About: Socialists & Democrats

Development Policy 06-01-2016

Socialist MEPs visit Cuba, plead for stronger ties

On a visit to Cuba, MEPs from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group pleaded for the European Union to develop a more structured relationship with the Communist country.
Euro & Finance 29-06-2015

Greek crisis divides European Socialists

Syriza’s call for a July referendum has revealed strong divisions within the Socialists & Democrats group. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Public Affairs 15-05-2015

Schulz, native son of Aachen, gets Charlemagne Prize

European Parliament President Martin Schulz's father was a policeman regularly assigned to protect dignitaries at the award ceremony of the International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen. The officer's son was awarded one yesterday (14 May).
[European Parliament/Flickr]
Europe's East 14-01-2015

Parliament to condemn Russia’s ‘aggressive and expansionist policy’

The European Parliament will pass tomorrow (15 January) a resolution on Ukraine which strongly condemns Russia’s “aggressive and expansionist policy” and calls for the continuation or even strengthening of the current sanctions regime as long as Moscow does not deliver on the Minsk agreement.
EU Priorities 2020 11-12-2014

Socialists propose European investment fund exempt from fiscal rules

Creating a European fund exempt from EU fiscal rules is the main idea of a 200 page report commissioned by the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, just ahead of the 18-19 summit which is expected to make decisions concerning the investment plan, recently presented by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Global Europe 16-07-2014

Socialists back Mogherini for EU foreign affairs chief

Socialist Prime Ministers are meeting today (16 July) to give their support for Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to become the next EU foreign affairs chief, ahead of an EU summit where at least four Eastern European countries are expected to object to her candidacy.
EU Elections 2014 26-06-2014

Centre-left backs Juncker as ‘man of compromise’

The "narrow victory" of the European People's Party (EPP) at the May EU elections make Jean-Claude Juncker the natural candidate for the European Commissionaccording to socialists who gathered in Brussels this week.
Manfred Weber (EPP, centre-right) and Martin Schulz (S&D, socialist) [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 25-06-2014

Grand coalition accord draws near in EU Parliament

The leaders of the centre-right and socialist factions in the EU Parliament gathered on Tuesday (24 June) to discuss an accord on a number of issues that will dominate Europe’s political agenda in the next five years.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will play a decisive role in negotiating the European Council's nomination choice for the European Commission presidency. [EC]
EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Haggling begins over EU president nomination

In the meeting among heads of state and government today, Angela Merkel will play a decisive role. But which position is the Chancellor taking to Brussels? And what will become of Martin Schulz? EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 20-02-2014

Poll sees centre-left taking the lead in EU election race

The European Socialist political family is likely to win the most seats in EU Parliament elections in May, a survey showed on Wednesday (19 February), boosting the group's chances of also securing the presidency of the European Commission.
EU Priorities 2020 18-01-2012

New president heralds a more political Parliament

Martin Schulz, a German MEP and former Socialists and Democrats leader, was elected president of the European Parliament yesterday (January 17) in Strasbourg, promising a more assertive and controversial Parliament in the face of MEPs’ marginalisation in the eurozone crisis. EURACTIV France reports from Strasbourg.
Future EU 22-09-2011

In Parliament, EU socialists prepare for leadership battle

MEPs Catherine Trautmann of France, Hannes Swoboda of Austria and Stephen Hughes of Britain are intensifying their campaigns to lead the Socialists & Democrats, in what will be the first competitive election in the political group's history.