About: Rebecca Harms

Global Europe 20-04-2018

Greens call on EU governments to stay away from Russia World Cup

Rebecca Harms, an expert on Eastern Europe of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has initiated an open letter calling on EU governments to stay away from the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia in June 2018.
Brexit 07-07-2016

What should happen to British MEPs?

The uncertainty created by the Brexit referendum has left members of the European Parliament deeply divided over the future role their British colleagues should play. But most agree that Nigel Farage should go. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 25-06-2016

Parliament: No deal for a new EU-UK relationship before Brexit activation

In an effort to protect EU’s integrity, European Parliament party leaders have urged David Cameron to fully respect the British citizens' will and “immediately” activate Article 50 of the Treaty to start Britain's EU withdrawal process.
Brexit 24-06-2016

UK 2017 EU presidency raises concerns

Even though it is already on an exit trajectory, the UK is still due to assume the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July 2017. But it would be surreal if the UK presides over a Union that it is going to leave.

Surprising Greens stance on the refugee crisis

The German Greens have added their voice to the debate on the refugee crisis. Some unexpected approaches have been discussed. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Rebecca Harms [Website of Green/EFA group]

Greens/EFA president: ‘The only way to reduce our energy dependency is to cut consumption’

Rebecca Harms, the president of The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has criticised the Energy Union project as outdated. In an interview with EURACTIV Poland, she talks about alternatives for the project and their impact on Russia as well as climate change.
Europe's East 27-05-2015

Russia denies German lawmaker entry

The Kremlin’s refusal to grant entry to German MP Karl-Georg Wellmann has taken a new toll on strained relations between Berlin and Moscow, causing Bundestag Vice President Johannes Singhammer to postpone his own trip to the Russian capital. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 20-03-2015

EU leaders struggle to keep unity vis-à-vis Russia

At their summit on Thursday night (19 March), EU heads of state and government couldn’t decide on an automatic roll-over of sanctions against Russia, which will expire in July. They also could not agree on having deals with Gazprom scrutinised by the European Commission, either.
Rebecca Harms [Website of Green/EFA group]
Climate change 06-10-2014

Rebecca Harms: Oettinger is a man of big business

As energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger killed proposals that could have led to greater energy savings, job creation, and climate protection, Rebecca Harms, President of the Greens- European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV Poland, in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 26-09-2014

Russia bans German MEP in retaliation for EU sanctions

Rebecca Harms, Co-Chair of the European Greens, was denied entry into Russia Thursday (25 September) after being held at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for four hours.
Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Parliament in Brussels, 8 July 2014 [© European Union 2014 - European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 09-07-2014

MEPs flex their muscles ahead of Juncker approval vote

Jean-Claude Juncker began his tour of European Parliament political groups yesterday (8 July) and appears closer than ever to securing a majority. But Juncker's bid for the EU Commission Presidency may still be hanging by a thread as many MEPs are still undecided. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 08-07-2014

Excluding political groups in EU Parliament is bad for democracy

A voting alliance between the three largest pro-European parties to block Nigel Farage's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group from European Parliament committee chairs casts doubts over the Parliament's ability to guarantee pluralism, write Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]
EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]

After a first plenary session and a series committee meetings in early July 2014, key positions were distributed in the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s 22 committees held their first meeting on Monday (7 July). On the agenda was the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs. The week before, MEPs gathered for the Parliament's first plenary session in Strasbourg, and elected a president, vice-presidents and quaestors. They also appointed the leader(s) of their faction. The final leading positions were settled after one Vice-President, Corina Cretu, was selected to take up a Commissioner role in Jean-Claude Juncker's EU executive team. Find an overview of the Parliament's key faces for 2014-2019 in our infographic.
EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. [The Council of the European Union]
Energy 25-06-2014

Germany’s top EU official in Brussels wins backing for second term

Günther Oettinger has secured a second term in office as Germany’s EU Commissioner in Brussels after winning support from the German coalition government on Monday (23 June). It is unclear yet whether he will remain Energy Commissioner. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 7 seats in the European Parliament after European elections on 25 May. [Caruso Pinguin/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 26-05-2014

German left blames CDU for populist surge

The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party celebrated after sending their first MEPs to to the European Parliament yesterday (25 May), triggering a blame game between leftists and conservatives over who should bear responsibility. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Economy & Jobs 30-01-2014

EP Best of 2013: main events and legislative work

Video highlights of the European Parliament's work throughout 2013, grouped by theme: More Europe, Legislative Work, Foreign Relations, and Education & Culture.   Comment on:  Google+ - http://tinyurl.com/orh99s6 Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/europeanparliament Twitter - https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN
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Global Europe 20-12-2013

MEPs assess December 2013 EU Summit

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, MEPs gave their assessment on the discussions from the meeting. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December to discuss issues such as security and defense and the economic and monetary union.
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Data protection 25-10-2013

MEPs urge EU leaders to suspend SWIFT agreement with US amid spying scandal

As EU leaders gather for a 2-day summit in Brussels, MEPs are demanding explanations over the allegations that the US have been spying on European head of state and have urged EU leaders to take action. 'I'm very disappointed about the weak attitude the Europeans again showed towards the US, tapping phone of Angela Merkel this is the top of all scandals information we have received, and the Europeans prefer still to play diplomacy, and refuse any strong reaction', said Green MEP Rebecca Harms.
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11-09-2013

MEPs debate after Barroso’s ‘State of the Union’ speech

European Parliament political leaders held a heated debate on Wednesday in the European Parliament after European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso delivered his 'State of the Union' speech. Barroso warned that political instability is the biggest risk to Europe's future and urged EU leaders to continue implementing reforms, as the bloc slowly leans towards economic recovery.
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Future EU 08-02-2013

MEPs statements on February 2013 EU Council Summit

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit (7-8 February) to forge a deal on the Union's 2014-2020 budget. Diplomats point out that it is “now or never” for heads of state and government to agree ahead of multiple elections in 2013.
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Energy 05-10-2012

EU nuclear reactors in need of safety upgrades

Despite the 'hundreds' of defects pointed out by a commission's leaked report, the European Commission on Thursday said that the safety of all nuclear reactors across Europe is 'satisfactory". "The safety situation in the EU is at good level and satisfactory. There is no nuclear power plant which must be shut down immediately for safety reasons', said Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy.

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