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12 January 2021

SP launches a call to increase the wages

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‘For years many people have not received a fair income, whilst company’s profits have exploded. That can and must change. On paper, there is a political majority to increase minimum wages by at least 10%. We are calling on these parties to not only say but do so.’ SP-leader Lilian Marijnissen did this call during an online meeting of the SP on Fair Income.

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17 December 2020

Marijnissen on the report of the tax office benefits scandal: “enough is enough”

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The parliamentary examination commission which researched the tax office benefits scandal has presented their final report. For Socialist Party leader Lilian Marijnissen, the outcome is clear: ‘The report is very tough. And that’s completely justified, because thousands of affected parents and their children have been crushed by a monstrous machine that we call the government. Again, the Netherlands must face the facts: ten years of Rutte has resulted in a rotten system in which the government is not the ally of the people, but its enemy.’

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30 November 2020

Statement of solidarity with political prisoners Kurdish HDP

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In an open letter the National Party Council of the Socialist Party of the Netherlands expresses its deep and sincere solidarity and friendship with their comrades Demirtas, Figen Yüksekdag of the Kurdish HDP. Demirtas and Yüksekdag as well as all other members and representatives of HDP who have been unlawfully imprisoned by the Turkish authorities and deprived from their fundamental freedoms and rights.

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16 November 2020

SP-senator Gerkens appointed as key leader of democracy advocacy organization IPU

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SP-senator Arda Gerkens has been appointed President of the Geo Political Group Twelve Plus, a co-ordinating body which brings together National Groups within the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the IPU. The 12+ group is composed of members from countries whose parliaments are based on multi-party democracies and other democratic principles as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

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30 June 2020

Left Parties launch European petition for free vaccine against Covid-19

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The SP launches a European petition for the free availability of a Covid-19 vaccine. The campaign is a unique collaboration of over ten left-wing parties from all over Europe, through the group of the European United Left in the European Parliament. In order to beat this pandemic, it is vitally important that a vaccine or treatment is made freely available to everyone. This is a matter of justice, but it is also crucial for public health. 

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19 May 2020

Solidarity & respect for fundamental rights is the cure for crisis

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Statement by Manon Aubry and Martin Schirdewan, Co-Presidents of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament and Tiny Kox, President of the European Left group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

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1 May 2020

Kox: Abuse of corona-crisis should be addressed by Council of Europe

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On 30 April the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held a current affairs debate on the ‘response of the Council of Europe member States to the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to human rights, democracy and the rule of law’ during its remote meeting chaired by PACE President Rik Daems (Belgium). In the Standing Committee leaders of 47 national delegations as well as members of the PACE Bureau participate.

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9 April 2020

International solidarity in times of corona-crisis

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In times of crisis, international solidarity is more than ever necessary, simply because this is the most civilised way to deal with the problem. By cooperating we can better protect people's health and maintain as far as possible our employment and our productive capacity. It makes a mockery of things to be falling out at European Union at such a time, and to be widening the economic differences between northern and southern states.  We need to cooperate in our approach to the fight against the coronavirus, out of respect for all the people who now stand in the front line of our public services, indebted as we are to these soldiers in the line of fire.  

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26 September 2019

Three questions about the negative interest rates

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Interest rates are at an historic low and even threaten to become negative. This is creating problems for almost all pension funds in the Netherlands, forcing them to reduce eight million pensions. Saving could begin to cost money, rather than producing gains in the form of interest payments. We put three questions on the issue of the low interest rates and the European Central Bank to SP Member of Parliament Renske Leijten.

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