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09/09/2017
EU’s biggest problem: Over-powerful national governments
EU’s biggest problem: Over-powerful national governments
24/05/2017
Europe needs a strategy that will treat Africa as a ‘true partner’
Europe needs a strategy that will treat Africa as a ‘true partner’
28/07/2016
Gianni Pittella’s Speech at DNC in Philadelphia
President Obama recently said that “the United States, and the entire world, needs a strong and prosperous and democratic Europe”.
28/07/2016
Gianni Pittella: Populism, racism and xenophobia have infected Europe
We have been infected. The virus of populism, racism, xenophobia has affected Europe. This virus in Europe is named Le Pen in France, Farage in Great Britain, Orban in Hungary, 5 Star Movement in Italy, Kaczynski in Poland, writes Gianni Pittella.
27/06/2016
Pittella: E' colpa di Cameron, ha agito da giocatore di poker
Dal premier britannico un bluff al tavolo di poker
27/06/2016
Pittella: "Subito Flessibilità. E una costituente coi cittadini"
Il presidente Gianni Pittella: contro la sfiducia investimenti e meno rigore
27/06/2016
Speciale Brexit, Pittella: "Cameron irresponsabile, referendum non era necessario"
"Il voto è stato deciso da David Cameron solo per rilegittimare la sua leadership all'interno dei conservatori. Ora pretendiamo la immediata notifica della decisione del popolo britannico: comincino subito i negoziati per l'uscita del Regno Unito. Il risultato del referendum è uno dei segnali di sfiducia dei cittadini nei confronti dell'Europa, dobbiamo superarla affrontando i problemi diretti dei cittadini, a partire dalla disoccupazione".
20/06/2016
Refugiados: Una infancia alimentada con el miedo
En los cinco minutos que aproximadamente tardarán en leer este artículo, 40 personas habrán tenido que abandonar todo lo que tenían -su hogar, sus raíces, toda su vida- para escapar de la guerra, la persecución, el terror o la muerte. Cientos de familias enteras lo harán antes de que termine el día. ¿Somos capaces de imaginar ese desgarro?
06/06/2016
„Der Mittelweg ist gescheitert“
Überhaupt nicht. Die 90er Jahre waren geprägt vom Triumph des sogenannten DrittenWeges, der das Verdienst hat, die Linke mit dem Markt versöhnt zu haben. Das hat sich letztendlich jedoch als historischer Fehler erwiesen, weil die Globalisierung bedingungslos angenommen wurde, ohne zu erkennen, dass diese sowohl Gewinner als auch Verlierer schaffen würde. Zu viele Linke haben sich auf die Gewinner konzentriert, dabei aber die Verlierer – vor allem die unteren Bevölkerungsschichten und die Arbeiterklasse – vergessen, die de facto den Populisten überlassen wurden.
06/06/2016
Für eine soziale Zukunft Europas
Die EU und ihre Mitgliedstaaten haben sich mehr und mehr von ihrem Anspruch verabschiedet, den sozialen Zusammenhalt zu fördern und zugleich Gestalter einer fairen Globalisierung zu sein. Kommt mit einer neuen Initiative der EU-Kommission die Wende?
05/04/2016
Pittella: The ‘Trump’ of Europe hamper cooperation on counter terrorism
The blind illusion of some governments that think they can tackle global threats unilaterally must be blamed for the lack of cooperation in Europe to fight terrorism and find a common response to solve the migration crisis, said S&D leader Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EurActiv.
30/01/2016
Flüchtlingskrise: "Die AfD ist eine Gefahr für ganz Europa"
Italien und Deutschland sind in der Flüchtlingskrise zerstritten. Gianni Pittella, Chef der Sozialdemokraten im Europaparlament, macht Berlins Sparpolitik für das Erstarken von Rechtspopulisten verantwortlich.
29/01/2016
Pittella: Member states are to blame for the refugee deadlock
Europe is on the brink of collapse due to the “foolish and short-minded illusions” of EU member states, Gianni Pittella said in an interview with EurActiv.
