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30. Oktober 2012 article

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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


28. Oktober 2012

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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.


24. Oktober 2012

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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:


23. Oktober 2012 article

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"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.

15. Oktober 2012 press release

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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.

15. Oktober 2012 press release

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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.

10. Oktober 2012

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"Pussy Riot shortlisted for Sakharov Prize"

Logo_euractiv_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.