A failure to reach political majority in the European Parliament today means that next week’s plenary debate on Turkey’s violation in Greek & Cypriot waters will take place without a resolution.

However, the right-wing EPP group has singled out the GUE/NGL group by specifically accusing them of blocking a resolution on Turkey’s aggression. The charge is wholly unfounded. This is a shockingly cynical attempt by the EPP to distort facts.

Ahead of next week’s plenary session, our group requested a debate entitled “Council and Commission Statements on the Stability in Eastern Mediterranean and the negative role of Turkey”.

In our written request we had asked for a debate followed by a vote on a resolution on this topic.

During the...

GUE/NGL statement on the WHO General Assembly’s ‘Costa Rica Plan’

Intellectual property and patent rights are threatening many countries’ access to medicines and vaccines for treating Covid-19 – especially the poorest ones. Such rights cover both products and technologies (medicinal drugs, vaccines, etc.), which mean once a life-saving drug or vaccine is discovered, large parts of the world’s...

Following yesterday’s Franco-German proposal for a €500bn EU recovery fund through shared borrowing in the financial markets, Co-Presidents of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament said that while this represents a qualitative change from past proposals, it is largely insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge. 

Manon Aubry

“The amount proposed by France and Germany...

Statement by Manon Aubry and Martin Schirdewan, Co-Presidents of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament and Tiny Kox, President of the European Left group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The best way to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on society is to strengthen organised solidarity and protect fundamental rights throughout Europe.

Everywhere in...

The European Parliament needs clearly defined red lines from which to walk away from EU long-term budget negotiations with the Council, which the resolution approved today has failed to establish, Left MEPs have contended.

The resolution, which also addresses a Recovery Plan for the pandemic, rightly rejects the Commission and Council’s attempt to exclude the Parliament from oversight of the...

As nations grapple with ways to contain the Covid-19 pandemic whilst trying to start reopening our economies, schools and borders, many government have sought to use technology as a way beat the pandemic.

In some parts of the world, ‘contact tracing’ apps have already been in place for some time whereby citizens either voluntarily or involuntarily download an app onto their smartphones...

A Sustainable Development and Employment Pact and an ECB that works for people and the planet are among the proposals for a post-pandemic Europe the Left group in the European Parliament is presenting today. 

Titled ‘Solidarity is the Cure’, the plan recognises the unprecedented nature of the health, economic and social crisis facing the EU today while taking stock of the mistakes committed...

The European Network Against Commercialization and Privatization of Health and Social Protection and the People’s Health Movement welcomed the convergence of 160 organisations across Europe under the motto "Let’s spread solidarity not the virus" on the occasion of the day of action against the commercialisation of health on 7 April.

Despite being confined to their homes, hundreds of people...

The measures taken under the domination of the financial markets are leading humanity towards a cataclysm. European economists are calling for a radical change of approach.L’Humanité, Thursday 23rd April 2020

The so-called recovery plans implemented by Washington and by the European capitals provide for billions of euros and dollars in order to put capital on artificial respiration. As in 2008...

There must be an urgent reassessment to the way traditionally low-paid and precarious professions are valued and recognised, Left MEPs urge on International Workers’ Day. 

Nurses, first responders, drivers, delivery workers, seasonal workers, and shop staff are among the ‘essential workers’ that have carried us through the Covid-19 pandemic.

For years they have been the target of brutal...

Decrying the Free Trade Agreement the EU is set to sign with Mexico, GUE/NGL MEP Emmanuel Maurel (France Insoumise, France) comments on the conclusion of four years of negotiations: 

“This only half surprises us since, at a recent European Parliament hearing, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan baffled the room by saying he was not aware of a link between the proliferation of pandemics and the...

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