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January 2020

Women to the negotiating tables

Launch of the report for a feminist EU foreign policy

The perspectives and needs of women and other political minorities are often excluded from foreign and security policy processes and international negotiating tables. This also applies to the EU's foreign policy. The institutional representation of women and other political minorities, especially in leadership and key positions, remains disproportionately low.

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Activists need protection: How women face repressions for fighting for our planet

Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) safeguarding environmental rights are a fundamental pillar in the protection of their communities and natural resources for future generations. However, today they are confronted with an unprecedented scale of persecution and repression. This Tuesday, in cooperation with and MEP María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Renew) I hosted a conference on this issue at the European Parliament…

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"Iranians don't put up with everything anymore" - RND-interview

"Iranians no longer put up with everything, and many are willing to take a high risk for it," I explained to the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) on Friday. After the killing of General Soleimani by the USA initially silenced domestic protests, the tragic shooting down of the plane brought government critics back onto the streets. After the chaotic back and forth, the RND asked me for an assessment of how the situation in Iran is now developing.

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Speech on the US-Iran conflict: For peace we must listen to the demonstrators

The nuclear agreement is still alive and the EU must do everything possible to get Iran and the USA back on board. In this difficult situation, however, those who are fighting for democracy in Iran and Iraq must not be forgotten. The EU must strongly condemn the violence and repression against the demonstrators. I called for this yesterday in Parliament. Because there will be no peace in the region if the people on the streets continue to be silenced.

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"Libyans should decide their own future" - DW interview

It is important that all parties to the conflict come together and discuss a peaceful solution for Libya. Germany's initiative for a conference in Berlin is the right approach. Most importantly, however, eventually it should be the Libyans themselves who decide on their future. That was my core message in the interview with Deutsche Well on the occasion of the meeting of Merkel and Putin in Moscow.

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A “Geopolitical Commission” needs self-initiative – SZ Interview

„Wenn die EU im Nahen Osten eine Rolle spielen möchte, dann darf sie nicht als Anhängsel der USA wahrgenommen werden. Sie muss sich mit beiden Füßen auf den Boden des Völkerrechts stellen und alle, die gegen dieses Völkerrecht verstoßen, gleichermaßen verurteilen“, sagte ich der Süddeutschen Zeitung am Freitag. Zuvor hatten

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"EU must mediate in US-Iran conflict" - Interview in Handelsblatt

"If the EU wants to play a mediating role based on international law and defend the rules that make peaceful coexistence possible, it will only work if it criticises all actors who violate them," I told the Handelsblatt on Wednesday. "But it is holding back on the USA. Yet the killing of Soleimani in Iraq was most likely contrary to international law."

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