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19/02/2013 PES holds Task Force meeting at second anniversary of Arab Revolutions

On 19 February the PES held a meeting of its Task Force on the Arab Spring in the PES Headquarters in Brussels. The meeting was an opportunity for progressive parties from both sides of the Mediterranean to meet and discuss the current state of play two years after the revolutions and to develop a common agenda for the upcoming period. Among the topics discussed were the strengthening of cooperation among progressive forces to respond effectively and in a coordinated way to the common challenges in the region as well as the question of political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa.

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18/02/2013 Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) welcomed into PES family

The Presidency of the Party of European Socialists (PES) unanimously accepted today the membership application of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP). The decision grants membership status to the ESDP. It follows on from membership being granted to Tunisian Ettakatol and Palestinian Fatah parties in late 2012. The PES decision comes at a crucial time for progressive forces in Egypt and the Arab World: it reiterates the commitment of the PES to North Africa and the Middle East and gives renewed impetus to the calls for hope, dignity and progress.

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10/02/2013 Social Dimension of EMU paper a ‘belated and weakened’ attempt to redress neglect of social policy by Barroso Commission

Andor praised for rearguard action to save employment and social developments ‘scoreboard’ The Communication on the strengthening of the social dimension of Economic and Monetary Union is a “belated but weakened attempt to address the imbalance of this Commission’s neglect of European social policy”, says Party of European Socialists President (PES), Sergei Stanishev. “While it is welcome that the Communication has been published at all, the contents will need serious concrete follow up if the proposal is to have any meaningful impact on the lives of ordinary Europeans”, said Mr. Stanishev.

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24/01/2013 PES calls on outgoing Prime Minister Netanyahu to acknowledge major setback of conservative policies

Held on the 22nd of January, the Israeli parliamentary elections ended in a close tie between right and left blocs with both winning 60 seats each. This result shakes the conservative status quo of the government and widens the political debate in the country.

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20/01/2013 PES welcomes the establishment in Cairo of the Arab Social Democratic Forum

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the establishment in Cairo today of the Arab Social Democratic Forum. The forum was set up on the initiative of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Tunisian Ettakatol Party and Fatah from Palestine.

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19/01/2013 PES welcomes Paul Magnette as new PS President

The Party of European Socialists (PES) warmly congratulates Paul Magnette on his appointment as new president of the Belgian Socialist Party (PS). On Thursday evening, at a special meeting at the PS headquarters in Brussels, the mayor of Charleroi was unanimously elected as successor to Interim President Thierry Giet.

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18/12/2012 CSSD fighting for Czech people's interests at home and Czech Republic’s reputation abroad, says PES President Stanishev

Continuing an end of year visit to Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, the PES President, Sergei Stanishev today (18 December) held meetings in Prague with theCzech Member Party (CSSD). Mr. Stanishev met with CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka and with the CSSD Presidential candidate Jiří Dienstbier. He congratulated Mr. Dienstbier for his strong Presidential campaign.

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13/12/2012 PES President warns that Europe was built on “United we stand and not divide and rule” as European Summit prioritizes banking union measures

“Bilateral arrangements of a contractual nature a particular concern” says Stanishev At its preparatory meeting before the European Council, the Party of European Socialists’ (PES) Heads of State and Prime Ministers expressed concern at the short term focus and direction of the European Council, taking place today and tomorrow (13-14 December).

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12/12/2012 The European Union’s Success was built on 'united we stand' not 'divide and rule'

PES Ministers warn against opening the door to an institutionalization of the Troikas PES Social Affairs Ministers today expressed their concern over the risk of an institutionalization of austerity and a tweaking of the EU procedures during the EU Council of 13-14 December, in a letter addressed to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

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30/11/2012 PES welcomes the recognition of a Palestinian State at the United Nations

The Party of Europeans Socialists (PES) warmly welcomes the recognition of Palestine as a “non-member observer state” at the United Nations General Assembly. With 138-9 votes in favour, the endorsement of several European States was pivotal in pushing the bid through at the UN. This approval will boost the peace process, reduce current tensions and put an end to the escalation of violence.

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