Skip to content

Hannahs Monthly: One day, two speeches, three human rights resolutions

This week: there is a new President of the Commission, I am making my first speech, there are regular debates on human rights violations in Parliament and the weather is beautiful in Strasbourg.

Ursula von der Leyen

Mrs von der Leyen stood for election before Parliament this week. As indicated last week, it was not an easy decision for me personally and for us in the Green Group. She made a really impressive speech. I personally would have liked Mrs von der Leyen to have come to our group earlier with such strong statements and we would have had more time for concrete negotiations. But even so, in the coming years we will continue to measure her against her promises in the areas of climate protection, women's rights, social justice, the right of initiative for Parliament and strengthening the EU vis-à-vis the Member States - and we are prepared to work closely with her to implement them. So: Congratulations Mrs von der Leyen! And I am very pleased that for the first time a woman is leading the Commission. From now on we have to get down to work, because we have a lot to do.

Hier die offizielle Pressemitteilung der Grünen Europafraktion dazu.

Urgency Resolutions on China, Russia and the US-Mexican border

Für mich als menschenrechtspolitische Sprecherin der Greens/EFA-Gruppe sind die Urgency Resolutions von besonderer Bedeutung: Jeden Monat verabschiedet die EU drei dieser dringenden Beschlüsse. Es geht dabei stets um Situationen oder Konflikte außerhalb der EU, bei denen Menschenrechte gefährdet sind (ja, man könnte auch mal über solche Probleme innerhalb der EU reden, aber das wurde bisher meist blockiert). Das Parlament entscheidet, wie die EU mit diesen Situationen umgehen soll. Diese Woche haben wir uns mit den Protesten in Hongkong, den politischen Gefangenen in Russland und der Situation an der US-mexikanischen Grenze befasst. Das Ergebnis – kurz und knapp:

  • As the EU we stand behind the demonstrators who are peacefully protesting against the extradition law.
  • We call on Russia to release its political prisoners, including Ukrainian citizens and human rights activists. We also condemn any threats against parliamentarians.
  • Regarding the situation on the US-Mexican border, the majority of the Parliament called for the closure of the camps there and the reunification of children who fled alone with their families. The EPP did not agree with these demands.

Of course, the various groups were not in agreement on all points. But the fact that cross-party commitment to human rights issues was evident here gives me hope for the next five years in Parliament!

My speech!

The jump into the cold water, which every parliamentarian has to take, was already on the agenda for me this week. I was allowed (only a short time after Ursula von der Leyen) to give my first plenary speech on the situation in the Persian Gulf. Keyword: Nuclear agreement with Iran and escalation in the Strait of Hormuz. Among other things I called on the EU to encourage regional talks:

"The EU must encourage regional talks and ensure that the conflict does not spill over into neighbouring countries already ravaged by war. But this cannot be done without also talking about the many human rights violations in the region. A strong European foreign policy is more important today than ever to maintain a rule-based international order".

– Hannah Neumann, MEP

Out of the parliament - into the city

Strasbourg is really beautiful! In my second week of sessions I finally had the opportunity to see the city centre. It was a little journey into the past: the last time I came to visit, I was still a child. Even then I was already fascinated by the fairytale scenery. That felt good, in this weighty and tense political week.

Summer break

Next week there will be another debate in the committees, on Thursday we will start the parliamentary summer break. With all the hustle and bustle in Brussels and Strasbourg, a summer recess is super important. Of course, a holiday is a must. But it's also about returning to your own constituencies, getting in touch with local citizens and preparing for the main parliamentary season from September. I am looking forward to hiking trails in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, neighbourhood talks in Berlin and my trip on the subject of arms exports – #topsecret 😉

More on this in a few weeks.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Latest Articles