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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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28/05/2018
S&D Group's news on the European Parliament's Plenary session in Strasbourg - 28 to 31 May 2018
▶ Tue 29 Debate on EU-US trade relations Bernd Lange bernd.lange@ep.europa.eu +33 (0)3 88 17 55 55 S&D press contact: Silvia Pelz on + 32 478 75 07 12 “In the run-up to the ending of the EU exemption from US tariffs from steel and aluminium on 1st of June, the European Parliament will next Tuesday debate the state of EU-US trade relations. The Socialists and Democrats’ position has been clear from the start: negotiations under pressure are not acceptable. The US measures are in breach of...
25/05/2018
EU and Portuguese flags
This Saturday, the leader of the S&D Group, Udo Bullmann, visits the congress of the Portuguese Socialist Party (PS) in Batalha (Portugal). During his visit he will meet with Prime Minister António Costa, Carlos Zorrinho, the leader of the Portuguese S&D Delegation, as well as other members of the S&D family and journalists and will deliver a speech. Ahead of his visit, Udo Bullmann said: “One year ahead of the European elections, as we join our forces to build a broad progressive...
24/05/2018
Eurovignette logo
The high impact of road transport on the environment as well as the degradation of road infrastructure have a cost for society, but not everyone should pay for it, only those responsible. In fact, the users would also be the main beneficiaries, since the lack of proper maintenance leads to more accidents, pollution, noise, as well as more vehicle operating costs. The current legislation that charges road users, the so-called Eurovignette, is outdated and only covers heavy goods vehicles. This...
24/05/2018
EU stars and letters BONDS over them
Reacting to the European Commission’s plan to create sovereign bond-backed securities (SBBS), by bundling together bonds issued by all 19 Eurozone countries, S&D Group spokesperson on economic and monetary affairs, Pervenche Berès MEP, said: “The Commission’s proposal to create sovereign bond-backed securities falls short of what is really called for. To deepen the European Monetary Union we need a fiscal capacity for the euro area and safe assets capable of breaking the vicious circle...
24/05/2018
Sign post - Clean Air Zone
More and more cities in Europe are trying to impose restrictions on highly contaminating vehicles. However, it is difficult to enforce these measures as long as these vehicles continue to cross through cities without any restriction. Today the Socialists and Democrats in the transport committee voted in favour of extending the European exchange of information framework to cities who have put in place Clean Air Zones. This is part of a legislative proposal to improve the interoperability between...
24/05/2018
Piles of coins wiht green shoots growing out of them
Reacting to the Commission’s proposal on sustainable finance put forward today, S&D Group spokesperson on economic and monetary affairs, Pervenche Berès MEP, said: “The Socialists and Democrats are fully committed to putting Europe on the path of sustainable development. We want to make finance more responsible and ensure that it serves society with a positive social and environmental impact. “We welcome the Commission's proposal as they follow through on their ambition of setting minimum...
24/05/2018
People holding Greek and EU flag
Ahead of today's Eurogroup meeting, S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann calls on the Eurozone finance ministers to move talks on the Greek programme to the next stage and to start focussing on building a sustainable future for the country. Udo Bullmann said: “Greece has made huge efforts to implement the reforms required by its creditors. Putting the future development of the Greek society and economy on a sustainable footing must now become the key concern of discussions in the Eurogroup. This...
24/05/2018
Syria: the world's biggest humanitarian crisis urgently needs to be addressed, UK, Germany, Kuwait and the UN will co-host the Syria Donors Conference 2016, Gianni Pittella, Linda McAvan, education funding gap, Enrique Guerrero Salom, Syrian town of Maday
Every year millions of people are forced to flee from their homes, and in many cases their countries, because of floods, windstorms, earthquakes, droughts or other ravages of climate changes. Yet this phenomena - that is likely to increase - is almost neglected by international law and politicians in power. There is an urgent need to address this challenge and guarantee adequate protection for affected people - these are the main conclusions of the seminar organised today by the S&D Group...
23/05/2018
MFF revision: 1.2 billion to tackle youth unemployment but more ambition needed, S&D vice-president Isabelle Thomas, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, #TaxJustice,
Following the presentation to the press this morning in Bruxelles of the real figures - elaborated by the European Parliament service - behind the fake narrative on the EU budget spread by the European Commission, the S&D’s negotiator for post 2020 MFF, Isabelle Thomas, said: “There is a lack of transparency and clarity, if not even of good faith, over the figures and methodology used by the EU Commission in its MFF presentation. It seems the Commission has been playing a shell game with...
