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40 years of #EPP Group: ‘We must stand together in Europe’

40 years of #EPP Group: ‘We must stand together in Europe’

“Europe is on the defensive. Today, those who have simple and wrong answers are winning elections. We must defy them,” said EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber MEP, at the ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the European People’s Party in Luxembourg. “Of course, everyone has to bring their national concepts and fight for them. But […]

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#Brexit and #health: What departure may mean

#Brexit and #health: What departure may mean

The in-out referendum in the UK on EU membership is getting close, now, with just a few weeks for those undecided citizens to make up their minds.  Britain joined what as then the EEC in 1973 (voting to stay in two years later) and, today, has 73 European Parliament seats (one less than France and […]

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Minorities in #Iraq and #Syria: On the brink of destruction

Minorities in #Iraq and #Syria: On the brink of destruction

(From left) Sundus Abbas, Sam Andrews and Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana Since taking over vast swathes of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has carried out a campaign of violence and subjugation against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities. As mass killings and desperate attempts to flee put several of these groups at risk of extinction, the human-rights […]

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#Maritime: 22,000 EU vessels fishing outside EU waters highlights need for greater transparency

#Maritime: 22,000 EU vessels fishing outside EU waters highlights need for greater transparency

As WhoFishesFar.org discloses vessels authorized to fish in non-EU waters since 2008, a lack of official data on those operating in Africa under private agreements raises alarm bells. The recently updated WhoFishesFar.org website has today revealed that 22,085 EU vessels have operated in non-EU waters since 2008. The list, however, falls short on European vessels […]

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#EUUrbanAgenda: 7 out of 10 city dwellers aged 20 to 64 are employed, almost a quarter of all city dwellers at risk of poverty or social exclusion

#EUUrbanAgenda: 7 out of 10 city dwellers aged 20 to 64 are employed, almost a quarter of all city dwellers at risk of poverty or social exclusion

Home to a large share of the population aged 20 to 64 in the European Union, cities can be viewed as both the source of and solution to many of today’s economic, social and environmental challenges. Among EU city dwellers aged 20-64, 70% were in employment. The risk of poverty or social exclusion affected around […]

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#MEPs back new EU travel document to ease return of irregular non-EU residents

#MEPs back new EU travel document to ease return of irregular non-EU residents

The Commission’s proposal for a standard EU travel document, to speed up the process of returning non-EU nationals who stay “irregularly” in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards, was endorsed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday (30 May). Members highlight that many EU countries are currently facing serious difficulties in returning […]

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Fighting #terrorism: Share criminal records of non-EU nationals, too, urge MEPs

Fighting #terrorism: Share criminal records of non-EU nationals, too, urge MEPs

The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), which EU countries use to exchange information on the criminal convictions of EU citizens, should be extended to include non-EU nationals, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs said on Monday (30 May). MEPs also want the system to be used to check the criminal records of people seeking to work […]

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