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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

3 June 2011

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Karl-Heinz Lambertz

Interview with Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions

Watch the interview of Karl-Heinz Lambertz (President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions and Minister-President of the German-speaking community in Belgium), speaker at the conference "A Fair Growth Model for Europe"

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Economic Growth cannot be only on paper and people can't be removed from recovery
Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Mercedes Bresso

Joint conference of the Party of European Socialists and the PES Group in the CoR calls for new growth model, Brussels, 31 May 2011

"GDP growth is something that has existed on paper only. And the financial crisis has shown us how quickly that paper can burn." So said the President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.

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PES strongly condemns detentions of Belarusian opposition leaders Mikalai Statkevich and Andrei Sannikov
Andrei Sannikov, Belarus opposition leader (flashes the V-sign for victory)

(26 May 2011, Brussels) The PES strongly condemns the arrests of Andrei Sannikov and Mikalai Statkevich. On 26 May 2011, Mr. Statkevich, who is the leader of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Narodnaya Gramada) and of the "European Coalition Free Belarus", received a 6-year sentence in a hard labour colony based on the same charges. On 14 May 2011, Mr Sannikov, who was the main rival in disputed 2010 re-election of Belarusian President Lukashenka, was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of organizing mass disturbances. Sannikov came in second to Lukashenka in the 19 December 2010 polls, which the opposition and the OECD have described as severely flawed.

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Socialists defend a financial transaction tax in Bratislava seminar

PES Secretary General Philip Cordery travelled to Bratislava, Slovakia, to participate in a high-level conference on financial taxation hosted by the ASA institute. Other speakers to the conference included SMER leader Robert Fico and Austrian State Secretary for Finance Andreas Schieder (SPÖ).

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Economic Growth has to be about more than Winners and Losers

PES President, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

Recently, I was at an event which declared its aims as being to tackle the ‘post-crisis’ landscape. I have to say that I really took offence to this title. For millions of unemployed Europeans we are certainly not ‘post-crisis’. The effects of the economic meltdown, the crisis times, are still being experienced right across the continent. More and more people in Europe are unemployed and even protesting on the street. And yet financial magazines and newspapers talk about a ‘return to growth’. This dissonance between market fantasy and human reality is embarrassing.

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News from PES members

PES Secretary General in Vilnius as LSDP builds towards 2012 general elections

PES Secretary General meets SDP representatives from BiH in Brussels

Forthcoming events

9 June - Coordination Team Meeting
9 - 10 June - Modernising Politics Network, followed by the Conference on Rhetoric with Prof. D. Westen
15 June - PES Task Force on Arab Revolutions
            - PES Migration and Integration network
16 June - Presidency Meeting
17 June - PES Social Ministerial Meeting

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