About: Hannes Swoboda

Elections 04-09-2015

Syriza warming up to PASOK

Syriza chief Alexis Tsipas left the door open on Thursday (3 September) for cooperation with the PASOK, in the event that the party purges members who belong to the ‘old establishment’. EURACTIV Greece reports.
South Stream pipe (Photo: Gazprom)
Energy 18-04-2014

Socialists reject Russian motion over South Stream

A non-binding resolution denouncing Russian pressure on Eastern European countries failed to receive the support of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, out of fear it might derail a a Gazprom-favoured project which Bulgaria calls "strategic"."
Global Europe 20-03-2014

Swoboda: We don’t want an economic war with Russia

Europeans need jobs. A trade war would harm EU economies, some of them more seriously than others, Hannes Swoboda, leader of the Socialists and Democrats, told EURACTIV during the EU summit today (20 March), adding that the European centre-left is ”realistic”.
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Economy & Jobs 30-01-2014

EP Best of 2013: main events and legislative work

Video highlights of the European Parliament's work throughout 2013, grouped by theme: More Europe, Legislative Work, Foreign Relations, and Education & Culture.   Comment on:  Google+ - http://tinyurl.com/orh99s6 Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/europeanparliament Twitter - https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN
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Global Europe 20-12-2013

MEPs assess December 2013 EU Summit

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, MEPs gave their assessment on the discussions from the meeting. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December to discuss issues such as security and defense and the economic and monetary union.
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11-09-2013

MEPs debate after Barroso’s ‘State of the Union’ speech

European Parliament political leaders held a heated debate on Wednesday in the European Parliament after European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso delivered his 'State of the Union' speech. Barroso warned that political instability is the biggest risk to Europe's future and urged EU leaders to continue implementing reforms, as the bloc slowly leans towards economic recovery.
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Enlargement 13-06-2013

Erdogan’s Turkey has no place in the EU, say MEPs

MEPs on Wednesday lashed out at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdo?an over the violent response to the protests in Istanbul. The demonstration began as a peaceful sit-in against government plans to build a shopping centre in central Istanbul. But it has now evolved into wide anti-government protest that has polarised the country. The EU expressed concern about the use of police force after clashes with the protesters left 5,000 injured and 4 dead.
EU Priorities 2020 06-05-2013

German left softer on Merkel austerity than French Socialists

Even though French Socialists launched a personal attack on Angela Merkel's financial housekeeping in their European roadmap, their centre-left colleagues in Germany are playing a subtler endgame, EURACTIV France reports.
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Euro & Finance 18-04-2013

Cyprus vote throws new uncertainty on bailout

A €10-billion aid deal to save Cyprus from bankruptcy has been thrown into fresh uncertainty with news that the country's fractious parliament will vote on the final package.
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Future EU 08-02-2013

MEPs statements on February 2013 EU Council Summit

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit (7-8 February) to forge a deal on the Union's 2014-2020 budget. Diplomats point out that it is “now or never” for heads of state and government to agree ahead of multiple elections in 2013.
EU Priorities 2020 08-02-2013

Swoboda: No problem to return to annual budgets

If the EU leaders' agreement on the long-term EU budget does not respect the red lines spelled out by MEPs, namely flexibility, a mid-term review clause and more money for growth and investment, the European Parliament might decide to reject the proposal and revert to annual budgets, says Hannes Swoboda, leader of the Socialists and Democrats group.
Euro & Finance 16-02-2012

Socialist MEP leader: Troika ‘locusts’ cannot save Greece

Socialist members of the European Parliament have set up an "alternative Troika" to find solutions for Greece beyond austerity measures, with their group leader going as far as likening the current task force to "locusts". The socialists' concerns about Greece were largely echoed by other political group leaders in the Assembly, EURACTIV France reports from Strasbourg.
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