Progressive Alliance

The Progressive Alliance (PA) is a political international of social-democratic and progressive political parties and organisations founded on 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.[1] The alliance was formed as an alternative to the existing Socialist International, of which many of its member parties are former or current members.[2] The Progressive Alliance claims 140 participants from around the world.

Progressive Alliance
Progressive alliance logo
MottoFreedom, Justice, Solidarity
Formation14–15 December 2012 (first conference)
22 May 2013 (foundation)
PurposeGlobal network of social-democratic and progressive political parties and organisations
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Region served
Worldwide
Main organ
Conference of the Progressive Alliance
Websiteprogressive-alliance.info
Progressive Alliance membership
Countries with participants of the PA; green in government, red in opposition, yellow with no member (As of September 2018).

History

The first step towards the creation of the Progressive Alliance was the decision in January 2012 by Sigmar Gabriel, then chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), to cancel payment of the SPD's £100,000 yearly membership fee to the Socialist International. Gabriel had been critical of the Socialist International's admittance and continuing inclusion of undemocratic political movements into the organization.[3][4][5]

An initial Conference of the Progressive Alliance was held in Rome, Italy on 14–15 December 2012, with representatives of 42 political parties attending.[6][7] They included Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the Democratic Party of Italy, Harlem Désir, Chair of the French Socialist Party, Hermes Binner, Chair of the Argentinian Socialist Party, Peter Shumlin, Democratic Governor of Vermont, and Mustapha Ben Jafar, Secretary General of the Tunisian Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties.[8] Also present were representatives of the Indian National Congress, the Workers Party of Brazil, and PASOK of Greece.[9][10] The Dutch Labour Party also supported the formation of the organization,[11] as did the Swiss Socialist Party,[12] and the Social Democratic Party of Austria.[13]

During the Council of the Socialist International in Cascais, Portugal, on 4–5 February 2013, 50 political parties discussed on the sidelines the formation of the Progressive Alliance, including the Movement for Democratic Change of Zimbabwe.[14]

The official foundation of the organization was held on the 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, on the 150th anniversary of the formation of the General German Workers' Association (ADAV), the predecessor of the SPD.[15][16][17][18][19] The organization stated the aim of becoming the global network of "the progressive, democratic, social-democratic, socialist and labour movement".[20][21] It was reported that representatives of approximately 70 social-democratic political parties from across the world attended the event.[22][23][24][25] The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament joined the organization upon its official foundation.[26] Many member parties are also affiliated to the Socialist International.[27] In September 2013 the Democratic Party (DIKO) of Cyprus announced that it was negotiating to join the Progressive Alliance and that its representatives were to attend a seminar of the international in Stockholm on 24 October.[28] On 4–5 December 2014, a Progressive Alliance conference was held in Lisbon for member parties of the S&D group.[29] A regional seminar was held on 25 September 2015 in Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia, which also hosted delegates from the Democratic Action Party of Malaysia, Democratic Party of Japan and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.[30] On 25 April 2016 the organisation held a seminar in São Paulo hosted by the Workers' Party of Brazil.[31]

Participants

The Progressive Alliance lists the parties and organisations which participate in the network, rather than claiming members.[32]