26/01/2016
Digitales Europa soll auch mehr soziales Europa sein
Nach Koblenz gekommen waren Jutta Steinruck, Expertin für Beschäftigung und soziale Angelegenheiten, Evelyne Gebhardt, die für Verbraucherschutz und Bürgerrechte zuständig ist, sowie Petra Kammerevert, Fachfrau für Kultur und Medien. Der Österreicher Josef Weidenholzer, im Vorstand der S & D - Fraktion für Digitales zuständig, und auch Luxemburgs Minister für Arbeit, Beschäftigung sowie Sozial- und Solidarwirtschaft standen in Sachen digitale Zukunft Europas ebenfalls Rede und Antwort.
16/01/2016
"La Commissione Agisca o il PSE la sfiducera'"
ROMA - "Juncker deve dare risposte, altrimenti i socialisti a Strasburgo dovranno verificare il loro sostegno alla Commissione europea".
19/10/2015
Gianni Pittella, Head of European Socialists: 'For Social Democracy the "third way" is over'
http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/head-european-socialists-gianni-pittella
01/10/2015
Socialists step up pressure on Fico and Orbán
Political groups in the European Parliament try to keep members in line on migration.
08/09/2015
Pittella: le quote tra i Paesi Ue una vittoria del governo
Intervista del Corriere della Sera a Gianni Pittella
01/09/2015
"March of the hypocrites" by Gianni Pittella
http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/march-hypocrites
31/08/2015
La carica degli ipocriti
Opinione di Gianni Pittella. In un caldo pomeriggio di fine agosto, i governi nazionali d’Europa – alcuni, altri come quello italiano o greco se n’erano resi conto ben prima – si sono improvvisamente accorti dell’esistenza del dramma dell’immigrazione.
30/07/2015
Fleckenstein MEP: ‘Parliamentarians should be removed from EU-Russia sanctions lists’
It is the duty of parliamentarians to contribute to re-opening the dialogue between the EU and Russia, argues Knut Fleckenstein, saying it was “a serious mistake” to block the Russian State Duma speaker from entering Finland. Knut Fleckenstein is Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats. He spoke to EurActiv Greece’s Sarantis Michalopoulos.
11/07/2015
Una lezione agli anti-euro, la mia intervista per “La Repubblica”
«Se ci sarà accordo avranno vinto tutti, la Grecia e le istituzioni». Ne è convinto Gianni Pittella (Pd), il capogruppo del Pse all’Europarlamento che nei periodi del gelo tra Atene e il resto dell’Unione è stato l’unico a tenere vivo il negoziato ritagliandosi un ruolo di mediatore tra Tsipras e gli altri leader.
06/07/2015
Gianni Pittella zum Freinhandelsabkommen: „Wir wollen kein TTIP um jeden Preis“
Gianni Pittella: "Wir wollen kein TTIP um jeden Preis, sondern ein progressives TTIP mit klaren Bekenntnissen zu internationalen Standards im Arbeitsrecht, dem Ausschluss von öffentlichen Diensten wie Wasser- und Gesundheitsdiensten sowie höheren Umwelt- und Nahrungsmittelstandards." "Wichtig ist es, zu einer gemeinsamen Position zu gelangen, damit die EU ihre Stimme in einer globalisierten Welt einbringen kann."
03/07/2015
Pittella: ISDS is dead, EU-Canada trade deal must be reopened
The investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) as we know it is dead and must be replaced by a new public system, said Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EurActiv.
28/06/2015
Wir werden für das Europa unserer Träume kämpfen
Daher auch die Forderungen, die in der italienischen, französischen, spanischen, griechischen und britischen Presse immer stärker und öfter zu hören sind, die Union zu verlassen und die "Tyrannei der Bürokraten und der Banken" zu beenden. "Nieder mit den Eurokraten, nieder mit dem Stillstand durch widerstreitende nationale Interessen", rufen sie. Das klingt verlockend. Aber was dann?
