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09/09/2017
EU’s biggest problem: Over-powerful national governments
EU’s biggest problem: Over-powerful national governments
24/05/2017
Europe needs a strategy that will treat Africa as a ‘true partner’
Europe needs a strategy that will treat Africa as a ‘true partner’
28/07/2016
Gianni Pittella’s Speech at DNC in Philadelphia
President Obama recently said that “the United States, and the entire world, needs a strong and prosperous and democratic Europe”.
28/07/2016
Gianni Pittella: Populism, racism and xenophobia have infected Europe
We have been infected. The virus of populism, racism, xenophobia has affected Europe. This virus in Europe is named Le Pen in France, Farage in Great Britain, Orban in Hungary, 5 Star Movement in Italy, Kaczynski in Poland, writes Gianni Pittella.
27/06/2016
Pittella: "Subito Flessibilità. E una costituente coi cittadini"
Il presidente Gianni Pittella: contro la sfiducia investimenti e meno rigore
27/06/2016
Speciale Brexit, Pittella: "Cameron irresponsabile, referendum non era necessario"
"Il voto è stato deciso da David Cameron solo per rilegittimare la sua leadership all'interno dei conservatori. Ora pretendiamo la immediata notifica della decisione del popolo britannico: comincino subito i negoziati per l'uscita del Regno Unito. Il risultato del referendum è uno dei segnali di sfiducia dei cittadini nei confronti dell'Europa, dobbiamo superarla affrontando i problemi diretti dei cittadini, a partire dalla disoccupazione".
27/06/2016
Pittella: E' colpa di Cameron, ha agito da giocatore di poker
Dal premier britannico un bluff al tavolo di poker
20/06/2016
Refugiados: Una infancia alimentada con el miedo
En los cinco minutos que aproximadamente tardarán en leer este artículo, 40 personas habrán tenido que abandonar todo lo que tenían -su hogar, sus raíces, toda su vida- para escapar de la guerra, la persecución, el terror o la muerte. Cientos de familias enteras lo harán antes de que termine el día. ¿Somos capaces de imaginar ese desgarro?
06/06/2016
„Der Mittelweg ist gescheitert“
Überhaupt nicht. Die 90er Jahre waren geprägt vom Triumph des sogenannten DrittenWeges, der das Verdienst hat, die Linke mit dem Markt versöhnt zu haben. Das hat sich letztendlich jedoch als historischer Fehler erwiesen, weil die Globalisierung bedingungslos angenommen wurde, ohne zu erkennen, dass diese sowohl Gewinner als auch Verlierer schaffen würde. Zu viele Linke haben sich auf die Gewinner konzentriert, dabei aber die Verlierer – vor allem die unteren Bevölkerungsschichten und die Arbeiterklasse – vergessen, die de facto den Populisten überlassen wurden.
06/06/2016
Für eine soziale Zukunft Europas
Die EU und ihre Mitgliedstaaten haben sich mehr und mehr von ihrem Anspruch verabschiedet, den sozialen Zusammenhalt zu fördern und zugleich Gestalter einer fairen Globalisierung zu sein. Kommt mit einer neuen Initiative der EU-Kommission die Wende?
05/04/2016
Pittella: The ‘Trump’ of Europe hamper cooperation on counter terrorism
The blind illusion of some governments that think they can tackle global threats unilaterally must be blamed for the lack of cooperation in Europe to fight terrorism and find a common response to solve the migration crisis, said S&D leader Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EurActiv.
30/01/2016
Flüchtlingskrise: "Die AfD ist eine Gefahr für ganz Europa"
Italien und Deutschland sind in der Flüchtlingskrise zerstritten. Gianni Pittella, Chef der Sozialdemokraten im Europaparlament, macht Berlins Sparpolitik für das Erstarken von Rechtspopulisten verantwortlich.
29/01/2016
Pittella: Member states are to blame for the refugee deadlock
Europe is on the brink of collapse due to the “foolish and short-minded illusions” of EU member states, Gianni Pittella said in an interview with EurActiv.
