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…

MEPs to be Impeached

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Photo by Yellow Cactus on Unsplash President Roberta Metsola has launched an urgent procedure for the waiver of immunity of two Members of the European Parliament, following a request from the Belgian judicial authorities. The first procedural steps have been taken and the President will announce the request in plenary at the first possible opportunity on 16 January.  The request…

Parliament Corruption Scandal Unravelling

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Photo by Ibrahim Boran on Unsplash MEPs say they are “appalled” by the allegations of corruption in the European Parliament.  Four people have been arrested in connection with the alleged corruption which, reportedly, involves an MEP and parliamentary aides. The international fallout from the investigation is starting to spiral and further allegations are emerging concerning the activities of…

European Parliament Corruption

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Photo by fikry anshor on Unsplash The European Parliament has just voted for a series of measures aimed at strengthening the fight against corruption, following the revelations in the ‘Qatargate’ scandal. The measures include: A cooling off period for MEPs to prevent revolving doors; to prohibit financial ties with lobbyists; stricter rules on ‘friendship groups’; improved whistleblower protection; strengthen…

Qatargate

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Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash The Left Group says it has secured some firm commitments and measures on corruption, transparency and accountability from the European Parliament for strong and concrete measures.  The resolution followed recent revelations in the ongoing Qatargate scandal.  Highlights include: Left Co-President Manon Aubry said, “Since 2019, I have been fighting tirelessly to denounce the “dangerous liaisons” between…

Reichsbürger – Russian Project to Destabilise Germany

Russia has an extensive network of agents in the EU, which can be used for comprehensive destabilisation and Putin is rapidly scaling up threats to Europe, reports the International Foundation for Better Governance. The coup attempt in Germany, which took place on 7th December, is a classic example of the hybrid aggression of the Russian Federation. Among the…

Société Générale’s Russian Chapter Continues to Draw Scrutiny

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Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash French bank Société Générale had perhaps hoped to have heard the last of its Russian adventures when it closed its sale of its Russian business Rosbank to the Interros group, a firm linked to Russian oligarch Vladimir Potantin. The sale resulted in Société Générale taking a 3.2 billion Euro hit, according to…

Parliament Honours the Brave People of Ukraine.

Parliament’s 2022 Sakharov Prize was awarded to the Brave People of Ukraine, in a ceremony today, 14 December. They were represented by their President, elected leaders and civil society at the ceremony in Strasbourg. Russia’s unprovoked genocidal invasion of Ukraine started in February 2022 and is inflicting enormous costs on the Ukrainian people, who are…

Equal Recognition of Parenthood

Equal Rights of Parenthood

The European Commission has published their proposal on the Equal recognition of parenthood. The proposal has been long awaited and is aimed at ensuring the right of every child  to each of their parents MEPs have said they welcome the proposal of the Commission which aims at prioritising the best interest of the child and safeguarding…

#Free Jimmy Lai!

Speaking after the opening of the Hong Kong trial of Jimmy Lai under the so-called National Security Law of China, Reinhard Bütikofer MEP has condemned what he calls the “criminalisation” of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong. Lai is a Hong Kong entrepreneur and activist. He founded Giordano, an Asian clothing retailer, Next Digital, a Hong…