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15th ECPM General Assembly

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
On Thursday 7 December 2017, the 15th ECPM General Assembly took place in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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From Balfour Declaration to Start-Up Nation

Friday, December 8, 2017
On Wednesday the 6th of December, ECPM organised a conference together with ECPM MEPs Bastiaan Belder and Branislav Skripek and the European Coalition for Israel. The conference centered on the significance of the Balfour Declaration, a marking point for contemporary history.

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The Political, Legal and Scientific Aspects of Human Dignity

Thursday, November 30, 2017
"What is Human Dignity?" This question was explored by MEPs of the cross-party Working Group on Human Dignity in the European Parliament during a hearing organized on the 29th of November on the topic "The Political, Legal and Scientific Aspects of Human Dignity". Several ECPM MEPs are active in the working group.

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Vacancy: General Director ECPM

Thursday, November 23, 2017
A vacancy has opened up at our offices: we are looking for a new General Director!

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Ruling on Asia Bibi case will set precedent for persecuted Christians in Pakistan

Monday, November 20, 2017
Last Monday’s debate in the EP with the Commission underlined the urgency of persecuted Christians in the world. One of them is Asia Bibi from Pakistan. Her case was last week closely examined by ECPM President and MEP Branislav Škripek and MEP Peter van Dalen during a visit to Pakistan.

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ECPM congratulates ChristenUnie

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Our member party ChristenUnie is now officially part of the new Dutch government. We congratulate them with this role and are glad to see ChristenUnie deliver a Deputy Prime Minister, two Ministers and one State Secretary to the new cabinet.

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Teuta Vodo becomes new Vice Minister of Justice

Thursday, October 19, 2017
ECPM is very proud of our dear friend and talented colleague Teuta Vodo, who has become the Vice-Minister of Justice of the new Albanian government.

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500 Years of Reformation

Thursday, October 12, 2017
On the 11th of October, ECPM held two events in Strasbourg to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. They were side events to the October 2017 session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and were organized in collaboration with ECPM MPs Pavel Unguryan and Valeriu Ghiletchi.

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Referendum in Catalonia

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
On Sunday the 1st of October, the autonomous community of Catalonia held an unconstitutional referendum on its independence from Spain. The reality of the events that unfolded requires dialogue between the Spanish and Catalonian governments.

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Juncker's bad idea for a superstate

Friday, September 15, 2017
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the European Union at the European Parliament on 14 September during the plenary session in Strasbourg.

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Istanbul Convention

Monday, September 11, 2017
The European Union institutions are currently considering acceding to the legally binding Istanbul convention. This Council of Europe instrument is designed to combat domestic violence and violence against women. However, despite having commendable aims it is a blunt and flawed instrument containing many unwanted agendas that are damaging to the foundations of the European Union.

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Polish Art in the European Parliament

Thursday, August 31, 2017
On Tuesday the 29th of August, Polish ECPM MEP Kazimierz M. Ujazdowski opened an exhibition on Polish art in the European Parliament in Brussels. "Polish art inspired the pro-liberation attitude of the Polish people," Ujazdowski says. "Art is a beautiful expression of freedom".

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ECPM Leadership Retreat

Thursday, August 17, 2017
A few amazing days of relaxation, meaningful talks and valuable lessons with influencing people. These are a few words to summarize the ECPM Leadership Retreat 2017. Around 20 participants from different countries, all active in politics at all levels, enjoyed the program that reserved time for spiritual building, cumulating knowledge on the subject and simply think.

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Conference on Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

Thursday, July 20, 2017
The issue of the refugee children who go missing was discussed in a high-level conference event on the 11th of July by ECPM and its MEP Arne Gericke (ECR) in the European Parliament.

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Tectonic Shifts in the Middle East

Friday, June 23, 2017
On Tuesday, 20 June 2017, ECPM MEP Bas Belder (ECR, NL) co-hosted a conference hosted by MEP Anders Vistisen (ECR, DK) at the European Parliament in Brussels, titled “Tectonic Shifts in the Middle East: Iran, Trump and the Sunni-Israeli Rapprochement”. Other hosts included the AJC Transatlantic Institute and B’nai B’rith International.