26/01/2016
Digitales Europa soll auch mehr soziales Europa sein
Nach Koblenz gekommen waren Jutta Steinruck, Expertin für Beschäftigung und soziale Angelegenheiten, Evelyne Gebhardt, die für Verbraucherschutz und Bürgerrechte zuständig ist, sowie Petra Kammerevert, Fachfrau für Kultur und Medien. Der Österreicher Josef Weidenholzer, im Vorstand der S & D - Fraktion für Digitales zuständig, und auch Luxemburgs Minister für Arbeit, Beschäftigung sowie Sozial- und Solidarwirtschaft standen in Sachen digitale Zukunft Europas ebenfalls Rede und Antwort.
16/01/2016
"La Commissione Agisca o il PSE la sfiducera'"
ROMA - "Juncker deve dare risposte, altrimenti i socialisti a Strasburgo dovranno verificare il loro sostegno alla Commissione europea".
19/10/2015
Gianni Pittella, Head of European Socialists: 'For Social Democracy the "third way" is over'
http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/head-european-socialists-gianni-pittella
01/10/2015
Socialists step up pressure on Fico and Orbán
Political groups in the European Parliament try to keep members in line on migration.
08/09/2015
Pittella: le quote tra i Paesi Ue una vittoria del governo
Intervista del Corriere della Sera a Gianni Pittella
01/09/2015
"March of the hypocrites" by Gianni Pittella
http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/march-hypocrites
31/08/2015
La carica degli ipocriti
Opinione di Gianni Pittella. In un caldo pomeriggio di fine agosto, i governi nazionali d’Europa – alcuni, altri come quello italiano o greco se n’erano resi conto ben prima – si sono improvvisamente accorti dell’esistenza del dramma dell’immigrazione.
30/07/2015
Fleckenstein MEP: ‘Parliamentarians should be removed from EU-Russia sanctions lists’
It is the duty of parliamentarians to contribute to re-opening the dialogue between the EU and Russia, argues Knut Fleckenstein, saying it was “a serious mistake” to block the Russian State Duma speaker from entering Finland. Knut Fleckenstein is Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats. He spoke to EurActiv Greece’s Sarantis Michalopoulos.
11/07/2015
Una lezione agli anti-euro, la mia intervista per “La Repubblica”
«Se ci sarà accordo avranno vinto tutti, la Grecia e le istituzioni». Ne è convinto Gianni Pittella (Pd), il capogruppo del Pse all’Europarlamento che nei periodi del gelo tra Atene e il resto dell’Unione è stato l’unico a tenere vivo il negoziato ritagliandosi un ruolo di mediatore tra Tsipras e gli altri leader.
06/07/2015
Gianni Pittella zum Freinhandelsabkommen: „Wir wollen kein TTIP um jeden Preis“
Gianni Pittella: "Wir wollen kein TTIP um jeden Preis, sondern ein progressives TTIP mit klaren Bekenntnissen zu internationalen Standards im Arbeitsrecht, dem Ausschluss von öffentlichen Diensten wie Wasser- und Gesundheitsdiensten sowie höheren Umwelt- und Nahrungsmittelstandards." "Wichtig ist es, zu einer gemeinsamen Position zu gelangen, damit die EU ihre Stimme in einer globalisierten Welt einbringen kann."
03/07/2015
Pittella: ISDS is dead, EU-Canada trade deal must be reopened
The investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) as we know it is dead and must be replaced by a new public system, said Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EurActiv.
28/06/2015
Wir werden für das Europa unserer Träume kämpfen
Daher auch die Forderungen, die in der italienischen, französischen, spanischen, griechischen und britischen Presse immer stärker und öfter zu hören sind, die Union zu verlassen und die "Tyrannei der Bürokraten und der Banken" zu beenden. "Nieder mit den Eurokraten, nieder mit dem Stillstand durch widerstreitende nationale Interessen", rufen sie. Das klingt verlockend. Aber was dann?
