President of the Socialist International
The decision taken on January 22 by 11 EU member states at the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) to implement a tax on financial transactions is of major significance.
This is an important breakthrough after many years of concerted efforts by the Socialist International, the Party of European Socialists, PASOK, as well as the PASOK members of the European Parliament, and many other progressive forces around the world.
This is one of the few decisions taken by the EU during the current sovereign debt crisis that has a social character. The implementation of this measure will have a number of positive consequences for all the citizens of the EU, including:
• It specifically targets speculators, whose greed has had a catastrophic impact on our economies and citizens.
• It intervenes in the financial sector, which remains inadequately regulated and benefits from fragmented global governance.
• It creates an opportunity to redress some of the injustices that allowed the financial sector to profit from the crisis, although that crisis was of its own making.
• It will raise funds that will help to reduce the deficits of EU member states in a more socially just manner.
• It aims to restore the financial sector to its proper role, which is to finance and facilitate the real economy.
To a large extent, today’s decision satisfies the goal that I set and that all the member parties of the Socialist International pursued together: tighter regulation and oversight of financial transactions and tax havens.
I welcome today’s decision and I hope that it will quickly be ratified by the EU. I call on other economic powers, beyond Europe, to move forward with the necessary boldness and determination to adopt this initiative, so that it can be implemented globally. A global financial transaction tax will benefit all national economies and all peoples.
All democratic and progressive forces worldwide have a responsibility to continue our efforts, to defend the public interest, and to restore a sense of social justice.
Hiroshima - Nagasaki
19 August 2015
World Refugee Day
Presidential, second round
22 November 2015
Report of the Secretary General
Resolutions and Decisions of the XXIV Congress
16 JUNE 2015
The Yemen peace talks underway at the United Nations in Geneva are crucial to establish a framework for a meaningful dialogue between all Yemeni parties and actors in the current crisis. At stake first and foremost is the fate of the Yemeni people, their country and their future, and the possibility to continue advancing in their search for an inclusive society and a working democracy. Despite the many obstacles encountered, Yemen had been until recently one of the countries where people and their movements had managed to produce positive change...
30 MAY 2015
As we recognised two years ago, the Gezi Park protests marked a turning point in Turkish politics signalling what people and civil society can achieve to change decisions when they run contrary to the will and aspirations of our citizens. Equally, how the mobilisation of people in one city for a just cause connects with the struggle for more democracy and freedoms in an entire society. On this second anniversary of the Gezi Park demonstrations, we remember all those who became protagonists of a social and political development...
27 April 2015
Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake on Saturday, 25 April 2015 at 11.56 am. The epicenter of the earthquake (7.6 on the Richter scale) was in Gorkha District – northwest of Kathmandu Valley. This earthquake has had devastating impact on human lives and property in Nepal. The human toll is predicted to be in the thousands, it is yet early days to find out the exact number of lives lost (already the count is more than 2,000 dead) due to inaccessibility of the hilly and mountainous areas where villages after villages have been razed to the ground...
Link to letter of appeal
17 APRIL 2015
The Socialist International expresses its deep concern and vigorously protests at the actions taken by the government of Gambia aimed at restricting the public activity and outreach of opposition leader Ousaninu Darboe and members of the United Democratic Party, UDP, the largest opposition party in Gambia. The UDP has embarked on a countrywide tour, from 16 to 26 April. The SI is informed that the security forces in Gambia have not granted the UDP the required permission to use a public address system and instead have put up roadblocks to restrict their freedom of movement and have been cordoning off meeting venues...
20 february 2015
Venezuela has begun to live in a climate arbitrariness, anguish and repression only comparable to the authoritarian regimes of the past. At moments when the leader of Voluntad Popular, Leopoldo López, completes one year deprived of his freedom as a political prisoner of the government of Nicolás Maduro, and when other citizens and leaders of the opposition remain in jails and in other places of detention due to arbitrary decisions by the Venezuelan government behind a judiciary which is subservient to the Executive, the harassment, persecution and repression of leaders of the different democratic political forces of the opposition continue unabated....
02 FEBRUARY 2015
The Socialist International once again expresses it deep concern over actions taken by the Turkish authorities which violate the basic freedoms and rights of its people and have no place in a genuine democracy. The trial and sentencing to six years imprisonment of the President of the Tunceli Bar Association, Ugur Yesiltepe, along with six others, for exercising their democratic rights, among them freedom of expression, is completely unacceptable. This is the first time since the military coup of 1980 that a chair of a Turkish Bar Association is sentenced to prison. Prosecutors alleged that through his work, his writings and his participation in rallies in the province of Tunceli, Yesiltepe was engaged in terrorist acts...
West and Central Africa
20 JANUARY 2015
As renewed meetings of the Lake Chad Basin Commission member states plus Benin get underway today in Niamey, Niger, the Socialist International expresses its full support for such regional efforts to collectively combat terrorism in West and Central Africa, in particular the expanding threat posed by Boko Haram. The recent fall of Malam Fatori, Damasak and Baga in Nigeria as well as last weekend’s cross-border raids into Cameroon and the seizing of scores more hostages, are further cause for alarm, both on a humanitarian level and in terms of maintaining peace and stability in the region. Since April 2014 when 276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram...
15 NOVEMBER 2014
José Antonio Viera-Gallo, a prominent Chilean lawyer and socialist, with broad experience in public service in his country, where he has served as a parliamentarian, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Senator, Minister Secretary General of the Presidency, as well as Minister of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Chile, accompanied by the lawyer, Professor of Law at the University of Chile and collaborator of the Socialist International Secretariat, Claudio Herrera, are in Caracas from 13 to 16 November as representatives of the SI to gain information about the circumstances under which the leader of the Voluntad Popular party, Leopoldo López, continues to be imprisoned along with numerous other political prisoners, and to make representations for their early release...
IRaq and Syria
15 October 2014
The latest developments in Iraq and Syria continue to demonstrate that the terror carried out by ISIS is a major threat to international peace and security, to the people in the region and to the world at large, which must urgently be brought to an end. We reiterate the previous calls of the Socialist International for the international community to unite in response to this terror and to act in defence of the innocent populations of Iraq and Syria, and in support of those from all ethnic and religious groups affected.
Iraq and Syria
25 September 2014
From the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, where the international community has come together to stand against terror, the Socialist International recalled the declaration of the SI Council in Mexico City on 30 June-1 July 2014 on the insurgency in Iraq, which condemned the acts of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The attacks perpetrated by ISIS have increased in their barbarism and the group now operates with disregard for national borders across areas of northern Iraq and Syria...