Country Party/Organization Acronym Government Notes
 Algeria Socialist Forces Front FFS In opposition
 Argentina Generación para un Encuentro Nacional GEN In opposition
 Argentina Socialist Party PS In opposition
 Australia Australian Labor Party ALP In opposition Forms government in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
 Austria Social Democratic Party of Austria SPÖ In opposition Part of governing coalitions in Vienna, Styria, Lower Austria, Carinthia, Burgenland and Upper Austria.
 Belarus Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Assembly) Hramada
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Belgium Socialist Party PS In opposition
 Belgium Socialist Party Differently SPA In opposition
 Bolivia Movement for Socialism MAS In government
 Brazil Workers' Party PT In opposition
 Brazil Brazilian Socialist Party PSB In opposition
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Socialist Party BSP In opposition
 Burkina Faso People's Movement for Progress MPP In government
 Burkina Faso Party for Democracy and Progress / Socialist Party PDP/PS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Cameroon Social Democratic Front SDF In opposition
 Canada New Democratic Party NDP/NPD In opposition Forms government in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia
 Central African Republic Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People MLPC In opposition
 Chile Socialist Party of Chile PS In opposition
 Chile Party for Democracy PPD In opposition
 Costa Rica Citizens' Action Party PAC In government
 Croatia Social Democratic Party of Croatia SDP In opposition
 Cyprus Movement for Social Democracy EDEK In opposition
 Cyprus Democratic Party Diko In opposition
 Cyprus Republican Turkish Party CTP In opposition
 Czech Republic Czech Social Democratic Party ČSSD Junior party in coalition
 Democratic Republic of Congo Union for Democracy and Social Progress UDPS In opposition
 Denmark Social Democrats SD In opposition
 Dominican Republic Modern Revolutionary Party PRM In opposition
 Egypt Egyptian Social Democratic Party ESDP In opposition
 Equatorial Guinea Convergence for Social Democracy CPDS In opposition
 Eritrea Eritrean Peoples' Democratic Party EPDP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Finland Social Democratic Party of Finland SDP In opposition
 France Socialist Party PS In opposition
 Georgia Georgian Dream In government
 Germany Social Democratic Party of Germany SPD Junior party in coalition
 Ghana National Democratic Congress NDC In government
 Greece Panhellenic Socialist Movement PASOK In opposition
 Grenada National Democratic Congress NDC
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Guinea Guinean People's Assembly RPG In government
 Hungary Hungarian Socialist Party MSzP In opposition
 India Indian National Congress INC In opposition
 India Samajwadi (Socialist) Party SP In opposition
 Indonesia National Democratic Party NasDem Junior party in coalition
 Indonesia Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle PDIP Senior party in coalition
 Iran Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan PDKI
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Iran Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan KPK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Iran Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan KŞZK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Iraq Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK In opposition
 Iraq Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party KSDP In opposition
 Ireland Labour Party In opposition
 Israel Israeli Labour Party HaAvoda In opposition
 Israel Meretz In opposition
 Italy Democratic Party PD In opposition
 Ivory Coast Cap Union for Democracy and Development CAP-UDD
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Jordan Jordanian Social Democratic Party KPK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Kenya Labour Party of Kenya KLP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Latvia Concord Social Democratic Party SDPS In opposition
 Lebanon Progressive Socialist Party PSP Junior party in coalition
 Lithuania Social Democratic Party of Lithuania LSDP In opposition
 Luxembourg Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party LSAP Junior party in coalition
 Macedonia Social Democratic Union of Macedonia SDUM In government
 Malaysia Democratic Action Party DAP Senior party in coalition
 Mauritania Rally of Democratic Forces RFD In opposition
 Mauritius Mauritius Militant Movement MMM In opposition
 Mexico Party of the Democratic Revolution PRD In opposition
 Mexico Citizens' Movement MC In opposition
 Moldova Democratic Party of Moldova PDM Senior party in coalition
 Mongolia Mongolian People's Party MPP In government
 Montenegro Social Democratic Party of Montenegro SDP In opposition
 Montenegro Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro DPS Senior party in coalition
 Morocco Socialist Union of Popular Forces USFP In opposition
 Myanmar Democratic Party for a New Society DPNS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
   Nepal Nepali Congress NC In opposition
 Netherlands Labour Party PvdA In opposition
 New Zealand New Zealand Labour Party NZLP Senior party in coalition
 Niger Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism PNDS In government
 Norway Norwegian Labour Party Ap In opposition
 Northern Cyprus Republican Turkish Party CTP In opposition
 Palestine Fatah In government
 Palestine Palestinian National Initiative PNI In opposition
 Paraguay Party for a Country of Solidarity PPS In opposition
 Philippines Akbayan Citizens' Action Party In opposition
 Poland Democratic Left Alliance SLD
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Portugal Socialist Party PS In government
 Republic of Congo Convergence Citoyenne CC
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Romania Social Democratic Party PSD Senior party in coalition
 Sao Tome and Principe Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party MLSTP-PSD In opposition
 Senegal Socialist Party of Senegal PS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Serbia Democratic Party DS In opposition
 Serbia Social Democratic Party SDS In opposition
 Slovakia Direction – Social Democracy SD In government
 Slovenia Social Democrats SD Junior party in coalition
 Somalia Somali Social Unity Party SSUP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Spain Spanish Socialist Workers' Party PSOE In government
 Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Labour Party In opposition
 Swaziland People’s United Democratic Movement PUDEMO
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Swaziland Swazi Democratic Party SWADEPA
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Sweden Swedish Social Democratic Party SAP Senior party in coalition
  Switzerland Social Democratic Party of Switzerland SP Junior party in coalition
 Syria Syrian Democratic People's Party
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Tanzania Chama Cha Mapinduzi CCM In government
 Thailand Future Forward Party (Guest since 2018) FFP ( Candidate in

