Progressive Alliance

The Progressive Alliance (PA) is a political international of social-democratic, socialist 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
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
Main organ
Conference of the Progressive Alliance


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 of Cyprus (DIKO) 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]


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

 AlgeriaSocialist Forces FrontFFSIn opposition
 ArgentinaGeneración para un Encuentro NacionalGENIn opposition
 ArgentinaSocialist PartyPSIn opposition
 AustraliaAustralian Labor PartyALPIn oppositionIn government in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
 AustriaSocial Democratic Party of AustriaSPÖIn oppositionPart of governing coalitions in Vienna, Styria, Lower Austria, Carinthia, Burgenland and Upper Austria.
 BelarusBelarusian Social Democratic Party (Assembly)Hramada
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 BelgiumSocialist PartyPSIn opposition
 BelgiumSocialist Party DifferentlySPAIn opposition
 BoliviaMovement for SocialismMASIn opposition
 BrazilWorkers' PartyPTIn opposition
 BrazilBrazilian Socialist PartyPSBIn opposition
 BulgariaBulgarian Socialist PartyBSPIn opposition
 Burkina FasoPeople's Movement for ProgressMPPIn government
 Burkina FasoParty for Democracy and Progress / Socialist PartyPDP/PS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 CameroonSocial Democratic FrontSDFIn opposition
 CanadaNew Democratic PartyNDP/NPDIn oppositionIn government in the province of British Columbia.
 Central African RepublicMovement for the Liberation of the Central African PeopleMLPCIn opposition
 ChileSocialist Party of ChilePSIn opposition
 ChileParty for DemocracyPPDIn opposition
 Costa RicaCitizens' Action PartyPACIn government
 CroatiaSocial Democratic Party of CroatiaSDPIn opposition
 CyprusMovement for Social DemocracyEDEKIn opposition
 CyprusDemocratic PartyDikoIn opposition
 CyprusRepublican Turkish PartyCTPIn opposition
 Czech RepublicCzech Social Democratic PartyČSSDJunior party in coalition
 Democratic Republic of CongoUnion for Democracy and Social ProgressUDPSIn government
 DenmarkSocial DemocratsSDIn government
 Dominican RepublicModern Revolutionary PartyPRMIn opposition
 EgyptEgyptian Social Democratic PartyESDPIn opposition
 Equatorial GuineaConvergence for Social DemocracyCPDSIn opposition
 EritreaEritrean Peoples' Democratic PartyEPDP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 FinlandSocial Democratic Party of FinlandSDPSenior party in coalition
 FranceSocialist PartyPSIn opposition
 GeorgiaGeorgian DreamIn government
 GermanySocial Democratic Party of GermanySPDJunior party in coalition
 GhanaNational Democratic CongressNDCIn government
 GreecePanhellenic Socialist MovementPASOKIn opposition
 GrenadaNational Democratic CongressNDC
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 GuineaGuinean People's AssemblyRPGIn government
 HungaryHungarian Socialist PartyMSzPIn opposition
 IndiaIndian National CongressINCIn oppositionIn government in Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh. Part of governing coalition in Puducherry.
 IndiaSamajwadi (Socialist) PartySPIn opposition
 IndonesiaNational Democratic PartyNasDemJunior party in coalition
 IndonesiaIndonesian Democratic Party of StrugglePDIPSenior party in coalition
 IranDemocratic Party of Iranian KurdistanPDKI
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 IranKomala Party of Iranian KurdistanKPK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 IranKomala Party of Iranian KurdistanKŞZK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 IraqPatriotic Union of KurdistanPUKIn opposition
 IraqKurdistan Socialist Democratic PartyKSDPIn opposition
 IrelandLabour PartyIn opposition
 IsraelIsraeli Labor PartyHaAvodaIn opposition
 IsraelMeretzIn opposition
 ItalyDemocratic PartyPDJunior party in coalition
 Ivory CoastCap Union for Democracy and DevelopmentCAP-UDD
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 JordanJordanian Social Democratic PartyKPK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 KenyaLabour Party of KenyaKLP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 LatviaConcord Social Democratic PartySDPSIn opposition
 LebanonProgressive Socialist PartyPSPJunior party in coalition
 LithuaniaSocial Democratic Party of LithuaniaLSDPIn opposition
 LuxembourgLuxembourg Socialist Workers' PartyLSAPJunior party in coalition
