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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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23/10/2017
S&D priorities on the agenda, 3 to 6 July 2017
Protection of journalists and the defence of media freedom in Malta: the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia gianni.pittella@europarl.europa.eu + 33 3 88 17 5159 As Socialists and Democrats, we stand firmly in support of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. We must do all we can to protect whistleblowers and journalists working to shine a light on wrongdoing. The murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has caused a wave of emotion and indignation across Europe. We strongly...
19/10/2017
computer and person typing
A coalition of right-wing groups today voted against proposals designed to give citizens more control over how their confidential information can be used online. The S&D Group was disappointed by the failure of the right-wing EPP and ECR Groups to put citizen’s concerns ahead of the interests of business lobbyists. The Group urges them to reconsider and stop delaying this important update to laws governing citizens’ sensitive information. Parliament negotiator for the e-privacy legislation...
19/10/2017
palestine
Following a meeting today with Dr Nabil Shaath, chief foreign-policy adviser to the Palestinian president, leading S&D Group MEPs expressed support for Palestinian unity in the hope of achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians, in the framework of a negotiated two-state solution. S&D Group vice-president Elena Valenciano said: "Meeting a close friend from Palestine is always a pleasure. But today's meeting was of importance beyond this pleasure. It confirmed that the efforts...
19/10/2017
Refugee boy in tent
The European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee today backed a fundamental change to the EU’s asylum rules. Under the current system, in most cases, the asylum seeker would be the responsibility of the member state where they first arrived in the EU. This placed a huge burden on frontline countries. The new rules replace this first country principle with a centralised relocation system that shares responsibility for refugees in a fair and transparent way between...
19/10/2017
Man spraying Glyphosate herbicide on fields
The Socialists and Democrats in the environment and health committee in the European Parliament today voted on a resolution to phase out glyphosate within three years. This substance is the most extensively used herbicide in the world and it is potentially carcinogenic and has hormone-disrupting consequences, according to the World Health Organisation. Currently, 76% of glyphosate use worldwide is in agriculture, but it is also widely used in forestry, gardens and city parks. Glyphosate and its...
18/10/2017
Panama papers written over grey island
An end to the unanimity rule on tax decisions at EU level, a shift from secrecy to transparency, the establishment of an EU scrutiny mechanism on newly introduced harmful tax measures, a ban on letterbox companies, a shared list of tax havens and sanctions for those dealing with them: these are some of the key recommendations adopted today by the European Parliament’s inquiry committee on the Panama Papers (PANA) under the leadership of co-rapporteur and S&D Group vice-president Jeppe Kofod...
17/10/2017
Daphne Caruana Galizia
Following the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, S&D Group president Gianni Pittella said: “The murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has caused a wave of emotion and indignation across Europe. We strongly condemn this barbaric attack and express our condolences to her family and friends. Many members of our group working on the inquiry committee into the Panama Papers had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Caruana Galizia in Malta. Her unrelenting...
16/10/2017
Austria
Following the parliamentary elections in Austria and the regional elections in Lower-Saxony (Germany) over the weekend, the Socialists and Democrats are set to continue shaping their identity focusing on a clear left-right cleavage. Commenting on the Austrian elections, Gianni Pittella, S&D Group President, said: “Austria has turned to the Right. This is the result of an electoral campaign where fear and looking inwards dominated. “In this difficult situation, the Austrian Social democratic...
16/10/2017
Brussels 18-19 October - #EuropeTogether
This week progressive leaders and forces will gather in Brussels for a prominent two-day event on 18 and 19 October 2017 on ‘Building the Progressive Future Together’ . The event forms part of the Together initiative and will take place at The Square in Brussels. It will host the PES leaders pre-summit meeting in parallel, with various progressive prime ministers and party leaders joining. Speakers include S&D Group president Gianni Pittella , PES president Sergei Stanishev , UK Labour...
16/10/2017
The eurozone needs more user-friendly rules to be more efficient
“The European Parliament must be fully involved in the forthcoming discussions on Eurozone governance”, warned leading S&D Group MEPs. S&D Group vice-president responsible for economic and monetary affairs Udo Bullmann and S&D Group spokesperson Pervenche Berès said in a joint statement: “The Socialists and Democrats fully support further progress towards the deepening of the European Economic and Monetary Union. These crucial discussions must be conducted in a transparent and...
