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July 18, 2016 5:52 PM

Reintroducing death penalty in Turkey could harm country’s relations with the EU

The Party of European Socialists would like to express its concern about the thousands of suspensions in the military, in the police, in the justice system following the attempted coup in Turkey. The PES is worried the most about the debate on the re-introduction of the death penalty, initiated by the Turkish Government.

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July 16, 2016 1:01 PM

PES condemns the coup in Turkey and calls for democracy to be respected


The Party of European Socialists condemns last night’s attempted coup in Turkey and welcomes the fact that a democratically elected government was not overthrown by military force.

The PES and both of its member parties in Turkey - the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) stand firmly for democracy, the rule of law and the right of the Turkish people to express their will freely. 

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July 15, 2016 4:32 PM

PES European Ministers convinced that Europe needs new momentum after Brexit


European Ministers from the PES family met in Rome to discuss on priorities to be fixed at the European agenda in the aftermath of the British referendum. The meeting began with ministers signing a book of remembrance for the victims of the attack in Nice last night. Progressive ministers of European Affairs expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and their solidarity with the citizens of Nice and the people of France.

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July 15, 2016 1:36 PM

PES: France and Nice can count on our full solidarity


The Party of European Socialists condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal attack in Nice.  

PES President Sergei Stanishev said: ”I am deeply saddened by the brutality of this attack and shocked about the number of victims. I find it very difficult to bear the incredible rawness of the images coming from Nice. My thoughts are with the victims and all those who lost a loved one. I also want to express my wishes of a rapid and full recovery to all the injured. France can count on the full solidarity of our political family”.

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July 15, 2016 11:00 AM

Employment Ministers call for a more social Europe after Brexit

Today, Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs from the PES family met in Bratislava to discuss the consequences of the UK referendum in their policy area.

The meeting began with a minute of silence in the memory of the victims of the horrible attack in Nice last night. All the ministers condemned this brutal act and called for more cooperation and solidarity in the fight against terror.


During the meeting the PES Employment and social affairs ministers adopted a declaration on the clear need for a more social Europe after the Brexit.

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