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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: 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.
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”.
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".
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
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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23/11/2017
Laptop with 3 surveillance cameras
The trade committee of the European Parliament voted today on proposals to tighten the control system for the export of dual-use items, goods and technologies that can be used for both military and civilian purposes. Since 2014 the Socialists and Democrats have been pushing to include information and communication technology, notably surveillance software, in a strict control regime. Under the leadership of the S&Ds, the trade committee today adopted a report with strong human rights...
22/11/2017
European Youth Orchestra and EUYO letters
The future of the European Youth Orchestra (EUYO) has been secured. It is currently based in the UK and it depends on annual financial requests. However, a decision has been taken, promoted by the S&Ds, in order to move the seat to Italy after Brexit and to ensure co-financing of 600,000 euros annually, by the EU and the Italian government, over the next three years from 2018 to 2020. The promoter of this initiative in the European Parliament, S&D MEP Silvia Costa, said: "EUYO's...
22/11/2017
Gianni Pittella meeting Faustin-Archange Touadéra, president of the Central African Republic
Africa is a crucial partner for the future of Europe. This is a firmly held conviction for Gianni Pittella, the President of the Socialists and Democrats Group. During a high-level conference on relations with the African continent, ahead of the next European Union-African Union summit in Abidjan at the end of November, President Pittella met with a series of African leaders, including the president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra. After the meetings, he said: “From...
21/11/2017
Lap top with DATA PROTECTION on it and girl holding smart phone
The European Parliament’s committees for the internal market and legal affairs today backed proposals to update laws covering contracts for the supply of digital content. S&D Group MEP and Parliament negotiator for the new proposals, Evelyne Gebhardt, said: “Every day millions of Europeans enter into some form of contract for digital content. This might be downloading a song, a new app or even just signing up for the latest social media site. Often customers don’t even realise they are...
21/11/2017
Antwerp - picture of city
Port cities are crucial in the search for innovative solutions to achieve a more humane economic model. This is why the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament is going to Antwerp on Thursday, and will engage in a discussion with citizens, academics, students, NGOs, social partners, national and regional members of parliament to provide input and get feedback on our policy objectives on sustainability. S&D vice-president on sustainability, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, said: “...
21/11/2017
Keyboard with shopping basket and shopping in red letters
The S&D Group has welcomed the agreement reached yesterday between the Parliament, Commission and Council on new rules that would prevent geo-blocking of online content in the EU. S&D Group vice-president responsible for the digital union, Josef Weidenholzer MEP, said: “This agreement will mean that companies can no longer block consumers accessing or purchasing from their websites just because they are in a different EU member state. This will give EU citizens access to a wider range...
20/11/2017
equal pay women gender equality
The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are calling for decisive action and binding measures to finally close the gender pay gap. Reacting to the Commission’s EU Action Plan for tackling the gender pay gap, presented today by Commissioner Věra Jourová, the S&Ds welcomed the initiative to put the topic back onto the political agenda but want to see more ambition. The time for monitoring and assessing must be over; raising awareness is not enough. The EU Commission's own...
17/11/2017
Gianni Pittella from Malta: Europe united against Trump, #EuwakeUp, undermining EU values and threatening our democracies, refugee crisis, asylum, migration, refugees, investment and jobs and the creation of a true European social pillar, #SocialRights,
In response to a press statement made by EPP Group on the 16 November 2017 entitled “Revoke arrest warrants and provide Russian whistleblower with protection - David Casa”, about the position of Ms Maria Efimova, the Russian whistleblower in the Pilatus case, the Maltese delegation* in the S&D Group said: “The statement is nothing but an attempt at meddling with the rule of law in Malta. It is surreal that just a few hours after they preached about the need for respect of the institutions...
17/11/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week: “Luxleaks, Panama Papers and now the Paradise Papers; there is really nothing to be surprised about or new to discover. It's the same old cancer on our economies: fraud, tax evasion and tax avoidance. It is shameful that while austerity was imposed on many member states, many corporations and private citizens were hiding their money in fiscal paradises to avoid contributing their fair share of taxes due to fund our societies. - Gianni Pittella This week For a roundup of our...
16/11/2017
farmers looking at cows in a field
Agriculture and food supply have been at the core of the European project since the Treaty of Rome, 60 years ago. Today new challenges – such as globalisation, new technologies and climate change – demand a courageous initiative to take European agriculture forward. The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament have adopted a position paper with their vision on the future of agriculture. The goal is to ensure a long-term perspective through the engagement of younger generations and...
