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My visit to Iraq and Northeast Syria

In October and November, for about two weeks, I visited Baghdad, Erbil and Mosul in Iraq as well as Qamishli and Hassakeh in Northeast Syria. I met with activists, parliamentarians, ministers, military leaders and diplomats. Find out more here

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My trip to Saudi-Arabia and Oman

On women claiming their spots, the fight for human rights, and how we can save the planet together Saudi-Arabia and Oman: These were the two destinations I visited last week as the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula. Women in both countries are claiming

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Report: Visit to Egypt, Qatar and Iraq

Just as I planned my visit, another round of protests sparked in the Middle East: Anti-government protests resurfaced in Algeria. Critical voices by Egypt’s youth against the government were suffocated in September in a fierce clampdown with thousands detained. In October, young people in Iraq and Lebanon took to the streets calling for political reforms and an end of corruption.

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Back from Iraq: Baghdad protesters resist the violence

A day before I arrived in Iraq, the Lebanese Prime Minster had resigned following weeks of protests. While people in Lebanon were celebrating in the streets, Iraqi security forces continued to kill people in the streets of Baghdad and elsewhere. Over the past month more than 250 of the largely peaceful protesters have died. Here is one of the few English articles about the protest.

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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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