Johannes Swoboda (Social Democratic Party) is a vice president of the PES group in the EP, and has been a MEP since 1996
"I find it a pity that the Social Democratic Party chose (the anti-Turkey stance). I do not think it won the party many votes in Austria… [Faction leader] Josef Cap is a populist, and let himself be pushed into this negative stance."
(ESI Interview on 20 May 2005)
"One should start open-ended negotiations with Turkey… The social democratic party should stand firm on decisions that were endorsed by former SPÖ-led governments… Any party acting in the national interest should stand firm on certain fundamental assumptions. One of these fundamental assumptions was that we start negotiations with Turkey, open-ended negotiations."
(Austrian Press Agency, 28 July 2005)
Johannes Swoboda (Social Democratic Party) is a vice president of the PES group in the EP, and has been a MEP since 1996.