Piri: Human rights situation in Turkey still critical. EU must speak loud and clear

The S&D Group initiated a resolution on the human rights situation in Turkey, which was adopted today by a large majority. The EP emphasizes the structural problems that exist, like the state of emergency and the arbitrariness of the judiciary. But also individual human rights cases are mentioned. 
S&D MEP and EP Turkey rapporteur, Kati Piri said:

Negotiations in the German Metal industry: IG Metall struck a far-reaching deal in Baden-Württemberg

Late in the evening on 5 February IG Metall concluded a ground-breaking agreement between their trade union and employers in the region of Baden-Württemberg.
The agreement includes:
  • A 4.3% plus increase from 01.04.2018, a €100 lump-sum for the months January to March 2018 (apprentices will receive €70), and a collectively agreed supplement of 27.5% of a monthly salary and a fixed amount of €400 from 2019.
  • The right to a limited reduction in working hours up to 28 hours for up to 24 months.

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S&Ds urge Commission to take decisive actions to fight growing inequalities in Europe

At a debate on socio-economic inequalities, put on the European Parliament’s agenda by the Socialists and Democrats, acting S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann called on the EU Commission to take rapid and decisive action to combat rising levels of inequality in the EU. Among the concrete measures the S&Ds are calling for are: the introduction of an inequality reduction strategy within the European Semester; a poverty eradication roadmap; a directive on decent working conditions; and a living wage index.

S&D Group will only support Commission president elected via Spitzenkandidaten process

The S&D Group will only accept a new Commission president who is nominated as a candidate by one of the European political groupings at next year’s European election and who can command a majority in the European Parliament. An overwhelming majority of the Parliament today reaffirmed their support for this procedure, known as the Spitzenkandidaten process.

Parliament votes to remove vice-president Czarnecki after offensive remarks

An overwhelming majority of the European Parliament today voted to remove ECR Group vice-president Ryszard Czarnecki after his unacceptable comments regarding fellow MEP Róża Thun.
S&D Group vice-president Josef Weidenholzer said:

S&Ds: International community cannot turn a blind eye to the violence in Afrin; we urge Turkey for a cessation of hostilities now

S&D Group vice-president Victor Boştinaru said:

PES: We created the Spitzenkandidat process, now we're fighting for it

The Party of European Socialists has pledged its strong support for the Spitzenkandidat process in 2019 and challenged other European political parties to follow suit.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

"Long before the last European elections, the PES led the way as the first European political party to commit to the common candidate process, an initiative that was subsequently adopted by the other parties for the 2014 elections. This was a big step forward for European democracy.


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