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Cambiare nome al PSE per venire incontro al PD 17.05.09

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Modificare il nome del Partito Socialista Europeo (dopo le elezioni di giugno) per favorire l'ingresso dei candidati eletti nelle liste del Partito Democratico ed impedire la divisione degli stessi tra PES e ALDE.

Il nome proposto sarebbe "Alliance of Socialists and Democrats".

According to several Socialist sources, the new name of the group could be the 'Alliance of Socialists and Democrats', although the definitive decision will be made only after the elections, in line with the outcome of the vote.

The main reason for the name change is to absorb the PD, thus resolving the long-standing problem of its European positioning.

Changing their name would not be an easy decision for the Socialists, but given the fact that current polls show them trailing the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) in the upcoming June vote and following a series of bad results for the centre-left in recent national elections, the re-branding exercise might seem a reasonable price to pay for the additional number of MEPs that the group would gain.