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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

4 May 2011

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Euromed Conference 2011

European Socialists ‘concrete steps of support are what count for Arab Spring’ as PES adopts strong declaration in Tunis

The Party of European Socialists (PES) has today adopted a strong declaration to support the Arab revolutions. The declaration, agreed at the PES ‘Democracy and Progress’ Conference in Tunis, outlines 4 concrete steps of support:


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World
Senior Fatah representative explains reconciliation agreement
Nabil Shaath, Fatah Commissioner for International Relations

At the PES Euromed Conference in Tunis, Fatah Commissioner for International Relations, Nabil Shaath, gave an exclusive outline of the agreement that his party made with Hamas. As he explained, through this deal Hamas and Fatah came to an agreement regarding the next elections thanks to “concessions from the two sides propelled by the feeling that unity is a must if we want to get freedom, independence and peace for our country”. Elections will take place in one year and will bring to an end the political division between the West Bank and Gaza.


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Economy
Investing or cutting : a difference of 5 million jobs
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Saïd El Khadraoui

The European Union is suffering from the effects of the financial economic crisis. More than ever, millions of European citizens are confronted with painful cuts which affect the poorest most of all. Social allowances are reduced and jobs are being cut. At the same time, the bonus culture in the financial world has restarted.


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PES condemns brutal oppression in Syria and demands immediate end to dictatorship
Syria peaceful protest, May 2011

The PES strongly condemns the brutal oppression in Syria by pro-Government security forces against peaceful advocates of democracy. The people expect the dissolution of the regime and are calling for comprehensive democratic reforms. The PES demands that the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, and his acolytes cease their savage tactics. Democracy representatives and activists currently under detention on illegitimate grounds must be released immediately.

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European Commission bows to franco-italian pressure on migration

Schengen dilution is an ‘abdication of European principle’

The Party of European Socialists (PES) deplores the attempt by the conservatives to dismantle the Schengen agreement. The European Commission is caving into the demands of French President Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, who have been putting stronger and stronger pressure on the European Union to implement stricter rules on migration. Changing a fundamental treaty such as the Schengen agreement would attack the foundation of the European Union itself, as freedom of movement is one of the fundamental principle upon which the European Union is based.

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EDITORIAL

New progressive forces tower over the populists of fear

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

Having just returned from Tunis last weekend I am happy to testify that the forces of progressive change are alive and well. The 3 days in the evolving democracy of Tunisia were inspiring for me and for all the 120 participants at our ‘freedom and progress’ conference. Our sister party FDTL (the Democratic Forum for Work and Freedom) under the leadership of my dear friend Mustapha Ben Jaafar, showed the level of commitment that is needed at this time. The courage shown by the representatives from all over the region – Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Egypt was inspiring. Their testimonies gave further resolve to those gathered. Our message of support for FDTL’s efforts and to all progressives across the region was clear: the EU is not all borders and walls. There is a progressive Europe that is fighting for your interests.

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News from PES members

PES President address to Lithuanian LSDP

“Europe should play a constructive role in supporting the transition in the Arab world” says UK Labour Party

 
Forthcoming events

9 May Europe's Day

11 May General & parliamentary elections in the Netherlands

31 May "A new model of European Growth - A fair deal for all"

 
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Making Policy come alive – Re:new update

Having discussed our values in the face of today’s challenges, the advisory committee of 15th April worked on identifying the major shifts that have operated in society as well as the consequences. We examined how these have had an effect on the way individuals relate to political parties and our political family.

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European Day in Bucharest

PES activists Romania Annual National Conference, 6-8 May 2011

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Demonstration 'March for the Alternative'in London, Great Britain on 26 March 2

Conservative cuts in the UK: it’s hurting…but it’s not working!

Yesterday, I came across the UK Labour party’s ‘it’s hurting, but it’s not working’ campaign.

The Labour Party is talking about the cuts that the conservative government in the UK has put in place in order to restore ‘confidence’ in the British economy and get its deficit under control. Yet, growth in the UK has stalled and as elsewhere in Europe, austerity measures are not providing the solution conservatives thought they could.

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