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Economy & Jobs 19-03-2019

Companies will support EU law on due diligence, but need assurances on liability

Companies will support EU law on human rights due diligence, but want assurances that it will not expose them to increased risk of lawsuits, argues Virginie Mahin.
Azerbaijan 21-01-2019

Azeri parliamentary cooperation chair: MEPs should check facts before they vote

Some events in Azerbaijan are treated in the EU with prejudice and intentional bias, and some MEPs have a clear agenda to make obstacles to the rapprochement of EU-Azerbaijan relations, Javanshir Feyziyev told EURACTIV in a written interview.
Azerbaijan 28-05-2018

Azeri Ambassador: We count on EU to uphold international law

Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, talks about the current geopolitical tensions with Iran, recent political changes in Armenia, attacks against his country in  the international media, the human rights situation and future EU relations.
Central Asia 16-05-2018

MEP tells NGOs in Astana to be careful who they receive money from

Back from the Kazakhstan-EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee held in Astana on 14 May, Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule-Pēterse debriefed of the event, with some telling messages about the work of certain NGOs.
Central Asia 05-09-2017

Minister: Multiculturalism flourishes in Kazakhstan

Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan's deputy foreign minister, spoke to EURACTIV.com about nuclear disarmament, relations with the big powers and his country’s example when it comes to multiculturalism.

Timmermans: ‘Poland should be a leader in Europe – but it needs to cooperate’

The current Brussels/Warsaw spat is not a war of words between Frans Timmermans and Poland (as the Polish government presents it), but rather a collective demand by a decisive majority of EU states to respect the rule of law, the First Vice-President of the European Commission told EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza.

EU fundamental rights chief: ‘Without human rights, Europe loses its integrity’

Head of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O’Flaherty insists that the EU has not given up on Poland and that Brussels is capable of dealing with the problems that currently face it. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Development Policy 10-11-2016

Olympics dissident: Ethiopia could ‘become another Libya’

EXCLUSIVE/ Ethiopia – one of the EU’s largest recipients of development aid and a key partner in the new Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for halting the flow of migrants – garnered unwelcome headlines last summer, when Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in protest at the treatment of the Oromia and Amhara peoples.
Global Europe 08-11-2016

Activist: Cambodia needs international respectability

Cambodian human rights activist Naly Pilorge is in Brussels to plead with MEPs and the Commission not to take Phnom Penh's claims to democracy seriously, following an unexpectedly damning resolution by lawmakers earlier this year.
Global Europe 28-07-2016

The Thai junta expects people to ‘shut up and obey orders’

With under two weeks to go to Thailand’s crucial 7 August referendum on a new constitution, supposedly paving the way to a return to democracy, the ruling military junta in Bangkok has cracked down on dissent and press freedoms, making a free and fair vote impossible, says Sunai Phasuk.

Rebecca Harms: ‘Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered’

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Brexit 02-05-2016

Geoffrey Harris: A European career between two UK referendums

Geoffrey Harris, an old hand in the European Parliament, started his career just after the European Communities membership referendum, and will retire days before the Brexit referendum. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells of people and events that made EU history.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2016

Pittella: Hawks are condemning Greece to death

The IMF and German hawks want the patient dead. And they still want a Grexit. But the Socialists say “Non passerano” [they will not pass], Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, told Euractiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 17-03-2016

Bangladeshi dissident: ‘EU must help end enforced disappearances’

Adilur Rahman Khan, a leading lawyer and human rights activist in Bangladesh, is now facing the possibility of a lengthy jail term for "defaming the state".
Global Europe 12-02-2016

German MEP: EU should not deal with Thai military junta

The threat of a ban on fish imports hangs over Thailand if it does not do more to combat human trafficking, slave labour and illegal fishing. Europe must use its lucrative markets as leverage, urged Barbara Lochbihler in an interview with EURACTIV Germany. 
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Gay rights organisation: The EU no longer leading on LGBT rights

Many Western European countries have rested on their laurels in recent years when it comes to gay rights - and are now overlooking issues around trans and intersex rights, says Evelyne Paradis.
Armenia 30-11-2015

Azeri Ambassador: Azerbaijan and EU need to build a perspective

Azerbaijan’s relations vis-à-vis Europe should concentrate on creating future perspectives and overcoming current challenges, the Azarbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 27-10-2015

Brok: ‘Thailand will take red card warning seriously’

The threat of a red card from the European Commission still hangs over Thailand's fishing industry. Elmar Brok believes the pressure will be successful. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 11-03-2015

Selim Yenel: The EU lacks vision for Cyprus reunification

If the Cyprus issue is solved, a lot could be done for the Eastern Mediterranean, for Turkish-Greek relations, for new sources of gas for the EU. But the EU unfortunately lacks a visionary perspective, Selim Yenel, Turkey's Ambassador to the EU, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Azerbaijan 06-03-2015

Ambassador: Azerbaijan is unfairly targeted

Each time that Azerbaijan hosts a major international event, NGOs specialising in criticising countries attack the nation unfairly, the ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belgium Fuad Isgandarov told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Jerzy Pomianowski. [Georgi Gotev]
Development Policy 15-04-2014

Jerzy Pomianowski: France could do more for human rights

France spends too little of its development aid on support for democracy and has not yet contributed to funding the European Endowment for Democracy, a new independent foundation that supports local actors in EU’s neighbourhood for democratic change, Jerzy Pomianowski, the executive director of the organisation has told EURACTIV in an interview.

Amnesty: Europe’s response to Syria is ‘pathetic’

While the Syrian refugee crisis rages, and migration is at the top of the EU’s human rights concerns, Amnesty’s Salil Shetty visited Brussels to call on EU leaders to take action. “Europe’s pledge of 14,000 places for resettlement and humanitarian admission of Syrian refugees is not a serious one,” Shetty said in an interview with EURACTIV.
Future EU 13-12-2013

Human rights commissioner: ‘European states should penalise participation in racist extremist groups’

The latest report by the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner warns against the consequences of austerity policies on the most vulnerable parts of society. In an interview with EURACTIV, Nils Muižnieks also discussed the crackdown on Roma populations and the rise of extreme parties at the next European elections.
Development Policy 24-06-2013

Mary Robinson: Seeking justice for people and the planet

Former Irish president Mary Robinson was named the UN special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region in March. In another capacity, she is campaigning for climate justice. Robinson tells EURACTIV that peace, stability and sustainable development are not mutually exclusive.

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