European Social Democrats have to get rid of controversial members “like those in Romania,” says Hannes Swoboda, the former Socialists’ leader in the European Parliament.
Hannes Swoboda was the leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, known as S&D, the powerful political group in the European Parliament that includes the Social-Democratic Party (PSD).
“Social-Democrats in Europe need a vast process of renewal,” Swoboda says in an interview granted to the Austrian press agency APA, quoted by ziare.com.
“Concretely, the political family must break away from controversial members like those in Romania, whose policies have little to do with social-democracy,” the former Socialist leader in the European parliament said.
The Austrian added that the image of the Social-Democrats is affected when it is associated with individuals or parties that do not respect the fundamental principles of the political family.
“This must be told to certain parties. It does not work like this. It is to the detriment of social-democrats, they are affected by the association with persons or parties that do not observe our fundamental principles,” Hannes Sqoboda has argued.