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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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29/05/2017
Africa
During a mission to Nigeria, S&D Group president Gianni Pittella and vice-chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly Cecile Kyenge met with the Nigerian Authorities, local and international NGOs, and Civil Society Organisations. They also visited the internally displaced persons camp in Yola, North-East Nigeria that hosts over two thousand people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. Following the visit the S&D Group called for a renewed EU-Africa partnership able to boost...
24/05/2017
The European Parliament has shown the way for the next Commission migration agenda.
S&D Euro MPs call on member states to honour their commitments and speed up relocation of refugees, particularly of children, during a visit to refugee camps in Greece. S&D MEPs Tanja Fajon, Péter Niedermüller and Elly Schlein went on a mission to Greece from 21 to 24 May, as part of the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee, to evaluate the situation in the refugee camps (in view of the EU-Turkey statement) and discuss with Greek national authorities about the ongoing problems...
23/05/2017
Co-operation with Singapore should increase say S&Ds, Marc Tarabella and Neena Gill, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),
S&D Euro MPs Marc Tarabella, first vice-chair of the delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Neena Gill, member of the committee on economic and monetary affairs, participated yesterday in the 10th European Parliament - Singapore inter-parliamentary meeting which took place in Singapore. Commenting on the outcome of the ASEAN mission to Singapore, held on the 23 May 2017, Marc Tarabella and Neena Gill stated...
22/05/2017
"EU must negotiate reform and reconstruction plan with Greece" say S&Ds
On the occasion of today’s Euro-Finance Ministers meeting on further aid for Athens, Udo Bullmann, vice-president of the Social Democrats in the European Parliament in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, asks for constructive solutions instead of dogmatic blockades. Udo Bullmann said: "After the immense savings efforts which the Greeks have implemented in recent years, the Euro-Finance Ministers must now honour their commitments, release bailout funds, and implement the debt relief...
22/05/2017
Immediate action needed to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in north-eastern Nigeria
As of today president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, and the ACP-EU vice-chair, Cecile Kyenge, start a crucial mission to Nigeria and Guinea Conakry in the framework of the S&D Group's commitment to build a new and strategic partnership with Africa. President Pittella and ACP-EU vice-chair, Cecile Kyenge, stated: "Our geo-political borders are moving south. If we want to better manage migration, if we want to be effective on counter-...
19/05/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the Week "Social democratic values and principles are needed more than ever in the EU. In the face of increasing inequality in our societies, lack of solidarity among people and countries, and growing unemployment and nationalism, we progressives should not move our values closer to the neoliberals or create a new sort of social-liberalism. On the contrary we must radicalise our values and finally steer globalisation. The time for watered-down compromise is over. We have to defend the...
18/05/2017
New rules ensure consumers can access their content anywhere in EU, Victor Negrescu, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, digitalunion, #DigitalUnion
The European Parliament today backed new rules to ensure customers can access their online content and subscriptions when they travel to another EU country. S&D Group spokesperson for the portability file, Victor Negrescu said: “We have voted today to ensure citizens can access their content wherever they are in the EU, while also not damaging copyright protection. This brings our rules into the digital age. Citizens travelling across Europe will no longer get frustrating messages telling...
18/05/2017
S&Ds call for EU initiative for two-state solution in the Middle East
The European Parliament today adopted a resolution supporting the two-state solution in the Middle East and called for EU action. S&D Group vice-president Victor Boştinaru said: "This resolution aims to support the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, in her efforts to give the European Union a political role in the Middle East peace process. It is in this spirit that we call for a European peace initiative with a set timeframe leading to tangible results in the...
18/05/2017
S&Ds urge Commission to tackle social dumping in transport sector, Ismail Ertug MEP, Mobility Package, European Road Transport Agency, cabotage,
The European Parliament today adopted its position on road transport ahead of the Commission’s forthcoming proposals for the Mobility Package on the 31 May. The Socialists and Democrats had led the drive to create a European Road Transport Agency, to reject further liberalisation of cabotage * and tackle social dumping. Following today's vote in the European Parliament, the S&D Group calls on Commissioner Bulc to take on board their proposals to ensure a more balanced Mobility Package...
17/05/2017
S&Ds reject Commission blacklist of countries for failing to reflect high risk of money laundering, #TaxJustice, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Ana Gomes, Peter Simon,
S&D Euro MPs will today reject the list of non-EU countries posing high risks of money laundering and urge the European Commission to do a better job by drawing up their own list. According to EU law, people or legal entities from countries included in this list will have to face stricter controls when doing business in the EU to ensure financial stability and general safety. S&D Group spokesperson on this issue in the civil liberties committee, Ana Gomes, said: "There is no doubt that...
