European Parliament

Europe is the proof that peace can be learnt. That after years of the most brutal wars, another way of living is possible. The European Parliament is a truly European place where we can achieve consensus across national and party divisions. Our work in Parliament and our history in Europe give many people hope, wherever they may be in the world. 

In my view, we must live up to the hopes placed in us every day. I use my work in Parliament as a platform, as a way of urging Europe to support and protect people around the world who are campaigning for peace and human rights.

I chose my committees and delegations accordingly. I am chair of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula and vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). I am also a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence Policy (SEDE).

“Europe is the proof that we can learn to live together

Here you will find the many contributions, speeches, resolutions and reports I am working on in Parliament:

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My report on arms exports has been confirmed by the Foreign Affairs Committee

This week the AFET Committee adopted my report on arms exports. As MEPs, we call for more EU-wide control and transparency in arms exports.
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"Mr. Borrell, please adapt the visa handbook!" - My plenary address on the annual human rights report

In many countries human rights defenders face enormous dangers: They risk their freedom, their security and often their lives. They are unjustly accused and imprisoned. But if they want to enter the EU, their special situation is not taken into account - sometimes even interpreted in a negative way.
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Launchday: Covid-Monitor für Menschenrechte und Demokratie geht online

Gestern ging der von mir initiierte Covid-Monitor für Menschenrechte und Demokratie online. 162 Länder, hunderte interaktive Grafen und eine regelmäßig aktualisierte Datenbank, die jedem*r zeigt, wie weltweit Grundrechte aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie eingeschränkt werden - all das beinhaltet der Monitor.
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Monitor for Human Rights in Corona Times - Report of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

I have proposed to the EU Commission the creation of a monitor for human rights, with which one can trace restrictions of fundamental rights in the Corona crisis. Tomorrow this proposal will become reality.
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Syria Donor Conference: It's only together that the EU can influence Syria's future

The union is already the largest donor of humanitarian aid. In future, the EU will also have to finance reconstruction measures - and should use the funds strategically.
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Report for a feminist foreign policy clears important hurdle

Yesterday was the big day: The European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET Committee) adopted the draft opinion on the report "Gender Equality in the EU's Foreign and Security Policy".
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A human rights crisis is unfolding before the eyes of the EU - it is time to act!

Im Schatten der Gesundheitskrise entfaltet sich eine Menschenrechtskrise. Und das macht die Sache noch schlimmer. Um die weltweite #Coronakrise zu überwinden, müssen wir beides angehen. Deshalb muss "Team Europa" zum "Team Menschenrechte" werden. Milliarden an Geldern auszugeben ist nicht genug.
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EU foreign ministers must back the ICC against US threats

Today, EU Foreign Ministers will meet with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo. Last week, Donald Trump announced economic sanctions against officials of the International Criminal Court who are investigating potential war crimes by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. My statement:
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My report on feminist foreign policy is making waves in Brussels

Seit Ende letzten Jahres arbeiten mein Büro und ich an einem Bericht zur Geschlechtergleichheit in der europäischen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Nach einem langen Prozess mit viel Recherchearbeit, Gesprächen mit Expert*innen und NGOs und politischen Abstimmungsprozessen gibt es nun einen Entwurf.
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Euractiv Interview

The EU needs common rules and more transparency on arms exports: My interview with euractiv

Durch die Bank hinweg fordern alle politischen Parteien mehr Transparenz und Regeln bei EU-Waffenexporten. Aber sobald es um konkrete Aktivitäten und Maßnahmen geht, ziehen die politischen Akteur*innen oft nicht am gleichen Strang. 
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Feministische Außenpolitik – „Wir müssen die Muster von guten Strategien und langsamem Erfolg durchbrechen“.

The EU has developed many good plans and strategies for gender equality and women's rights in its foreign and security policy. But reality is lagging behind.
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The European Parliament is waking up! - The EP in times of Corona

The new corona normality has completely changed our parliamentary work. How exactly? I'll show you in my video!
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