A minute of silence took place at the opening of the European Parliament's plenary session today, to remember the victims of the brutal repression in Syria – and in Homs in particular – and to send a strong symbolic message to the murderous regime in Syria.
The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament fully support the Arab's League proposal to deploy a joint UN/Arab peacekeeping mission in Syria and invite the Security Council to immediately adopt a resolution to this effect.
Market capitalism has just experienced an upheaval that is unprecedented. Yet, social democracy remains rather muted, weakened on the continent which saw it emerge, in the 19th century, as a reaction to the excesses of that very same capitalism.
The European Parliament,
Ms Razan Zaitouneh, Sakharov laureate from Syria. Ms Razan Zaitouneh was not able to travel to Strasbourg for today's award ceremony due to the difficult security situation. Ms Razan Zaitouneh is in hiding in Syria but was able to send this message to the European Parliament