23/06/2015
Grecia, Pittella: no a umiliazione Atene, in UE deve vincere la politica
No a umiliazione Atene, in UE deve vincere la politica
08/06/2015
Lange: I want citizens and SMEs to benefit from TTIP, not Business Europe
Ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Bernd Lange clarifies the S&D position in an exclusive op-ed for EurActiv. The lawmaker rejects private arbitration and accepts an investor protection system where democratic principles and public scrutiny are guaranteed.
04/06/2015
Piketty: 'Europa, stop met schulden afbetalen en investeer!'
De wereldvermaarde econoom Thomas Piketty pleitte gisteren in Brussel voor de invoering van een Europese vennootschapsbelasting. De weg daarheen loopt volgens hem via de ‘euro-kamer’, een soort tweede kamer van Europa die nationale parlementairen bij de Europese politiek moet betrekken. Hij wil tevens een radicale breuk met het soberheidsbeleid.
20/05/2015
Le guerre del coltan, Pittella: «I nostri cellulari sporchi di sangue congolese»
Invece ecco la condizione in cui vivono i congolesi, proprio nelle sue regioni orientali, che pullulano di miniere del prezioso minerale. A causa di guerre e sfruttamento. Le foto (di Jan Bernas) sono state scattate nel corso di una recente missione del gruppo Socialisti e Democratici del Parlamento Europeo. Che domani si batteranno per norme rigide sulla tracciabilità dei minerali preziosi. Ne spiega le ragioni l’on. Gianni Pittella, capogruppo e vicepresidente vicario del Parlamento Europeo.
29/04/2015
«Basta con gli egoismi nazionali»
Il Parlamento Europeo è decisamente più avanti dei governi chiusi dai propri egoismi nazionali. La vede così il presidente del gruppo dei Socialisti e democratici al Parlamento Europeo Gianni Pittella, che ha avuto un ruolo di primo piano nella preparazione della risoluzione congiunta dell’Assemblea Ue sulla questione immigrazione.
21/04/2015
Ora Juncker si è convinto più soldi a Triton contro i mercanti
«Sono personalmente soddisfatto per la convocazione del Vertice Straordinario dell’Unione europea. Lo avevo chiesto personalmente». Gianni Pittella, capogruppo dell’Europarlamento dei socialisti e democratici europei, ha passato tutta la giornata consultando gli altri capigruppo e incontrando Juncker e Schulz.
20/04/2015
Oggi il tempo della responsabilit non cinismo o indifferenza
Il presidente dell'Eurogruppo socialista e democratico, Gianni Pittella, vedroggi il presidente della Commissione Ue, Jean Claude Juncker, per affrontare l'emergenza immigrazione. Lo rende noto lo stesso capogruppo in collegamento su SkyTg24. "Chiederal Presidente di anticipare le sue proposte. Ora il tempo della responsabilit non del cinismo o dell'indifferenza. Il Parlamento s'giespresso: il presidente Martin Schulz ha gi usato parole piene di rabbia e indignazione. Ma l'Europarlamento non pudecidere, ma pudire a chi ha il potere, di agire subito. E su questa materia chi ha il potere di decidere il Consiglio europeo. E' tempo - ha sottolineato Pittella - che Merkel, Cameron, Rajoy, si assumano le loro responsabilit Assieme a Renzi e Mogherini che stanno facendo bene il loro lavoro". (ANSA)
17/04/2015
Pittella: "Wir wollen das Paradigma der Sparpolitik verändern"
Europas Sozialdemokraten wollen Anreize schaffen, damit in Bildung investiert wird, sagt Fraktionschef Gianni Pittella
14/04/2015
Une loi européenne contre les minerais des conflits
Une délégation d’eurodéputés est en mission au Congo. L’objectif : sortir l’exploitation des minerais du circuit criminel et guerrier.
