I SVT:s ABC om romska tiggare

tiggareIntervjuades i går av SVT efter min, Olle Schmidts och Marit Paulsens debattartikel om de romska tiggarna. 3:16 minuter in i sändningen hittar ni klippet. Frågan om de romska tiggarna måste lösas på EU-nivå. Romerna är inte felet, de  är symtom på att något är fel i många av EU:s medlemsländer. Det är på tiden att vi inför en strategi som är bindande för medlemsländerna. Dessutom måste kommissionen övervaka att de pengar som betalas ut går till romerna och inte hamnar på annat håll.

One Billion Rising Flashmob at the European Parliament

Here comes another clip from the flashmob One Billion Rising. You can see me in short sequences here and there =)


On 29 January 2013 in Brussels, the European Parliament rose and danced with Eve Ensler in a One Billion Rising flashmob to call for an end to violence against women and girls.

This initiative was led by European Parliament Vice-President Isabelle Durant (Belgium) with her fellow ”V-MEPs” who performed The Vagina Monologues in the European Parliament in March 2012: Franziska Brantner (Germany), Marielle Gallo (France), Ana Gomes (Portugal), Kartika Liotard (Netherlands), Ulrike Lunacek (Austria), Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland), Renate Weber (Romania), Cecilia Wikström (Sweden). They were joined by many more MEPs, including Michael Cashman (UK), Leonidas Donskis (Lithuania), Mikael Gustafsson (Sweden, chair of the EP committee on women’s rights and gender equality), Jean Lambert (UK), Barbara Lochbihler (Germany, chair of the subcommittee on Human Rights), Baroness Sarah Ludford (UK, Vice-Chair of the ALDE Group), Marisa Matias (Portugal), Martina Anderson (UK), Judith Merkies (Netherlands), Joanna Senyszyn (Poland, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights), Gabriele Zimmer (Germany, chair of the GUE/NGL Group), as well as staff at the European Parliament.

www.onebillionrising.org

One In Three Women On The Planet Will Be Raped Or Beaten In Her Lifetime.
One Billion Women Violated Is An Atrocity.
One Billion Women Dancing Is A Revolution.

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.

ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being

Intervju med SVTforum om patent, norska tullar och EU-utgifter

svtforum2Hur bra är EU-patentet,  vad betyder Norges kraftigt höjda tullar på kött och ost och vad handlar Fredrik Reinfeldts kritik av EU-parlamentariker om?

Se programmet här.

Läs gärna även Dagens Industris artiklar där jag är starkt kritisk till EU:s flyttkarusell samt artikeln Tvärstopp för sänkt jordbruksstöd.

En annan läsvärd artikel är förresten David Qvistströms artikel om Dublinförordningen i Kyrkans tidning ”Alla EU-länder ska ta ansvar för flyktingar”

Citeras även i följande artikel i Expressen ”EU-bossens hemliga hotbrev om snuset” 

Intervju med MaltaToday

”Every politician is here to serve the people, whatever the circumstances in life are, and never to rule them – to give legal proposals and then to legislate in accordance to people’s needs”.

Intervjuades av MaltaTodays journalist Matthew Vella i går under mina 24 timmar på Malta och här kan du läsa artikeln: ”Borg would have been a fantastic leader  ac ouple of decades ago”. 

Vella spelade även in intervjun, som kan ses här nedan.

 

Borg godkänd – inslag i Rapport, Aftonbladet etc.

För er som missade mig i Rapport i går kring det beklagliga godkännandet av EU:s nye hälsokommissionär kommer här en länk. Sändningen ligger bara uppe i en vecka, dock.

Ett längre inslag, som förklarar bekgrunden till varför Borg är så kontroversiell, finns att se i Rapports 18-sändning.

Jag är även intervjuad i Aftonbladets artikel: EU-parlamentet röstade för Borg, I TT:s artikel Tonio Borg godkänd trots protester

Slutreplik i UNT kring abort har fått en del läsare att höra av sig med positiva och negativa kommentarer.

I går intervjuades jag även av en irländsk radiojournalist kring brevet jag och 55 Europaparlamentariker (dock inga från konservativa EPP) uppmanar Irland att omedelbart legalisera abort i landet. Så här skriver vi:

”Dear Taoiseach,

We were shocked to hear of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar following the decision by consultants at Galway University Hospital in Ireland not to proceed with the termination of an unviable foetus. She developed septicaemia from E Coli after she was refused a timely termination of an unviable miscarrying 17 week-old foetus. She was denied a termination because there remained a foetal heart beat and according to her husband she was told that we ”live in a Catholic country.” We express our deep sympathy to her family and friends.