16/11/2017
African children hidden behind african map
The European Socialists and Democrats voted today in favour of an important report on 'the EU-Africa strategy: a boost for development' and underlined the need for closer and fairer co-operation with Africa. Thanks to the efforts of the S&D Group, the European Parliament sent a clear message to European and African leaders – ahead of the 5th AU-EU summit that will take place in Abidjan at the end of November – stating through the report adopted today that EU development assistance should...
16/11/2017
eu and western balkans flags
Five S&D MEPs, namely vice-president Tanja Fajon, foreign affairs spokesperson Knut Fleckenstein, S&D shadow rapporteur for Bosnia and Herzegovina Demetris Papadakis, MEP and president of the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity Jens Nilsson, as well as PES president Sergei Stanishev, will be participating in a series of meetings on the Western Balkans that will be taking place in Sarajevo on 17 and 18 November. In this context, the MEPs will meet with fellow parliamentarians and...
15/11/2017
EU countries must do more to protect refugees during current cold snap
All EU member states must immediately stop sending asylum seekers back to Greece under the Dublin system. That was one of a series of urgent measures called for by the S&D Group in a debate in the European Parliament today to prevent a humanitarian disaster occurring on the Greek islands this winter. S&D Group vice-president responsible for human rights Elena Valenciano MEP said: “Last year dozens of asylum seekers died from the cold in Europe. Thousands, including children, were left...
15/11/2017
Daphne Caruana Galizia
The S&D Group has called for a full independent investigation into the murder of the Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. The call came during a debate in the European Parliament on the situation in Malta. S&D Group vice-president Tanja Fajon MEP said: “The horrific murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia has shaken Europe. Her work as an independent blogger and journalist to expose corruption was praised across the political spectrum. Our priority now must be to do anything...
15/11/2017
EU flag and words Eastern partnership
In light of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, the European Parliament adopted today by a large majority its recommendation to the EU leaders, the Commission, and the European External Action Service. Knut Fleckenstein MEP and S&D spokesperson for foreign affairs and co-rapporteur of the report, pointed out: “The European Parliament adopted today an ambitious and pragmatic text, containing concrete recommendations in view of the Brussels Eastern Partnership Summit. We have to...
15/11/2017
poland rule of law eu and polish flags
A broad majority in the European Parliament today backed a resolution on the rule of law and democracy in Poland. The Parliament urges the Polish government to fully implement the recommendations put forward by the European Commission and the Venice Commission in order to resolve the ongoing constitutional crisis. If they fail to do so, the Parliament will have no choice but to call for the launching of Article 7 procedure against the Polish government. S&D Group president Gianni Pittella...
15/11/2017
Our fight for socail rights hand in air
Thanks to the relentless efforts of the Socialists and Democrats over many years and pressure on the Juncker Commission, social Europe is back on top of the European Union’s agenda. S&D Euro MPs welcome the declaration on the European Pillar of Social Rights to be proclaimed in Gothenburg this Friday but urged the Commission and EU leaders to deliver concrete solutions for citizens. The S&D Group are hosting a special #EuropeTogether event , which is dedicated to the social pillar, with...
15/11/2017
male industry workers lining up for a job
The European Parliament will today vote on a new anti-dumping methodology. Under the leadership of the Socialists and Democrats, Parliament succeeded at an early stage in preventing the Commission from recognising China as a market economy. During the negotiations between member states, the Commission and the Parliament, the S&Ds successfully built a strong consensus for their position. Thanks to their constructive engagement with the other political groups, the S&Ds strengthened the ‘...
14/11/2017
Words consumer protection
The European Parliament today adopted an S&D-led report that will strengthen national authorities’ powers to enforce consumer rights. The Consumer Protection Co-operation Regulation established in 2004 set up effective methods of co-operation between public authorities responsible for enforcing consumers’ rights, but the growth in cross-border trade and e-commerce made a reform of the rules necessary. Olga Sehnalová, S&D MEP and author of the report, said: “The new rules will strengthen...
14/11/2017
Trees on small island and words eradicate tax havens
S&D Group president Gianni Pittella today urged EU governments to finally act decisively against tax fraud and tax evasion in Europe, during a debate in Strasbourg on the latest leak to emerge, known as the Paradise Papers. Gianni Pittella stated: “Luxleaks, Panama Papers and now the Paradise Papers; there is really nothing to be surprised about or new to discover. It's the same old cancer on our economies: fraud, tax evasion and tax avoidance. It is shameful that while austerity was...
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