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  • Security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa and prospects for political stability

    Madam President, I have no doubt that Mr Peillon has put a lot of effort into this report, but it seems to be a ‘catch-all’ for every possible difficulty, tension and crisis across a vast region. Many of these countries are unrelated in the nature of the problems that they face. The main answer for him seems to be the European Union, as well as large helpings of motherhood, apple pie and blinding statements of the obvious.

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    • Progress Report on Turkey

      The resolution rightly acknowledges Turkey’s importance as a strategic partner of the EU, with a crucial role in the fight against terrorism and instability in the Middle East. I also welcome the call for Northern Cyprus to be allowed to trade with the EU.

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      • State of EU-Russia relations

        Mr President, the awful reality seems to be that Russia is getting away with her aggression – perhaps not surprisingly, given the weaknesses in the EU approach.

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        • The case of Zimbabwean human rights defender Itai Dzamara

          Madam President, over two months have passed since the disappearance of Itai Dzamara. This should be a matter of great concern, not just to people in Zimbabwe, but to the wider international community.

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          • Progress Report on Turkey

            Madam President, it is some 50 years, I think, since Turkey first put forward its application to join the European Community. I must say I welcome the Commissioner’s undertaking to re-energise the relationship with Turkey but, in spite of lip service to Turkish accession, there is a fundamental dishonesty about whether or not Turkey will ever join the sort of EU that we have today.

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