Brexit: As the deadline approaches, where does the EU stand now? We are running out of time. Fairness for Farmers: getting a better deal in the food supply chain. This is the first time that at EU level that we’ve taken action. Turkey: a call to formally suspend accession talks as the oppression continues. We insist Turkey to come back to the European way. Russia: targeting new sanctions at the halls of power. …persons from political elite mostly, who are enormously rich… Parliament debated as Brexit approached at the end of the month. Could there be a last-minute deal to avoid a hard Brexit? We will remain calm, respectful and united until the end of this extraordinary negotiation. British Prime Minister Theresa May, who met this week in Strasbourg with EU officials and got reassurances on the Irish border issue, is pressing her parliament to accept her divorce plan reached with the EU. Without it, a hard Brexit could be damaging on both sides. A whole generation is victim of the political failure of a political class in London. And that’s why my main message first of all is that we as Europeans, we are on their side, of the younger generation in Great Britain. We don’t let you alone in this difficult situation. Parliament has approved EU-wide rules against Unfair Trade Practices in the food supply chain. Large retailers cut prices they pay to producers by reducing their orders for perishable goods. What we’re saying to those big operators: be careful of how you treat your suppliers, because this legislation is designed to stop you treating them unfairly. Mairead McGuinness is a parliament vice president, an EPP member of the Agriculture Committee, and she co-wrote the legislation that also responds to consumers. The consumer is demanding that there is a fairer food supply chain. They’re also looking at issues like climate and environment. Parliament approved the latest report on Turkey’s bid to join the EU, a report that to formally suspend talks toward EU membership. It notes President Recep Erdogan’s continued trend away from democracy. Renate Sommer co-wrote Parliament’s report. The constitution needs to be changed again because the constitution gives all the power to the president. The constitution is anti-European. Noting that Turkey is the EU’s fifth-largest trading partner, the report calls for updating the bilateral Customs Union ”to keep Turkey economically anchored to the EU.” That means to include for example agricultural products, and that would be very interesting to Turkey to have the possibility to export agricultural products into the EU. Parliament called for more sanctions against Russia as Moscow continues to violate international law – sanctions focused on human rights offenders in government. If we target certain people who are responsible, who are implicated… they are not perceived by the larger public in Russia as an attack on the Russian people. The report written by the EPP Group’s Sandra Kalniete also says no “business as usual” until Russia returns Crimea to Ukraine. There is no space, time, for any hope that without resolving problem of territorial integrity of Ukraine, that relationship could have a new input, a new impulse.