The EU policy of sanctions against Belarus
On 31 October 2012 the current sanctions against Belarus will expire and the EU foreign ministers will have to discuss their extension and expansion. Travel bans and the freezing of accounts have proven largely ineffective. Brussels' sharpest weapon would be economic sanctions involving the embargo of whole sectors, as well as individual companies and middle men. The question is who would suffer more under the former: the ruling elite or the population? an article by Thomas Vogel, parliamentary assistant to Werner Schulz, MEP
Ukraine election: The door to Europe is still open
Commenting on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine Werner Schulz said, that the Sunday election was maybe more or less free but certainly not fair. President Victor Yanukovych did everything in his power to keep his 'Party of the Regions' as the most powerful, enabling him to maintain his own powerful position. But there are however also some encouraging signs.
Russia - Magnitsky case EU Parliament calls for sanctions against Russian officials
The European Parliament adopted a resolution yesterday evening calling on EU governments in Council to introduce sanctions against the Russian officials responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky. The Greens welcomed the vote, which was passed with an overwhelming majority, with Green MEP and vice-chair of the EU-Russia cooperation committee Werner Schulz stating:
"EU should strengthen 'failed' Belarus sanctions"
The persecution of opposition and civil society continues in Belarus, and EU member states should rise above national interests to sever the channels the Lukashenko regime uses to finance itself, writes MEP Werner Schulz.
Failure by EU foreign ministers to expand sanctions regretted
Commenting on the outcome of today's council of EU foreign ministers and their conclusions on Belarus, Green foreign affairs spokesperson Werner Schulz said: "The failure by EU foreign ministers to expand sanctions in Belarus is a source of regret. Targeted sanctions against individual firms and individuals behind the regime are the only way for the EU to maintain pressure against Lukashenko.
Russia: Elections according to Putin’s plan
In response to yesterday’s regional elections in Russia, Werner Schulz, Vice-Chair of the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC), makes the following statement: The first elections after Putin’s return as president have once again demonstrated the unscrupulousness with which the Russian government is adhering to managed democracy and overt electoral fraud despite the protests of this past winter. Pre-stuffed ballot boxes, carousel voting, falsified documents and the use of violence against election observers reveal that the entire election-falsification kit is in use. As was the case for the Duma elections in December 2011, candidates loyal to the government were assured of an uncontested victory.
"Pussy Riot shortlisted for Sakharov Prize"
Pussy Riot, whose three female musicians were sentenced to two years in prison after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral, are among the three candidates shortlisted for the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
- 24. September 2012 Belarus elections: No choice, no credibility
- 11. September 2012 Russia and the rule of law: Shocking Pussy Riot sentence the tip of the iceberg
- 09. September 2012 Proposal of Pussy Riot for the Sakharov-Prize
- 31. August 2012 Civil society in Russia: Meeting of Parliamentary Working Group in St. Petersburg
- 27. August 2012 "Germany damages credibility of European policies"