23/06/2015
Grecia, Pittella: no a umiliazione Atene, in UE deve vincere la politica
No a umiliazione Atene, in UE deve vincere la politica
08/06/2015
Lange: I want citizens and SMEs to benefit from TTIP, not Business Europe
Ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Bernd Lange clarifies the S&D position in an exclusive op-ed for EurActiv. The lawmaker rejects private arbitration and accepts an investor protection system where democratic principles and public scrutiny are guaranteed.
04/06/2015
Piketty: 'Europa, stop met schulden afbetalen en investeer!'
De wereldvermaarde econoom Thomas Piketty pleitte gisteren in Brussel voor de invoering van een Europese vennootschapsbelasting. De weg daarheen loopt volgens hem via de ‘euro-kamer’, een soort tweede kamer van Europa die nationale parlementairen bij de Europese politiek moet betrekken. Hij wil tevens een radicale breuk met het soberheidsbeleid.
20/05/2015
Le guerre del coltan, Pittella: «I nostri cellulari sporchi di sangue congolese»
Invece ecco la condizione in cui vivono i congolesi, proprio nelle sue regioni orientali, che pullulano di miniere del prezioso minerale. A causa di guerre e sfruttamento. Le foto (di Jan Bernas) sono state scattate nel corso di una recente missione del gruppo Socialisti e Democratici del Parlamento Europeo. Che domani si batteranno per norme rigide sulla tracciabilità dei minerali preziosi. Ne spiega le ragioni l’on. Gianni Pittella, capogruppo e vicepresidente vicario del Parlamento Europeo.
29/04/2015
«Basta con gli egoismi nazionali»
Il Parlamento Europeo è decisamente più avanti dei governi chiusi dai propri egoismi nazionali. La vede così il presidente del gruppo dei Socialisti e democratici al Parlamento Europeo Gianni Pittella, che ha avuto un ruolo di primo piano nella preparazione della risoluzione congiunta dell’Assemblea Ue sulla questione immigrazione.
21/04/2015
Ora Juncker si è convinto più soldi a Triton contro i mercanti
«Sono personalmente soddisfatto per la convocazione del Vertice Straordinario dell’Unione europea. Lo avevo chiesto personalmente». Gianni Pittella, capogruppo dell’Europarlamento dei socialisti e democratici europei, ha passato tutta la giornata consultando gli altri capigruppo e incontrando Juncker e Schulz.
20/04/2015
Oggi il tempo della responsabilit non cinismo o indifferenza
Il presidente dell'Eurogruppo socialista e democratico, Gianni Pittella, vedroggi il presidente della Commissione Ue, Jean Claude Juncker, per affrontare l'emergenza immigrazione. Lo rende noto lo stesso capogruppo in collegamento su SkyTg24. "Chiederal Presidente di anticipare le sue proposte. Ora il tempo della responsabilit non del cinismo o dell'indifferenza. Il Parlamento s'giespresso: il presidente Martin Schulz ha gi usato parole piene di rabbia e indignazione. Ma l'Europarlamento non pudecidere, ma pudire a chi ha il potere, di agire subito. E su questa materia chi ha il potere di decidere il Consiglio europeo. E' tempo - ha sottolineato Pittella - che Merkel, Cameron, Rajoy, si assumano le loro responsabilit Assieme a Renzi e Mogherini che stanno facendo bene il loro lavoro". (ANSA)
17/04/2015
Pittella: "Wir wollen das Paradigma der Sparpolitik verändern"
Europas Sozialdemokraten wollen Anreize schaffen, damit in Bildung investiert wird, sagt Fraktionschef Gianni Pittella
14/04/2015
Une loi européenne contre les minerais des conflits
Une délégation d’eurodéputés est en mission au Congo. L’objectif : sortir l’exploitation des minerais du circuit criminel et guerrier.
19/03/2015
Il vento nuovo sugli investimenti
Il piano Juncker prende corpo e con esso le speranze che dall'Europa arrivi finalmente un forte impegno su crescita e investimenti capace di invertire la tendenza dopo anni di cieca austerità.
08/03/2015
Les droits des femmes européennes ne sont pas toxiques
Triste symbole à l'aube du 8 mars, journée internationale pour les droits des femmes, la Commission européenne annonce son intention de retirer une proposition de révision de la législation européenne sur le congé de maternité.
