Ilham Tohti is a peaceful advocate of China's Uyghur minority. He was convicted on charges of separatism for co-founding the website Uyghur Online, designed to promote understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.
"My re-election by the ALDE Congress for a second term as Vice President is a great honour and an exclusive responsibility. I am proud of what we have achieved, but, at the same time, I am looking very seriously forward to what we have to do. The European perspective of the Western Balkans, the security, peace and prosperity in Europe - these topics should continue to be the main points in our agenda", Ilhan Kyuchyuk said.
Ilhan Kyuchyuk: What an amazing liberal day! I participated in the traditional annual meeting of the Liberal International`s Human Rights Committee. The day began with a very fruitful discussion attended by liberals from all around the world at the headquarters of the Dutch governing party VVD.
Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Once again, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the civil society in Uzbekistan today in the European Parliament. Together with my guests, we agreed that the election of a new President of Uzbekistan could facilitate the new stage of democratic development.
The involvement of nationalists in the government is raising some serious doubts on the values that the country has committed to when joining the EU. Moreover, there is a serious risk about the successful Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
As Baalen said, the politicians from the West can only take an example from MRF. According to him, the president of MRF, Mustafa Karadayi, gives a democratic alternative even to the conservatives, the opposition. Baalen declaired that the Western Balkans can not be left alone. He was pleased from the achieved agreement between Sofia and Skopje and said that he is looking forward for one between Skopje and Athens. According to Baalen, if one country has met the requirements for Schengen, she must be accepted. An active involvement of young people in politics is needed, said Mustafa Karadayi and added that MRF traditionally has a special attitude to young people.
Hans van Baalen said that today Europe seems more relaxed and more ready to reform two years after the elections in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria, where the nationalist wave was defeated and isolated by the government, but expressed concern about the participation of nationalists in the Bulgarian government.
At this stage, the dialogue has no alternative. It is important that both Carles Puigdemon and Mariano Rajoy discuss the integrity of Spain. I would like Catalonia to be part of Spain and Spain to be part of the big family of the EU.