""It's extremely dangerous - European lives are what they are bargaining with here at this point.""Beatrice Finh
Executive Director, ICAN
"No one created the universe and no one directors out fate. This leads me to a profound realisation: there is probably no heaven and afterlife either. I think belief in the afterlife is just wishful thinking."Stephen Hawking
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"SPD’s vote actually halved, from 20.6% in 2013, to just 9.7%! This marks the party’s worst result in Bavaria since the 1930s, and is the first state parliament now where they have fallen below the symbolic 10% threshold in recent history - a painful exercise for a former Volkspartei (major party)."Leopold Traugott
Policy analyst at the think tank Open Europe
"The overall ineffectiveness of the judicial system is being used as a perfect smokescreen to give impunity for perpetrators in a number of high-level political cases."Srdjan Cvijić
Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute
"Failing to address violence against women and girls hurts entire communities, not just women, and costs nations millions."Hillary Margolis
Human Rights Watch
"In order for Europe to be a champion of human rights globally, we have to get our own house in order first."Wajid Khan
British Member of the European Parliament representing the Labour Party
"Of course, for Mr. Johnson, this is not really about Brexit at all. It is about him wanting to become Prime Minister."Sam Stopp
Former British Labour Councillor
"The proposed mechanism would make it virtually impossible to impose sanctions on any member of the Council of Europe under any circumstances."Alyona Getmanchuk
Director, New Europe Center
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