06/03/2015
Women's rights are not toxic waste
The European Commission has announced that it intends to scrap plans to revise the current European legislation on maternity leave.
06/03/2015
Congedi parentali, euro-diritti alle madri (e ai padri) adesso
Caro direttore, è triste venire a sapere che proprio a pochi giorni dall’8 marzo, giornata internazionale delle donne, la Commissione europea ha deciso di ritirare la proposta di revisione della direttiva europea sui congedi di maternità.
03/03/2015
Derribar el tótem de la austeridad
El presidente del Grupo Socialista en el Parlamento Europeo reclama a la UE más flexibilidad para renegociar la deuda griega.
10/02/2015
Pittella, la Troika va superata
Il leader S&D: si deve lavorare a una riduzione degli interessi e a una moratoria del debito. Ma le trattative con Atene siano fatte d'ora in poi solo dalle istituzioni europee. La Grecia resterà nell'euro
10/02/2015
Οχι στην τρόικα, ναι στους ευρωπαϊκούς θεσμούς
Οι δρόμοι της Αθήνας γέμισαν και πάλι. Γέμισαν με σκληροπυρηνικούς διαδηλωτές. Και με οργή. Αν ένας λαός που υποφέρει βγαίνει στους δρόμους ή
09/02/2015
European socialist leader slams Hungarian government during visit to Budapest
Hungary does not deserve being in a moral and social crisis arising from “bad government in the past few years”, the Social Democrat group leader of the European Parliament, said in Budapest.
04/02/2015
Bruxelas quer desbloquear mil milhões de euros para combater desemprego jovem
Proposta permitiria a Portugal receber mais 48 milhões de euros em 2015 para projectos de apoio ao emprego.
11/12/2014
Environmental issues that we have caused, bring countries like Peru to its knees
Kathleen Van Brempt is vice-chairman of the Social Democrats in the European Parliament, responsible for sustainability. From the climate summit in Lima she holds us an interview.
04/12/2014
„Wir erleben eine Radikalisierung der Opposition“
Der Fraktionschef der Sozialdemokraten im Europaparlament, Gianni Pittella, hält nichts von einem Sparkurs nach deutschem Vorbild. Im Interview spricht er sich gegen weitere Einschnitte im italienischen Haushalt für das kommende Jahr aus
17/11/2014
Gianni Pittella : « Le pape François s’engage sur des enjeux européens »
(3/6) À l’occasion de la venue du pape François à Strasbourg le 25 novembre, La Croix a interrogé des députés européens sur leurs attentes concernant cette visite.
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22/09/2017
brexit chess pawns Eu and UK
Following the speech by the UK Premier Theresa May in Florence on the future of UK-EU relations, S&D Group President Gianni Pittella said: “We are pleased that Theresa May struck a more positive tone than her foreign secretary last week. We appreciate that there has been an opening up on some of the most sensitive issues of the negotiations. Nevertheless, more clarity and detail is needed to evaluate whether May's proposals can actually be turned into concrete actions. "On citizen’s rights...
22/09/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week “We will take time to engage with African leaders and intellectuals, discuss, question and challenge ourselves about how we can work better together and empower the current and future generations to profit from the opportunities offered by the digital revolution” Gianni Pittella on the second edition of the Africa Week Past activities After a busy Plenary session in Strasbourg our team has headed straight towards a new Europe Together event, the first one after the summer...
21/09/2017
gavel eu flag all should pay taxes
S&D Euro MPs today called on EU governments to find a sustainable solution to build a fair and efficient corporate tax system in Europe. The call came after the European Commission published a communication, which will be discussed by EU finance ministers next week. S&D Group president Gianni Pittella MEP said: “The current European tax system is outdated and is not up to the challenges of the digital economy. Billions of euros are lost every year due to aggressive tax planning from the...
