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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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21/04/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week by S&D President, Gianni Pittella 17.04.2017 “Another harsh blow against democracy and rule of law has been dealt in Turkey. This is yet another decisive step away from Europe. Erdoğan has closed his doors to the EU with this referendum. The EU accession talks should be suspended once Turkey decides to implement the 18 constitutional amendments. We remain convinced that the majority of the Turkish citizens are still looking at democracy and rule of law as crucial...
20/04/2017
Third annual School of Democracy kicks off in Reggio Emilia, #democracydays, Pittella, Stanishev, schoolofdemocracy, africa, Arab Spring
The S&D Group’s third annual School of Democracy kicked off in Reggio Emilia yesterday evening. Over three days, one hundred young people from over 30 different countries will debate and discuss the future of Europe with leading politicians, academics and civil society leaders. A range of high-level figures will speak including S&D Group president Gianni Pittella, Susan George, president of the Transnational Institute, and Sergei Stanishev, president of the Party of European Socialists...
20/04/2017
Le Maroc est un partenaire stratégique de l'UE souligne le Groupe S&D, Mme Inés Ayala Sender (ES), le Président de la sous-commission des Droits de l'Homme Antonio Panzeri (IT), Hugues Bayet (B) et Gilles Pargneaux (FR)
Following the eighth meeting of the European Union/ Morocco Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) held in Rabat from 17-20 April 2017, Inés Ayala Sender, chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries, said: “Morocco is an indispensable ally and a strategic partner to develop cooperation with Africa on the question of migration, and in the fight against and prevention of terrorism and radicalism, not to mention socio-economic and trade cooperation. “The...
17/04/2017
Pittella: harsh blow against democracy; EU accession talks must be suspended, Piri,
S&D Group president Gianni Pittella speaking on the Turkish citizens’ vote in historic referendum sai d: "Another harsh blow against democracy and rule of law has been dealt in Turkey. This is yet another decisive step away from Europe. Erdoğan has closed his doors to the EU with this referendum. The EU accession talks should be suspended once Turkey decides to implement the 18 constitutional amendments. "Many irregularities across the whole of Turkey have been alleged; irregularities that...
12/04/2017
social_europe social rights
The S&D Group wants legislation to ensure decent working conditions in all forms of employment, a living wage for all Europeans and a European Child Guarantee. These were some of the proposals adopted by the S&D Group bureau today as part of a paper calling on the European Commission to put labour and social rights at the heart of the strategy for the future of the European Union. S&D Group President Gianni Pittella said: “Many of our citizens don’t believe the EU is working for...
12/04/2017
famine
The Socialists and Democrats are alarmed at the warning of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) of the death risk from starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria is rising and call for urgent action to prevent the looming famine. The S&Ds also voiced their concerns that the situation would evolve to a humanitarian crisis in the region, thereby exacerbating the already mounting displacement of people. According to UNHCR, the famine which is mostly caused by droughts, would entail a steep...
12/04/2017
inmates
The S&D Group in the European Parliament has called on the Governor of Arkansas to stop the scheduled executions of seven inmates this month. In a joint statement, S&D Group vice president Elena Valenciano, the chair of the Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) Pier Antonio Panzeri and the S&D Coordinator in DROI, Soraya Post said: “We are deeply concerned by the scheduled executions of seven inmates on death row within eleven days starting next week. We call on Governor...
12/04/2017
European Parliament shows support for Hungarians' fundamental rights, reintroduction of the death penalty and increased victimisation of migrants, Birgit Sippel, Viktor Orbán, migration,immigrants, PSE Congress in Budapest,
The S&D Group has welcomed the statement from the European Commission that they will begin a political dialogue with the Hungarian government about the deteriorating political situation in the country. However, this means little unless the Commission is prepared to back this dialogue up with the threat of sanctions. The Group also reiterated its call for Fidesz to be removed from the centre right EPP Group. S&D Group President Gianni Pittella said: “Last week we called on the European...
10/04/2017
S&Ds call for the release of all political protesters ahead of presidential elections in Gambia, Richard Howitt, David Martin, Human rights,
Cecile Kyenge, S&D vice-president of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Marie Arena, S&D co-ordinator of the Delegation were among the Euro MPs observing the recent Gambian elections. The delegation of the European Parliament undertook an election observation mission to Gambia to observe the parliamentary elections, which took place on 6 April 2017, only four months after the installation in office of President Adama Barrow after 22 years of Yahya Jammeh's...
07/04/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week “Shame, shame, shame. We can’t find a more suitable word to stress our deepest indignation, sorrow and anger for the disgraceful chemical attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun. Dozens have been killed, including many children. Shame on those who are directly responsible for this, shame on those who are politically responsible for this and shame on all those at an international level who allow this damned war to continue killing innocent people. We call on the UN to react...
