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“Before the rentrée, I met with the Luxembourgish media to discuss how EU foreign policy could be better financed in the coming years.
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What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
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Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
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What is the current situation in Myanmar?
Following the military coup in February this year, the army continues to advance with increasing force against the protesters in Myanmar. A political crisis has turned into a human rights catastrophe. Even communications are now being monitored and intercepted on. In the French Senate and in the General Assembly, resolutions have called for recognition of the November election results and to end the...
read more...
Current political situation on Cyprus
Geopolitical tensions in Cyprus have recently taken a new dimension. Turkey plans to bring the inhabitants of Famagusta back under Turkish Cypriot administration by encouraging them to claim their land at the Property Commission, where their property will be contested. As this occupation violates international agreements, including some EU decisions, our MP Gusty Graas has addressed some questions...
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No discrimination based on sexual orientation
This week our MP Pim Knaff spoke in the 'Tribune Libre' on the radio about the rights of homosexual and transgender people in Hungary and Europe.
read more...
The use of long range acoustic devices (LRAD) at the Greek-turkish border
According to media reports, sound cannons are being used on the Greek-Turkish border to stop illegal immigration into these areas. In general, a complete range of new technologies is being employed here to protect the borders and to prevent illegal immigration. How much is invested here and who decides on the resources used? What are the health consequences for refugees who are confronted with this...
read more...
News from Europe by Charles Goerens
The financial planning of the EU covers a period of 7 years. The European Council decided in July 2020 to invest 1211 billion euros into the budget for the new period. Of this, 79.5 billion euros will flow into international relations, with the main share being used for third-country development cooperation.
read more...
Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
read more...
The creation of the Istanbul Canal
The plans for the creation of a new shipping canal linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have attracted strong national and international criticism. According to a recent open letter signed by 104 former Turkish admirals, the construction of this canal would violate the Montreux Convention. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas put a number of questions to the responsible ministers. Among other...
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Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
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Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
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Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
read more...
What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
read more...
Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
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What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
read more...
What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
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Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
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International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
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Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
read more...
The worrying situation in the El Guergarat passage
Morocco has launched an operation in the narrows of el Guergarat to guarantee the free circulation of people and goods. The "Polisario" and its militias have blocked the border crossing and threatened the ceasefire that has existed in this zone for about 30 years. In the context of these events, our MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs some questions.
read more...
Joe Biden: Hope, but no miracles
Good afternoon, On 3rd November, a historic election took place: The United States of America elected a new president. Historic because for the last four years the USA has had a president who has been known above all for his strong polarisation and destruction of multilateral relations. Hopes were high in many places that Donald Trump would be replaced. Fortunately, this hope has been fulfilled. The...
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Europe
“Before the rentrée, I met with the Luxembourgish media to discuss how EU foreign policy could be better financed in the coming years.
read more...
What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
read more...
Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
read more...
What is the current situation in Myanmar?
Following the military coup in February this year, the army continues to advance with increasing force against the protesters in Myanmar. A political crisis has turned into a human rights catastrophe. Even communications are now being monitored and intercepted on. In the French Senate and in the General Assembly, resolutions have called for recognition of the November election results and to end the...
read more...
Current political situation on Cyprus
Geopolitical tensions in Cyprus have recently taken a new dimension. Turkey plans to bring the inhabitants of Famagusta back under Turkish Cypriot administration by encouraging them to claim their land at the Property Commission, where their property will be contested. As this occupation violates international agreements, including some EU decisions, our MP Gusty Graas has addressed some questions...
read more...
No discrimination based on sexual orientation
This week our MP Pim Knaff spoke in the 'Tribune Libre' on the radio about the rights of homosexual and transgender people in Hungary and Europe.
read more...
The use of long range acoustic devices (LRAD) at the Greek-turkish border
According to media reports, sound cannons are being used on the Greek-Turkish border to stop illegal immigration into these areas. In general, a complete range of new technologies is being employed here to protect the borders and to prevent illegal immigration. How much is invested here and who decides on the resources used? What are the health consequences for refugees who are confronted with this...
read more...
News from Europe by Charles Goerens
The financial planning of the EU covers a period of 7 years. The European Council decided in July 2020 to invest 1211 billion euros into the budget for the new period. Of this, 79.5 billion euros will flow into international relations, with the main share being used for third-country development cooperation.
read more...
Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
read more...
The creation of the Istanbul Canal
The plans for the creation of a new shipping canal linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have attracted strong national and international criticism. According to a recent open letter signed by 104 former Turkish admirals, the construction of this canal would violate the Montreux Convention. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas put a number of questions to the responsible ministers. Among other...
read more...
Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
read more...
Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
read more...
Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
read more...
What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
read more...
Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
read more...
What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
read more...
What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
read more...
Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
read more...
International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
read more...
Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
read more...
The worrying situation in the El Guergarat passage
Morocco has launched an operation in the narrows of el Guergarat to guarantee the free circulation of people and goods. The "Polisario" and its militias have blocked the border crossing and threatened the ceasefire that has existed in this zone for about 30 years. In the context of these events, our MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs some questions.
read more...
Joe Biden: Hope, but no miracles
Good afternoon, On 3rd November, a historic election took place: The United States of America elected a new president. Historic because for the last four years the USA has had a president who has been known above all for his strong polarisation and destruction of multilateral relations. Hopes were high in many places that Donald Trump would be replaced. Fortunately, this hope has been fulfilled. The...
read more...
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