About: Gianni Pittella

Future EU 01-12-2017

Unprecedented vote on budget puts S&D on track for EU elections in 2019

This week's vote on the EU budget for 2018 might signal a turning point in defining the future political landscape of the European Union, writes Doru Frantescu.

Africa 28-11-2017

S&D chief: ‘Employment for young Africans is a huge challenge’

On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit, Gianni Pittella says that European short-termism in migration policy will not address its root causes, and looks at agribusiness to leverage the continent out of poverty - 'but not at any cost'.

Elections 26-10-2017

S&D chief works for a progressive alliance away from ‘Orbánising’ EPP

There should be a clear distinction between the right and the left in European politics and the EU socialists should open the door to other anti-austerity progressive forces as well as to those who do not want to follow the “Orbánisation” of the centre-right, S&D leader Gianni Pittella told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Elections 19-10-2017

EU socialists pledge to turn left to tackle growing extremism

The EU Socialists and Democrats said on Wednesday (18 October) that they have to keep their distance from right-wing parties and be the basis for an alliance with progressive forces in order to counter growing extremism in Europe.

Development Policy 03-10-2017

Photographer warns ‘mankind’s first people’ face extinction

A photo exhibition by Belgian photographer and journalist Roger Job has highlighted the risk of extinction facing the Turkanas, a nomad pastoral population in north-east Kenya, threatened by climate change and a significant recent discovery of natural resources in their lands.

Development Policy 27-09-2017

Africa forum embraces the ‘Spotlight initiative’

Violence against women and girls is the root cause of discrimination and disempowerment, and this is not only about Africa, speakers insisted yesterday (26 September) at a conference on “Political Empowerment of Women in Africa and in Europe”.

Development Policy 17-08-2017

Pittella calls on EU to provide ‘utmost urgent’ help to Sierra Leone

Gianni Pittella, the president of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, has called for the EU to deliver help to Sierra Leone with the utmost urgency, after floods and landslides in the country’s capital Freetown took a huge toll on human lives.

Future EU 27-06-2017

PES president: Unlike EPP, socialists do not impose decisions on member parties

In the European socialist political family, important decisions are not made by the president or the most influential national leaders, as is the case with the centre-right European People’s Party, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Sergei Stanishev told EURACTIV.com.

EU ministers pledge more efforts for Africa partnership

EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg Monday (19 June) committed to working closely with their African partners for an “ambitious and successful” EU-Africa summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 29 and 30 November, with “Investing in Youth” as the central theme. Faced with an unprecedented migration crisis, ministers devoted part of their time in an effort to …

Development Policy 24-05-2017

Europe needs a strategy that will treat Africa as a ‘true partner’

If Europe does not eradicate the causes that drive so many migrants into the hands of traffickers, then very soon, it will be faced with uncontrolled migratory pressure, writes Gianni Pittella.

Elections 24-04-2017

Europe speaks out against Le Pen

The second round of France’s presidential election will be a run-off between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Across the EU, politicians have called on French voters to rally against the extreme-right candidate. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 10-04-2017

Syriza: Europeanism without federalism is ‘meaningless’

Proclaiming a pro-EU stance without supporting federalism is “meaningless” and amounts to talking the talk but not walking the walk, according to Greece's digital policy minister.

Brexit 05-04-2017

Parliament lays down red lines for Brexit negotiations

Access to the single market, border controls, the rights of European citizens in the United Kingdom and its exit bill all made it into the European Parliament's Brexit roadmap, ahead of what may prove to be tough negotiations. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 05-04-2017

EU Parliament prepares to set Brexit ‘red lines’

The European Parliament will today (5 April) lay down its "red lines" for negotiations over a Brexit deal, on which the assembly will have the final say in two years' time.

Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

MEPs ‘unanimously’ condemn Eurogroup chief’s no-show

European Parliament lawmakers yesterday (3 April) "unanimously condemned" the refusal by Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem to appear at a hearing on Greece this week.

Future EU 27-03-2017

Socialists and Democrats lash out at centre-right, pledge to restore social justice

Europe's Socialists and Democrats hit out at conservative political parties across Europe and promised to end German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s policies. EURACTIV.com reports from Rome.

Future EU 24-03-2017

Pittella: Socialists pushed ‘social agenda’ into Rome Declaration

The Rome Declaration will be balanced and contain strong references to social issues thanks to pressure exerted by the EU's socialist leaders, Gianni Pittella told EURACTIV.com.

Elections 22-03-2017

Hamon’s European programme strikes a chord in Brussels

France’s Socialist presidential candidate made the pilgrimage to Brussels on Tuesday (21 March) to try and drum up support for his EU programme. But the Commission remains unconvinced by Benoît Hamon’s plans to democratise eurozone governance. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 16-03-2017

EU Socialists split between Hamon and Macron

Officially, the European Parliament’s Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group backs Benoît Hamon for the French presidency. But MEPs are split over his European outlook, with some, especially the British and Italians, preferring Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 15-03-2017

Juncker seeks support from Parliament’s pro-Europeans

The end of the grand coalition has pushed Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to increase his efforts at seducing the European Parliament’s pro-European leftist groups. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 24-02-2017

Socialists and Democrats and Labour to collaborate on Brexit talks

The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) will cooperate closely with the UK Labour Party in the crucial Brexit negotiations with the aimof protecting the social agenda and opposing Theresa May’s "ultra-hard” strategy.

Future EU 10-02-2017

Progressives accuse Merkel of pushing a North-South divide

Europe needs a radical change of its austerity-driven policies and not multiple speeds as Germany’s Angela Merkel suggests, high-ranking Social-Democrat, Green and leftist officials told Euractiv.com.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

EU party leaders team up to reject Trump ambassador

The three major “pro-European” groups in the European Parliament, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and the ALDE liberals, have taken the position that the EU should reject Ted R. Malloch as US ambassador to the EU.

Elections 19-01-2017

Schulz’s departure paves way for leftist alliance in EU Parliament

The decision of former European Parliament President Martin Schulz to return to national politics came as a “relief” for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) who now have their hands free to forge alliances with political parties on the left, S&D sources told EURACTIV in Strasbourg.