On Monday, the UN’s Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration was agreed by the majority of UN states, following 18 months of debate. However, some EU countries have pulled out of the process: the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Slovakia and Austria, which currently holds the EU presidency. These countries have turned on their heels and abandoned the first ever international deal on the migration crisis, a deal reached by 164 nations and which has put in place a new solidarity mechanism. I would have expected more responsible behaviour from these European countries, given that we recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the longstanding commitment it represents on the part of the world's nations.
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Nous condamnons fermement l'attaque à Strasbourg hier soir. Une attaque brutale et violente au cœur d'une ville en préparation du Noël. C'est avec beaucoup d'émotion et de compassion, pour les victimes et leur familles que j'écris ce message de condoléances aux françaises et aux français.
Mes pensées vont aussi à toutes les personnes blessées et aux forces de l'ordre mobilisées. Nous défendons avec la France nos valeurs et nos sociétés ouvertes.
I welcome the results of the latest Eurobarometer: 68% of European citizens believe their country’s EU membership to be a good thing. Citizens seem to be more in tune with the EU than some of the leaders governing national member states seem to think. I also speak for my own country, Italy, where 64% of Italians considered positively staying in the European Union—a 5% jump from last year when they were 59%. I am pleased to see that citizens, despite the growing difficulties of our changing times, increasingly support the European Union. That gives us the strength to continue building a resilient and progressive EU.