19/03/2015
Il vento nuovo sugli investimenti
Il piano Juncker prende corpo e con esso le speranze che dall'Europa arrivi finalmente un forte impegno su crescita e investimenti capace di invertire la tendenza dopo anni di cieca austerità.
08/03/2015
Les droits des femmes européennes ne sont pas toxiques
Triste symbole à l'aube du 8 mars, journée internationale pour les droits des femmes, la Commission européenne annonce son intention de retirer une proposition de révision de la législation européenne sur le congé de maternité.
06/03/2015
Congedi parentali, euro-diritti alle madri (e ai padri) adesso
Caro direttore, è triste venire a sapere che proprio a pochi giorni dall’8 marzo, giornata internazionale delle donne, la Commissione europea ha deciso di ritirare la proposta di revisione della direttiva europea sui congedi di maternità.
06/03/2015
Women's rights are not toxic waste
The European Commission has announced that it intends to scrap plans to revise the current European legislation on maternity leave.
03/03/2015
Derribar el tótem de la austeridad
El presidente del Grupo Socialista en el Parlamento Europeo reclama a la UE más flexibilidad para renegociar la deuda griega.
10/02/2015
Οχι στην τρόικα, ναι στους ευρωπαϊκούς θεσμούς
Οι δρόμοι της Αθήνας γέμισαν και πάλι. Γέμισαν με σκληροπυρηνικούς διαδηλωτές. Και με οργή. Αν ένας λαός που υποφέρει βγαίνει στους δρόμους ή
10/02/2015
Pittella, la Troika va superata
Il leader S&D: si deve lavorare a una riduzione degli interessi e a una moratoria del debito. Ma le trattative con Atene siano fatte d'ora in poi solo dalle istituzioni europee. La Grecia resterà nell'euro
09/02/2015
European socialist leader slams Hungarian government during visit to Budapest
Hungary does not deserve being in a moral and social crisis arising from “bad government in the past few years”, the Social Democrat group leader of the European Parliament, said in Budapest.
04/02/2015
Bruxelas quer desbloquear mil milhões de euros para combater desemprego jovem
Proposta permitiria a Portugal receber mais 48 milhões de euros em 2015 para projectos de apoio ao emprego.
11/12/2014
Environmental issues that we have caused, bring countries like Peru to its knees
Kathleen Van Brempt is vice-chairman of the Social Democrats in the European Parliament, responsible for sustainability. From the climate summit in Lima she holds us an interview.
04/12/2014
„Wir erleben eine Radikalisierung der Opposition“
Der Fraktionschef der Sozialdemokraten im Europaparlament, Gianni Pittella, hält nichts von einem Sparkurs nach deutschem Vorbild. Im Interview spricht er sich gegen weitere Einschnitte im italienischen Haushalt für das kommende Jahr aus
17/11/2014
Gianni Pittella : « Le pape François s’engage sur des enjeux européens »
(3/6) À l’occasion de la venue du pape François à Strasbourg le 25 novembre, La Croix a interrogé des députés européens sur leurs attentes concernant cette visite.
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18/07/2018
S&Ds endorse new European consensus on development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Norbert Neuser MEP, poverty eradication, #EndEnergyPoverty, climate change and agriculture, to tackling tax evasion and avoidance,  gross national income (GNI) for o
Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are deeply committed to promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both in the EU and around the world. This is why three S&D MEPs - Linda McAvan, Seb Dance and Arne Lietz - are in New York this week as part of a European Parliament delegation to the UN High Level Political Forum on the implementation of the SDGs. Yesterday evening S&D MEPs met with the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. They stressed the...
18/07/2018
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S&Ds welcomed today the decision of the European Commission to impose a €4.3 billion penalty on Google for abusing its dominant position in the Android operating system for mobile phones. Reacting to the announcement by the competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann said: “Once again Google is making headlines with its illegal methods to maintain its dominance in the market for mobile and other devices. This is the eighth consecutive year of EU’s...
