I have the great privilege of having been chosen as one of the PES Activists to write a blog on the Party of European Socialists Website about the PES Congress taking place 7-8 December in Porto. The blog can be found here. However the functionality of the system there is a little bit limited – no photos are allowed for example – so I’ll cross-post everything here in the category ‘PES Congress’.
RSS-feed for the Congress blogging are also available:
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To read the my first post:
Football or Politics in Porto this week
I will be one of a very large number of Europeans leaving London and heading to Porto on Wednesday this week. The reason most will be flying there: this WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Champions League football group match between Porto and Arsenal. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the most normal thing for thousands of football fans to do: travelling across Europe to follow their team. Furthermore, many Champions League teams are microcosms of European integration; where would Arsenal be without Thierry Henry or Freddie Ljungberg?
Yet in politics weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a long way behind. Very few Europeans of different nationalities have ever really succeeded in the political system of another Member State. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even possible to vote in national elections elsewhere; not really a level playing field.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve personally been at the forefront of efforts to do something about this issue, most notably through work with the Swedish Social Democrats (SSU Stockholms-lÃƒÂ¤n) to arrange exchanges of activists for general election campaigns in the UK in 2005 and Sweden in 2006. We need initiatives like this for every election in every country.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what makes attendance at the PES Congress so exciting; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the first time that activists have been welcomed there, making the Congress something more than a meeting of the top officials of all the PES member parties.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think any of us PES Activists are quite sure what awaits us in Porto. Yet we will all be full of energy and ideas, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be posting as many of my observations on this blog over the next week to allow those unable to attend to get a flavour of the event. I look forward to plenty of comments and a lively debate!