July 09, 2014 5:24 PM
In the last few weeks tensions have been running high in Palestine and Israel. The violence started after the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in June, followed by a military operation leading to the arrest of at least 364 Palestinians and the revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager by three Israelis. Meanwhile rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, followed by retaliation airstrikes from the Israeli army killing at least 27 Palestinians, 7 of which under the age of 15.
July 08, 2014 5:01 PM
PES president Sergei Stanishev received Mr. Özdil Nami, Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Cyprus on the 8th of July to discuss the current situation in Cyprus. Mr. Nami was worried that the peace negotiations that was re-launched earlier this year, now had gone into a stalemate. He underlined the importance of the Turkish Cypriots to have a place in the EU Parliament to make their voices heard. This has been accepted by the S&D group but not by the whole parliament.
July 08, 2014 12:45 PM
PES President Sergei Stanishev today told European Commission President designate, Jean-Claude Juncker that Socialist support for his Commission Presidency depends on his commitment to key progressive policies. Opening the questions at the S&D Group hearing of Mr Juncker this morning, Stanishev recalled the ten-point policy programme he proposed to fellow Socialist party leaders at the PES Pre-Council meeting on 26 June.
July 04, 2014 12:42 PM
The PES offers its congratulations to Gianni Pittella MEP, who was elected this week as Group President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Pittella represents the Italian Partito Democratico, who officially joined the PES in March 2014.
July 04, 2014 12:41 PM
On 3 July, the German Bundestag adopted a new Minimum Wage Bill, fulfilling an important election pledge of the SPD. Our German Social Democrat member party had made this legislation a core condition of the coalition agreement with their partners in Government. Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor and SPD leader hailed the moment as “a historic day” for Germany, and a sign of “great social progress”.