29/04/2007 Ivica Racan - Man of integrity

The Party of European Socialists today mourns the loss of Ivica Racan, the Leader of the Croatian Social Democrats. Ivica Racan played a key role in the break-up of the old Yugoslav Communist Party and later kept the torch of democracy alight, as Leader of the Opposition, during the rule of nationalist, President Franjo Tudjman. Ivica Racan’s years as Prime Minister from 2000-2003 marked the opening up of the country to Europe and the world, and the start of serious economic development. In opposition he was elected SDP President and continued to build the party as the main opposition


28/03/2006 Israeli Labour Party should now enter government

The Israeli election results - with exit polls giving Kadima a lower than expected 29 seats and Labour an excellent 19 seats - makes the Labour Party a natural coalition Government member commented the President of the Party of European Socialists, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. "This result should propel the Israeli Labour Party into Government" said Rasmussen. "For the sake of Israeli society, the new Government must put the concerns of the Labour Party about economic justice and social cohesion high on their agenda."


16/11/2005 Letter congratulating Amir Peretz upon his election as Labor party leader

Mr. Amir PERETZChairman of the Labor Party of Israel Brussels, 16 November 2005 Dear Amir,Dear Mr Chairman, On behalf of the Party of European Socialists, I would like to warmly congratulate you for your election as Chairman of the Labor Party and to send you my best wishes for your new role. Your election is of enormous importance for the future of Israel and the future of the region.