Graham Watson MEP
Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar
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Standing up for Gibraltar in Parliament
Published on Friday 14th March 2014
Speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 12 March
I am sure the House will join me in congratulating Joseph Daul on his re-election as President of the European People's Party (PPE).
Mr Daul, at your Congress you discussed how the situation in Ukraine highlights our dangerous dependence on Russian oil and gas. Germany clearly has much at stake. My question is: why do you not send Angela Merkel to Moscow to talk to them about the crisis in the Crimea and about energy policy, rather than leaving it to John Kerry?
Secondly: if we speed up the switch from fossil fuels to clean energy, we not only regain our independence from Russia, we also meet our commitments to fight climate change.
Published on Wednesday 5th February 2014
President, I represent the SW of England and Gibraltar. This is one of the few remaining EU aviation measures that still contains a clause excluding Gibraltar airport. After the 2006 Cordoba agreement Spain told the European Commission it would no longer seek Gibraltar's exclusion from aviation measures. Indeed, it recently transposed into national law an EU-US open skies agreement with post-Cordoba language, in other words including Gibraltar.
Speech by ELDR President Sir Graham Watson MEP, European Parliament chamber, Strasbourg, 12th September 2012
Published on Wednesday 19th September 2012
SPEECH ON ROMANIA BY ELDR PARTY PRESIDENT SIR GRAHAM WATSON MEP, EP STRASBOURG, 12 SEPTEMBER 2012
Romania provides a case study of the trials of transition from communism. A President alleged to have been a member of the Securitate: a political class so fearful of the files that they failed to publish the past; a culture which, twenty years on, has still not shaken off all the corruption of communism.
From this recent episode no party, the European Union included, emerges with much credit.
Commissioner Reding, this was not in any sense a 'coup d'etat', even - in your phrase - a 'parliamentary coup d'etat'.