70% of the Population in Lebanon have Fallen into Poverty

Lebanon Poverty

Following a three-day fact-finding mission to Beirut, the S&D delegation, led by Vice-President Pedro Marques, and composed of MEPs Isabel Santos, Tonino Picula, Evin Incir and Nora Mebarek, have announced that the Socialists and Democrats will request an urgent debate in the next plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss the dreadful situation…

Beirut Explosion: One Year On There Are Still Scars

Beirut Blast

On the first anniversary of the catastrophic port explosion in Beirut, the Socialists and Democrats call on Lebanese authorities to ensure victims’ quest for truth and justice. More than 217 people were killed, and over 7.000 injured, as 2.750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut’s port on 4 August 2020. Around 300.000 people were displaced, whereas the…

Calls for More Sanctions Against Russia

In the European Parliament, the Socialists and Democrats Group has strongly condemned the arrest of Alexei Navalny, one of Russia’s most influential dissidents and anti-corruption activists. Navalny was arrested on his return to Moscow after having spent five months in Germany recovering from a near-deadly poisoning last August.  The S&D Group calls for a strong EU…

Call to address Human Rights in Egypt

The following statement has been issued by Maria Arena, Chair of Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Isabel Santos, Chair of the delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries and Mounir Satouri, Foreign Affairs Committee’s (AFET) standing rapporteur on Egypt;. “We condemn in the strongest terms the sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment issued on Monday…

Elections In North Macedonia

Early parliamentary elections took place in North Macedonia on 15 July, in the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a public statement Josep Borrell the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy has commended North Macedonia’s citizens for exercising their right to vote. The EEAS reported that according to the preliminary findings and…

EU member states should step up efforts supporting Syrian people, but no normalisation with Assad regime

At a recent EU-UN conference on Syria in Brussels, the Socialists and Democrats urge EU member states for ambitious pledges for the impartial delivery of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people in need through UN agencies and civil society organisations.  At the same time, the S&Ds reaffirm that the UN-led political process for Syria, with…