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A photo taken at a pro-climate protest. The sign reads "The climate is changing, so should we! Act Now!"

State of the European Union speech Underplays Climate Crisis and the Green Deal Future

Sep 29, 2023, 11:12:56 AM
Lead candidates Duarte and Rhia assess Ursula von der Leyen's EU address, its climate impact, and the 2024 European elections.
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Sustainable Tech: Repair, Reuse, and Rethink

Sep 27, 2023, 4:44:33 PM
Discover how Volt Europa is leading the charge for a 'Right to Repair' revolution in Europe, tackling electronic waste and promoting sustainability.
Flower dried by the heat and unexpected and harsher climate conditions.

As 2024 European Elections Loom, Climate Inaction is Leading to Major Issues

Sep 26, 2023, 4:46:52 PM
Summer 2023's climate chaos in Europe: wildfires, droughts, and political inertia. Explore the causes, impacts, and Volt Europa's climate policies.

The lack of women in politics is hurting us all. Let’s fix it!

Sep 22, 2023, 10:50:55 AM
Gender parity in politics is on the horizon! Unfortunately, at the current rate of change, none of us will live to see it.
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Uniting for Peace: The Role of a United Europe in a Turbulent World

Sep 21, 2023, 2:30:14 PM
Discover how a united Europe can address global challenges and promote peace on International Day of Peace.
EUCO President Charles Michel at the Bled Strategic Forum in 2023.

The Responsibilities of the EU Before Facing Expansion

Aug 31, 2023, 2:07:38 PM
EU expansion challenges and reforms ahead. Learn about responsibilities, reforms, and the debate on unanimity.
Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez in front of EU flag

Spain should lead the way against Euroscepticism

Aug 5, 2023, 12:45:23 PM
As the President of the Council of the EU, can Spain lead the way to a more united European Union?
Jacob on the train from Berlin to Bucharest

A Journey from Berlin to Bucharest: Rails, Reflections and Border Checks

Aug 3, 2023, 2:15:13 PM
Jacob Lippold reminisces about taking the train to join our General Assembly in Bucharest and talks about the future of European international rail.
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Join the Fight: Defend Human Rights, Combat Human Trafficking!

Jul 28, 2023, 8:42:56 AM
Criminal justice approaches have failed – we need to centre our strategies on the victims
Natural landscape with a scenic route: the sky is blue but a bit cloudy with the sun peaking through. The green hills look luscious. No sign of humans except for a walkable road.

Vote for Nature: Protecting Europe's Future with the Nature Restoration Law

Jul 7, 2023, 2:49:06 PM
As Europeans, we still have a chance to persuade EU Parliamentarians to cast thoughtful votes and support nature restoration but we have to act now!
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Escalating Climate Crisis: Spain and the Mediterranean Call for Urgent Action

Jun 29, 2023, 4:47:39 PM
As temperatures rise and weather becomes more extreme, we must see and use our vote as a powerful tool for climate change mitigation.
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To build a new Europe, transgender rights must be central

Jun 28, 2023, 2:25:12 PM
Ensuring that transgender people are able to live their lives to the fullest must become a moral imperative.
A person is standing at a crossroads: one path leads to degrowth, one path leads to green growth

The limits to degrowth

Jun 12, 2023, 1:18:22 PM
In May 2023, MEPs, academics and advocates met in Brussels to discuss our future #BeyondGrowth. How can the EU lead us towards green growth?
A flimsy boat with migrants in high sea.

EU Council Agreement on a common European Asylum System is a step in the wrong direction

Jun 9, 2023, 7:50:00 AM
Only by truly treating asylum as a European issue, instead of a national issue, can we solve its current crisis.
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A deeper look into the election that will shape Turkey’s relationship with the EU in the next 5 years

May 27, 2023, 4:59:51 PM
Ahead of the run-off of Turkish elections, we dig deeper on how this election will shape the EU’s relationship with the country.
Emmanuel Macron at the ceremony of 11 November 2017 at the Clemenceau Statue

Emmanuel Macron's 'climate regulatory pause' is a bad signal for Europe

May 22, 2023, 1:27:57 PM
Emmanuel Macron called for a "European environmental regulatory pause" but this is not the time to take a break from the fight against climate change.
A woman with a blue beret decorated with the stars of the EU flag is seen in front of a EU flag.

The most undemocratic champion of democracy

May 9, 2023, 8:01:14 AM
The European Union has been a beacon of hope for the continent but its democratic shortcomings have come to light recently.
Person holds sign saying "Change the politics, not the climate"

Protests work: Climate activism holds the key

Apr 22, 2023, 8:04:07 AM
Climate activism is no replacement for good regulations and well-written laws. Without it though, change will just not happen at the speed we need.
Refugees on a boat crossing the Mediterranean sea

Europe needs a humane and coordinated migration process now!

Apr 17, 2023, 2:39:51 PM
Recent events in the Mediterranean Sea demonstrate that asylum rights and protection must be reinforced.
Protests against the pension reform in Paris. March 2023.

