Monthly Archives: June 2010

Plenary speech on the situation in Korea

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Human Rights issues to the fore

On Wednesday in Straz, I was focussing on Human Rights issues in two very different countries.   I attended the launch of a new Written Declaration on the situation in Iran.  Not, this time, the nuclear threat, serious as that … Continue reading

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EU involvement in animal welfare: tell ’em what you think

The EU has a fine track record in extending its reach to areas which are none of its business, and an excellent example is its policies on animal welfare.  EU competences are defined by the Treaties, and many people think … Continue reading

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North Korea: The “Dear Leader” and his paranoid psychopaths

Plenary June 16th.  Korea. Mr. President, I have lived and worked in Korea, and last week I was in Seoul with our European parliament delegation.  I heard the account of the Cheonan sinking from our Korean hosts, and it is … Continue reading

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G20 Agenda

A recent document in the European Parliament caught my attention. I replied to the Commission authors as follows:   Gentlemen:   Your short paper “The G20 Agenda” was circulated to the European parliament’s Interparliamentary delegation to Korea, while we were … Continue reading

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Electric cars? Maybe. Eventually

One of the key visits of my Korea delegation trip to Seoul last week was to a company called SB LiMotive, a very impressive joint venture between Samsung of Korea and Bosch of Germany – an excellent example of EU-Korea … Continue reading

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Human Rights in North Korea

This should really be a very short piece, because the bottom line is that citizens in North Korea have virtually no human rights at all. The North Korean junta is heartless and totalitarian, run by a bunch of psychopaths and … Continue reading

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