22/05/2018
Facebook-CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Following the meeting of representatives of the European Parliament with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann said: “This was only the start of what needs to be a thorough and transparent investigation of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Scandal. The format of the meeting was a farce, not allowing for any back and forth between Zuckerberg and the Members of Parliament. What this meeting made clear is that 75 minutes in a small and exclusive circle is not enough to...
21/05/2018
President Maduro wins Venezuelan elections 20 May 2018
Following the presidential elections held yesterday in Venezuela, S&D MEP Ramón Jáuregui, who co-chairs the EU-Latin America Parliamentary Assembly (Eurolat), said: “Unfortunately, the elections in Venezuela did not bring any hope to the Venezuelan people. President Maduro has been re-elected with a very low turnout (below 50%), amid reports of irregularities and in the absence of the main opposition political leaders and parties. “The international community in general, and the EU in...
21/05/2018
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook words behind him
Following the announcement that the meeting of Facebook-CEO Mark Zuckerberg with representatives of the European Parliament will be webstreamed, S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann said: “Thanks to our pressure and contrary to what conservatives and right-wing forces voted for, the meeting with Facebook-CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be webstreamed, giving people the possibility to see what he has to say about the use, or misuse, of their data. Anything else would have been doomed to failure from the...
19/05/2018
Decease of Nicole Fontaine, a great European has left us
Following Nicole Fontaine’s decease, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann stated: “Nicole Fontaine was a true European. She chaired our Assembly with passion, enthusiasm and determination. She shall be remembered as a political personality of great elegance whose European commitment represents an example for us all”
19/05/2018
Mossawa center logo
The S&D Group calls for the release of Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center, the leading advocacy organisation of Arab citizens in Israel, and of all peaceful demonstrators. 21 people have been arrested and four have been hospitalised following the police crackdown on an unauthorised demonstration held by Palestinian citizens of Israel in solidarity with Gaza protesters yesterday evening in Haifa. S&D Group vice-president Elena Valenciano said: “We condemn the crackdown on this...
18/05/2018
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week by S&D vice-president Tanja Fajon "For the first time, the rainbow flag will fly alongside the flags of the EU member states outside the European Parliament. This maybe only a symbolic gesture but it represents something important, that we stand united with LGBTI people in Europe and around the world who are still discriminated against because of their gender identity and sexual orientation. " Upcoming activities Our focus in the upcoming week will be on the MFF -...
18/05/2018
Mark Zuckerberg data protection facebook scandal
Following the decision of the conservative and far-right forces in the parliament to question Facebook-CEO Mark Zuckerberg behind closed doors, S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann has called for the meeting to be webstreamed: "The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament defend the rights of Internet users in Europe – and it starts right here. People deserve to know how Facebook is using their data and how they were affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The conservative and...
17/05/2018
aerial firefighting plane in Portugal and 4 firemen
Only last year more than 200 people were killed by natural disasters in Europe and over one million hectares of forest were destroyed by fire. Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament want a stronger Civil Protection Mechanism, with better coordination among member states and new capabilities at the European level. Today, S&D members on the environment committee backed a proposal to create rescEU , a European reserve that will support member states with extra capabilities such as...
17/05/2018
Stronger rights for LGBTI people
On the occasion of the international day against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia, S&D MEPs have called for greater EU action to protect LGBTI people in Europe and around the world. S&D Group vice-president responsible for LGBTI issues, Tanja Fajon, said: “Today, for the first time, the rainbow flag will fly alongside the flags of the EU member states outside the European Parliament. This maybe only a symbolic gesture but it represents something important, that we stand united with...
17/05/2018
Commission clean mobility package words, and truck dashboard
Today S&Ds welcomed the adoption of the third set of measures for a cleaner and safer transport system in Europe. It is the final part of the Mobility Package, which along with the circular economy and recent legislation on energy efficiency and renewables lays the foundation for a sustainable and healthier economic model. S&Ds specially welcome CO2 targets being set for trucks for the first time and also the action plan on batteries, which relies on the ethical use of resources - in...
16/05/2018
The S&D Group in the European Parliament remains committed to the EU enlargement process and calls on the European Commission and the Council to fully support the European perspectives of the Western Balkan countries.
Socialists and Democrats call on the EU heads of states to use the opportunity of the summit in Sofia to confirm a credible accession perspective for the Western Balkans countries. We must speak a clear language: the EU wants the Western Balkans to be a part of our family as soon as the accession criteria are met. As a sign of our commitment to the enlargement process towards the Western Balkans, the S&D Group wants to step up the political cooperation with our sister parties from the...
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