A Retirement Reform Disconnected from Contemporary Issues

Apr 6, 2023, 3:37:21 PM
Debate on pension reform in France highlights the need for a system reform taking into account all challenges of today's society.
Person holds a sign at an abortion rights protest. Sign says "Reasons women get abortions", there is a pie chart and the legend for the pie chart is blue: none of your business, orange: none of your business but in orange

With rights being restricted worldwide, Europe must push for universal reproductive freedom

Mar 8, 2023, 2:30:21 PM
With reproductive rights under attack across the Atlantic, Europe must not waver on ensuring its citizens have access to vital healthcare.
The European Frontier // photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

No to Fences — Yes to a Europe of Solidarity!

Feb 14, 2023, 3:10:08 PM
Fortress Europe” is not the solution. ‘Fortress Europe’ is at the core of the problem”, says Volt.
Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tanks during a teaching and combat demonstration

Give Ukraine what it needs and give it now!

Jan 20, 2023, 2:27:46 PM
Volt urges European leaders to send Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks to Ukraine as soon as possible!
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Coal vs. Climate: Lützerath must stay!

Jan 13, 2023, 2:35:42 PM
Volt demands the immediate stop to the plans to excavate more brown coal in the North-Rhine Westphalia region.
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Jacinda Ardern was an inspiration to women in politics

Jan 12, 2023, 2:52:02 PM
As New Zealand’s 40th PM steps down, we look at female political representation across Europe and how Volt intends to bring gender parity to politics.
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COP15 Biodiversity Accord is a good start, but it can be better

Dec 21, 2022, 10:30:29 AM
Volt calls for increased policy attention to biodiversity preservation in Europe!
People hold "No Veto" sign during a protest

Volt calls for the abolition of veto power in the European Council

Dec 9, 2022, 10:08:50 AM
Volt calls for the abolition of the Veto power in the Council and for another vote to approve Romania and Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen.
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The risks of American protectionism to EU industries

Dec 2, 2022, 10:17:40 AM
The recent American protectionist measures will add another blow that will likely accelerate a widespread de-centralisation of Europe.
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We need a real European High Speed Rail Network

Nov 24, 2022, 10:22:42 AM
The climate problem of Europeans flying everywhere is clear by now, but it would be a lot smaller if Europe had a real European High Speed Network.
Ocean freight with shipping containers sailing

Part sale of European Infrastructure: One small step for Olaf Scholz, one giant leap for China’s silk road

Nov 15, 2022, 4:04:53 PM
Volt continues to criticise plan to give Chinese state-owned company stake in the port of Hamburg
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Why the EU must centrally procure arms

Sep 28, 2022, 9:35:35 AM
As NATO partners agree to jointly procure air defence systems, it’s time to reflect on how the EU could enhance its security through joint procurement
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The State of the EU in 2022: We need a stronger, reformed European Union

Sep 21, 2022, 8:51:04 AM
The SOTEU speech provides a response to the current crises in Europe, but it didn’t lay out a detailed plan to address institutional shortcomings.
Children play with ballons

Disability and ableism in the European Union, what politics can (and must) do

Apr 26, 2022, 6:04:48 PM
If we want to overcome the ableism still largely dominating the political debate, we also need to have much more diverse political representation.
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Where nationalism is born, support for Europe will grow

Dec 10, 2020, 1:39:20 PM
AUR's entry into Parliament was a shock to both the current political class and civil society.

Moldovan elections – Crossroads or hotfix?

Nov 6, 2020, 6:36:43 PM
Stakes are high as pro-European Maia Sandu won the first electoral round against incumbent President Igor Dodon.

Why the EU should push for Taiwan’s presence at the WHO assembly

Nov 5, 2020, 6:52:47 PM
With the World Health Assembly resuming its activities next week, Europe must rise to the occasion
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Europe. The last herbivore in a world full of carnivores.

Nov 5, 2020, 5:36:15 PM
From Government officials to European diplomats, we have heard this expression is repeated as a bleak assessment on the EU’s foreign policy.
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Reproductive healthcare is the foundation of gender equality!

Oct 28, 2020, 7:20:14 PM
Without safe and equal access to contraceptives for all, women’s sexual health and freedom will remain under siege.

Europe needs a ‘Two Chinas’ Doctrine

Sep 30, 2020, 11:00:44 AM
The EU will be able to truly make its mark when working with China only through a bold and comprehensive strategy.

Rutte should have looked beyond the Dutch interest

Jul 23, 2020, 2:31:39 PM
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Discussing Life on Lesbos with a Member of the European Parliament

Jul 5, 2020, 10:59:16 AM
Interview mit Damian Boeselager on Spotify
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Europeans’ moral grandstanding must be backed up with actions, not pretty words

Jun 18, 2020, 1:40:30 PM
Kim Leonard Smouter, Volt Belgium’s lead candidate in the European 2019 elections, writes a response to the killings of people of African descent...
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European Union, solidarity should not only be a word

Apr 28, 2020, 8:38:22 AM
Sofia Gentiloni Silveri and Joel Boehme in "La Repubblica"
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Third time's the charm - Europe must shockproof itself

Apr 1, 2020, 12:14:28 PM
Joel Boehme in "EURACTIV"
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Reform the European asylum rules

Mar 4, 2020, 10:00:00 AM
Mihaela Siritanu and Joel Boehme in "Europe Today"