21/09/2017
Africa Week 2017
Next week Africa will be at the centre of the activities of the S&D Group and its partners, both from Africa and Europe. From 25 - 28 September 2017, the S&D Group will organise its second “Africa Week” with a four-day programme including political debates, cultural activities, open discussions and workshops, art exhibitions and film screenings and many other events for meetings and exchanges. This year´s Africa Week will address the theme “Youth and the Future of Africa” and will look...
21/09/2017
Spain
“Spanish and Catalan socialists are calling the President of Catalonia to immediately call off the illegal referendum, in order to open a space for political dialogue as soon as possible. “The European socialists, as well as the European Union institutions, support constitutional legality and enforcement of legislation. We support the more than 120 socialist majors who believe as we do that democracy can only be guaranteed and institutions can only be protected in compliance with the law. “Any...
21/09/2017
Latin America and the EU must be key allies in the new international scenario, says S&D MEP Javi López, EU-Mexico Global Agreement and the EU-Chile Association Agreement,
The EU-Latin America parliamentary assembly (Eurolat) closed today in El Salvador with a plenary meeting, after four days of work between members of both continents. Since Monday, several committees debated ways to tackle common challenges such as the global economy and social rights; threats to security; the rule of law and human rights. However, despite the achievements of the assembly, members of the Group of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament regret that the EU-CELAC*...
20/09/2017
Tunisian girl in front of Tunisian flag
Socialist and Democrat MEPs are organising a conference on 23 September in Tunis on the topic of ‘Rebuilding the political landscape in Tunisia – What platform for dialogue for progressive forces?’ It will foster co-operation among all the progressive forces in Tunisia. The purpose of the conference, which is being co-organised by the S&D Group in the European Parliament and the Global Progressive Forum (GPF), enhanced co-operation with progressive trade unions and civil society. Elena...
20/09/2017
World financial markets graph
The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament today welcomed the European Commission’s plan to reform the micro-prudential supervisory architecture of the financial market players. The architecture is built on three authorities - the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). These authorities were put in place following the 2008 financial crisis. S&D Group spokesperson...
15/09/2017
Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week "Europe is at a crossroads. The wind of change for a reformed and enhanced Europe is blowing strongly, battering the walls of those who have been working to dismantle Europe." Gianni Pittella Past activities This highlight of this week’s plenary Session in Strasbourg was without doubt the State of the Union. Speaking after the debate Gianni Pittella, S&D Group leader , said: "Europe is at a crossroads. The wind of change for a reformed and enhanced Europe is blowing...
14/09/2017
Commission's New Skills Agenda: access to quality education and training must be a social right for all say S&Ds, #EDUCA, #GoFor4, jobs, employment,training,Udo Bullmann MEP, S&D MEP Momchil Nekov, Emilian Pavel,
The European Parliament today backed an S&D-led report on a New Skills Agenda for Europe, which stresses the need to upgrade European education and training systems to help Europeans find jobs and improve their life chances in a rapidly changing economic and social context. S&D Group vice-president responsible for economic and social policy Udo Bullmann MEP said: “With an alarming 70 million Europeans lacking basic skills such as reading, writing and numeracy, and the rapidly growing...
14/09/2017
for UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).
The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament rejects the manipulative attack by the EFDD Group against UNRWA – the UN agency that has been providing protection and assistance to Palestine refugees in the Middle East for almost seven decades – in the European Parliament and continues to strongly support the agency. S&D Group president Gianni Pittella MEP said: “We condemn the action taken by a tiny minority of members of our parliament to discuss the abolition of UNRWA in...
14/09/2017
Access to products and services must be open to all say S&D Euro MPs, Olga Sehnalová, Accessibility Act, Nicola Danti MEP, disabilities,
Today, the Socialists and Democrats secured a majority on an ambitious proposal aiming at improving access to a wide range of products and services for people with disabilities, the Accessibility Act. Thanks to the Socialists and Democrats, the rules will have a broad scope, applying to people with temporary functional limitations such as pregnant women. S&D Group negotiator Olga Sehnalová MEP said: “Today, there are 80 million people in Europe with disabilities. In the coming years, with...
