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Decision of European Parliament on FTT

04 July 2013

George A. Papandreou
President of the Socialist International
The adoption, by the European Parliament, with a large majority, of the report of MEP and Vice-President of the EP, Anni Podimata, for the implementation of a financial transactions tax (FTT) by 11 EU member states within the framework of enhanced cooperation, is an additional significant step in the right direction.

Agreement on a regional Financial Transaction Tax could restore Europe’s financial sector

George Papandreou
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.

We are all indignados

18 October 2011

A feeling of unrest is sweeping the world. In recent days and weeks we have seen thousands of citizens from all walks of life gather in cities around the world to peacefully express their demands for fundamental change. This growing movement by indignados, outraged citizens protesting, has been characterised by the diversity of those taking to the streets to march, protest and occupy. The demonstrations have spread to the major financial centres, from the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York to protests in the City of London and at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Thousands have marched in the streets of Santiago, Tokyo and Cairo. These people, behind different causes and demands, are united not by political ideology or allegiance, but have come together to express their anger and frustration at existing economic and political realities which have failed them and their fellow citizens.

Redefining markets in a democracy

George Papandreou
Leader of PASOK and President of the Socialist International
In the aftermath of the global economic crisis that began in 2008, Greece found itself at the centre of a sovereign debt crisis in Europe. This latest crisis has highlighted systemic flaws that are shaking the fundamentals of the European Union. These developments have had implications for the whole world.

Opting for peace in the Middle East

11 January 2009

With shock and deep dismay the Socialist International has been following the abhorrent violence in Gaza into which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has now descended, with the tragic and totally unacceptable loss of human life and the mounting humanitarian crisis.

Zimbabwe in the balance

10 April 2008

The concerns are many in Zimbabwe nearly two weeks after the 29 March elections. Official results of the presidential vote have still not been released and fears have been mounting that the government of President Robert Mugabe was resorting to political violence to retain power.

Alpha Condé, President of the Guinean People's Assembly, RPG, on the way forward for GUINEA

27 March 2008

There are moments in a country’s history when we must collectively question the efficacy of the solutions we have proposed, the means we have deployed and the results we have been getting.  Such a time has now come. Guinea can no longer continue to operate as it has for too long. Poverty is on the rise, public health is virtually inexistent, unemployment has reached intolerable levels and the gap between rich and poor widens daily. Meanwhile, public authorities do very little to remedy these problems or else reestablish the regulations that could bring back a necessary balance.

Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples by Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

13 February 2008

On 13 February, the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, of the Australian Labor Party, presented a historic motion for a formal apology by the Australian Parliament to the Indigenous Peoples of Australia. This constituted the first official business of the new parliament under his premiership, and was unanimously adopted.