14/12/2009 PES condemns Turkey's decision to ban the DTP
The Party of European Socialists (PES) condemns the decision taken by the Constitutional Court of Turkey on Friday 11 December 2009 to ban the DTP, one of the main opposition parties in the Parliament. As part of this ruling, 37 members and executives of the party were banned, including its leader, Mr. Ahmet Turk. Although 19 members of the party still sit in the Parliament, they have lost their official group status and consequently have only a marginal role.
12/12/2009 PES Women President calls for European Women’s Rights Charter
Yesterday at the PES Women Annual Conference Zita Gurmai MEP was unanimously re-elected President of PES Women. In her opening remarks, she called upon European Commission President Barroso to deliver on his promise to put in place a European Women’s Rights Charter that will enforce gender equality for the 21st century.
03/12/2009 PES activists contributions
PES activists are members of PES member parties that are active on European level. We can proudly state that we are the only European Party that has 20,000 grassroots activists from all Member States and there are even more than 80 local groups connected to the PES activists city group network. In the forerun to the Congress, the PES has received written contributions by some PES activists. We would like to present their ideas here as “food for thought” for future debates on European Social Democracy. Feel free to add your view by commenting on this blog post. 27 Roses – Prague PES Congress and European activism - letter to Martine Aubry 27 Roses – Thematical contribution: economy, ecology, social Paris federation contribution to the PES Congress in Prague Motion of the eurosocialists in Geneva PES Lille group - A unique social democratic candidate to the Presidency of the European Commission
12/08/2009 PES warns against banning of DTP
The PES is deeply concerned with the ongoing closure case against the Democratic Society Party (DTP) in Turkey, the final hearing of which will be held the 8th of December 2009. As a democratic party committed to resolving the Kurdish issue through peaceful and political means, the DTP is crucial to achieving a swift solution to the Kurdish issue.
21/02/2008 Elections in Cyprus
21 February 2008 PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen said “The Party of European Socialists welcomes the decision of the Social Democratic Party EDEK, our member party in Cyprus, to support the candidature of Demetris Christofias in the Presidential election on 24 February.”
29/04/2007 Ivica Racan - Man of integrity
The Party of European Socialists today mourns the loss of Ivica Racan, the Leader of the Croatian Social Democrats. Ivica Racan played a key role in the break-up of the old Yugoslav Communist Party and later kept the torch of democracy alight, as Leader of the Opposition, during the rule of nationalist, President Franjo Tudjman. Ivica Racan’s years as Prime Minister from 2000-2003 marked the opening up of the country to Europe and the world, and the start of serious economic development. In opposition he was elected SDP President and continued to build the party as the main opposition
28/03/2006 Israeli Labour Party should now enter government
The Israeli election results - with exit polls giving Kadima a lower than expected 29 seats and Labour an excellent 19 seats - makes the Labour Party a natural coalition Government member commented the President of the Party of European Socialists, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. "This result should propel the Israeli Labour Party into Government" said Rasmussen. "For the sake of Israeli society, the new Government must put the concerns of the Labour Party about economic justice and social cohesion high on their agenda."
16/11/2005 Letter congratulating Amir Peretz upon his election as Labor party leader
Mr. Amir PERETZChairman of the Labor Party of Israel Brussels, 16 November 2005 Dear Amir,Dear Mr Chairman, On behalf of the Party of European Socialists, I would like to warmly congratulate you for your election as Chairman of the Labor Party and to send you my best wishes for your new role. Your election is of enormous importance for the future of Israel and the future of the region.