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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

6 April 2011

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Taxing speculators round 2: Semeta VS EU citizens

European citizens’ voices were heard in the European Parliament on 8th March, as an overwhelming majority of MEPs voted for the introduction of a European tax targeting speculators. However, the European Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Semeta not only opposed such a tax but also called the Parliament’s vote ‘irresponsible’. He is now trying to by-pass the EP by leading a biased consultation targeted at finance sector stakeholders. The PES condemns such methods and calls on citizens to overcome Mr Semeta’s actions by signing up for a financial transaction tax until 19 April.

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Economy
Socialists call European Council results ‘A never-ending story of Conservative mismanagement”

“The conclusions of the European Council today do not make a single reference to investment”, said Party of European Socialists (PES) President, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. “How can Europeans, who first and foremost want to hear about new jobs being created, take these conclusions seriously. Without investment there can be no job creation”.


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World
PES calls on Syrian regime to stop violence against demonstrators and to start democratic reform
Syrian protesters march in the southern town of Daraa, demanding "freedom" and a

On the 31st of January 2011 Syrian President Basher al-Assad claimed, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that his state is immune from the kind of mass protests which have erupted in other countries of the region. He has been proven wrong. In mid-March demonstrations broke out in several Syrian cities, such as Dara'a, Jassem, Nawa and Inkil.

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Social Europe
European Vote ‘A green light to the far right’ as Conservative vote to limit migrant worker rights

‘Sad day for European Parliament reputation as protector of universal rights’ says Socialist MEP

The Conservative majority in the European Parliament today voted against the principle of equal treatment for all workers in the EU. Despite Socialist efforts to include key provisions, the Conservatives decided to vote against giving equal rights to migrant workers on pensions, social security and the EU’s ‘posted’ worker’ law.


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Social Europe
PES condemns Italian Government’s cynicism on Lampedusa situation
North African immigrants wait to be transfered out of Lampedusa

‘Berlusconi must realize that democracy is about acting on principles not photo-ops’

The Party of European Socialists (PES) deplores the slow actions of the Italian Government in helping refugees coming to their shores. The thousands fleeing the conflict in North Africa have waited weeks, and have in that time suffered severe deprivations. The PES condemns the actions of the Italian Prime Minister, which have not contributed positively to the atmosphere.

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EDITORIAL

A European Political Space is born. A progressive response to the “leadership deficit”

PES President, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
There is now an urgent need to change track for Europe. There is a growing desire for a new progressive way in the European Political Space. March 2011 has seen events confronting the European Union at an accelerated pace. From our leaders meeting at the start of the month to the European Council fudge on economic governance, from the rapid escalation of the Libyan crisis to the human consequences, there have been ample examples why a strong European Union is needed.

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News from PES members

Portugal: a casualty of conservative tactics

PES Secretary General congratulates Kaisa Penny and Thomas Maes for their elections as new ECOSY President and Secretary General

Bulgarian citizens make their voices heard

"Arab Springs" - Events are far from being over

 
Forthcoming events

7 April - PES Coordination Team Meeting
12 April - PES Women executive meeting
13 April - PES Foreign Policy Network
14 April - PES Presidency meeting
15 April - PES Progressive Societies Advisory Committee

 
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EU Progressives move forward on press freedom principles

The fight for media freedom continues at the European Parliament. Along with civil society organisations and other political groups, the S&D (Socialists and Democrats) group held a meeting on 31 March 2011 entitled “Towards a European Initiative for media pluralism”. A proposal for a citizens’ initiative to put pressure on the European Commission was discussed. While all other major groups were present at the conference, the conservative European People’s Party (EPP) refused to take part in it.

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PES calls for your input for next Progressive Societies Committee!

On Friday 15th of April experts from the academic world and member parties will meet up in Brussels for the 3rd Progressive Societies advisory committee that will be chaired by PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.

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Beautiful Brittany and Amazing Auvergne

In April and May this year, French PES activists have organized two events which promise to be both fun and educational.

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