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe - and one of the most marginalized and discriminated. Many Roma still live on the margins of society. According to the Fundamental Rights Agency one in three Roma is unemployed, one in five has no health insurance, and nine out of ten live below the poverty line. Not even every second Roma child completes primary education. (Read more)

Schulz on the plane crash in Southern France

Press Release - Brussels - 24-03-2015

Martin Schulz.
In the name of the European Parliament I wish to convey my sincere condolences to all the families and friends of the victims on the Germanwings 4U9525 flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf which crashed this morning near Digne-les-Bains in Southern France. We grieve this terrible loss which has struck individual people and families as well as nations. Tomorrow, at the opening of its plenary session, the European Parliament will remember the victims with a minute of silence. (Read more)