Wednesday, 14 January 2009

A glimpse into the European Parliament

As mentioned before on this blog, one of the big problems with advocating the re-election of even the best MEP is that most people find the European Parliament incredibly confusing.

Therefore, this article from the BBC is a welcome exception to the usual media blackout on all things MEP. It's all the more welcome as one of the MEPs that the journalist follows is our very own Jean Lambert. And, if you read through it, you will discover this little gem:

"Victory for the Greens!

Group leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit has just succeeded in getting a resolution on Gaza. After a fiery speech from the floor of the chamber (never thought I'd be writing that), MEPs voted by 105 to 86 for a resolution to be passed on the situation there.

The Parliament is due to debate the issue on Wednesday but there were no plans for a resolution to be issued.

The Greens want the resolution to condemn Israel and call for an immediate ceasefire on both sides, although that may be watered down by the time an agreement has been reached with the other groups - that's how it works out here.

The Socialist group wants to model any resolution on the UN's recent statement, but the Greens want to go much further, including possible trade sanctions and a halt to plans to officially upgrade the EU's relations with Israel.

Should be interesting to see who wins."

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