European socialists celebrate Democrats' victory in USA midterms
First Vice-President of European Commission in charge of Better regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights, Dutch, Frans Timmermans (L) and Pierre Moscovici (R), the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs and Taxation attends a weekly college meeting of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 7, 2018. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET
Pierre Moscovici (L), the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs and Taxation and EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) attend a weekly college meeting of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 7, 2018. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
Brussels, Nov 7 (efe-epa).- Several European social democrat politicians celebrated on Wednesday the takeover of the House of Representatives by the Democrats in the midterm elections and the resulting swing that could put the breaks on the plans of the president of the United States.
The European Commission's vice president, Frans Timmermans, who is the only socialist candidate for the EC presidency to be voted on in May, shared his delight over the midterm results on his personal Twitter page.
"Inspired by voters in the US who chose hope over fear, civility over rudeness, inclusion over racism, equality over discrimination," he said. "They stood up for their values. And so will we."
French socialist Pierre Moscovici, European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs, joined in the celebrations and quoted Donald Trump: "The Democrats won the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, despite a mighty Republican Gerrymandering. Donald Trump is right: 'Tremendous success Tonight'."
Lithuanian socialist Vytenis Andriukaitis, a member of the EC in charge of health and food safety, also congratulated the Democrats and emphasized that Obamacare, a health act established in Mar. 2010 by then President Barack Obama to democratize access to health care, was a key issue throughout the campaign.
"Let's not to forget that health has been one of the major issues in these Midterms 2018. A signal for us here in the EU - health is definitely something that we shouldn’t lose sight of!" Andriukaitis said on his Twitter page.