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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

21 June 2011

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Reaching Europeans' heart - interview with U.S. author of 'the Political Brain'

On 9 June, Professor Drew Westen, renowned author of ‘the Political Brain’, visited the PES in Brussels. Based on decades of research as an internationally recognised clinical psychologist, Professor Westen expanded on his central theme: that progressive politicians need to reach out to voters in a way that connects to peoples’ hearts as well as their heads. In this interview he explains how using emotional intelligence enriches rather than dilutes away from the political appeal.

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1000 Progressive Members of National Parliaments sign up for EU tax on speculation

The Party of European Socialists (PES) has launched an initiative to collect 1000 signatures of Members of National Parliaments to support a European tax on speculation. The signatories will collectively send a letter to Heads of state and government, the President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and EU Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Šemeta.

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Moving forward - Manifesto Days in Clermont Ferrand

On 27-29 May, in Clermont Ferrand, I had the opportunity to meet PES activists from all over Europe. The local city group organized the “Manifesto Days”. Each year activists from Clermont Ferrand host a meeting open to all PES activists; this is the occasion to exchange ideas, share campaign experiences and to debate challenges facing EU citizens.

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PES Employment Minsters criticises ‘absence of concern for ordinary peoples lives’ in EU ‘reform programme’ recommendations

In a preparatory meeting for EU Employment and Social Affairs meeting in Luxembourg today, Party of European Socialists (PES) Ministers criticised the Commission’s proposal for recommendations for the ‘National Reform Programmes’. The proposals were criticised for not sufficiently reflecting the concerns of ordinary people.

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Stop this talk of ‘core and periphery’ and recognise the EU as whole

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, PES President
We are faced with the Eurozone crisis, as we have been for well over a year now. Despite offering the best solutions to the crisis, the PES is, unfortunately, not in power. Instead, right-wing Governments, lead by France and Germany, dominate the EU landscape. During that time, Conservative politicians have gone from denial to panic to reluctant acceptance of the need to act. However, the words they have used have not changed. Now we start the countdown to the European Council on 23-24 June. We cannot afford the same conservative mistakes. We have signed up to the appeal of progressive forces calling for a new direction. In the midst of crisis it can sometimes be very revealing what words are used.

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News from PES members

PES congratulates Italian Partito Democratico for the overwhelming victory in local elections

PES welcomes the positive results of Turkish elections

Forthcoming events

22 June - European Action Day for a Financial Transaction Tax
23 June - PES Leaders' Meeting
23-24 June - European Council

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