SP International

Living together: against extremism

21 Aug 2014Dozens of social, religious and political organisations have joined hands to combat the rise of the ISIS terror campaign. The SP supports this initiative, which is detailed in the manifesto reproduced below.

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Roemer: Help West Africa in the fight against Ebola outbreak

9 Aug 2014The Dutch government must offer immediate aid to the countries confronted by the Ebola outbreak, SP leader Emile Roemer said today. 'Yesterday the World Health Organisation issued an impressive call for international solidarity with the countries who have neither the resources nor the know-how to check and combat the outbreak. In my view the Netherlands must heed this call.’

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Foreign Minister must clarify position on unacceptable Israeli violence in Gaza

7 Aug 2014The SP parliamentary group in The Hague is asking Foreign Minister Frans  Timmermans to inform Parliament just why he is of the opinion that Israel has used unacceptable violence in Gaza and what consequences this unacceptable conduct should entail.

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Van Bommel: More aid urgently needed for Iraq victims

7 Aug 2014SP member of Parliament Harry van Bommel is urging the international community to make more efforts to help the victims of the violence committed by Jihadist fighters ISIS in Iraq.  ‘The latest information is that tens of thousands of Yezidis, members of one of the oldest religious communities in the Middle East, have been chased into the mountains and have nowhere left to turn. They are short of everything, even drinking water. This is completely unacceptable.’

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SP Senator Tiny Kox urges Netherlands to aid Palestine’s legal case against Israel

5 Aug 2014The Palestinian government is to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to look into the question of whether Israel is guilty of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al Malki was in the Netherlands today for a meeting with the ICJ on the matter. He also spoke with his Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans and a delegation of MPs and Senators.

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SP International Affairs spokesman Jasper van Dijk answers questions on developments in Ukraine

29 Jul 2014The Dutch National Parliament today discussed with the government the question of the air disaster involving Flight MH17 and its consequences. Below, SP Member of Parliament and spokesman on international affairs Jasper van Dijk answers four questions on the return of the victims’ bodies to the Netherlands, the progress of the investigation into the disaster and the SP’s position on Ukraine and Russia.

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Emile Roemer: MH17

25 Jul 2014It is already more than a week since the appalling disaster of flight MH17 in Ukraine – a disaster which was not the result of natural causes, but which in all likelihood was caused by human agency. That makes it particularly painful and the feelings of powerlessness and rage particularly strong.

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Thoughts on Thomas Piketty: There are two kinds of economist

4 Jul 2014Sometimes I feel just like a tee-shirt which has been lying for a long time in the cupboard and has suddenly come back into fashion. Many people have seen how inequality has grown and the consequences this has had for society. Now Thomas Piketty, a French economist, is saying it – in the language of economists. And these huge contradictions are also being taken seriously in politics. Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a classic book on economics, but also an item of clothing that has been taken out of the cupboard at just the right moment.

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Council of Europe: Privatisation often bad for public services

28 Jun 2014High quality public services are an essential requirement for a strong democracy, and any future fundamental state reforms must therefore take better account of the public interest as well as of common European values. This was the advice given by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the parliaments and governments of the forty-seven countries belonging to Europe’s oldest and largest treaty-based organisation. The assembly voted in Strasbourg by a sizable majority to back a proposal to this effect brought by SP Senator Tiny Kox.

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