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21/01/2021 PES supports European Parliament resolution demanding the liberation of Selahattin Demirtas

The Party of European Socialists stands behind the resolution adopted today by the European Parliament demanding the liberation of Selahattin Demirtaş – a Kurdish opposition leader who has been held in prison in Turkey since 2016. Demirtas is the former co-chair of the PES-associate pro-Kurdish party HDP (People's Democratic Party).

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16/12/2020 PES: recovery and MFF success brings hope for a better 2021

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the European Parliament’s endorsement of a recovery plan and Multiannual financial framework (MFF) which provides safeguards for the Rule of Law. The realisation of the European Council agreement from July puts the vital support progressives have been pushing for within reach.

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07/12/2020 Social Europe Network adopts plan to put citizens' wellbeing at the heart of policymaking

MEPs, representatives from PES member parties and organisations, trade unionists and civil society today endorsed a comprehensive policy document which aims to put wellbeing at the centre of society. This principle - the wellbeing of citizens - must be a guiding framework for European Union policy, the PES Social Europe Network (SEN) agreed today.

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07/12/2020 Romania: election winner PSD must be given opportunity to form government

The PES congratulates its member party PSD on its clear victory at the Romanian general election. The final results show PSD has secured just under 30% of the vote – more than any other party.

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07/12/2020 PES Europe ministers: the rule of law and the recovery both need to be upheld

The continued refusal of the right-wing governments in Hungary and Poland to endorse the MFF and Next Generation EU must neither lead to a watering down of the rule of law, nor jeopardise the recovery efforts, Europe ministers from the PES warned today. Europe is on the brink of profound institutional deadlock which will dash the hopes of millions of people hoping for a recovery from the economic and social crisis caused by Covid-19.

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04/12/2020 PES supports PSD against scorched earth campaign ahead of Romanian elections

The Party of European Socialists stands by its Romanian member party PSD against the dangerous language used by the right wing in the run-up to the general election and calls on the conservatives, in particular president Klaus Iohannis, to stop its scorched earth campaign against the PSD.

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03/12/2020 Europe’s progressives call for EPP and ECR to support democracy and prosperity for all Europeans

Member parties and organisations of the Party of European Socialists today jointly called on the European People’s Party and the European Conservatives and Reformists to take swift and decisive action to protect the Rule of Law, democracy, and the social and economic recovery of Europe.

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30/11/2020 Rainbow Rose General Assembly warns of growing right-wing backlash against LGBTIQ community

Under the cover of the fight against Covid-19, right-wing politicians are using the LGBTIQ community as their first target to cut back human rights, the Rainbow Rose General Assembly has warned. Hate speech across Europe is intensifying - often carried out by political figures and governments - and recent wins for the LGBTIQ movement are fragile: a rollback on rights and attitudes could come at any time.

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26/11/2020 PES hails European Parliament resolution supporting Polish women’s rights, calls for assessment on Rule of Law

The Party of European Socialists hails the resolution approved with a broad majority by the European Parliament supporting Polish women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) against the attacks from state institutions, from the PiS-led government to the judiciary. The PES believes that violations of fundamental rights are a Rule of Law issue and, as such, a matter of EU competence.

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19/11/2020 PES decries state violence in Poland and calls for defence of democracy

The violent suppression of peaceful protesters in Poland must stop, the PES said today as it warned the Polish government is taking yet another turn towards authoritarianism. The situation in the country overnight proves yet again why a tough EU stance on the Rule of Law is necessary.

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