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Schulz on Tusk's election and Mogherini's appointment

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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)

Schulz on the crash of Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 in Ukraine

Press Release - Brussels - 17-07-2014

 (Brussels ).
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic crash of the Malaysian airliner which led to the death of so many people. I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the national authorities of the affected countries. (Read more)

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

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 16-07-2014

Martin Schulz.
Democracy is constantly evolving. It is not static. Democracy needs to reflect developments in society, institutionally as well as in other ways. In recent decades, people have felt ever more strongly that their wishes should meet with a visible response at EU level, including when it comes to the institutions’ policies on appointments to offices. (Read more)

Schulz on the intervention of Janusz Korwin-Mikke during the Strasbourg plenary

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 16-07-2014

Martin Schulz.
I have thoroughly read the intervention of MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke. I find his language derogatory, racist and running contrary to the values and principles laid down in the basic texts on which the European Union is founded. (Read more)

Schulz on the election of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 15-07-2014

Jean-Claude Juncker (Strasbourg ).
This is an historic day in the continuing process of developing a true European democracy. Today we have witnessed the conclusion and acceptance of a process that, despite the scepticism it received initially, gave European citizens a direct say in the nomination of the top executive post in the European Union. (Read more)

Inaugural speech by Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 01-07-2014

Martin Schulz
As the first President to be re-elected to this office, I appreciate that it is an extraordinary honour. I realise that this – for this House – unprecedented step confers a particular obligation upon me, and I intend to show myself equal to it – I take it very seriously. (Read more)