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17/05/2019 ‘Tour de Frans’ hits final stage as elections approach

As the elections campaign reaches its crucial last week, Frans Timmermans is making a strong final push to get his message about a new progressive future for Europe out to voters.

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17/05/2019 PES stands against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Our political family will never accept homophobia, biphobia or transphobia in our societies, the PES said today.

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15/05/2019 Eurovision Debate: Timmermans promises a Europe that leaves nobody behind

Frans Timmermans tonight set out his progressive vision for a European Union which prioritises the fight against climate change, tackles inequalities and injustice, and is true to its core values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

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15/05/2019 OpEd: Five clauses for a new European Social Contract

Social progress is a fundamental objective of the EU. The European Welfare States are part of our economic success, they make us stronger worldwide. Social security is not an economic burden, but a fundamental element of the European Union, it is both a social and a competitive advantage that needs to be protected and continuously developed.

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10/05/2019 PES deeply saddened by the death of former PSOE leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba

The Party of European Socialists is deeply saddened by the death of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, a former leader of PSOE and a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Spain, at the age of 67.

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07/05/2019 ARD 'European Election Arena': Timmermans discusses ideas for a fairer and more sustainable Europe with live TV audience in Cologne

Frans Timmermans tonight set out his plans for the future of the European Union in a live TV debate with his conservative rival on ARD in Germany.

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07/05/2019 Election re-run is worrying sign for Turkish democracy

The PES is deeply worried about the frequent attempts of the Turkish Government and President Erdoğan to change the results of the Istanbul Mayoral elections, held at the end of March, which saw the AKP lose power in the city.

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06/05/2019 New President brings North Macedonia one step closer to European future

The PES welcomes the historic victory of associate member party Socijaldemokratski Sojuz na Makedonija (SDSM) in Sunday’s presidential vote, which brings the Republic of North Macedonia one step closer to joining the family of European nations.

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03/05/2019 OpEd: If Europe doesn’t care for the people, the people won’t care for Europe

Later this year member states will negotiate the EU’s budget for 2021-2027. It will be a complex, technical and (most likely) tortuous task. But, if we are going to get an agreement that allows Europe to thrive, member states need to appreciate the value – not just the price – of what’s being negotiated.

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02/05/2019 Florence Debate highlights stark choice facing voters

Another strong performance from PES Common Candidate Frans Timmermans in the Florence debate today underlined the clear choice facing European voters – a progressive Europe built on cooperation, or a divided Europe focused on confrontation.

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