18/07/2018
S&D Group: Visa liberalisation for Kosovo, Ukraine and Georgia – Better late than never!, S&D vice-president Knut Fleckenstein, responsible for foreign affairs, neighbourhood policy and enlargement,
S&D Group welcomes today’s European Commission announcement that Kosovo has made sufficient progress with regards to the fight against corruption and organised crime, and should now be granted a visa-free regime with the European Union. This means that all the conditions of EU visa liberalisation are now fulfilled. Socialists and Democrats have always been at the forefront of the fight for visa-free travel for all of the Western Balkans, including Kosovo. S&D MEP and European Parliament...
17/07/2018
ACP and EU flags
The S&D Group welcomes the publication yesterday by the Council of the recently adopted negotiating directives for the future partnership agreement between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). The new EU-ACP agreement is to replace the current Cotonou Agreement that will expire in 2020. S&D spokesperson for the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Maria Arena MEP, said: "The S&D Group has long called for increased transparency in EU negotiations...
17/07/2018
EU Japan flags on containers
Leading S&D MEPs today welcomed the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and will now examine the final text in detail. The S&D Group fights for a progressive trade agenda focused on sustainable growth and jobs that benefits citizens and workers. Pedro Silva Pereira MEP, S&D Group rapporteur for the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement said: “Today’s signature is an important step forward. It is now up to the European Parliament, which has been closely involved...
16/07/2018
EU Flag : S&D Group: "We will support Jean-Claude Juncker if he respects our policy programme for change"
"The US and the Russian President have a lot in common: they both try to sell a meeting without concrete results as a success, and they have both become a risk to Europe – Trump with his unpredictability as much as Putin. Both Trump and Putin are attempting to undermine Western democracies. Europe has to stand up against this! "Before Trump, the US were a reliable partner for Europe, today we are called an enemy by Trump on Twitter without any reason. To call this a change of political strategy...
14/07/2018
 Triton, the new Frontex mission in the Mediterranean. migration
Following the accord reached in the UN on an international agreement to manage migration, S&D vice-president responsible for foreign affairs and human rights, Elena Valenciano, stated: “The S&D Group welcomes the historic decision in the UN on a global compact to manage migration around the world. “The US boycott has not stopped the willingness of a multilateral approach through partnerships and worldwide alliances for a safe, orderly and regular migration and refugees pact. “The EU and...
13/07/2018
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week by S&D Group president, Udo Bullmann "The world will not become a safer place with a US president who only calls for more and more military spending and alienates his closest partners. The Trumpist way of fire and fury will lead us nowhere. His fixation on a 2% or even 4% goal is short-sighted and ignorant of other essential instruments for ensuring security. The European way to global security does not only consist of spending more and more money on armies and weapons...
12/07/2018
Lady holding 2 tins of food looking at labels
The S&D Group led today an overwhelming majority in the internal market parliamentary committee to ensure that there are no double standards in the quality of food and other consumer products between western and eastern European member states. S&D MEPs denounced the sale of seemingly identical products of lower quality, in some European countries as unfair and dangerous behaviour. They vowed to work towards finding European solutions that treat European consumers as equals and deserving...
11/07/2018
violence in Nicaragua, girl waving flag
Nicaragua has experienced a peak of violence in recent days, as a result of which at least 17 people have been killed in the cities of Diriamba and Jinotepe and dozens of people have been assaulted, including representatives of the Catholic Church. The latter were performing mediation tasks in the two affected cities, which were besieged by alleged supporters of the Nicaraguan Government. MEP and co-president of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, Ramón Jáuregui, expressed his...
11/07/2018
Father and child
The S&Ds led today a majority in the employment and social affairs committee calling for an ambitious and progressive Work-Life Balance Directive to enable working parents and carers to balance their professional and private lives. Under the rules, parents and carers across the EU will be able to take leave that is fairly compensated. They will also be able to request flexible working arrangements in order to take care of their children and/or seriously ill or injured relatives and friends...
