Labour Member of the European Parliament for the East of England and a leading member of the Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and its Human Rights Sub-Committee.
First elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1994, Richard
Howitt MEP is Labour Member of the European Parliament for the East of
England and a leading member of the Parliament's Foreign Affairs
Committee and its Human Rights Sub-Committee. He also serves as
Spokesperson for the Socialist and Democrat Group on Human Rights and
has called for the EU to take a more systematic approach to monitoring
human rights worldwide.
This week Tory MP after Tory MP on the 'leave' side of the EU referendum campaign, has come out with a clearly premeditated and orchestrated use of the words 'Project Fear,' to attack those of us on the 'Remain' side of the argument. Anyone versed in successful campaigns knows that you have to rebut dishonest attacks quickly. Now is the time for rebuttal.
David Cameron's sales pitch for a Remain vote in the EU referendum, saw him repeatedly using the phrase he "didn't love Europe." Now hypocritical Boris Johnson says he "does love Brussels," along with the fine wines and expensive holidays, but has announced he will campaign for Britain to leave the EU.
The last week has left me in no doubt that this is quite literally a fight for Europe within Ukraine. Europe has to consider very carefully the consequences for all of us whether it is a fight we can afford to be lost and to decide for ourselves exactly what constitutes victory or defeat? Cold war, hot war or no war at all.
For Iran, all segments of its society would welcome the lifting of sanctions and an important step towards ending the international isolation. The country has always denied any intent to build nuclear weapons but a successful agreement would also deny them the capacity to do so. It may pave the way towards new hope in a troubled region.
As this week's dialogue takes place, Europe must reaffirm that short-cutting human rights through short-term security responses alone, can never be a long-term answer to the terrorist threat. The war against terror may indeed have returned. But the difference this time is that it's a war which Pakistan appears to have declared against itself.
As Euro MPs convened for our monthly parliamentary session in France this week, the extraordinary emotional response to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack has been shown to have evoked the same reaction across the whole of Europe...
Mass demonstrations in freezing temperatures, a repressive police response - the scenes from the 'Maidan' in Ukraine leaves little doubt about where our sympathies should lie. The fact that the protest is from those who want to leave the country's Soviet past far behind by locking it on a path towards European Union membership would seem to remove all doubt.
05/02/2014 15:24 GMT
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