 MalaysiaDemocratic Action PartyDAPSenior party in coalition
 MauritaniaRally of Democratic ForcesRFDIn opposition
 MauritiusMauritius Militant MovementMMMIn opposition
 MexicoParty of the Democratic RevolutionPRDIn opposition
 MexicoCitizens' MovementMCIn opposition
 MoldovaDemocratic Party of MoldovaPDMIn opposition
 MongoliaMongolian People's PartyMPPIn government
 MontenegroSocial Democratic Party of MontenegroSDPIn opposition
 MontenegroDemocratic Party of Socialists of MontenegroDPSSenior party in coalition
 MoroccoSocialist Union of Popular ForcesUSFPIn opposition
 MyanmarDemocratic Party for a New SocietyDPNS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
   NepalNepali CongressNCIn opposition
 NetherlandsLabour PartyPvdAIn opposition
 New ZealandNew Zealand Labour PartyNZLPSenior party in coalition
 NicaraguaSandinista Renovation MovementMRSIn opposition
 NigerNigerien Party for Democracy and SocialismPNDSIn government
 North MacedoniaSocial Democratic Union of MacedoniaSDUMSenior party in coalition
 Northern CyprusRepublican Turkish PartyCTPIn opposition
 NorwayNorwegian Labour PartyApIn opposition
 PalestineFatahIn government
 PalestinePalestinian National InitiativePNIIn opposition
 ParaguayParty for a Country of SolidarityPPSIn opposition
 PhilippinesAkbayan Citizens' Action PartyIn opposition
 PolandDemocratic Left AllianceSLDIn opposition
 PortugalSocialist PartyPSIn government
 Republic of CongoConvergence CitoyenneCC
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 RomaniaSocial Democratic PartyPSDIn opposition
 Sao Tome and PrincipeMovement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic PartyMLSTP-PSDSenior party in coalition
 SenegalSocialist Party of SenegalPS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 SerbiaDemocratic PartyDSIn opposition
 SlovakiaDirection – Social DemocracySDSenior party in coalition
 SloveniaSocial DemocratsSDJunior party in coalition
 South KoreaJustice PartyJP
In opposition
 SpainSpanish Socialist Workers' PartyPSOEIn government
 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia Labour PartyIn opposition
 SwazilandPeople’s United Democratic MovementPUDEMO
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 SwazilandSwazi Democratic PartySWADEPA
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 SwedenSwedish Social Democratic PartySAPSenior party in coalition
  SwitzerlandSocial Democratic Party of SwitzerlandSPJunior party in coalition
 SyriaSyrian Democratic People's Party
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 TanzaniaChama Cha MapinduziCCMIn government
 ThailandFuture Forward PartyFWPIn opposition
 Timor LesteRevolutionary Front for an Independent East TimorFRETILINIn government
 TunisiaDemocratic Forum for Labour and LibertiesEttakatol
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 TurkeyPeoples' Democratic PartyHDPIn opposition
 TurkeyRepublican People's PartyCHPIn opposition
 UruguaySocialist Party of UruguayPSUIn government
 United KingdomLabour PartyLABIn oppositionIn government in the Welsh Assembly, holds the London Mayoralty and London Assembly.
 United StatesDemocratic Party[33][34][35]DIn oppositionIn government in 24 states, holds the House of Representatives.
 Western SaharaPolisario FrontIn government
 YemenYemeni Socialist PartyYSPIn opposition
 ZimbabweMovement for Democratic ChangeMDCIn opposition
 ZimbabwePeople's Democratic PartyPDPIn opposition
InternationalSocialist International WomenSIW
InternationalInternational Union of Socialist YouthIUSY
 EuropeParty of European SocialistsPES
 European UnionGroup of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European ParliamentS&D
EuropeParty of European Socialists WomenPES Women
EuropeYoung European SocialistsYES
AsiaNetwork of Social Democracy in AsiaSOCDEM
AsiaArab Social Democratic ForumASDF
AfricaCentral African Progressive AllianceAPAC
InternationalInternational Trade Union ConfederationITUC
The AmericasTrade Union Confederation of the AmericasCSA
InternationalTrade Union Advisory Committee to the OECDTUAC
InternationalIndustrial Global Union
InternationalGlobal Progressive Forum
InternationalCEE Network
InternationalJust Jobs Network
 United StatesCenter for American ProgressCAP
EuropeFoundation for European Progressive StudiesFEPS
 FranceFoundation Jean Jaurès
 BrazilFoundation João Mangabeira
 GermanyFriedrich Ebert FoundationFES
 SwedenOlof Palme International CenterOPIC


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