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ALDE-PACE welcomed Hans van Baalen
Hans van Baalen addresses ALDE-PACE, 18 April 2016
At its meeting on 18 April 2016, the liberal group of the Parliamentary Assembly held an exchange of views with Hans van Baalen, President of the ALDE Party. The discussion touched upon the most urgent challenges European continent had to face, including the refugee situation, the need for the Russian Federation to comply with the international law, the recent referendum on EU-Ukraine association agreement held in the Netherlands, the danger of populist movements and European security concerns.
ALDE-PACE calls for the immediate release of Ms Nadiia Savchenko
ALDE-PACE: Free Savchenko
At this very moment while we are gathered in Strasbourg, our colleague, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Nadiia Savchenko is dying a painful death. It has been twelve days since she went on "dry" hunger strike, meaning she refuses both food and water. Her body weight loss is reaching a critical point, and doctors have to dilute her blood with medicines to be able to do blood tests. Every second she is dying a little more, and she may not survive until Thursday. ALDE-PACE calls for the immediate release of Ms Savchenko or her transfer to Ukraine. Read more
Anne Brasseur and Austrian President Heinz Fischer
During the April 2016 session week, Anne Brasseur, former liberal President of the Parliamentary Assembly, received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash, highest national honour awarded in Austria, from the hands of Heinz Fischer, outgoing President of Austria. Congratulating Anne Brasseur, Jordi Xuclà declared that "ALDE is immensely proud of this recognition of Anne Brasseur's approach to parliamentary work, a truly liberal approach based on the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law".
ALDE shocked by terrorist attacks in Brussels
22.03.2016 "Violent extremism and terrorism erode the very foundations of democratic open societies. Today's attacks in Brussels target our common European values. But as Europeans, as democrats and as liberals, we understand that only solidarity, cooperation, tolerance and the rule of law should guide our response to terrorism," said Jordi Xuclà in his letter to Rik Daems, Head of the Belgian delegation to PACE.