This tragedy highlights the need for immediate action to introduce legislation for abortion in Ireland. Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court in Ireland in the ‘X case’ that abortion should be permitted in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, successive governments have failed to legislate for this. In the A, B and C v Ireland case, the European Court of Human Rights found that Ireland had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to provide an accessible and effective procedure by which a woman can have established whether she qualifies for a legal abortion under current Irish law.

In order to give support and legal clarity for health care professionals we call on the Irish authority responsible for the health service, the Health Service Executive (HSE), to immediately issue a directive allowing for immediate terminations of unviable foetuses to save women from severe pain and protect their health and life.
Ms. Halappanavar is now the victim of this inaction. We feel that the Irish government should immediately bring forth legislation to permit abortion in cases where the mother’s life or health is endangered as a first step towards the establishment of women’s right to choose in Ireland.
Yours faithfully,
Paul Murphy MEP (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Mikael Gustafsson MEP, Chair of the women’s Rights and Equality committee (GUE/NGL, Sweden)
Sonia Alfano MEP (ALDE, Italy)
Eric Andrieu MEP (S&D, France)
Catherine Bearder MEP (ALDE, UK)
Franziska Brantner MEP (Green/EFA, Germany)
Michael Cashman MEP (S&D, UK)
Nikolaos Chountis MEP (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Minodora Cliveti MEP (S&D, Romania)
Leonidas Donskis MEP (ALDE, Lithuania)
Cornelia Ernst MEP (GUE/NGL, Germany)
João Ferreira MEP (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Sylvie Guillaume MEP (S&D, France)
Anna Hedh MEP (S&D, Sweden)
Jacky Hénin MEP (GUE/NGL, France)
Mary Honeyball MEP (S&D, UK)
Nicole Kiil-Nielsen MEP (Green/EFA, France)
Jürgen Klute MEP (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Jean Lambert MEP (Green/EFA, UK)
Patrick Le Hyaric MEP (GUE/NGL, France)
Kartika Tamara Liotard MEP (GUE/NGL, Netherlands)
Sabine Lösing MEP (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Sarah Ludford MEP (ALDE, UK)
David Martin MEP (S&D, UK)
Marisa Matias MEP (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Linda McAvan MEP (S&D, UK)
Arlene McCarthy MEP (S&D, UK)
Jean-Luc Mélenchon MEP (GUE/NGL, France)
Willy Meyer MEP (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Ana Miranda MEP (Green/EFA, Spain)
Claude Moraes MEP (S&D, UK)
Antigoni Papadopoulou MEP (S&D, Cyprus)
Niccolò Rinaldi MEP (ALDE, Italy)
Raül Romeva i Rueda MEP (Green/EFA, Spain)
Helmut Scholz MEP (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Brian Simpson MEP (S&D, UK)
Alda Sousa MEP (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Bart Staes MEP (Green/EFA, Belgium)
Catherine Stihler MEP (S&D, UK)
Claudiu Ciprian Tanasescu MEP (S&D, Romania)
Marc Tarabella MEP (S&D, Belgium)
Keith Taylor MEP (Green/EFA, UK)
Rebecca Taylor MEP (ALDE, UK)
Isabelle Thomas MEP (S&D, France)
Britta Thomsen MEP (S&D, Denmark)
Catherine Trautmann MEP (S&D, France)
Kyriacos Triantaphyllides MEP (GUE/NGL, Cyprus)
Derek Vaughan MEP (S&D, UK)
Marie-Christine Vergiat MEP (GUE/NGL, France)
Cecilia Wikström MEP (ALDE, Sweden)
Sabine Wils MEP (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Gabi Zimmer MEP (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Inês Zuber MEP (GUE/NGL, Portugal)”

 Nu ska jag iväg till en tv-intervju i Maltesisk tv!

Cecilia Wikström and Sophie in ‘t Veld on the candidacy of Tonio Borg as new EU Commissioner

Se klippet med mig och min holländska liberala kollega Sophie in’t Veld kring nomineringen av Tonio Borg. Vi i den liberala gruppen, ALDE-gruppen, i Europaparlamentet har nu som första parti i Europaparlamentet tagit ställning, vi kommer inte att godkänna Tonio Borg.

Cecilia Wikström (ALDE/Folkpartiet Liberalerna) and Sophie in ‘t Veld (ALDE/D66): ”Mr. Borg is not the right candidate for the liberals to become the new Maltese EU commissioner on Health.”

Wikström: ”I sometimes speak from my heart and not from my brain”

After having heavily critizised the nomination of Tonio Borg as EU’s next Health Commissioner MEP Cecilia Wikström has recieved lots of reactions. In the video she explains why she is so opposed the nomination of Borg. ”Everyone once in a while I need to speak out and be very frank, bold and sometimes even cruel”.