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Under the leadership of the Belgian Presidency of the EU, an agreement has been reached on the new budgetary rules. It's a new antidemocratic straithjacket that will force Belgium to make draconian cuts: "It's a budgetary straitjacket that drives the destruction of our public services and social rights. This text is even worse than what was proposed by the European Commission", reacts Marc Botenga, MEP for the PVDA-PTB.
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Raoul Hedebouw will head the PVDA-PTB list for the House for the Liège constituency, on 9 June. He will also be the only party president to campaign nationwide.
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Marc Botenga, the PVDA-PTB’s only MEP, and Sophie Lecron, a teacher and group chairwoman for the PTB in the Liège local council, make up the French-speaking pair heading the PTB's list for the European Parliament. Let's meet these two enthusiastic people who want to make a breakthrough at European level through the mobilization of workers across the continent.
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While prices at the supermarket have rocketed in the last two years, prices paid to farmers have not. They are struggling to survive. "I earn less than €1,000 a month", explains one farmer.
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Peter Mertens, Secretary General of the PVDA-PTB and Member of Parliament, was in The Hague on Thursday 11 January for the public hearing of the International Court of Justice on South Africa's genocide complaint against Israel.
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Stop austerity, increase our salaries! Thousands of people were marching in Brussels today. They came from the four corners of Europe to protest against the return of austerity. Austerity means less money for schools, hospitals and social policies, but also future cuts in pensions and salaries.
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The PVDA-PTB is aiming with Rudi Kennes for a first European seat from Flanders (today Marc Botenga is a European MP for the PVDA, elected from French-speaking Belgium). Kennes gained fame as chief delegate for the socialist metal trade union ABVV-Metaal at Opel Antwerp, and vice president of the European works council of General Motors. If elected, he will be the first worker from Flanders to move to the European Parliament.
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This week, the PVDA-PTB is launching its brand new application. “Our party is growing and we are seeing more and more people wanting to join us," explains Raoul Hedebouw, President of the left-wing party.
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"Thanks to a strong rallying of trade unions, associations and politicians, the anti-protest law seems to be buried now", said Raoul Hedebouw, president of the PVDA-PTB, adding: "Initially, this bill was requested by the socialist mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, and by the mayors of Charleroi and Liège as well.
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Gaza can’t wait any longer! 60,000 of us launched this urgent appeal in the streets of Brussels, Saturday 11 November.
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Last weekend, thousands of people demonstrated in the Belgian cities of Liège, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen and all over the world to protest against the massacre in Gaza and demand a ceasefire now!