During their plenary session in Brussels this week, Members of the European Parliament expressed disapproval for the insensitive and inappropriate statement made by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. This follows the overt challenge to the gaffe-prone Juncker by his own Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom who publicly rejected her boss’s fawning comments about the major human rights abuser. Continue reading
The members of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee appear to have been informed of the three short-listed candidates for the post of Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) only one or two days before they were going to interview them – so it is no wonder that most of them seem to have been quite unaware of those candidates’ radical social agendas.
One of the few MEPs who apparently did inform himself prior to the hearing was Marek Jurek, a conservative MEP from Poland. When in the hearing he gets a chance to ask a question to Mrs. Lousewies van der Laan, he inquires about how she is gong to address the concerns of parents whose children are at risk of being indoctrinated with radical gender-ideology through compulsory “sex education” programmes that some countries impose on school children in open disrespect of the right of parents to be the primary educators of their children. Continue reading
Yesterday evening, MEP Marek Jurek, a former President of the Polish Parliament, has intervened in the European Parliament’s plenary session to express his concern over the way in which the Irish electorate is being cajoled to vote in favour of re-defining marriage:
“Mr. President! Free elections are not only fair counting of votes. Free elections first and foremost means that election campaigns must be fair. The same is true – perhaps even more so – for a referendum. And that’s why it is necessary to comment on the disturbing information that is reaching us three days before the Irish referendum, and which raises questions concerning the fairness of that referendum. Contrary to Irish law, in particular the judgements of the Supreme Court, parties get no equal representation in the referendum debate. Publicly funded political parties are threatening with exclusion all members who dare voice their opposition to the homosexual agenda. The publicly funded media, not to mention the private media, are dominated by only one party – the one that supports overturning the current law. There have been very serious cases of intimidation and bullying by employers who tell their employees that they must vote ‘Yes’ in the referendum. What does all this have to do with democracy?” Continue reading
Traditionally, the last week of March is the “Week for Life” in the European Parliament – an occasion for MEPs to organize events that promote and celebrate the right to life from conception to natural death. This is particularly important at a time when several political groups are making it their primary objective to promote a culture of death and self-destruction, as became manifest through the adoption of the shameful Tarabella and Panzeri Reports.
We draw the attention of our Brussels-based readership to the following two events: Continue reading
On 5 November the European Parliament’s committee for Civil Liberties (LIBE) spent one hour discussing the “Anti-Discrimination Directive”, which the Italian presidency of the EU has declared to be one of its priorities, but which has been stuck in the Council for more than 6 years. Continue reading