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25 March 2016

Emile Roemer: Could this have been prevented?

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Our neighbours have been hit. A blow has been struck against our friends. Belgians, Dutch people and others are in mourning over the many dead and seriously wounded, And we mourn alongside them. People are full of incomprehension – and full of fear. Many people are asking themselves: are we even safe here in the Netherlands?

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23 March 2016

Harry van Bommel: Ukraine is better off as a buffer state

On 6th April the Dutch electorate will have the chance to express their views on the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine. From the very first day of the campaign a curtain of fog has been drawn around this treaty’s real meaning. In this article I intend to blow this fog of misunderstandings away and argue that Ukraine is better off as a buffer state between the EU and Russia.

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22 March 2016

Roemer: ‘Attacks in Brussels are appalling’

SP leader Emile Roemer has reacted with total horror to today’s attacks in Brussels. ‘This violence is appalling,’ he said. ‘Our thoughts are with the victims and their friends and loved ones, We must support Belgium in any way we can and allow our security services and those providing help to do their work.’

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21 March 2016

Kox: No-vote offers hope for better cooperation

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“If the Netherlands says no on 6th April to the Association Agreement with Ukraine, there’s a good chance that there’ll be renewed negotiations between Ukraine, the European Union and Russia. Then the mistakes that have been made can perhaps be righted and better agreements made. Better for Ukraine, better for the Netherlands and better for relations within Europe. We mustn’t let this chance go begging!” So says Senator Tiny Kox, the SP’s eastern Europe specialist.

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18 March 2016

How TTIP bypasses national democracy

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Negotiations on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could soon end up in a fast track process which may see the treaty between the EU and the US completed by the end of the year. Lilianne Ploumen, the Labour Party trade minister in the Netherlands’ Centre Right-Centre Left coalition government, is looking to keep the momentum going under the Dutch EU Presidency, which comes to an end on June 30.

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12 March 2016

Launch of referendum campaign: No is 3 times better

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The SP today launched its campaign for the referendum on the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine at a rally in Amsterdam. Speakers included Harry van Bommel, Member of Parliament for the SP, Ukrainian employer Elena Plotnikova and Kees van der Pijl, professor emeritus in international relations. After the gathering dozens of SP members spread through the neighbourhood to discuss the referendum, to be held on 6th April, with members of the public.

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9 March 2016

Harry van Bommel: A yes-vote in the Ukraine referendum will cost us money

Frans Douw recently wrote an opinion piece in this paper dissenting from the party’s line and expressing support for the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine. His support was based on the treaty’s symbolic value. I will be voting against the treaty with complete conviction. The facts about Ukraine and the treaty in my view speak for themselves.

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8 March 2016

SP: we don’t need an EU bureaucratic circus to encourage consumption of milk and fruit in schools

The SP is opposed to new European Union rules governing milk and fruit distributed free of charge in schools. The new rules were adopted on Tuesday by the European Parliament following lobbying from the agricultural lobby and represent yet another appropriation by Brussels of what is in reality a national affair, public health. It will furthermore increase the number of rules and the extent of bureaucracy, in a project which is no more than an advertising campaign for the European Union.

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8 March 2016

Commission’s half-baked plans won’t lead to equal pay for equal work

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European Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen today presents her long-awaited plans for amendment of the Posted Workers Directive to combat displacement and exploitation. The SP is not happy with her proposals, as Euro-MP Dennis de Jong explains. "Thyssen proposes that posted workers should have equal rights in relation to social security and pensions, but only after two years," he says. "Even if the employer obeys the law to the letter, this means that for the great majority of posted workers their social security and pensions will be set at levels prevailing in the country from which they have come. As a result they’ll remain as a rule much cheaper than local workers. In my view a posted worker should be getting precisely the same rights as a local after at most six months. Otherwise displacement on the labour market will simply continue."

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