11/07/2018
Pittella: Trump is the expression of a virus spreading across the US and EU. The EU must now reform, abandon step-by-step policy and address people's concerns
On the occasion of the NATO Summit, S&D president Udo Bullmann says: "The world will not become a safer place with a US president who only calls for more and more military spending and alienates his closest partners. The Trumpist way of fire and fury will lead us nowhere. His fixation on a 2% or even 4% goal is short-sighted and ignorant of other essential instruments for ensuring security. The European way to global security does not only consist of spending ever more money on armies and...
10/07/2018
Magnifying glass with Trans Fat through it
The S&D Group urges the European Commission to finally present a legal limit on industrial added trans fatty acids (TFAs) at a European level for the food industry, as called for in the European Parliament’s resolution of October 2016. The Commission has the responsibility and the duty to do its utmost to prevent the risk of cardiovascular diseases, infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity, which can all be caused by TFAs. The S&D coordinator in the environment and health...
10/07/2018
Farm vegetable produce in boxes
Following today’s presentation in the agriculture committee of the draft report on Unfair Trading Practices (UTP) in the food supply chain, rapporteur and S&D MEP, Paolo De Castro, stated: “Let’s stop being bullied by unfair trading practices. Let’s stop giving in to the blackmail of some reckless big players against the weaker and smaller producers. It is high time to stop this in Europe. It is also time for consumers in Europe to join us in this battle and to realise that behind any...
10/07/2018
Light bulb with solar panel, wind turbine and tree inside
Today, the industry and environment committees backed the deal on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, negotiated by S&D MEPs Miroslav Poche and José Blanco respectively. The final agreement with the EU Council sets a binding target of 32.5% improvement of energy efficiency by 2030, and a binding target of 32% share of renewable energy in the EU by 2030. S&Ds not only achieved ambitious targets that will speed up the transition towards a clean and sustainable economic model and will...
10/07/2018
People in yellow suits spraying pesticide on crops
Today the environment committee voted on a report by S&D MEP Pavel Poc, which calls for a better approval system for pesticides in the EU. It is part of the scrutiny by the European Parliament on the implementation of the EU Regulation on the placing of plant protection products on the market. The recent controversy related to the renewal of the approval of the active substance glyphosate further highlighted that trust in the authorisation process has been seriously undermined. Furthermore...
10/07/2018
Euro notes and handcuffs
The European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, today backed two reports designed to make it harder for organised criminals and terrorists to access their illegally gained funds. The proposals will make it easier for authorities to freeze and confiscate illegally obtained assets across borders and crack down on money laundering. An agreement between the Council, Commission and Parliament was reached on the new laws last week. S&D Group Spokesperson for the...
06/07/2018
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week by S&D president, Udo Bullmann We strongly protest against the removal of the First President of the Polish Supreme Court, Małgorzata Gersdorf, and other judges from their offices. We admire their determination and responsibility towards ensuring the respect of the Polish Constitution. Poland is a great nation. The Poles should be treated according to the highest standards. The PiS government must stop dismantling Polish democracy! Last Week's Highlights Upcoming...
05/07/2018
S&Ds expect Moldova to continue its European reforms
Today the European Parliament voted on a resolution on the political crisis in Moldova, following the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chisinau, the country’s capital, last month. The S&D could not vote in favour, as we do not agree with the resolution's call for the immediate suspension of EU financial support to Moldova. We share deep concerns over the undue interference of the judicial power in the electoral process, and the invalidation of the Chisinau election result. However,...
05/07/2018
Israel and EU flags on wall
Following continuous pressure by Israeli authorities on Bedouin communities in the Negev and the West Bank, the forcible transfer of Bedouin families and the plan to dismantle the village of Khan al-Ahmar, the S&D Group sent a letter today to Israeli Ambassador to the European Union, Mr Aharon Leshno-Yaar, in which the Group raises its voice against these actions that openly contradict international law. S&D Group vice-president, Elena Valenciano, said: "We condemn the continuous...
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