International Tribunal to be Established to Punish Those Responsible for War against Ukraine

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Photo by noah eleazar on Unsplash The ECR Group in the European Parliament says it  “strongly supports” the proposal adopted by the European Parliament to set up an international tribunal to punish those responsible for the criminal war of aggression against Ukraine.  Anna Fotyga, ECR Foreign Policy Coordinator, said she called for a heightened focus on the supply…

Equal Rights

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Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash Political debate across the EU has recently been dominated by the cost-of-living crisis, the rising cost of health and social care and the cost of supplying additional weaponry to combat Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the UK a new issue has risen to the top of the agenda: what should be the…

Charles Michel’s speech to the Verkhovna Rada

We reprint in full here EU Council President Charles Michel’s speech to the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv today:- Dear Speaker, dear Ruslan, Distinguished Members of the Verkhovna Rada, Excellencies, dear friends, thank you for your warm welcome. I am moved to be here amongst you. For nearly a year, the world has looked with horror…

Unshell Directive Seeks Tax Justice

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Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash The European Parliament has adopted a near-unanimous position on proposed EU legislation intended to prevent tax evasion by establishing fake companies.  Some 637 members voted in favour of  what has become known as the Unshell Directive and only two against, an endorsement the Parliament says gives a “uniquely strong message in support…

EU Statement on the Execution of Alireza Akbari

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Photo by Tianlei Wu on Unsplash The EU has joined the chorus of criticism of Iran over the execution of a British national. On Sunday the EU issued a statement which reads: “The European Union condemns in the strongest terms the execution in Iran of Iranian-British national Alireza Akbari and recalls yet again its strong opposition against the…

New Vice President for European Parliament

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Photo by Yellow Cactus on Unsplash Members of the European Parliament have voted to elect Marc Angel (S&D) as Vice President, sitting in the Bureau of the Parliament.The vote was held in the wake of the suspension of the former Vice President Eva Kaili, who was caught up in allegations of corruption at the heart of the ‘Qatargate’ scandal….