The PES Presidency met today in Brussels to discuss the coordination of its European election campaign. Member parties made clear that they will demonstrate in the coming six weeks the clear and fundamental differences between the Party of European Socialists (PES) member parties and the Conservative parties of the EPP group.

Sergei Stanishev at PES Election Congress

The Party of European Socialists gathered in Brussels at a three-day conference with friends, partners and members from all over Europe last week. Participants outlined the key issues for the European elections at the Renaissance of Europe event, organised by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).

Martin Schulz speaking at the event

Today hundreds of PES Activists participated in a demonstration organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) displaying support for decent jobs and a social Europe.

Marie Arena, Paul Magnette and Yonnec Polet

On Saturday 29 March, the Youth Union of the Bulgarian Socialist Party met in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia to elect their new board and to discuss the issues affecting young people across the country. PES Women President Zita Gurmai addressed over 700 delegates from across the country, with a clear focus on youth unemployment and gender equality. 

Zita Gurmai and Veronika Delibaltova.

The PES common candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission received a stunning welcome in Madrid on Sunday. Martin Schulz was invited to address the PSOE campaign launch by lead MEP candidate and PES Vice-President Elena Valenciano and PSOE General Secretary Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba.

Martin Schulz in Madrid

After a spectacular show of force in February – with a major rally of 3,000 Romanian PES activists in the Parliamentary Palace - the PSD continues to gather more and more engaged citizens under the umbrella of PES Activists Romania.

Marije Laffeber speaking at the training

On Saturday 21st of February, Elena Valenciano, PES Vice-President and head of the PSOE list, kicked off the #knockthevote training with 80 PES activists of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) in Madrid. Valenciano said: "The European elections in May are decisive for the future of European citizens. If we want to fight youth unemployment, we must act now on all political levels."


Elena Valenciano and Marije Laffeber and PES Activists

The Parti Socialiste (PS) named its top candidates for May’s European Parliament elections at their congress in Brussels this weekend. Marie Arena, Senator and former Minister-President of the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels, is heading the list of candidates.


From PS Congress

Today, progressive parties from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa came together for a two day conference in Amman to discuss a common progressive agenda. The Conference started with opening speeches from PES President and BSP leader Sergei Stanishev, President of the S&D Group Hannes Swoboda, Jamil Nimri, member of Parliament of the Jordanian Social Democrats, and Hussein Gohar, chair of the Arab Social Democratic Forum.

PES President Sergei Stanishev

After a long series of negotiations, representatives of the European Council and the European Parliament, headed by S&D MEP Elisa Ferreira reached a strong deal on the banking union early this morning. The negotiators agreed that the cost of an ailing bank should be covered by the banking sector itself, and that taxpayers should no longer have to carry the burden of the excess of the unbridled financial sector. 

Martin Schulz doorstepping at Pre-Council today
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