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 (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)
 (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)

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