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6 November 2021

Time for a different defence policy

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'If no additional investments are made, drastic choices will have to be made and the organisation will have to shrink structurally', as the Minister of Defence stated in the Defence Budget for 2022. It is a sign that the tide is turning. It is time for a sharp change in policy. The hopeless outcome of 20 years of war in Afghanistan makes it clear that the era of Western wars of aggression is over. It is time for a different defence policy.

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18 October 2021

Together we take a stand against the housing crisis

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On the 17th of October, we took a stand together at the housing protest in Rotterdam against the housing crisis and for affordable housing. A house is for living in, not for getting rich. Together we stood up to the parties that have turned our homes into a 'housing market'. A house is not a revenue model. We want investors' power destroyed, rent capped, landlord levies abolished, and affordable housing built.

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14 October 2021

Affordable electricity for everybody

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The economic recovery from the corona crisis is causing an unprecedented rise in gas prices and a massive increase in energy bills. The average energy bill will rise by as much as 900 euros next year. If nothing changes, many people will have to prepare for a cold winter. More than half a million Dutch people already live in poverty, which means they can no longer pay their electricity bills. When it becomes colder, they will have to choose between cooking or heating. We cannot allow this to happen, and that is why the SP is putting forward seven proposals in the Dutch Parliament for an affordable electricity bill for everyone:

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6 October 2021

SP: Vote of no confidence against state secretary Broekers-Knol

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Ministers Kaag and Bijleveld resigned in September because of the slow evacuation of Afghans who risked their own lives working for the Netherlands. State Secretary Broekers-Knol was involved in this as the person responsible for refugee policy but felt she could stay on.
After an interview last weekend, in which Broekers-Knol again showed unwillingness to implement the wishes of the House, SP MP Jasper van Dijk had had enough: 'A State Secretary who constantly impedes the evacuation, and juggles with figures has lost the SP's trust. Three strikes and you are out. That is why I have tabled a motion of no confidence.'

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6 October 2021

SP senator Kox candidate for president of the Council of Europe Assembly

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SP senator Tiny Kox has been nominated as chairman for the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe in 2022 and 2023. Following the rotation agreement between the five political groups, it is now up to the left-wing group to nominate a candidate.

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1 October 2021

At Belgian Festival ManiFiesta: Raising awareness on the threat of nuclear rearmament 

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ManiFiesta, the festival of solidarity, was organised for the 11th time this year by PVDA, the SP's Belgian sister party. The SP was also present, to raise awareness about the fight against nuclear weapons, among other things.

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23 September 2021

Europe can't be safe with nuclear warheads

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As of next year, new American nuclear weapons will be placed in Volkel. At the Volkel airbase, Dutch pilots are now ready to use the B-61-11 with their F-16s. The F-16s and its bombs are being replaced. Those bombs are for the F-35, which are equipped with the new B-61-12.

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27 August 2021

The failed war in Afghanistan

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Despite the closure of Kabul airport, thousands of people are left in Afghanistan who are eligible for evacuation. The chances of them still getting to the Netherlands is small, especially after the horrific attacks that resulted in more than 85 deaths.

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5 August 2021

Provide openness about Battle of Chora

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In 2007, the Dutch army was deployed at the battle of the Afghan Chora. 'The image we have of this military action is not sustainable,' say Jasper van Dijk and Jip van Dort.

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