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9 November 2016

SP calls for end to Chinese steel dumping

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Never before has a demonstration in Brussels had such a rapid effect. On the same day that 20,000 steelworkers from across Europe took to the streets of Brussels to protest against the dumping of Chinese steel on the European market, the European Commission proposed fresh measures to counteract it. In addition, thanks to a motion proposed in the national Parliament in The Hague by Socialist Party MP Sharon Gesthuizen, the Netherlands will be obliged on this occasion to cooperate in bringing about the proposed measures.

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4 November 2016

Van Bommel: Suspend accession talks with Turkey

SP Member of Parliament Harry van Bommel has reacted angrily to the arrest of a number of prominent pro-Kurdish politicians in Turkey. “More than ten democratically elected representatives have been dragged from their beds,” says Van Bommel. “This is the umpteenth illustration of the fact that Turkey has thrown the principles of the democratic rule of law overboard. The country’s accession talks on EU membership must be suspended with immediate effect and arms exports immediately restricted.”

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3 November 2016

Kox: Rutte’s government is leaving a divided society in its wake

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Each year after the government has presented its programme for the coming period, which in this case will end in March with the general election, parties in both houses of the Netherlands’ Parliament present and debate their response. Today was the turn of the upper house, with SP Senate leader Tiny Kox launching a blistering attack on the government’s record.

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31 October 2016

In Barroso case, Ethics Committee shows its impotence

The European Commission’s Ethics Committee today published its advice regarding the appointment of former Commission president Jose Barroso to investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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28 October 2016

CETA: back to the drawing board

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The adjustments demanded by the Walloons to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada must be put before the national parliaments, argues the SP. To that effect Member of Parliament Jasper van Dijk has requested a debate with Trade Minister Lilianne Ploumen. “It would be bizarre if Brussels were to continue to shove the amended treaty down the throats of the people.”

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24 October 2016

'Belgian rejection of CETA spells the end for the treaty’

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Belgium’s refusal to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union means the beginning of the end for the treaty, according to SP Euro-MP Anne-Marie Mineur. “The Walloons continue to stand up for democracy and fair trade,’ she says. ‘That’s not compatible with this stranglehold agreement. This must mark the end of CETA, nothing else is possible. Its supporters have suffered a heavy defeat.”

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24 October 2016

If CETA loses, we all win

Trade treaties such as CETA and TTIP contain numerous vague promises and loose ends. Euro-MP Anne-Marie Mineur supports the Walloons in their struggle against them.

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23 October 2016

Help offered to atomic espionage whistleblower Frits Veerman

Frits Veerman, the whistleblower whose revelations forty years ago made public the activities of Pakistani atomic spy Abdul Khan, is being helped by a former detective who in the past conducted an investigation into the affair, according to the national daily De Telegraaf. SP Member of Parliament Ronald van Raak sees this as a possible breakthrough in the enquiry into this international atomic scandal and hopes that it will at least clear Frits Veerman’s name.

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21 October 2016

SP: Halt CETA negotiations

Now that the Canadian trade minister has stated, in the wake of the death of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), that negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada have also failed, it’s time in the SP’s view to pull the plug on the European trade policy. The European Commission turns out to be unable to conclude trade agreements which can command broad support. Time for fair trade, argue SP Euro-MP Anne-Marie Mineur and national MP Jasper van Dijk, the party’s two parliamentary spokespersons on trade-related issues.

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