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"A new threat to Europe."

Farin Sadiq

The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating day by day. After the withdrawal of Western troops and the seizure of the capital Kabul by the Taliban only a short time later, the question now remains: what happens next? European Democrats express their views.

The Secretary General of the European Democratic Party, MEP Sandro Gozi, demanded: "The EU must draw lessons from the current tragedy as soon as possible. The Taliban's conquest of Kabul signifies the return of obscurantism and a new threat to Europe."

In view of the inaction of many political decision-makers, he added: "Enough of the cartoonish shamelessness of elected representatives. We must act. I don't want to relive what I went through in 2015 and see so many more dead bodies. To see so many families devastated by the disappearance of a loved one. Our citizens expect something different from their elected representatives. With the French EU Presidency starting in January 2022, it is urgent that we ALL come together to work on a real EU migration and asylum plan. The events of 2015 must not be repeated."

MEP Engin Eroglu, our German MEP, who is also a member of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Afghanistan, expressed his outrage at the situation: "It is totally incomprehensible to me what is going on in the [German] Federal Government and the authorities in Berlin. One day after the start of the withdrawal [of troops], it was clear what would happen. There was no other possible scenario." Eroglu had already called for the immediate evacuation of Afghan staff as well as the suspension of deportations of refugees to Afghanistan on 9 August.

EAJ-PNV, the EDP’s Basque member party, said in a statement: "We condemn all attacks on human rights and call on the new authorities in Afghanistan to respect and protect international humanitarian law and uphold the rights and freedoms of all their citizens."

"We call on the entire international community to act decisively and unitedly against the global terrorist threat, to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a platform for international terrorism, and to ensure that human rights are respected."

They went on to say, "We appeal to the United Nations, but also to other countries and in particular to the European Union, to defend our universal values, to provide support and humanitarian assistance to civilians, to ensure the presence and participation of humanitarian actors on the ground, and to facilitate the international reception of all those refugees from Afghanistan who wish to leave their country in search of a new and more hopeful future."

In conclusion, the EAJ-PNV pledged its solidarity to Afghan women and children in particular.