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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

5 September 2010

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An Autumn of demos planned as social cost of austerity measures grows

An autumn of social unrest in the European Union has been predicted. Amid growing evidence that the austerity measures imposed in the spring are having a negative impact on employment rates, a series of major demonstrations have been announced. On 29 September the European Trade Union confederation (ETUC) will stage a demo in Brussels. 80,000 workers are expected in the European capital. The action, which calls for an end to austerity and a renewed focus on job creation, will be accompanied by further rallies and events which will take place throughout the European Union.

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Economy
PES call for ‘a more balanced assessment’ of FTT at upcoming ECOFIN’

The PES joins a broad NGO coalition to ask for a fairer deal for people and a just taxation of financial actors as EU Economy and Finance Ministers meet in Brussels on September 7th.

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Social Europe
French Government anti-Roma drive is ‘debased populism’ - PES President calls letter to EU Commission a blatant attempt to legitimise national policy

“The French Government anti-Roma policy is an affront to basic EU standards and a form of debasing populism”, said PES President, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. “French President Sarkozy’s support for these incendiary policies while simultaneously stating that they will not be dissuaded by opponents who just want to cause controversy, is political cynicism of the worst kind”.

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World
PES welcomes the resumption of direct peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The PES welcomes the decision to resume direct talks by Israel and Palestine that started on 2nd September 2010 in Washington DC. It is a positive step towards achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace agreement for the two countries and the region. Following the phase of indirect talks, it now has to be ensured that the outstanding issues (Jerusalem, the refugee situation, borders and security) are resolved in the most swiftly manner. The PES supports the efforts of the Obama Administration and the US Middle East Envoy Senator Mitchell as well as the contribution of the Arab League shown by the successful outcome of the Foreign Ministers Meeting of 29 July 2010.

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Environment
Calls for carbon tax increase!

The PES demand for the implementation of a European tax on carbon has gained further prominent support, this time from a rather unlikely source. A new study by Danish Prof. Bjørn Lomberg, formerly known for his sceptical views of man’s impact on the world’s climate, calls for an annual investments to the amount of $ 100 bn in funds directed towards researching solutions for the challenges posed by climate change. Lomberg proposes that half the money required could be raised through a tax on carbon.

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EDITORIAL

Austerity measures start to hurt growth in Europe

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, PES President
It is never particularly pleasant to say ‘I told you so’ but in some cases the evidence is so stark it is unavoidable. For months now, the PES has been warning that drastic austerity measures and cuts to public budgets, would hurt growth and slow down the economy. In the last weeks we are starting to see evidence that this is the case.

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News from PES members

Socialist Party's summer school at La Rochelle - "everyone united against President Sarkozy's policies"

PES President shows support for Catalonian socialists ahead of regional elections

 
Forthcoming events

7 September - ECOFIN meeting

16 September - PES Prime Ministers meeting

16 September - European Council

23 September - Modernizing politics network

24 September - PES Communicators seminar

29 September - ETUC Action Day

 
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Activists float idea of PES Primaries

In an example of using social networking to organising an activists campaign, on the 26th of July a group of PES activists, led by Desmond O’Toole (Irish Labour Party), and José Reis Santos (Portuguese Socialist Party), launched a Campaign for a PES Primary on Facebook. So far the Group has attracted over 1000 members and is generating significant publicity with articles in New Europe and euobserver, not to mention blog articles by Jon Worth, David Chopin and Ralf Grahn amongst others.

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Young people attend IFM-SEI summer camp wave from the 'Train for Change'

Promoting a ‘Train for Change’ in IFM summer camp

This summer the International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International (IFM-SEI) gathered 800 young people from all over the world in a “Train for Change” (see video) – a summer camp where young people could discover how to bring social change into their societies.

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