2019 Election)

 Timor Leste Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor FRETILIN In government
 Tunisia Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties Ettakatol
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Turkey Peoples' Democratic Party HDP In opposition
 Turkey Republican People's Party CHP In opposition
 Uruguay Socialist Party of Uruguay PSU In government
 United Kingdom Labour Party In opposition In government in the Welsh Assembly, holds the London Mayoralty and minority party on London Assembly.
 United States Democratic Party[33][34][35] D In opposition In government in the House of Representatives, 23 states and some territories.
 Western Sahara Polisario Front In government
 Yemen Yemeni Socialist Party YSP In opposition
 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC In opposition
 Zimbabwe People's Democratic Party PDP In opposition
International Socialist International Women SIW
International International Union of Socialist Youth IUSY
 Europe Party of European Socialists PES
 European Union Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament S&D Junior party in coalition
Europe Party of European Socialists Women PES Women
Europe Young European Socialists YES
Asia Network of Social Democracy in Asia SOCDEM
Asia Arab Social Democratic Forum ASDF
Africa Central African Progressive Alliance APAC
International International Trade Union Confederation ITUC
The Americas Trade Union Confederation of the Americas CSA
International Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD TUAC
International Industrial Global Union
Europe Solidar
International Global Progressive Forum
International CEE Network
International Just Jobs Network
 United States Center for American Progress CAP
Europe Foundation for European Progressive Studies FEPS
 France Foundation Jean Jaurès
 Brazil Foundation João Mangabeira
 Germany Friedrich Ebert Foundation FES
 Sweden Olof Palme International Center OPIC

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Democratic People's Front

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Hong Kong Progressive Alliance

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Until the 1999 European Parliament elections, it was the largest group in the Parliament, but since those elections it has constantly been the second-largest group. During the 8th EU Parliament Assembly, the S&D is the only Parliament group with representation from all 28 EU member states.

In the European Council, 8 out of 28 Heads of State and Government belong to the S&D Group and in the European Commission, 8 out of 28 Commissioners come from PES parties.

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Social Democratic Party "Harmony"

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"Harmony" is currently the governing party on the Riga City Council in coalition with Honor to serve Riga, the successor to the centre-right Latvia's First Party/Latvian Way which dissolved in 2011. "Harmony" is the largest party seeking to represent the Russian-speaking population of Latvia.

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Social Democratic Party of Germany

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (German: Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands or SPD; [ˌzɔtsi̯alˈdeːmɔkʁaːtɪʃə paʁˈtaɪ̯ ˈdɔʏtʃlants]) is a social-democratic political party in Germany.

Led by Andrea Nahles since 2018, the party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in Germany along with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The Social Democrats have governed at the federal level in Germany as part of a grand coalition with the CDU and the Christian Social Union (CSU) since December 2013 following the results of the 2013 and 2017 federal elections. The party participates in 14 state governments and 7 of them are governed by SPD Minister-Presidents.

The SPD is a member of the Party of European Socialists and initiated the founding of the Progressive Alliance international for social-democratic parties on 22 May 2013 after criticising the Socialist International for its acceptance of authoritarian parties. Established in 1863, the SPD is by far the oldest extant political party represented in the German Parliament and was one of the first Marxist-influenced parties in the world.

Social Democratic Party of Switzerland

The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (also rendered as Swiss Socialist Party; German: Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz, SP; French: Parti socialiste suisse, PS; Italian: Partito Socialista Svizzero; Romansh: Partida Socialdemocrata de la Svizra) is a political party in Switzerland. It has been represented by two Federal Councilors since 1960 and got the second-most votes in the 2015 national elections.

The party was founded on 21 October 1888, and is currently the second largest of the four leading coalition political parties in Switzerland. It is the only left-wing party with representatives in the Swiss Federal Council. It is also the second largest political party in the Swiss parliament. The current members in the Swiss Federal Council are Alain Berset and Simonetta Sommaruga.

The SP is the largest pro-European party in Switzerland and supports Swiss membership of the European Union, unlike most other Swiss parties. Additionally, it is strongly opposed to capitalism and maintains a long-term goal of "overcoming capitalism." The party is a member of the Progressive Alliance, and an associate member of the Party of European Socialists.

Tamil Progressive Alliance

The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPF; Tamil: தமிழ் முற்போக்கு கூட்டணி Tamiḻ Muṟpōkku Kūṭṭaṇi) is a Sri Lankan political alliance. It was formed in 2015 by the Democratic People's Front (DPF), National Union of Workers (NUW) and the Up-Country People's Front (UCPF) to represent the 1.5 million Tamils, mostly Indian Tamils, living outside the Northern and Eastern provinces.The 1.6 million Tamils, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils, living in the Northern and Eastern provinces are represented by the Tamil National Alliance which is not active outside the two provinces.

Third Front (India)

Third Front in Indian politics refers to various alliances formed by smaller parties at various points of time since 1989 to offer a third option to Indian voters, challenging the Indian National Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party.

United Progressive Alliance

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is a coalition of centre-left political parties in India formed after the 2004 general election. The largest member party of the UPA is the INC, whose Former National President Sonia Gandhi is chairperson of the UPA. It formed a government with support from some other left-aligned parties in 2004.

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