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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

Credits: Wikimedia Commons, Sander van der Wel 
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

Credits : Wikimedia Commons 
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

Wikimedia Commons : Florian K 
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)