French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated with MEPs the challenges facing Europe, from the refugee crisis to the situation in Syria, during October’s first plenary session in October. MEPs also discussed the Volkswagen scandal with the European Commission, which is preparing new legislation to tighten vehicle testing. In addition the refugee […]
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Public broadcasters join call for transatlantic trade deal to respect principles of UNESCO’s Convention on Cultural Diversity
Ten years on from the adoption of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, European public broadcasters and the European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ECCD) are calling for the protection of cultural diversity and the principle of technological neutrality to be included explicitly in the final text of the Transatlantic Trade and […]
The EU has pledged to “closely monitor” the current political and social situation in Thailand, including abuses of human rights and a curtailment of freedom of speech. Speaking in Strasbourg on Thursday (8 October), Commissioner Christos Stylianides said: “Respect for human rights is essential and failure to abide by it is an offence and a […]
The current situation in the European Union and challenges to be tackled together, and notably migration, were at the heart of Wednesday afternoon’s (7 October) debate between European Parliament political group leaders, President of the French Republic François Hollande and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel. The visit by François Hollande and […]
West Midlands Conservative MEP Daniel Dalton (pictured) has reminded the European Parliament that consumers have been treated with contempt by car manufacturers, as he took part in a Strasbourg debate about the ongoing car emissions scandal. In the UK, 1.1 million cars are affected with over 4,000 cars having already been recalled. The software used […]