05/07/2016 PES welcomes Christine Muttonen as new President of the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE
The Party of European Socialists welcomes the election of Christine Muttonen as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE. Muttonen, a member of Austrian SPÖ and of our political family was previously a Vice-President of that Assembly. Since this year, she is also Special Representative for Central and Eastern Asia.
29/06/2016 PES welcomes the new EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy
The Party of European Socialists welcomes the new EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy presented by HR/VP Federica Mogherini. The document focuses on how to respond to the threats, including terrorism, and seize the opportunities of a more connected world. It calls for stronger defence cooperation, while also focusing on the inclusiveness of societies, on job opportunities and on the fight against inequality, both in Europe and in the World.
29/06/2016 PES condemns terrorist attack at Atatürk International Airport in the strongest possible terms
The Party of European Socialists condemns the terrorist attack at the Atatürk International Airport. PES President Sergei Stanishev said: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the barbaric attack at the airport of Istanbul that has caused a horrible number of dead and injured. The sole responsibility lies with the perpetrators. I would like to send our condolences to the families and friends of the dead and to wish a good recovery to the injured”.
27/06/2016 Istanbul Pride, you are not alone!
The Istanbul governorship banned trans pride and LGBTI pride marches twice this week for “protection of public order and security”. Activists who were banned from protesting instead gathered in several places in Taksim. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) activists, already exposed to many threats from nationalist and Islamist groups, were not protected from the attackers, but were in fact attacked by the police even though they had not gathered in a protest.
16/06/2016 PES Presidency approves declarations on SMER, refugees and EMU
Today in Brussels the PES Presidency discussed its position about SMER, the PES member party in Slovakia, the upcoming progressive conference on refugees in Paris and latest developments in monetary policies.
16/06/2016 HDP leader Demirtas meets PES to discuss lifting of immunity in Turkey
Selahattin Demirtas, leader of HDP Turkey (PES member party) today held an exchange of views with the PES Presidency on the situation in Turkey. They discussed the recent decision of the Turkish Parliament to permit the lifting of parliamentary immunity from prosecution of a large number of Members of Parliament, the situation in South East of Turkey, and the EU-Turkey agreement. The Presidency expressed its strong support for the HDP and their leader and their opposition against lifting the immunity of parliamentarians. The Presidency is deeply concerned by the authoritarian path taken by President Erdogan and calls for of the Kurdish peace process to be restarted. The PES will continue to follow very closely the evolution of the situation in Turkey.
16/07/2015 Light at the end of the tunnel for Macedonia?
The undersigned organizations, women activists from social democratic parties in South Eastern Europe, connected through the CEE Network for Gender Issues, and organisation member of Party of European Socialist Women (PESW) and Young European Socialists (YES), have been following with great concern the development of the political situation in Macedonia. The crisis threatened not only democracy and sustainable development in this country but also to destablise the entire region.
11/03/2014 PES congratulates Chile's new Social Democratic President
The Party of European Socialists (PES) is pleased to celebrate today the inauguration of Chile's new Social Democratic President, Michelle Bachelet. Vice-President Jan Royall and Deputy Secretary General Marije Laffeber are in Chile to represent the PES.