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Mr Andrej HUNKO

Speeches since 2019

09/04/2019 | 17:11:28 I congratulate Ms Petra De SUTTER on this important report, which has been submitted at just the right time. We have also been discussing the background to this debate at European Union level and in a number of national Parliaments. We are looking at this backsliding that there is of the rule of law in a number of countries within the Council of Europe and the European Union. How can we respond to this? A number of proposals have been made within the European Union to respond; proposals that... 24/01/2019 | 16:38:31 I thank the rapporteurs, Ms Marianne MIKKO and Mr Nigel EVANS, for their important report, which the Group of the Unified European Left will support. I also thank Sir Roger GALE for stepping in to replace the rapporteurs. This debate is illustrative of the problem. The Group of the Unified European Left reject any form of terrorism – that should be stated quite clearly – but that does not mean that we are of the view that there might not be an abuse of anti-terrorism legislation. What we are... 22/01/2019 | 17:28:48 I fully support the position expressed by Mr Henk OVERBEEK, the spokesman for our group. Our problem with the report is that it talks about three separate processes, which we need to deal with separately. The first, of course, is the Magnitsky case itself. I have no doubt about the fact that he died unjustifiably in a Russian prison. The second issue is the international reaction to that death and the way in which it has been dealt with internationally, particularly by the United States. The... 22/01/2019 | 11:12:18 In a democracy, the population is sovereign. We as MPs are just the delegates of the population – we debate things, but in the end the population must have the right to vote on important questions, including in referendums. I come from a country where, unfortunately, we do not have any referendums, although the majority of the political parties would like to see them come back. We are in the process of considering that, and I think that Germany should have referendums at a federal level. We... 21/01/2019 | 12:21:04 Our Assembly has observed all presidential and parliamentary elections in Georgia since 1995. I chaired the Assembly’s delegation in the pre-electoral mission, and the first and second rounds of the presidential elections in Georgia on 28 October and 28 November 2018, together with the delegations of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE-Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights election observation mission. Our...