06/04/2017
European Solidarity Corps: S&Ds insist quality jobs for young European must not be replaced by unpaid volunteering
The Socialists and Democrats Group today pushed through an important resolution on the European Solidarity Corps, calling on the Commission to ensure that the initiative is properly funded and that quality jobs are not replaced by unpaid volunteering. Additionally, the S&Ds highlighted the need to ensure that the initiative, which aims at creating opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects across the EU, does not impact on other existing programmes such as Europe for...
06/04/2017
S&Ds call on Chechen authorities to fully investigate reported detainment of 100 homosexual men and three deaths, LGBTI, S&D Group vice-president Elena Valenciano MEP, human rights committee chair Pier Antonio Panzeri MEP and S&D human rights co-ordinator
"We are deeply concerned by the report in the respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which claims that more than 100 men, suspected of being gay, were rounded up and detained by authorities", declared MEPs from the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament. S&D Group vice-president Elena Valenciano MEP, human rights committee chair Pier Antonio Panzeri MEP and S&D human rights co-ordinator Soraya Post MEP said: "We are particularly concerned by reports that three of...
06/04/2017
Following the adoption yesterday in Strasbourg by the European Parliament of the report on addressing refugee and migrant movements - the role of EU External Action - S&D vice-president and AFET rapporteur, Elena Valenciano, stated: “The adoption of the report represents a tangible proof that the Socialists and Democrats are the leading force in fighting populism and the xenophobic hysteria in Europe. Indeed, at the last moment and after having reached an agreement, the regretful decision...
06/04/2017
End of roaming by 15 June 2017: S&Ds get final piece of legislation through Parliament to make it happen, S&D MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Josef Weidenholzer, digitalunion, single market,
The Socialists and Democrats welcome today’s formal approval of lower inter-operator roaming charges by the European Parliament, the last piece of legislation needed to finally abolish roaming surcharges by 15 June 2017. In the S&D led negotiations with national governments, Parliament had succeeded in lowering the prices operators charge each other for customers travelling to another EU country. S&D MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, negotiator for the European Parliament on rules for the...
06/04/2017
S&Ds: Parliament backs visa liberalisation for Ukraine,  visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens visiting the EU, S&D vice-president Tanja Fajon, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann MEP,
The S&D Group today backed visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens visiting the EU. S&D vice-president Tanja Fajon said: “The S&D Group has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine and the visa-free travel of its citizens to the EU. We welcome this resolution, which makes clear Parliament’s support for visa-free travel for 45 million Ukrainian citizens. This will make life easier for the thousands of Ukrainians who visit EU countries every year and is recognition of Ukraine’s recent...
06/04/2017
EU-US Privacy Shield
The European Parliament today backed a report looking at the data protection agreement between the US and EU, known as the privacy shield. The report made clear the S&D Group’s concerns about recent changes in US legislation by the Trump administration that makes it possible for private companies to purchase individuals’ browsing histories without their explicit consent. The report calls for the Commission to look at the possible implications this has for EU citizens in its review of the...
05/04/2017
Socialists and Democrats make medical devices safer for European patients, Glenis Willmott, Unique Device Identification (UDI), Biljana Borzan MEP,
Today, the European Parliament voted on a new law to tighten the requirements for medical devices. The new law will set rules for medical devices right through from design and manufacture to authorisation and post-market monitoring. All medical devices from plasters and hospital beds to breast implants, hip replacements and pacemakers will be covered. The Socialists and Democrats led the drive in the European Parliament to make medical devices safer while ensuring continued innovation. Glenis...
05/04/2017
Pittella on Brexit: We will fight for the best deal for EU citizens. Brexiters' lies put UK into chaos, #Brexit, #EuropeTogether
Speaking during a debate on the European Parliament’s resolution on Brexit today in Strasbourg, S&D Group president Gianni Pittella said: “We are relieved that an overwhelming majority today approved the resolution outlining the Parliament’s guidelines for the negotiations on Brexit. This is the first time in European history that an EU member state has decided to leave. This is a serious challenge for Europe but we will emerge stronger and more united after Brexit. We probably cannot say...
05/04/2017
MFF revision: 1.2 billion to tackle youth unemployment but more ambition needed, S&D vice-president Isabelle Thomas, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, #TaxJustice,
The European Parliament today voted in favour of the revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which sets the framework and spending ceilings for the EU’s annual budget, to allow for additional funding and greater flexibility. S&D vice-president Isabelle Thomas, co-author of the Parliament’s report on revision of the MFF, said: “The European Parliament has sent a clear message today that we need a better funded and more flexible EU budget to tackle the many challenges Europe...
05/04/2017
S&Ds: EU must engage proactively to end Venezuelan crisis and seek a solution based on law, Elena Valenciano, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, Francisco Assis, Maduro government,
Ahead of today’s debate in the plenary on the situation in Venezuela, the S&D Group voiced concerns about the recent developments in the country and called on the EU and the international community to support dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition. The Socialists and Democrats welcomed the decision of the Venezuelan Supreme Court to reverse the ruling that would strip the National Assembly of its legislative powers but remain alarmed at the persistent social and...
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