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Speech on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty


Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Maastricht - 09-12-2016

 (Brussels ).
Coming to Maastricht is always a very special pleasure to me. I was born only some 40km from here, and those of you in the audience who come from this region, will know that it has a very special feeling to it. I use to say that someone coming from here, where the borders of the Netherlands, of Belgium and Germany meet and those countries flow almost seamlessly into each other, must almost definitely develop a sort of European identity, or at least a very personal understanding of what Europe is about. (Read more)
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Cette première visite d'un Président tunisien aux institutions de l’Union européenne intervient à l'heure où nous célébrons le 40ème anniversaire du premier accord de coopération. Nos rencontres manifestent au plus haut niveau notre volonté de franchir un nouveau palier dans le cadre d'une relation stratégique et,  reflètent à la fois la profondeur des liens qui nous unissent et l’exception démocratique tunisienne dans le voisinage. (Read more)

Official visit by President Béji Caïd Essebsi

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 01-12-2016

 (Brussels ).
It is our great honour to welcome to the European Parliament today the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Mr Béji Caïd Essebsi. Let me say how much it means to me, Mr President, to be standing next to you again, one year after our last meeting in Tunis. I should also like to thank you once again for the warm welcome you gave me in your beautiful country. (Read more)
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Almost two years ago, on the 27th of February 2015, Boris Nemtsov was brutally murdered in the centre of Moscow, on a bridge right next to the Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov was not only a former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. He was one of the leaders of Russia’s liberal and democratic opposition, a reformer, supported and admired by many in Russia. (Read more)

Schulz on the result of the US presidential elections

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 09-11-2016

Martin Schulz.
The US electorate has spoken. The victory of Donald Trump is unequivocal and must be respected. I congratulate him and the Republican Party on their victory. Mr Trump has managed to become the standard-bearer of the angst and fears of millions of Americans. Those concerns must now be addressed with credible policies and proposals. This campaign will not be remembered as America’s finest. Vitriol and polarisation have fuelled this electoral contest. President Trump will have the daunting task of bringing together a divided nation. (Read more)
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Today’s detentions send a chilling signal about the state of political pluralism in Turkey. Selahattin Demirtaş, Figen Yüksekdag and HDP Members of Parliament are legitimate and democratic representatives of Turkish society. The HDP is the third biggest group in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. I have met Selahattin Demirtaş many times. He is a leader committed to the peace process, to non-violence, to political dialogue and to the rule of law. In our last meeting at the end of September, he already feared he would be next in the line to be detained. (Read more)

Martin Schulz on the EU-Canada Summit


Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 30-10-2016

 (Brussels ).
The presence of Prime Minister Trudeau in Brussels today for the signature of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement represents much more than a positive step in our bilateral relations, it signals that the EU and Canada are committed to working together to shape international relations and international trade on the basis of openness and shared values. (Read more)

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar - Winners of the 2016 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought

Press Release - Strasbourg - 27-10-2016

Drawings by Ali Ferzat, 2011 Sakharov Prize laureate
By awarding the Sakharov Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, the European Parliament asserts its support for freedom of thought as one of the fundamental human rights, a right which must be respected everywhere, with no exception. Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar share a painful and tragic story: both of them have had to witness the atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State, both of them have seen their closest family killed, and both of them have been denigrated to sex slaves and exploited. (Read more)

Schulz on his meetings with Chrystia Freeland and Paul Magnette

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 22-10-2016

Martin Schulz © European Union 2014 - European Parliament. (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license) (13/01/2015).
I had two separate very constructive and fruitful meetings this morning in the European Parliament with Chrystia Freeland, the federal Minister of International Trade of Canada and with Paul Magnette, the Minister-President of Wallonia on the issue of CETA (Read more)

Speech of the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, at the European Council of 20 October 2016

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 20-10-2016

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I come with a clear message to you from the European Parliament: acting to stop the bloodshed in Syria should be the number one priority on your list. We have witnessed with utter dismay the relentless bombing of Aleppo by the Syrian regime with the air support of Russia. Once more, it has shattered the Syrians’ hope of ending the war. Once again, all principles of international law have been breached. Allow me to thank President Hollande for his strong stance against any impunity for those involved in war crimes. The European Parliament calls for consequences and accountability for those guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. (Read more)
Martin Schulz.
I would first of all like to wish a speedy recovery to Steven Woolfe, MEP, who is currently hospitalised. I also heartily thank the Parliament’s staff and medical service which provided the first aid as well as the French medical services which have subsequently been caring for him. (Read more)