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17/04/2014 Ahead of presidential elections, PES supports civil society claims for a more democratic Algeria

The upcoming presidential elections in Algeria, scheduled to take place on the 17th April, is of a crucial importance for the future of the country. On this occasion, the PES wishes to mark its strong opposition towards the decision of incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fourth consecutive term. In power since 1999, Bouteflika has constantly failed to adopt much needed reforms aimed at improving the social and economic situation of the population.

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17/04/2014 Young socialists take to the streets of Paris with Martin Schulz

This afternoon in Paris, Martin Schulz engaged in some face-to-face campaign time with French voters. Schulz was accompanied by a group of energetic Parti Socialiste youth activists, who have spent the past week leafleting in the city and promoting his speech at the PS European campaign launch this evening

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17/04/2014 PES Campaign Managers coordinate strategy for a new Europe

The PES Campaign Managers Network met today in Paris to discuss the coordination of European Election campaigns in their respective countries, at the invitation of PES Vice-President and newly elected PS Leader Jean-Christophe Cambadélis. PES Member Parties underlined the importance of the upcoming European Elections and pledged that through combined efforts, there's a good chance that Europe will turn left in May.

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17/04/2014 PES calls for immediate de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine

The PES is gravely concerned with the rising tensions in Ukraine, and more particularly Eastern Ukraine, where armed individuals have occupied several government buildings.

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16/04/2014 Martin Schulz discusses progressive values with Luxembourg Socialist Party

On Tuesday evening in Luxembourg, Martin Schulz, PES Candidate for European Commission President, set out his vision for the future of the EU. At a town hall campaign meeting organised by the Luxembourg Socialist Party (LSAP), Schulz enjoyed a great exchange with party members and supporters. After an introduction by new LSAP President Claude Haagen, Schulz joined lead MEP candidate Mady Delvaux-Stehres in a conversation with the audience.

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15/04/2014 PES and Common Candidate praise Maltese PM on civil union bill

PES and Martin Schulz, PES Common Candidate, congratulate Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the Maltese Labour Party on the adoption of the civil union bill. The bill will grant same-sex couples the legal protections, privileges and obligations granted to married heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children jointly.

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15/04/2014 PES President demands release of Palestinian leader on the 12th anniversary of his abduction

On the 25th of March PES President Sergei Stanishev met with Fadwa Barghouti, wife of Marwan Barghouti, renowned Fatah member and Palestinian reconciliation figure. Marwan Barghouti has spent a total of 17 years in prison, of which the last 11 years consecutively. The meeting took place in Amman at the Conference ‘A common vision for a progressive Arab world’ co-organized by the PES on the 24th and 25th of March.

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15/04/2014 Banking Union: PES family makes sure that taxpayers will no longer have to pay for rescuing banks.

After a series of negotiations Europe is now equipped with a set of concrete rules and procedures that should be followed when a bank is in trouble. The creation of a Single Resolution Mechanism with a Single Resolution Fund is of historical significance, it reinforces the foundations of the European Union. This breakthrough agreement adds more safeguards on citizens’ money and promotes the sustainability of public finances. From now on it will be the responsibility of the banking sector to pay the bill and not of the taxpayers.

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15/04/2014 Statement from PES President in Response to Basescu’s TV threats on 12 April

Sergei Stanishev, PES President, today condemned the veiled threats issued by Romanian President Traian Basescu against an MP investigating allegations of corruption against Basescu’s daughter:

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15/04/2014 PES meets Asian progressive allies ahead of EU-Asia Summit

PES attended the Soc Dem Asia annual conference in Singapore 13-14 of April 2014. Soc Dem Asia brings together more than ten Asian social democratic and progressive parties.

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