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September 2019

Women to the negotiating tables!

As many women as men! What Ursula von der Leyen wants to achieve for the EU Commission is still being skilfully ignored at other levels. Take the European External Action Service (EEAS), for example: of our 47 embassies, only 11 are run by women. We at Greens/EFA are demanding 50% women by 2024, and we have communicated this to Mrs. Mogherini by letter. Because women belong at the negotiating table!

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Protests in Egypt: What the EU can do for the safety of protesters

On Friday protests against the al-Sisi regime are expected again in Egypt. More than 1000 people have been arrested since last week's protests. It was also reported that social media and messaging platforms were blocked. The current wave of arrests in Egypt shows once again how the government under President al-Sisi is proceeding with systematic severity against legitimate protests by the population. The EU should prevent the use of arms from its member states in this process.

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Urgency Resolution: Support women's rights activists in Iran!

If human rights are disregarded elsewhere, we cannot remain silent here! On International Women's Day, March 8, Iranian women took off their headscarves in the subway in Tehran and distributed flowers. This was a peaceful and courageous protest against the compulsory wearing of headscarves. The Iranian regime reacted with hard prison sentences. As human

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Libya war: what is the European answer?

Wenn in Libyen Krieg herrscht, geht uns das auch hier in Europa an. Warum? Weil wir bereits involviert sind, jedoch ohne ernsthaftes Engagement für eine Friedenslösung. Der German Marshall Fund of the United States, die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung und das AJC Transatlantic Institute luden heute zur Diskussionsrunde „Libya: Towards a War of

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Arms trade: the EU must enforce its export criteria

Krisen anderswo gehen auch uns was an, vor allem wenn unsere Waffen im Spiel sind. Die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten haben sich am Montag im Rat für Allgemeine Angelegenheiten unter anderem für mehr Transparenz bei Waffenexporten ausgesprochen. Es reicht aber nicht, nur zu wissen, wo unsere Waffen landen. Gebraucht wird ein EU-Mechanismus, also

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Freedom for women - No prison for civil disobedience in Iran!

Pressemitteilung: Das Europäische Parlament erarbeitet eine Resolution zu Gefangenen im Iran und wird am Donnerstag, den 19.9., darüber abstimmen. Im Juli und August wurden im Iran vier Frauenrechtsverteidigerinnen zu langen Haftstrafen verurteilt, weil sie gegen die iranischen Kleidervorschriften protestierten, die Frauen zwingen, in der Öffentlichkeit den Hijab zu tragen. Hannah

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Peace is feminine: women in security policy

Peace is feminine? Duden says: No! Research says: Yes! Scientific studies have been showing for years that peace processes are significantly more successful the more women are involved in decisive positions. Nevertheless, we as the EU send almost only men on our joint security and defence missions (CSDP missions)

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Helsinki Conference: If climate change is safe, how safe are we?

Es wird heißer. Wir liegen 1° Celsius über den Temperaturen vor der Industrialisierung, Tendenz steigend. Das Klima betrifft uns alle. Da geht es nicht um heiße Sommertage, sondern um unsere Sicherheit. Unter anderem darüber wurde diese Woche bei der inter-parlamentarischen Konferenz (IPC) in Helsinki diskutiert. Dort trafen sich Vertreter*innen der nationalen Parlamente und des europäischen Parlaments, um sich über unsere gemeinsame Außen-, Sicherheits- und

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Exchange on Yemen

The new Head of the EU Delegation in Yemen, Hans Grundberg, addressed the questions of the EU Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) in a closed session today. I have taken over the questions on behalf of the Green Group. This was an important meeting, as the EU is a key actor in mobilising humanitarian aid in Yemen. At the same time

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