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27 March 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 March 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 March 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 March 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 March 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 March 2017

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

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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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3 March 2017

Every year, Jeroen Dijsselbloem gives €5.5 billion to multinationals

Every year, the Netherlands loses €5.5 billion per annum as a direct result of tax deals with multinationals, every one of them a gift from Labour Party Finance Minister and chair of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem. For the same money we could add 3,000 men and women to the teaching staff of universities, 6,000 police or prison officers, and at least 70.000 additional health care staff. This would still leave us enough money to introduce decent maintenance grants for all students, reduce social housing rents by €400 a year and create tens of thousands of social workplaces for people who would not otherwise be able to find jobs. All of this would be possible if we were to put a stop to these tax deals.

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26 February 2017

European Commission attempts to control the Netherlands must stop

This week the European Commission published its national reports, including one on the Netherlands. This is done in the framework of ‘economic governance’, and they’ve got an opinion about everything: the housing market, spending on health care, the labour market, and public investments. Not everything they write is nonsense, but it’s striking how this year’s recommendations are at odds with the policies previously propagated by the Commission. It demonstrates once again that the European Commission is incapable of running member states. Better to leave that task to national governments and parliaments.

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23 February 2017

Time we made truck driving attractive again

Foto: SP

On 21st February SP Euro-MP Dennis de Jong and Ellen Verhoog, a member of the SP’s European Parliament staff, went on a working visit to lorry drivers to find out why there were so many vacancies in the trade and so little interest in it from young Dutch people.

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