14/09/2017
Special committee on terrorism must focus on practical results, Elena Valenciano, Ana Gomes, cyber security challenges,  anti-money laundering controls, radicalisation, digitalunion,
The European Parliament’s new special committee on terrorism met for the first time today. S&D MEPs outlined how they want the new committee to work, focusing on practical improvements to intelligence sharing. S&D Group vice-president responsible for the committee Elena Valenciano said: “Keeping our citizens safe is our number one priority but we can only do that if we ensure that their fundamental rights are protected. Terrorism threatens our security, our way of life and our values...
14/09/2017
S&Ds call on member states to respect Parliament’s progressive trade priorities for Chile, trade pillar of the EU-Chile association agreement, Alessia Mosca, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Multilateral Investment Court to replace ISDS,
The European Parliament today adopted an S&D report on modernising the trade pillar of the EU-Chile association agreement concluded in 2002. The Socialists and Democrats managed to include all their priorities for a progressive trade policy in the report adopted today. The report is particularly strong on the gender dimension of trade, transparency and making sure the benefits of trade are widely shared. With this report the Parliament outlines its position before the Council adopts its...
14/09/2017
Inter-institutional agreement on the transparency register
Despite resistance from the conservatives, the European Parliament today adopted a number of measures to enhance the transparency of the European institutions and to stop secretive lobbying practices. S&D Group spokesperson on constitutional affairs, Mercedes Bresso MEP said: “Today’s vote to stop secretive lobbying is a victory for transparency. This positive outcome of the vote is the result of the strong support from the Socialists and Democrats against the opposition from the...
14/09/2017
#EuropeTogether in Valencia: Investing in Europe. Investing in people - The Future of the EU Cohesion Policy, #EuropeTogether, Isabelle Thomas, Catiuscia Marini,
This Friday the S&D Group in the European Parliament, alongside the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions and partners, is bringing its series of Europe Together debates to Valencia, Spain. The topic of the event, taking place in the Museo del Carmen, is the EU cohesion policy - its future and impact on citizens. We will be hearing from politicians and specialists, and also mayors who have used cohesion funds to modernize and bring greater prosperity to their inhabitants by turning...
13/09/2017
More investment needed to boost a sustainable recovery of the European economy, say S&Ds, #EuropeTogether, S&D MEP Udo Bullmann, European Fund for strategic investments (EFSI), climate COP 21, Eider Gardiazábal,
Negotiators from the Parliament and the Council struck a political deal last night to extend the European investment plan until 2020, with the aim of mobilising up to €500 billion of public and private investments. The European Parliament’s negotiator, together with EPP MEP Jose Manuel Fernandes, S&D MEP Udo Bullmann stated: “Last night’s political agreement on the extension of the European Fund for strategic investments (EFSI) is thanks to the tremendous efforts of the entire Parliament...
13/09/2017
S&D Group secures €500 million to tackle youth unemployment, Jens Geier, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), schoolofdemocracy, #SocialRights,
The European Parliament today backed an S&D Group initiative to make an extra €500 million available to tackle youth unemployment across Europe. The money comes as part of an amendment to the EU’s budget for 2017, increasing funding for the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). S&D Group MEP and Parliament negotiator for the amending budget, Jens Geier, said: “Despite recent positive news about EU economies, the number of young people not in work is still disgracefully high. The rate of...
13/09/2017
International aviation must play its part in the battle against climate change, say S&Ds, Seb Dance, aviation emissions, #Prog4Climate, greenhouse gas emissions, International Civil Aviation Organisation,
Aviation emissions account for about 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2. The European Union tried to reduce the emissions by including the aviation sector under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). However, only intra-EU flights are included and this leaves a worrisome question mark about both international flights and what will happen with UK in the case of a hard Brexit. Today the European Parliament voted on a report that...
13/09/2017
Forest management has a crucial role to play in combating climate change, say S&Ds
Forests are the lungs of Europe, covering 42% of the EU land surface, and they can play a crucial role in fighting climate change. This is why today the European Parliament voted on a report to include greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the 2030 climate and energy framework * . The report defines rules for the accounting of emissions and removals for different categories of land, in order to keep and increase the amount of carbon stored...
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