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24/04/2023 | 15:26:42 Thank you, Mister President. On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, I would also like to commend both rapporteurs and the speakers who have commemorated the atrocities taking place on this continent, a hundred years ago, 75 years ago and [which] are still ongoing, because the past two years have seen a horrendous time for Europe, for peace, for democracy and for human rights. Of course, Russia's war against Ukraine has revived the worst nightmares of all... 25/01/2023 | 19:53:31 Thank you, Chair. When I was four years old, my father asked me to get the newspaper. We were sitting in the kitchen. I said, "No". You know, a four-year-old, and he said "Yes, you have to do it!" I asked why he said, "Because I am the man, I am the boss." And I said, "That's not a reason". I think this is when my feminism started. This is why I stand here, because I think there is no reason in the world, be it culture, be it religion, be it anything, social class, that one human being can be... 25/01/2023 | 16:50:47 Thank you, thank you, Mr President, thank you, dear colleagues, thank you, colleagues from the Secretariat and great to have Ms Mariia MEZENTSEVA here as well. Dear colleagues, let me start with two quotes that guided me during the writing of this report. First, the famous quote of the Canadian author Margaret Atwood, who said: "Men are afraid that women laugh at them, women are afraid that men want to kill them." This quote is rather pessimistic but, I think, realistic as well, when we... 23/06/2022 | 12:05:55 Mister President, What a morning! So many words have been said. My heart goes out to the next of kin in the gallery and to everybody at home who is missing a loved one. I will start with a story about a loved one who was very dear to many people in my party. Since 2015, the Pim de Kuijer lecture offers an annual stage for a politician, journalists, activists or artists, who shows that you can put big words such as human rights and democratisation into practice at a young age. The lecture is... 23/06/2022 | 10:25:31 Thank you, Mister George LOUCAIDES and Mister Bernard FOURNIER, for authoring this report. On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, I would like to especially join the position of this report in emphasising the burden Malta is facing. One of the Mediterranean frontline states with regard to migrants and asylum seekers and the urgent necessity to intervene. We should all work together and at home to gather the European solidarity that Malta needs in order to... 22/06/2022 | 16:20:02 Dank u wel, mijnheer de president. (Dutch - thank you, Mister President.) Thank you, Mister President. All three rapporteurs are asking very urgent questions. How do we deal with the present war situation on our continent? What is needed to deal with the short and long-term humanitarian consequences of internal and external migration in connection with the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine? And how can we protect separate migrant and refugee children as well in the short... 26/04/2022 | 18:07:34 On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), I would like to compliment Ms Selin SAYEK BÖKE with this important report. When we are born, we all seem to be equal. We were all once crying babies longing to be comforted by our parents. In theory, I think we would all agree that we all should be equal before the law as well. In reality, some babies are winners of the birth lottery and some will never win that lottery because the winners of that lottery are born in an... 15/03/2022 | 17:33:49 Mr President, Madam Rapporteur, dear colleagues. On 22 February 2022, I had dinner in the Hague with our Ukrainian colleagues Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK and Penelope Denu, Head of Secretariat PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination at Council of Europe. It seemed like a moment of normality, but Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK was on the phone all the time with her family. She was in the Netherlands for a fact-finding mission for her report "Justice and Security for Women in Peace Reconciliation... 27/01/2022 | 09:20:50 Dear Colleagues, Astrid Van [???] was a much-loved woman of 62 years old. Her open-heart operation was postponed several times. Why? Because of a lack of capacity in the intensive care, because there were so many Covid patients. She passed away early 2021. It was an unnecessary passing. We all have examples of people who have suffered from this pandemic. We all have examples of children and students close to us who missed out on their education. We know women who were not safe their homes... 24/06/2021 | 16:18:28 Hello everybody in the Plenary. I am here from the Hague. I would like to congratulate Mr Momodou Malcolm JALLOW on behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group for this very important and historic report.   Let me take you to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Let's look at one of the most famous paintings from the seventeenth century. It is a painting of the civic guard by somebody called Bartholomeus van der Helst. This painting is now part of the "colonial past" tour in...