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Fruitless EU-Turkey accession talks

Friday, June 16, 2017
The European Union has still not stopped accession talks with Turkey. In this article we're taking a deeper look at the assumed benefits of resuming the EU accession talks with Turkey and the reasons for which they should cease.

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ECPM Resolution on Christendom Mainstreaming

Monday, June 12, 2017
A resolution re-emphasizing that ECPM will pursue policies that will mainstream the reality, values and virtues of Christendom on local, regional, national and European level has been endorsed by our members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.

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Student exchange after Brexit

Thursday, June 8, 2017
A resolution tabled by ECPYouth on student exchange after brexit has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.

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ECPM Resolution on EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A resolution warning against the proposed establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.

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Warsaw, Poland: 14th General Assembly of ECPM

Friday, May 26, 2017
This week, ECPM's 14th General Assembly was held in the city of Warsaw, Poland. It was a fruitful GA with many highlights: a new MEP was welcomed, a new President and board members were chosen and three resolutions were successfully accepted.

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Join us in Warsaw on May 23 & 24!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
All members of ECPM are warmly invited to join us for our 14th General Assembly in Poland this month, followed by a conference on "Christendom mainstreaming" the day after. This conference will be organised by our foundation Sallux and our Polish member party PR (Prawica Rzeczypospolitey) and will take place in the Polish Parliament.

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PACE resolution invites COE to affirm religious freedom

Thursday, May 4, 2017
ECPM wants to ensure the rights of all people, including religious minorities, to have freedom of thought, conscience and religion. On the 27th of April, the report on "The protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities" was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

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ECPM opposes Timmermans' reaction to poignant matters

Monday, May 1, 2017
Last week, four of our ECPM MEPs sent the following official letter to the Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, stressing their strong opposition to Commissioner Timmermans' opinion on ECPM MEP Marek Jurek's views and questions regarding two recent laws of EU member states.

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The Turkish Referendum

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
This Sunday, the Turkish people seem to have voted for a yes in the referendum in Turkey, enlarging Erdogan's constitutional powers and threatening Turkey's democracy. This shows the urgency of stopping the EU accession talks with Turkey.

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Easter message

Thursday, April 13, 2017
During the coming days, we celebrate Easter to commemorate the core of our Christian faith: the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through his resurrection, Jesus became the pioneer and completer of our Christian faith.

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One year later: the Turkey deal

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
One year ago, the EU and Turkey made a deal in order to end the refugee stream into Europe. Greece and the countries along the ‘Balkan route’ were not prepared to handle a sudden influx of people of this magnitude. Furthermore the refugees were determined to move to countries in Western Europe. A solution was needed and a deal was made between Turkey and the EU. But how has it turned out one year later?

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International Forum on Christian Democracy in Kiev

Thursday, March 30, 2017
During the International Forum "Challenges and Prospects of the Christian Democracy" in Kiev, Ukraine, the challenges and prospects of Christian democracy in Eastern Europe and Christian democracy as a policy of the hope and realism were discussed. The conference, co-organised by ECPM and its Dutch member party SGP, was initiated by ECPM member party CDU and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Christian Democratic Union.

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The Shape of Europe

Friday, March 24, 2017
This year, we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the agreement that led to the creation of the European Economic Community. This treaty was an important milestone in the formation of the European Union. Sixty years later, the European project is in crisis because it allowed itself to drift away from the vision of its founding fathers.

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Prenatal testing for Down Syndrome

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. ECPM celebrates the incredible advances that are taking place in social inclusion and in the medical field, making life better for people affected by Down Syndrome and their families. In contrast with this, the development and use of the new techniques of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is an important threat to the equal rights of people with Down syndrome and even to their very existence in our society.

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Liberals win in Dutch elections

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Liberal VVD party remains largest party in the Netherlands, ECPM parties receive over half a million votes.