17/05/2017
S&D reiterates its rejection of EC proposal to re-authorise glyphosate.
S&D Euro MPs unanimously reiterated their rejection of the European Commission's announced intention to re-authorise glyphosate for 10 years. The S&Ds highlighted the evident lack of transparency in the classification process of the European agencies. The classification for glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicidal active substance, was largely based on unpublished scientific evidence provided by the industry or supposedly independent scientific reviews sponsored by the...
17/05/2017
For the first time a majority of the European Parliament has voted in favour of beginning procedures against the Hungarian government under Article 7.1 of the Treaty of the European Union. Article 7 can be activated when there is a risk of a serious breach by a Member State of the fundamental values of the EU. After the vote, S&D Group President Gianni Pittella said: “We have a duty to do something about the illiberal drift imposed by Orban in Hungary. The time for words and spin is over...
17/05/2017
South Korean and EU flags
Ahead of a plenary vote on a report taking stock of the free trade agreement with the Republic of Korea later today, the Socialists and Democrats call on the Commission to launch government consultations under the trade deal’s dispute settlement to address Korea’s failure to fully honour all of its commitments. While the trade deal has brought economic benefits, especially to European citizens and companies, Korea is lagging behind in implementing the Sustainable Development Chapter and...
16/05/2017
Waste reduction
At a plenary vote in Strasbourg today, the European Parliament endorsed ambitious proposals put forward by the Socialists and Democrats to cut food waste in half by 2030. Every year 88 million tonnes of food are wasted across the EU, costing over 143 billion Euros and producing up to 170 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Among the measures the Parliament is calling for are the lifting of existing restrictions on food donations, a better understanding for consumers of the “best before” and “use...
16/05/2017
S&Ds from European and national parliaments call for a progressive economic policy in 2017
Yesterday evening, Euro MPs of the economic and monetary affairs and the budget committees - taking into account the first 18 months experience of the European Fund for Strategic Investment - voted on a proposal to extend its duration up to 2020. The EFSI is the vehicle at the heart of the European investment plan that was launched to boost growth and job creation in Europe. S&D Group vice-president Udo Bullmann who will lead the negotiations with the Council, together with his co-...
16/05/2017
Ten progressive S&D principles for a new era of trade agreements, David martin, #TTIP, CETA, #4Africa, #ConflictMinerals,
Today, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) published its ruling on the EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement. Two aspects of the trade deal, namely provisions relating to non-direct foreign investment and those concerning dispute settlement between investors and states, do not fall under the exclusive competence of the European Union, ruled the ECJ. Accordingly, the EU Singapore trade deal will not only have to be ratified by the European Parliament, but also by national and regional parliaments...
16/05/2017
S&Ds call for respect of Palestinian prisoners’ rights, Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails,  Elena Valenciano, Victor Boştinaru,
The S&D Group in the European Parliament expresses serious concerns about the situation of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails and calls on the Israeli authorities to respect the rights of Palestinian detainees. S&D Group vice-president Elena Valenciano said: “More than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners, including 300 children and 13 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, are in Israeli jails today. More than 1,500 of them decided to go on a hunger strike to protest...
16/05/2017
EU strategy on Syria must include swift reconstruction, state-building and reconciliation, say S&Ds, Victor Boştinaru, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner Stylianides, Daesh, #EuwakeUp,
Following today's discussion in the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg on the EU strategy on Syria, S&D Group vice-president Victor Boştinaru said: "It is time to ensure there is a future for the people of Syria. The main objective of the EU strategy for Syria should be ensuring the respect of the ceasefire and the facilitation of a political solution, which also includes a UN monitoring and enforcement mechanism. "The European Union is the largest donor to the Syrian...
16/05/2017
EU relocation programme must accelerate, say S&Ds,  #EuWakeUp, S&D MEPs Josef Weidenholzer and Ana Gomes, refugee camps Serres and Petra Olympou in Greece, Yazidi people,
The S&D Group has called on the European Commission to ensure that member states comply with their legal obligations to relocate refugees staying in Greece and Italy. The call came during a debate in the European Parliament on the failure of countries to take the refugees that they had agreed to last year. The S&D Group spokesperson for the issue, Cécile Kyenge MEP, said: “Member states have committed themselves to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece by the end of...
16/05/2017
assassination of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez
Commenting on the assassination of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, co-chair of the EuroLat, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, and S&D spokesperson on EuroLat, Francisco Assis, stated: "The cruel assassination of the Mexican journalist Javier Valdez - who dedicated his entire life to denouncing the narco crimes in the Mexican State of Sinaloa - has moved us all. This murder is a brutal attack on freedom of speech. Unfortunately, Valdez is already the sixth journalist assassinated in Mexico in 2017...
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