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The fight to right-wing populists : the SPD decides Europe-choice program

The SPD is calling for a more social Europe and a fairer tax system in the election for the new European Parliament. The European Convention, the social Democrats decided on Saturday in Berlin, a Europe-wide minimum wage and higher social Standards for the European Union as a whole. In addition, the SPD is in favour of the consistent implementation of the European climate protection decisions, and a civil-oriented European Foreign and security policy. The election will take place on 26. The end of may.

party leader Andrea Nahles attacked in her opening speech, to great acclaim, not only right-wing populist anti-European, but also the conservative European people's party (EPP) and the CDU. "The SPD will fight heart and soul for Europe," said the SPD politician. "I firmly believe that the Hetzer and the diehards will come through. Our values are stronger". The Key for Europe is to make the people back to the measure of all things, by the social protection systems at EU level be strengthened.

danger of the "Balmy"

Of right-wing populist politicians in the SPD, "this Europe is not broken talk", said Nahles. However, the will not endanger cohesion in Europe only from right-wing populists, but also of the "Balmy". In order for those to be considered "the Europe mainly due to the domestic political glasses". In particular, Nahles called the CDU-Chairman, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "We don't need the Warm", but "Europeans with heart's blood," said Nahles, and praised in this context, the SPD top candidate Katarina Barley, and Udo Bullmann.

The SPD Boss reiterated their rejection of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. "As long as in Yemen, for weeks for weeks for people to die and children go hungry, as long as Saudi Arabia is more of the war party, as long as it is allowed to give no further supplies of arms from Germany," she said. Also, the EU should follow these principles. "We want a restrictive arms export policy, and we want areas no European weapons in war and crisis," she said. The Europe program of the SPD also called for a European army, which is to be controlled according to the German model by the European Parliament.

Barley wants is the digital tax

"The good news, the people are totally ready for these elections," said Katarina Barley: "people understand that this is a European election is like never before, which is a direction of choice." The top candidate campaigned for it, "degrading conditions", such as the exploitation of package carriers fight through a European minimum wage. This is supposed to represent the will of the SPD with 60 percent of the median income of the respective country. In addition, the SPD wants to prevail in the EU, a stronger participation of the workers.

In the case of taxation, the SPD digital businesses are going to take "to the curb", she promised: "If the bookseller on the corner is paying each month good your taxes, then this is also true for Amazon, Google and all the others, damn it!" Under pressure from the national Association NRW the application had aggravated the Commission of the original program design. Now the SPD wants to implement a global minimum asseveration and a digital expensive first of all, in the framework of the OECD. If this attempt fails, should be implemented to the taxation at the EU level, in case of doubt, but in a "coalition of the willing" and, if necessary, also at the national level. In addition, the SPD wants a Europe-wide financial transaction tax. The SPD is in favour, in principle, for copyright protection, but rejects the Upload-Filter as a means for its enforcement.

there is No automatic support for Weber

Udo Bullmann, who is Faction leader of the social Democrats in the European Parliament (EP), made it clear that the SPD after the election in the EP automatically more for a Grand coalition with the EPP. "That's why we offer to turn on the day after the election, a big wheel, but not to make any backroom deals," he said, "Then let's see who we can realize." The background is that the SPD wants to prevent a majority of the EPP, the election of its leading candidate, Manfred Weber, the President of the Commission, by bringing with other party families, a majority.

Before the Convention Spiegel online "reported" that Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament, would not attend because of the invitation range of the event. On Saturday, Nahles said in your speech, you've been on the phone with Schulz, who could not unfortunately be here. He also support the Europe campaign of the SPD "heart and soul".

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