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Turkish referendum campaign in Europe

Monday, March 13, 2017
While opposition in Turkey itself is banned, silenced and prohibited, the Turkish government is using the right to campaign in Western Europe. And as always with communication fromt he AK Party side, the campaign and tone are very aggressive and anti-European.

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France criminalises pro-life organisations

Thursday, March 9, 2017
The French government has passed a bill that seriously harms freedom of expression. Last February, it approved legislation that criminalises pro-life organizations that offer alternatives for abortion or communicate a pro-life viewpoint regarding abortion in other ways.

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ECPM raises concerns about CETA

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Last week in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a trade deal of the European Union with Canada. All ECPM MEPs either abstained or voted against the deal.

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MEP Ujazdowski joins ECPM

Monday, February 20, 2017
Last week, ECPM has welcomed a new member in the European Parliament: Polish MEP Kazimierz Ujazdowski. Mr. Ujazdowski is part of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament and is an independent Polish MEP.

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Report on Negative Impact of Oversexualisation of Children

Saturday, February 18, 2017
A few days ago, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) (which is the statutory decision making body of the CoE), endorsed a report of its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the oversexualisation of children. It also encouraged its Member States to take concrete steps in protecting children. The rapporteur for this report was ECPM Member Valeriu Ghiletchi (MP, Moldova).

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Help refugees return to Syria

Thursday, February 16, 2017
The media have been informing us about the so called “Balkan route” still being closed. Some of the EU countries call for a strict control of the external border. ECPM Interim President and MEP Branislav Škripek however still says that this solution is not sufficient. He suggests stabilization of the Middle East situation is a precursor for helping hundreds of thousands of refugees return to their homeland.

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EP report suggests to make robots ‘electronic persons’

Friday, February 10, 2017
It is by no means a "science fiction" anymore: robots, which take over tasks in the service area. Cars that control themselves. Intelligent machines that replace industrial workers. Now the EU wants to retrofit and create a legal framework for robots.

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EU has to stand up for European NGO’s in India

Thursday, February 9, 2017
ECPM MEP Peter van Dalen wants to see action from the European Union due to the possible forced leave of the Christian organisation Compassion International out of India.

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The Executive Order of President Trump

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The whole Western world is currently debating the Executive Order that President Trump introduced Friday January 27.

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MEP´s plea for freedom of expression in France

Friday, January 27, 2017
Freedom of expression is vital for free societies. The French Senate approved a bill last December that seriously harms freedom of expression when it approved legislation that criminalizes pro-life organizations that offer alternatives for abortion or communicate a pro-life viewpoint regarding abortion in other ways.

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Militarization of Kaliningrad is a threat to Polish and EU security

Monday, January 23, 2017
The geopolitical situation in East and Central Europe is rapidly changing. One of the main threats for Poland and the Baltic States is the hypermilitarization of the Russian enclave Kaliningrad. ECPM MEP Marek Jurek pleas for a demilitarization of Kaliningrad, together with Polish MEP Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski.

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The European Parliament elects new President

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Yesterday, the European Parliament elected MEP Antonio Tajani from the European People’s Party (EPP) as its new President.

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European Parliament Resolution on Iraqi minorities

Monday, December 5, 2016
Two years ago the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Christians, Yazidi’s and Turkmen of Iraq in cooperation with the Christian Political Foundation for Europe, presented in the European Parliament a plan for the future of Nineveh Plain, Tal Afar and Sinjar.

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TTIP: Economy should support life

Thursday, November 3, 2016
A lot has been said about free trade deals like CETA and TTIP. Issues that have not been raised are questions like: Is economic growth the only option and should it be prioritised above all else? What are the “real” problems Europe is facing today and in the future, and what solutions are there?

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"We must stop human trafficking!"

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
“We must stop human trafficking!”, is the common appeal of the Working Group on Human Dignity in the European Parliament. On the 11th of October it organized a hearing on the topic of 'Combatting Human Trafficking'.

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