Nicaraguan Elections Denounced as Farce

Nicaragua Elections Denounced

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament have denounced the 7 November 2021 general Nicaraguan elections as a farce, which will only further cement authoritarianism under Daniel Ortega. S&D MEPs reiterated their call on the Ortega regime to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners; to end the repression and breaches of human rights;…

Romania’s woes: Energy Prices Soar as Covid-19 Infections Rise.

Romania Covid Surge

Romania is suffering a multitude of crises as energy prices soar, Covid-19 infection rates are rising to worrying levels, a potential new prime minister is struggling to form a government and the country’s justice system has faced strong criticism in the UK’s High Court of Justice as the judge refused to allow Gabriel Popoviciu to…

Who Attempted to Assassinate the Prime Minister of Sudan?

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Abdullah Hamdok

In 2020 the Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdullah Hamdok, survived an assassination attempt that had targeted his convoy as he headed to work in Khartoum.  Film footage posted online showed two damaged white vehicles used by Sudan’s top officials parked on a street. Another vehicle was badly damaged in the blast of the explosion, but…

Manfred Weber Re-Elected EPP Chairman

Manfred Weber EPP Chairman

Manfred Weber MEP was re-elected on Wednesday with an overwhelming majority as Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament.  The German member presides the biggest group in Parliament since 2014 and was today re-elected for the 3rd time. After the announcement of the election result, Weber thanked his fellow MEPs for the trust…

Fighting to Save the Rule of Law in Poland

Iratxe Garcia Perez

Iratxe García Pérez, the leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, met with judges in Warsaw on Saturday who are fighting to save the rule of law in Poland, and with attorney Michal Wawrykiewicz, co-founder of the Free Courts Civic Initiative. After the meeting, García Pérez said,”What I heard today is extremely…

Pandora Papers

Pandora Papers

Political reaction has been swift to the disturbing new Pandora Papers revelations on Monday about the rich and famous. “The Pandora Papers show once more that the fight against tax havens and letter box companies is only making limited progress”, said Markus Ferber MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Economic Affairs. The deputy was commenting on…

Greens Shine in German Elections

Baerbock

In last month’s General Election, the German Greens achieved their best result in a general election so far and became a strong third with 14.8% (2017: 8.9%) of the vote and 118 MPs (2017: 67). 7 German Greens MEP Sven Giegold said, “We even came first in 16 constituencies all over Germany, which we managed…

Saakashvili Imprisoned After Return From Exile

Mikhail Saakashvili

The ECR Group says it is “deeply concerned” about the imprisonment of Mikheil Saakashvili, former pro-western President of Georgia and leader of the largest opposition party in the country, after his return from exile. Saakashvili was fully entitled to return to his homeland. Allegations against him made by the ruling party in Georgia are unfounded. The…

People Power-Why We Need More Migrants

Giles Merritt

European nations may well be on the threshold of a new migrant crisis that will dwarf even that of 2015–16.  That’s one of several stark messages to emerge from an exhaustive new book on migration  – “People Power – why we need more migrants” – by the highly respected commentator on EU affairs, Giles Merritt. The…