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12/02/2015 PES leaders join forces against violence and radicalism ahead of European Council

“If we want to eradicate extremism, security and inclusiveness must go hand in hand”, says PES President The Party of European Socialists (PES) held today the European Council Preparatory meeting in Brussels, where PES leaders, Prime Ministers, Head of States and EU Commissioners condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and discussed the development of a comprehensive European strategy to counter these and other acts of violence and radicalism in the continent.

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11/02/2015 European progressives make the fight against voting abstention a 2015 priority

The PES Working Group on Fighting Voting Abstention had its first meeting on February 4 in Brussels. Last week, the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists decided in its work plan to establish a working group with the aim to explore and define guidelines on how to fight voting abstention and revitalize the European democracy.

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10/02/2015 PES Ministers for European Affairs condemn the use of violence and terrorist actions

The PES Ministers for European Affairs met today in Brussels to coordinate their positions ahead of the General Affairs Council. The Ministers had the opportunity to discuss their stance against terrorism by developing their views on pursuing new security measures. They unanimously condemned the use of violence exerted through terrorism and discussed the strategy that could be undertaken in order to effectively fight against radicalism and extremism and promote cohesive and inclusive societies across Europe.

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09/02/2015 PES meets with MK Hilik bar secretary general of the Israeli Labor Party

Last week the PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet met up with Hilik Bar, Member of Knesset of the Israeli Labor party responsible for international affairs. The Labor party is gearing up towards elections on the 17th March. Polls are predicting a tight race between Labor and Likud, the party of incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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05/02/2015 Government of FYR Macedonia should respect fundamental democratic values in dealing with opposition

The PES has followed with increased concern the recent developments taking place in FYR Macedonia. In a televised press conference, Macedonian PM Gruevski accused Zoran Zaev, leader of the Macedonian Social Democratic Union of espionage and violent threats against government officials, but so far no official charges have been brought against him by the Public Prosecutor. The accusations came a week before he was about to release alleged evidence of widespread phone tapping and electoral fraud on part of the Macedonian government.

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05/02/2015 PES Presidency outlines next steps after Greek elections

Today, the PES Presidency approved a declaration on the next steps after the Greek elections, stating that "PASOK and all our parties have always chosen the path of responsibility and honesty, against all forms of populism. In the face of strong conservative majorities, we are steering the debate in the right direction, despite the massive resistance".

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05/02/2015 PES Presidency: “the answer to terrorism and extremism is unity”

The PES Presidency stressed today the importance of protecting our democratic values against extremist threats and terrorist acts like the recent tragic events in France. The declaration “United against fear” was approved during the meeting, a strong-worded document that urges “all European political parties to fight against contemporary totalitarian ideologies, against extremism, against all those who try to frame our societies and our values in categories or boxes, where the other is a threat for our safety”.

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04/02/2015 PES welcomes European Commission proposal to increase Youth Guarantee pre-financing

Today the European Commission presented its proposal to increase the pre-financing rate of projects financed through the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) from around 1% to 30%. The new pre-financing rules would apply to a specific youth employment budget, which amounts to 3.2 bn Euro. The YEI supports programs to implement the European Youth Guarantee for countries with highest youth unemployment rates.

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02/02/2015 PES is deeply concerned about the charges against Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democratic Union of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

The PES has followed with increased concern the recent developments taking place in Macedonia. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Macedonian Social Democratic Union has been accused of charges of espionage and violent threats against government officials. This happened a week before he was about to release alleged evidence of widespread phone tapping and electoral fraud on part of the Macedonian government.

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01/02/2015 PES & BSP seminar in Plovdiv

This weekend the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), jointly with the Party of European Socalists (PES), organised a three-day seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Titled “Challenges to the Left in Europe and in Bulgaria in 2015”, the seminar was opened yesterday by PES President Sergei Stanishev and BSP Chairman Mihail Mikov.

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