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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

9 February 2011

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European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, French President Nicolas Sark

Merkel and Sarkozy battle Barroso over style but not substance of Austerity Europe

European Council outlines more hardline measures under ‘competitiveness pact’

The European Council meeting in Bruxelles on 4 February has dissolved into a fractious squabble among right wing leaders on method. However there are clear indications that on content the path identified is an ‘austerity juggernaut’ of higher retirement ages, ripping up wage agreements, and an absence of funding for vital R&D programmes.

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PES calls for steps to real democracy in Egypt

Egypt is now undergoing public demonstrations in Cairo and several other cities where thousands of people are demanding political and social reforms. These demonstrations are a massive stance against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment in Egypt.

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Environment
European Council fails to make progress on European energy policy
Motorway at sunset, chemical plant in background

The first European summit on energy, held last Friday (4 February), has failed to deliver any concrete results on energy efficiency. As expected, pressing issues such as the situation in Egypt and the Franco-German proposal for a Competitiveness Pact have overshadowed the official agenda.

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PES New Year’s reception puts a ‘spring in the step’

On 2 February, President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen used the opportunity of the PES new year’s reception to outline the PES priorities for 2011. Mr. Rasmussen called on the 200 plus guests to make a 'Re:Newed effort to ensure solidarity'.

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PES takes part in the World Social Forum 2011 in Dakar, Senegal
GPF and FEPS meeting - World Social Forum 2011, Dakar

From the 7th to the 10th of February PES Secretary General Philip Cordery will join the World Social Forum (WSF) in Dakar, Senegal and is going to meet partners from the progressive opposition parties as well as civil society representatives. The mission of the delegation is to contribute to the WSF with a series of workshops organised and hosted by the progressive partners Global Progressive Forum (an initiative of the PES and the S&D Group in the European Parliament), FEPS, Solidar and ITUC.

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EDITORIAL

Let’s address the European crisis we have, not the one Conservatives wish we had

PES President, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
The PES has been consistently calling for this crisis to be addressed first and foremost where it actually takes place: on the financial markets. In this respect, the most pressing challenge of the reform of European economic governance is about building up defences against speculation and strengthening the position of governments against that of markets.
In contrast, the conservatives’ position could not be more supine. In substituting the reality of the financial crisis with the myth of overregulated labour markets and overgenerous welfare states, the right wing is trying to impose its loose-state ideology on Europe. Sadly, their current political majority in Europe has made them fairly successful in doing so.

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News from PES members

Irish elections 2011 - History in the making?

PES calls for immediate dialogue and calm in Albania

 
Forthcoming events

6-11 February - World Social Forum
17 February - Coordination Team meeting
24 February - PES Presidency meeting

 
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Economy

PES Economic policy-making forum agrees on progressive reform of the eurozone rescue mechanism

The PES Financial and Economic Network – the party’s forum for developing economic policies, chaired by Secretary of State Andreas Schieder from Austria – discussed and agreed on a document which lays out the Europeans socialists’ views on the reform of the eurozone rescue mechanism, otherwise known as the “European Stability Mechanism” (ESM).

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The tug of war on the FTT continues

On 2nd February the right wing showed their true face. Instead of calling for a new source of revenue, the so called Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), they prefer continuing to strangle Europe’s economies by imposing savage budgets cuts. They expect ordinary citizens to foot the bill for the consequences of the financial crisis.

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MyPES: The meeting space to make it happen

At the PES activists forum in Warsaw a new tool for activists was launched: MyPES. It allows you – as a PES activist – to interact directly with one another across country boarders. But it’s more than just a tool to chat, it’s a tool to promote change in the PES and in Europe.

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PES Secretary General Philip Cordery and Turkish leader of CHP party, Kemal Kili

PES Delegation to Turkey meets Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

The PES High Level Advisory Group on Turkey, headed by PES Secretary General Philip Cordery, has closed the first part of the four-day visit to the country. In the capital, the delegation met the leadership of PES member party CHP (Republican People's Party). Party Leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu welcomed PES delegates at the joint seminar where delegation members discussed for the necessity for a new momentum in Turkey’s reform agenda including labour and trade unions rights, freedom of media and the electoral threshold as well as social policies and women’s rights. The High Level Advisory Group (HLAG) also held meetings with a number of state officials including Minister of Justice Sadullah Ergin.

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PES Women

FEPS-PES Women seminar “Towards a new progressive thinking on gender, emancipation and feminism”

On the 28th of February and the 1st of March, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), with the support of PES Women, is holding a seminar titled “Towards a new progressive thinking on gender, emancipation and feminism”.

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Send your contribution to the PES meeting on the Future of Progressive Societies

On the 25th of February the PES Progressive Societies Advisory Committee will meet up in Brussels to continue the discussion on the renewal of the European progressive agenda. Thanks to Re:new, the PES consultation platform, you will be able to virtually join the meeting by having your say on the net!

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