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Former European Lawmaker Urges Tough New EU Policy on Iran

Former European lawmaker Struan Stevenson has called for a new Iran policy by the European Union

Former European lawmaker Struan Stevenson has called for a new Iran policy by the European Union. 

must show that we support ppl& & . We must show support4 &an end to the business-as-usual appeasement.This is a regime that boasts about its missiles &is racing 2build nuclear weapons. pic.twitter.com/w89gXA348T

— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 23, 2019

Mr. Stevenson called on Europe to support the Iranian democratic opposition movement. “Europe must show our support for Maryam Rajavi, the fearless President-Elect of the NCRI, and her policy of creating a republic based on freedom, democracy, separation of religion and the state, a country that will cherish human rights and women’s rights and gender equality.” 

Mr. Stevenson ended his speech by a quote from Franklin Roosevelt: Appeasement is the policy of feeding your friends to the crocodile, one a time, with the hope that the crocodile will eat you last.  

“Ladies and gentlemen let us not feed the crocodile,” concluded Mr. Stevenson.  

Other speakers at the conference included Ryszard Czarnecki, MEP from Poland; Jan Zahradil, MEP from the Czech Republic; Patrizia Toia, MEP from Italy; Anna Fotyga MEP from Poland; Anthea McIntyre, MEP from the United Kingdom; Stanislav Polčák, MEP from the Czech Republic; Ruza Tomasic, MEP from Croatia; Radka Maxová, MEP from the Czech Republic; Franc Bogovič, MEP from Slovenia; Alessandra Moretti, MEP from Italy; Gianna Gancia, MEP from Italy; Petras Auštrevičius, MEP from Lithuania; Petri Sarvamaa MEP, Finnish MEP from the EPP Group, Vice-Coordinator of the Budgetary Control Committee; Rama Yade, former Human Rights Minister of France; Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former Vice President of the European Parliament; and Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian Senator and presidential candidate. 

Struan Stevenson is the coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change. He was a member of the European Parliament representing Scotland (1999-2014), president of the Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009-14) and chairman of the Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup (2004-14). He is an international lecturer on the Middle East and president of the European Iraqi Freedom Association. 

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