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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

19 July 2010

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Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Martin Schulz

It's time for a new deal on European economic policy

The economic and financial crisis has presented the European Union with a unique opportunity. By developing a real economic union – based on responsibility, solidarity and coordination – Europe will emerge stronger from the crisis, able to deliver on our common economic and social objectives. But in order to succeed, the European leaders need to start clarifying their priorities. Fiscal stability is unsustainable without strong economic growth and a high level of employment. It is time for a new deal on European economic policy. We want the European leaders to strike the right balance between consolidation of public finance on the one hand, and jobs, growth and social cohesion on the other.

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Modernizing politics - PES launches 10 month process to improve democratic participation

“Engaging with people so that they speak their mind, pose their questions, share their concerns and make their suggestions – this is the challenge for European Social Democracy”. So said Party of European Socialist (PES) General Secretary, Philip Cordery. He was speaking at the launch of a 10 month process by the PES to ‘reconnect’ to the membership of social democrats throughout Europe and to the wider electorate.

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PES Young Leaders delegation headed by PES Secretary General Philip Cordery visited China from 5-10 July 2010
Philip Cordery, He Yong

From 5- 10 July 2010 a Young Political Leaders delegation of the PES headed by PES Secretary General Philip Cordery, visited China for several high level meetings with senior members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), local officials, trade unionists and social workers.

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PES congratulates Spain for its achievements during its presidency of the EU
José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen congratulated José Rodriguez Zapatero on the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. In the last six months, the Spanish government provided Europe with the leadership to face the economic crisis and strengthen the EU.

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PES President gives in-depth interview to Turkish TV
Leader of CHP Turkey, Kemal Kilicdaroglu

In an in-depth interview for Turkish TV and the largest newspaper ‘Zaman’, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen gave his views on a wide ranging number of issues. During a 40 minute TV interview for STV Haber (national Turkish channel), Mr. Rasmussen spoke of having huge confidence in the new chairman of PES affiliate, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The PES President spoke of how he expected the new leadership to encourage Turkish people to rally around the progressive flag. He emphasised the message that Turkish people have a friend in the Party of European Socialists – a message that is particularly pertinent in a time when Conservative politicians are becoming increasing more reluctant to welcome Turkish progress towards EU membership.

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EDITORIAL

We should not have European economic governance based on fear and threats

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, PES President
The recent decision on economic governance by the President of the European Commission is a serious wrong turn. In a Communication produced late last month, Mr. Barroso decided that what Europe needs is more sanctions, more threats and more punishments for underperforming Member States. I profoundly disagree.

In a recent conference in Portugal, we could see the fruits of the PES approach, and I hope to participate and hear of many similar events across Europe in the coming months.

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News from PES members

Hungarian Socialists to Strengthen European Ties

Romania needs PSD back in power to stop the social tragedy

The PES mourns Algirdas Brazauskas, Lithuania’s first President

 
Forthcoming events

19 September - Parliamentary elections in Sweden

20-24 September - PES participates in Clinton Global Initiative conference

23 September - Modernizing politics network

29 September - ETUC Action Day

 
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PES congratulates FEPS first President D’Alema

At the last General Assembly of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), on June 30th 2010, former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema was elected President with the unanimous support of its members.

PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, commenting on the appointment, said: “I congratulate Massimo D’Alema for his election. He will be the first one to hold this important office and I am absolutely certain he is the right man to lead our progressive foundation and to contribute with his experience and vision to the success of progressives in Europe and beyond.”

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Valter Pomar

PES and PT Brazil lay foundations for common agenda

Representatives Valter Pomar, former International Secretary of Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) Brazil, and Iole Iliada, Director of the Foundation Perseu Abramo, met PES Secretary General Philip Cordery and GPF Secretary General Javier Moreno Sanchez on June 28th in the Brussels Party Headquarters.

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Marleen Temmerman

New UN Agency, ‘UN Women’ needs proper tools and personnel to be effective

On 2 July, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish “UN Women”. The new agency will be headed by an Under-Secretary General. Marleen Temmerman, Belgium Socialist (SP.A) Senator has put forward her candidacy. Ms. Temmerman, a gynecologist as well as university professor by training, has the full support of PES Women.

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Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Dominique Strauss-Kahn

PES Delegation attends ITUC World Congress in Vancouver

From 21-25 June, a high level PES delegation headed by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen travelled to Canada for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Congress in Vancouver and the G20 summit. The delegation presented the PES “A Progressive way out of the Crisis” strategy, which aims to impose strict financial regulation and fostered support for a global financial transactions tax (FTT) of 0.05%.

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