MEPs JOINT STATEMENT ON THE 10th EU ANTI-TRAFFICKING DAY, 18 October 2016

To mark the 10th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, 18 October 2016, MEPs from different political groups have signed a joint statement to address trafficking in human beings (THB) and actions that need to be taken in order to combat the root causes of THB. On this day we raise our voices for more feminist and effective actions. The statement 18 October 2016 - European day against trafficking in human beings   This day must be a day when we step up our efforts to combat the most dominant form of trafficking, namely trafficking in women, girls and boys for sexual exploitati...

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“Victory for Democracy! Citizens’ initiative on Right2Water gains support of the European Parliament”

Speaking after the vote, Irish MEP Lynn Boylan welcomed the passing of her report on the Right2Water which was supported by a majority today in the European Parliament.  "This is a victory for civil society and for Right2Water campaigners across Europe. The 1.8 million signatories to the Right2Water European Citizens' Initiative (ECI), the first ever successful example of this mechanism, have finally received the support they deserve from an EU institution.  "The Commission’s initial response to the ECI was vague, disappointing and did little to answer their ...

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“Last-minute agreement prevents Greece from being pushed into a Grexit”

After finding  a last-minute agreement that prevents Greece from an uncontrolled exit out of the Eurozone, thereby deepening the humanitarian crisis and the economic recession, GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer said: "It is a success for the Greek Government that the reprofiling of Greek debt is included into the agreement despite resistance by the German Government and other hardliners to deal with the unsustainable debt at all." "The Eurogroup now has to find an immediate way to provide the bridge financing that Greece needs in order to stabilize the Greek economy and ...

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GUE/NGL demands respect for the Greek people and a European-style solution to the crisis

GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer and European Parliament Vice-President Dimitrios Papadimoulis took the floor in the EP today asking for respect for the Greek people and a rapid solution to the crisis, in the presence of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.   Responding to previous heads of political groups, Gabi Zimmer said it was not the time given the deep crisis which is most tangible for people in Greece for other MEPs "to use this stage to demonstrate their theatrical talents."   Addressing EPP leader Manfred Weber directly, she said "we don't need ...

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“Solidarity to Greece”

GUE/NGL MEPs showed their solidarity towards the Greek people and the Greek government on Wednesday (1.7.2015) during the negotiations of the country with the Institutions. They held banners reading: "Solidarity with Greece" , "No to Austerity" as well as Greek flags. Within the video there are messages from 11 MEPs. Below the MEPs: Gabi Zimmer - President of GUE/NGL, Die Linke Martina Anderson - Sinn Fein Barbara Spinelli - Independent Josu Juaristi - Eh Bildu Luke 'Ming' Flanagan – Independent Fabio de Masi - Die Linke Marina Albiol - Izquierda Plural M...

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“A crucial moment in the European Union’s history”

Statement by GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer As president of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, I call on the political leaders of the EU to use this momentum and to act at this historical moment for our Union. It is today that our heads of state need to take their responsibilities. This is not the time for ideological battles or making threats of destabilisation through our common currency. We have to give the Greek people the time to freely decide about the mandate in the on-going negotiation process by extending the current programme for a short period of ...

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When competitiveness undermines cohesion: employment and social welfare in the spectrum of the Agenda 2020

When the goal of competitiveness, as put it on the EU Agenda 2020 is central and supplants the need for employment and social welfare, there are prospects for European society and job creation; This question is addressed on the agenda of the MEP SYRIZA, Ms K. Kuneva as coordinator in session conducted by political group in the European Parliament, GUE / NGL in central hotel in Athens. This question called to respond, firstly, the two main speakers, the Greek Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare, Ms. Rania Antonopoulou and MEP of GUE/NGL Rina Kari, ...

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GUE/NGL condemns scaremongering and gives its full backing to SYRIZA

Group condemns fear campaign and supports electoral victory by SYRIZA GUE/NGL MEPs expressed their strong support and solidarity to SYRIZA and its policies in the run up to the forthcoming Greek parliamentary elections at the group's meeting in Brussels today. A victory by SYRIZA would be a clear and historic message for change both in Greece and the whole of Europe and against the neo-liberal policies and austerity measures that have damaged social cohesion and failed to tackle the economic crisis, providing no prospects for economic recovery, growth and ...

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GUE/NGL slams Juncker’s interference in Greek politics

Recent provocative interventions in Greek politics by the European Commission are objectionable and must be withdrawn, according to Left MEPs. On three consecutive occasions, Commission President Juncker and Commissioner Moscovici have issued statements relating to both the forthcoming election of the Greek President and the next Greek general election. Their interventions in Greek domestic politics directly backed Prime Minister Samaras' fear-mongering propaganda against SYRIZA, the party of the Left that currently tops opinion polls. These unprecedented interv...

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