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Zimmer: Something is changing in the S&D


Elections 20-10-2016

Bütikofer: Green parties 'are not so limited in our reach as we once were!'

Pan-European polls do not paint a pleasant picture for the continent's green parties: if elections were to be held today, they would only win a quarter of the 50 seats they currently hold in the European Parliament. spoke with European Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer about the issue.
Elections 08-09-2016

Talks begin for left-wing ‘grand coalition’ in EU Parliament

Socialist MEPs are exploring a left-wing alternative to their traditional alliance with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), which currently rules the European Parliament.
UK & Europe 07-09-2016

The Somme, Verdun and Brexit

Brexit was the point at which two narratives about 20th century European history collided. The 21st century has seen Europe begin to turn once again toward nationalism. Fritz Groothues warns there is much to be done to reverse this trend.
Digital 02-09-2016

Only four Greek TV channels get licences, eight to close

Greece cut sharply today (2 September) the number of television channels operating in the country, awarding just four broadcasting licences to an industry which authorities say is mired in mismanagement and corruption.
Future EU 26-08-2016

Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

At a meeting of socialist leaders yesterday (25 August), French President François Hollande pleaded against the rise of populism. He also announced his participation in another summit of the EU’s southern countries in Athens, on 9 September. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 24-08-2016

Commission defends Greek debt data after statistics scandal

The European Commission has defended the reliability of Greek statistics on the country’s debt, and called on Athens to counter “misleading media reports” that the data was falsified.
Elections 02-08-2016

Greek government backs lower voting age but doesn't offer expats vote

The Greek government’s “progressive” decision to lower the voting age to 17 should be considered as a role model for other EU countries, the European Youth Forum has told
Euro & Finance 23-05-2016

Greek parliament approves new austerity measures to unlock bailout cash

Greek lawmakers on Sunday (22 May) adopted another batch of controversial spending cuts and tax hikes, two days before a crunch eurozone meeting expected to unlock the next tranche of much-needed bailout funds for the debt-ridden nation.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Eurozone hopes for Greece debt deal on 24 May

Eurozone finance ministers yesterday (9 May) gave themselves until 24 May to reach a deal on debt relief and unlocking bailout cash for Greece as they lauded Athens for passing tough reforms.
Euro & Finance 09-05-2016

Greece adopts more austerity reforms ahead of key Eurogroup talks

Greek lawmakers adopted a controversial package of pension cuts and tax hikes as eurozone finance ministers geared up for an emergency meeting today (9 May) to hammer out fresh reforms for Athens to stave off another eurozone crisis.
Elections 04-05-2016

S&D: Pasok is 'completely isolated' in our group

EXCLUSIVE / Greece’s Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) is “completely isolated” from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and its attitude about the government’s negotiations with its creditors is “embarrassing”, sources told
Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

No Eurogroup meeting before Greek Orthodox Easter

Eurozone finance ministers will not meet on Thursday and need more time to discuss Greek reforms that would unlock new loans, signaling significant differences remain between Athens and its lenders on bailout targets.
Enlargement 16-03-2016

Greek migration minister urged to resign over ‘Macedonia’ blunder

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, the head of the ruling coalition's junior party, called on the migration minister to resign today (16 March) for failing to use the full name of northern neighbour the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Energy 22-02-2016

Legitimacy of Greece’s energy regulator questioned

The legitimacy of the selection process of Greece’s Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) executive board has been questioned, according to press reports in Athens.

Varoufakis urges next Spanish leader to defy Brussels

Greece's far-left former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis called yesterday (21 February) on the next leader of Spain to defy the European Union, speaking to hundreds of cheering onlookers during an anti-austerity gathering in Madrid.
Competition 02-02-2016

Greek government accused of targeting independent authorities

The Syriza-led government is under attack over its alleged efforts to take control of country’s independent authorities.
Euro & Finance 20-01-2016

Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

Athens had secured a funding deal with China during the crucial negotiations with its creditors last summer. But a phone call from Berlin to Beijing killed it, Yanis Varoufakis disclosed on Tuesday (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports.
Europe's East 06-01-2016

Varoufakis to launch new movement in Berlin

Former Greek Minister for Finance Yanis Varoufakis is planning a comeback - in Germany. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 05-01-2016

Greece's proposed pension reforms get no backing from opposition

Greece's leftist-led government offered a reform plan for the country's pension system that would cut future benefits, with no backing from the political opposition, before talks with official lenders resume later this month.
Euro & Finance 24-11-2015

Socialist Costa to head Portuguese government with uneasy far-left backing

Portugal's president named Socialist leader Antonio Costa as prime minister on Tuesday, ending weeks of political stalemate and paving the way for the first, if potentially unstable, Socialist government reliant on the far left for its survival.

How the migrant crisis could accelerate a Grexit

Since Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia aren’t allowing economic refugees to enter their territory, there is now the potential for large numbers to end up stuck in Greece, empowering the far right, according to Stratfor.

Tsipras under pressure to tear down Turkish border fence

The Greek government is facing increasing pressure to take down a fence along its land border with Turkey, and stop refugees from making the deadly journey to Europe via the Mediterranean. EurActiv Greece reports.
Euro & Finance 02-10-2015

Portugal: Sunday’s elections will be no earthquake

Portugal is holding a general election this Sunday. The polls point to a victory for the right, but political disillusion could lead to record levels of abstention. La Tribune reports.
Elections 18-09-2015

Zimmer: Something is changing in the S&D

Jeremy Corbyn's ascension to the leadership of the UK’s Labour Party is a sign that something hopeful is happening in the Socialists & Democrats, Gabriele Zimmer said in an interview with EurActiv Greece.