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We need a global partnership to save the bees (and ourselves)

We need a global partnership to save the bees (and ourselves)

A nationwide survey last week found that beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honeybee colonies between April 2014 to April 2015. If that would happen a few years ago, beekeepers would hide that information out of shame, thinking they were bad beekeepers. But today? Today beekeepers report bee deaths and public concern is rising with more and more people becoming aware of the fact that not only bees ...

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“It is a matter of urgency that political leaders step together to restore the political stability of Macedonia”

It is a matter of urgency that political leaders step together to restore the political stability of Macedonia

Mr Alojz Peterle (EPP) Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Delegation to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Parliamentary Committee, Prime Minister of the first democratically elected government of the Republic of Slovenia, on the recent developments in the town of Kumanovo in Macedonia: "I am deeply concerned by the recent events in the town of Kumanovo, which left 22 people dead. I would like to extend my condolences to all affected ...

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A political agreement with Japan should be reached by the end of 2015

A political agreement with Japan should be reached by the end of 2015

During the 35th inter-parliamentary meeting of the EU-Japan delegation in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Alojz Peterle MEP (EPP/Slovenia) assessed the state of negotiations of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between the EU and Japan, for which he considers "deal with the most comprehensive, ambitious and far reaching agreement in the history of EU-Japan relations". Regarding the possible conclusion of negotiations, he urged that "a political agreement with Japan should be reached by the end ...

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Strong EU involvement in intercultural dialogue would lead to more peace in the world

Strong EU involvement in intercultural dialogue would lead to more peace in the world

Following the visit of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the European Parliament on 21 April, Alojz Peterle MEP, co-host of the event, said: “Sri Sri has helped to transform the lives of many, without changing their spiritual identity. He has been teaching how to live in peace through applying yoga techniques that enhance the quality of one's mind and life. I consider his efforts as an authentic contribution towards achieving more peace in ...

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The Launch of European Red List of Bees

The Launch of European Red List of Bees

I am an amateur beekeeper myself, a cancer survivor and Member of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament. We used to say that beekeeping is a poetics of agriculture. Forty years ago when I began beekeeping, it was a romantic business. Today it is quite frustrating undertaking. For years already we have been losing from 30 to 50 % of bee colonies in the Member States of the EU. The bees have been ...

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