4 Apr 2017

SP Euro-MP De Jong rejects plans for EU diesel police

The European Parliament voted today on the proposal for new legislation aimed at improving type approval in cars. The proposals were prompted by the Dieselgate scandal. SP-Euro-MP Dennis de Jong is far from pleased with the outcome, as he explains: “Dieselgate showed that we need better monitoring. The shady software in diesel-powered cars could and should have been exposed a great deal sooner. However, I’m opposed to the idea that we now need European inspectors in order to improve on national supervision. Instead, member states should be monitoring each other. European inspectors belong in a federal state and so we don’t need them.”

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31 Mar 2017

Kox: restricting democracy gives terrorists what they want

At the international terrorism conference in St Petersburg this week, which SP Senator Tiny Kox attended in his capacity as president of the United Left Group of members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), he warned those present not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. "In far too many countries," Kox argued, "antiterrorism legislation comes at the cost of human rights, the constitutional state, and democratic institutions. That goes for a great many former Soviet Republics but also for a country such as France, where the state of emergency has been repeatedly renewed, in contravention of a PACE resolution proposed by myself and approved by the assembly a year ago." 

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30 Mar 2017

Karabulut: End the hunger in Yemen, end support to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's military intervention against Yemen began precisely two years ago last Saturday. The consequences have been disastrous: some ten thousand dead, millions of refugees and a shortage of almost everything else. Mass hunger threatens.Read more
27 Mar 2017

European Union: stop this muddling through

Early this month European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker presented five scenarios for the future of the EU. Supposedly, on Saturday 25 March he would begin an open discussion with member state government leaders, but in reality Juncker placed tight restrictions on this. Each of the scenarios recommended by him would lead to an increase in power for Brussels, and the only one which would limit Brussels’ power, Juncker disqualified.

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24 Mar 2017

SP’s “Team Brussels” joins Belgian trade unionists protesting social dumping

Foto: Meltem Okcu

This morning the Luxemburgplein in front of the European Parliament was packed with demonstrators, people who feel the effects of social dumping in Europe every day. They were protesting against unfair competition between workers from different EU member states. Not only in the Netherlands, but also in Belgium and other west European countries, east European workers suffer exploitation. This is leading in turn to oppressive conditions in the labour market and represents a direct threat to the livelihoods of west European workers.

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23 Mar 2017

Karabulut: Turkish MPs deserve freedom

On Thursday, SP Member of Parliament Sadet Karabulut called on her fellow MPs and the government to speak out unambiguously against the arrest and prosecution of elected parliamentarians in Turkey. “The country is rapidly strangling the life out of the remnants of the democratic rule of law,” she told colleagues.  “Keeping elected representatives of the people behind bars is only one example of this. For me it’s important that the new parliament, installed today here in The Hague, speaks out forcefully against this. Fortunately it turned out during the debate that there is broad support for this position.”

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22 Mar 2017

Dutch State Bank Fortis involved in bribery Italian politicians

Dutch State Bank Fortis involved in bribery Italian politicians. Francesco Corallo - gambling boss of the island of Sint Maarten - gave Berlusconi a big gambling contract. The banker of Corallo is Fortis Bank, a bank which was bought by the Dutch government in 2008  in connection with the banking crisis. Fortis Bank kept on being Francesco Corallo's banker, even though he was wanted for bribery and tax evasion.

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17 Mar 2017

Roemer: ‘SP voters, thanks for your confidence. I'm ready for the next fight'

Foto: Nynke Vissia

On March 15th 2017, the Dutch parliamentary elections resulted in 14 seats for the SP, of which 6 are new entries into the parliament. The party is now the largest one on the left.

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12 Mar 2017

Roemer: close door on ‘Sultan’ Erdoğan’s propaganda circus

Foto: SP

In the view of SP leader Emile Roemer, there should be no place in the Netherlands for the bizarre propaganda circus that Turkish president Recep Erdoğan is touring around Europe in the runup to a referendum which may give him almost unlimited power.

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