16/10/2017
Equal pay
The Socialists and Democrats succeeded in anchoring the principle of equal pay for equal work at the same place in the revision of rules on the posting of workers voted in the European Parliament’s employment committee today. This important victory comes after the S&Ds have pushed for many years to reform outdated rules on workers employed in one EU country but temporarily sent to work in another. Posted workers should be better protected from day one to ensure fair conditions and fair...
14/10/2017
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
S&D vice-president Victor Boștinaru MEP states: “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran is a success of multilateral diplomacy, a step forward in the fight for nuclear non-proliferation and the result of many important years of negotiations between the European Union, France, Great Britain, Germany, China, Russia, US and Iran. It is useful to remind ourselves that this deal has been thoroughly implemented by the Iranian side, provides the necessary guarantees and...
13/10/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week “Things cannot be changed through an illegal referendum. What did it achieve? Only damage. Damage to citizens; damage to Spain and also damage to Europe. A strong Spain in an ever more united Europe; this is our call, and this is our task” Gianni Pittella Past activities Smart buildings that save energy and contribute to clean transport? We say yes! See what our MEPs have done to lead the fight against climate change this past week. The resettlement of refugees is still a hot...
13/10/2017
Unesco
Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament regret Washington's announcement that the US is withdrawing from UNESCO by 31 December 2017. The allegations of the organisation being pro-Palestinian and the candidacy of a Qatari diplomat to replace outgoing UNESCO director general do not justify this decision. Petra Kammerevert, who is an S&D member and chair of the Culture Committee in the European Parliament, said: “With the US retreat from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
12/10/2017
solidarity has no borders refugees migrants
The European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee today voted in favour of a report on new proposals for rules on resettling refugees to the EU. Following pressure from the S&D Group, the Parliament report calls for significantly more protection for vulnerable people than the original proposal from the European Commission. S&D Group spokesperson for civil liberties, justice and home affairs, Birgit Sippel MEP said: “A functioning European asylum system needs...
11/10/2017
Spot light on europe and words banking union
The Socialists and Democrats today have criticised the Commission’s plans to abandon the full insurance for depositors in the euro area known as the European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS). S&D Group spokesperson on economic and monetary affairs, Pervenche Berès, said : “We deeply deplore the Commission’s intent to drop the project of setting up a real European deposit insurance scheme as suggested in its communication adopted today. “This represents a serious blow to completing the...
11/10/2017
Smart buildings energy graph
Buildings eat up around 40% of the total energy used in the European Union and a big part of it still relies on fossil fuels. Improving building energy performance would lead to lower energy bills and to lower levels of CO2 emissions. Today the all-party industry and energy committee in the European Parliament voted on the Energy Performance of the Buildings Directive, the first file of the Clean Energy Package. The Socialists and Democrats pushed for an ambitious enhancement of energy...
11/10/2017
Catalonia: Gianni Pittella and Enrique Barón Crespo call for dialogue within the law
The president of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, is closely following the unfolding of events in Catalonia. Today he met Enrique Barón Crespo, former president of the S&D Group and the European Parliament. Together, they called for a dialogue based on the way opened by Pedro Sánchez through the reform of the Constitution. S&D president Gianni Pittella said: “We make this call because dialogue is always useful when it occurs in the framework of...
10/10/2017
S&Ds on glyphosate: tractor spraying in a field
For months, Socialists and Democrats have been demanding transparency from the European Commission and its agencies on the management of the glyphosate files. This substance, developed by the multinational Monsanto, is used for pesticides, but it can potentially cause cancer according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) panel. Despite the concerns of the European Parliament and consumer organisations, the European Commission proposed to renew the authorisation of glyphosate for another ten...
06/10/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week by S&D Group president: Gianni Pittella on the situation in Catalonia "To Rajoy and the Catalan authoritiies, I say invest every effort in dialogue. You can be Catalan, Spanish and European at the same time. The last thing we need is new borders. Europe was born to reconcile people and bring peace." Last Week's Highlights Our long week in Strasbourg began early with the high-profile referendum in Catalonia, a slate of new cancellations by Ryanair and more uncertainty over...
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