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 Peace lernen kann.“

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

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EU Defence Plan: My comments

In the context of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, the European Commission today presented its EU Defence Plan to close the defence investment gap.
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European Commission publishes Gulf Strategy - my assessment

Today, the European Commission published its Gulf Strategy, outlining its strategic approach to the region for the years to come. Here's my comment as Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the Arabian Peninsula:
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Pegasus: We demand an immediate clarification of the scandal

The Pegasus scandal has reached the European Union. I had expected an outcry because of these incidents, but nothing happened. Should we simply sit back and watch while our democracy is being attacked? My speech on the subject:
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The container terminal in Swinemünde and Schwesig's policy on Nord Stream 2 - My interview with "Katapult" magazine

Attempts at intimidation of Polish opponents of the port project, the EU's options to create transparency and the shortfalls of the politics of Manuela Schwesig, the Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: These were some of the topics of my interview with "Katapult" magazine.
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Press conference - Protecting human rights defenders: The Pegasus Committee

#CatalanGate, the misuse of "Pegasus" and other spyware: committee of enquiry starts its work

Five MEPs were targeted by the spyware "Pegasus", either personally or through spyware attacks on family, friends or their professional contacts. I am a member of the Parliament's committee of enquiry on the subject.
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The oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan: My plenary speech

In August, the Taliban promised to respect women's rights and press freedom. But these announcements have proven to be empty words. At the same time, the EU has done too little to push for necessary evacuations. My plenary speech:
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#NoWar - House concert with Igor Levit because of the war in Ukraine

Europäische Waffenexporte, ein #NoWar-Hauskonzert mit Igor Levit und meine Reise in den Irak

Diesen Monat lag der Fokus meiner Arbeit auf dem Krieg in der Ukraine. Unter Anderem ging es um europäische Waffenexporte und wie wir mit einer feministische Außenpolitik Kriegen entgegenwirken können. Erfahrt hier mehr:
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Toxic masculinity & the Gender Action Plan III

Putin is peak toxic masculinity - one consequence is his war of aggression in Ukraine. We must free ourselves from patriarchal structures, also in our own institutions. My speech on the European Commission's Gender Action Plan III:
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Putins Angriffskrieg, die Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz und die „Afghan Women Days“

Kriege zerstören innerhalb von Tagen und Wochen, was über Jahrzehnte aufgebaut wurde. In meinem "Monthly" geht es diesmal unter anderen um Putins Angriffskrieg und die "Afghan Women Days".
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The situation in the Philippines: My plenary speech

The human rights situation in the Philippines has hardly changed since our last resolution in the European Parliament 17 months ago. The EU must act now! I laid out some options in my plenary speech.
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Climate Change and discrimination of women: My speech

Women are not only more concerned about climate change, they are also the most affected by its consequences. We need to change that! Learn more about this in my plenary speech:
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Annual report 2021 on human rights: my plenary speech

Human rights activists are still threatened, persecuted or even tortured and killed because of their work - this should not be the norm. More on this in my plenary speech.
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