Parliament demands more EU support to oppressed Russian civil society
With today's adoption of a resolution on the rule of law in Russia by the European Parliament, Greens/EFA foreign affairs spokesperson Werner Schulz commented: "The resolution revealed the alarming deterioration of the human rights situation in Russia after the retaking of office by Vladimir Putin. The European Union may not continue with its strategy of diplomatic reservation and has to assume responsibility. In today's resolution the EP denies visa free travel for Russian officials against the background of the unresolved Magnitsky case and other severe human rights violations.
Open letter of European Parliamentarians: No EU-Russia agreement on visa-free travel for russian officials unless EU implements Magnitsky sanctions
In the run up to the EU-Russia summit in Jekatarinenburg European Parliamentarians adressed an open letter to Foreign an Interior Ministers of the EU to declare that the Parliament will refuse visa fasilitation agreements with Russia including free travel for Russian officials unless the Council adopts an EU "Magnitsky law. Werner Schulz is one of the initiators of the letter, signed by 48 MEPs.
Merkel is an honest East German
A new book published in Germany about Angela Merkel claims to reveal new details about her past. What it really reveals is the West German unknowingness of life in the GDR, which has dominated the debate.
Ukrainian government must abide by its word: Release of Yulia Timoshenko now!
In response to today's ECHR ruling in the Yulia Timoshenko case, Werner Schulz, Green Member of the European Parliament in the Party on the Foreign Affairs Committee makes the following statement: I am pleased that the European Court of Human Rights has clearly and unequivocally recognized and condemned the political motivation of the criminal proceedings against Yulia Timoshenko by the current Ukrainian government. This is a great success for Yulia Timoshenko, the opposition and for the citizens of the Ukraine.
EU travel restrictions to be eased for Ukrainians and Moldovans
Travel to the EU is set to become easier for people from Ukraine and Moldova after Members of the European Parliament approved plans for visa exemptions for holders of biometric service passports and a simplification of requirements demonstrating the purpose of their journey.
PR: Alexei Navalny - nothing but a show trial
Mommenting on the Navalny case, Green foreign policy spokesperson and vice-chair of the EU-Russia parliamentary cooperation committee Werner Schulz said:
Eastern Partnership: teaming up to make a difference
Teaming up, Making a difference: The EU teams up with its eastern neighbours!
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