Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, a former prime minister of Denmark, announced yesterday that he is stepping down as president of the Party of European Socialists (PES) after seven-and-a-half years, europeanvoice.com informs. Rasmussen, 68, said his decision was mainly for health reasons. In a statement, he said: “My entire political career I have listened to the body politic and tried to make the best call. Now it is time to listen to the demands of my own body and make the responsible call.” Rasmussen said he would leave the role after a PES convention in Brussels on 25-26 November. He said that the meeting would be the “biggest ever gathering of European progressives” and described it as a platform for launching the PES’s “shared dreams”.