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27/04/2022 | 10:54:56 Dear Mister President, Dear Colleagues, On 15 March of this year, we as the Parliamentary Assembly decided that Russia should be expelled from the Council of Europe. This is not news for us here. Unfortunately, what reached the European public shows how well the propaganda of the Kremlin, the propaganda of Russia, the propaganda of the Putin system works in Europe, because the result that arrived to the public was that Russia left voluntarily. That is wrong. I think it is important that we... 26/04/2022 | 11:06:16 Thank you very much, Mr President, Ladies and gentlemen, We have just heard it from our colleague from France, but it does not only apply to France; it applies to all of us. Democracy in Europe is in danger in many different places. And that is the challenge that we, as the Council of Europe, must now urgently face, also against the backdrop of these past elections, against the backdrop of a strengthening right everywhere in Europe. It is important that we, as Europeans, stand together. But... 15/03/2022 | 10:17:33 Thank you very much, Mister President. Dear Colleagues, It is an honor for me, as a new member in this Assembly, to be able to speak also after brave colleagues from Ukraine, because what we have heard shows yes, they are defending your country. They are also defending democracy and the rule of law for all people in Europe. We have to be grateful to them for that. We all feel this is a historic meeting today, and historic is also what the Europeans show in this time also away from the... 25/01/2022 | 09:41:33 Dear Mr President, Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I too would like to congratulate you on your election and my colleagues in my group; congratulations and thank you very much for these very good reports. I really feel very honored to be able to speak on this directly in my first Council of Europe meeting for my group. As a politician who is committed to LGBTI rights, but also as a gay European who is experiencing here how this Parliamentary Assembly is also taking care of his rights. For...