“All the recent developments in #Turkey clearly demonstrate that President Erdogan is turning his back on the rule of law, democracy, human rights and on European values in general. In the face of these events, we must also face reality: it is clear that there will be no EU enlargement for Turkey. We must stop pretending it could be different and stop enlargement talks,” says Manfred Weber....
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Not all women have equal chances in the labour market. “This reality is a reflection of the fact that they have to leave their work in order to take care of their children or other dependants,” says Constance Le Grip. She welcomes the European Commission’s proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights, which will now be discussed so as to meet the expectations of European citizens who want...
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Turkey is going in the wrong direction. Manfred Weber says they are closing the door on the European Union.
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“The social market economy should be at the heart of Europe,” says David Casa. Today, the European Commission released its proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights, which also presents several measures on work-life balance. More: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Teresa Jiménez-Becerril: "In this picture taken at the Feria de Sevilla, dressed as an 'Amazona' (women who dressed in more masculine clothes to ride horses), my head filled with many dreams, I still did not know that I would live in England, France, Italy and Belgium. My European spirit grew from childhood until I was able to proudly defend the rights of European citizens in the European...
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Teresa JiménezBecerril In this picture taken at the Feria de Sevilla dressed
Is free Wi-Fi access missing in your community? The good news is that your local public authorities can apply to bring Wi-Fi to you in parks, squares, libraries, public buildings. “The establishment of these Wi-Fi access points will not only be a tangible benefit for citizens - locals and tourists alike - but will also underpin the development of new e-services like e-government”, says Anne...
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“Imagine that you walk into a shop and you are refused a sale based on your passport. This discrimination is not allowed in the offline world, so why should we allow it in the online world?” says Róża Thun.
Imagine that you walk into a shop and you are refused a

Geo-blocking should not obstruct cross-border trade

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Rules for advertisement regulation are a sticking point between the Commission's proposal and the Committee Report. While the Commission proposed a daily maximum of 20 percent advertising without an hourly limit, the Culture Committee supports the idea of limiting advertising during the so-called primetime: "It is our main goal to protect our consumers against excessive advertising during peak...
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Rules for advertisement regulation are a sticking point between the Commissions proposal

EPP Group wants content quota and ad cuts for Netflix & Co

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Child sexual abuse is a growing tragedy. It involves kids as young as the age of 2. “These criminal networks are cross-border and sophisticated. We need to step up our European police and judicial cooperation, together with Europol and Eurojust, to prevent crime, combat impunity and protect child victims”, says Anna Maria Corazza Bildt. Today, the European Parliament is holding a hearing on...
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Child sexual abuse is a growing tragedy It involves kids as young
“Stop talking about crises. Talk about our successes. Assume responsibility. Let’s be proud of our national and European identity and of our Christian roots.” Manfred Weber concluded his speech at the EPP - European People's Party congress with these words.
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Pilar del Castillo: “The thrill of waiting for the presents that the Three Wise Men bring on this magical night can be depicted in an instant of ‘eyes wide shut’. With the permission of Saint-Exupéry, who wrote “All older persons were at the beginning children, although few remember”, I close once again my eyes and cherish the untouched memory of that instant of excitement.

Years have passed...
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Pilar del Castillo The thrill of waiting for the presents that the
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Watch Manfred Weber talking about European identity: “I am a proud Bavarian. I am a German citizen, with a German passport, with a national identity. And I am also a convinced European, with all my heart. No populist will ever be able to tell me that this is a contradiction! Whoever loves his fatherland says “yes” to a strong Europe!”
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Santiago Fisas: “This photo is from 1968 in Waterloo, when I played golf with the Spanish team. We travelled across Europe playing tournaments and making new friends. I still keep in touch with many of them. I remember when we won the European Championship in 1967 in Jönköping (Sweden). They drove in the left lane and they were in the process of changing to the continental European standard...
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Santiago Fisas This photo is from 1968 in Waterloo when I played
“We are politicians and not diplomats! That means we must speak plainly. We must tell people what we think, what we do. Take Turkey - the statements by President Erdogan are unacceptable. Turkey is clearly moving away from European values. As this is the case, Europe cannot simply continue like nothing has happened! I think Turkey cannot become a member of the European Union,” says Manfred Weber.
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Lojze Peterle: “This is my first and - until the age of 8 - my only photo from my childhood. It was in June of 1952, a year before Stalin died. I was not even 5 years old. At that time I was not even aware of the existence of a United Europe. I hope that respect for human dignity remains a basic pillar of the European Union. The unfinished building site must not become a battlefield again. New...
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Lojze Peterle This is my first and until the age of 8
Dubravka Suica: “In 1975, when this picture was taken, I was finishing my high-school education in Dubrovnik. As you can see in this photo, I played tennis and I remember we used to try and attract tourists from the West. We yearned for Western standards so we used to regularly take the ferry to Bari (Italy) where we bought Italian clothes and shoes. This was possible, as Dubrovnik enjoyed...
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Dubravka Suica In 1975 when this picture was taken I was finishing
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Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for supporting education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience and volunteer abroad until 2020.
Erasmus is the EUs programme for supporting education training youth and sport

Happy Birthday, Erasmus: a European success project turns 30

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“In Brussels, no regulation or directive is adopted without the approval of the Member States. The approval rates by ministers are outstandingly high,” says Manfred Weber. Watch to learn more.
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First we have to sort out the divorce arrangements. It is only after this that negotiations on the future can start. The tight schedule is reason enough to avoid negotiation chaos. More: [ Bit.ly Link ]
First we have to sort out the divorce arrangements It is only
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One of our Croatian Members, Željana Zovko, shares an emotional memory from 1996: she is reunited with her brothers at Split airport after 5 years apart because of the Independence wars fought in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. #EU60 #TreatyOfRome More: Bit.ly/EPPEU60
One of our Croatian Members Željana Zovko shares an emotional memory from