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Progressive Alliance (political international)

Progressive Alliance
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Countries in which Progressive Alliance member parties were the government or part of a coalition government as of March 2015
Motto Freedom, Justice, Solidarity
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Purpose Global network of social-democratic political parties and organisations
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Region served
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Sigmar Gabriel
Main organ
Conference of the Progressive Alliance
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Formerly called
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The Progressive Alliance is a political international founded on 22 May 2013 by social-democratic political parties, the majority of which are current or former members of the Socialist International.[1]


The first step towards the creation of the Progressive Alliance was the decision in January 2012 by Sigmar Gabriel, 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 organisation.[2][3]

An initial Conference of the Progressive Alliance was held in Rome, Italy on 14–15 December 2012, with representatives of 42 political parties attending.[4][5] 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.[6] Also present were representatives of the Indian National Congress, the Workers Party of Brazil, and PASOK of Greece.[7][8] The Dutch Labour Party also supported the formation of the organisation,[9] as did the Swiss Socialist Party,[10] and the Social Democratic Party of Austria.[11]

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.[12]

The official foundation of the organisation 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.[13][14][15][16][17] The organisation stated the aim of becoming the global network of "the progressive, democratic, social-democratic, socialist and labour movement".[18][19] It was reported that representatives of approximately 70 social-democratic political parties from across the world attended the event.[20][21][22][23] The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament joined the organisation upon its official foundation.[24] 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.[25]

On 4–5 December 2014, a Progressive Alliance conference was held in Lisbon for member parties of the S&D group.[26]


NOTE: The Progressive Alliance lists the parties listed here as having been (at some level) "participants" in their conferences. This is not a list of members of the Alliance, and should not be misread as such. [27]

Country Party
23x15px Argentina Socialist Party (PS)
23x15px Australia Australian Labor Party (ALP)
23x15px Austria Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ)
23x15px Belarus Belarusian Social Democratic Party
23x15px Belgium Socialist Party (PS)
23x15px Belgium Socialist Party (SPA)
23x15px Bolivia Movement for Socialism (MAS)
23x15px Bolivia Movement without Fear (MSM)
23x15px Brazil Workers’ Party (Brazil) (PT)
23x15px Brazil Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB)
23x15px Cameroon Social Democratic Front (Cameroon) (SDF)
23x15px Canada New Democratic Party (NDP)
23x15px Central African Republic Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC)
23x15px Chile Socialist Party of Chile (PS)
23x15px Chile Party for Democracy (PPD)
23x15px Chile Social Democratic Radical Party (PRSD)
23x15px Croatia Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP)
23x15px Cyprus Movement for Social Democracy (EDEK)
23x15px Cyprus Democratic Party (Diko)
23x15px Northern Cyprus Republican Turkish Party (CTP)
23x15px Czech Republic Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)
23x15px Democratic Republic of Congo Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)
23x15px Denmark Social Democrats
23x15px Dominican Republic Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM)
23x15px Dominican Republic Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD)
23x15px Egypt Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP)
23x15px El Salvador Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)
23x15px Equatorial Guinea Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS)
23x15px Eritrea Eritrean People‘s Democratic Party (EPDP)
23x15px Finland Finnish Social Democratic Party (SDP)
23x15px France Socialist Party (PS)
23x15px Germany Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
23x15px Ghana National Democratic Congress (NDC)
23x15px Greece Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK)
23x15px Grenada National Democratic Congress (NDC)
23x15px Guinea Rally of the Guinean People (RPG)
23x15px Hungary Hungarian Socialist Party (MSzP)
23x15px Hungary Hungarian Social Democrats' Party – Szocdemek
Template:Country data India Indian National Congress (INC)
Template:Country data India Association for Democratic Socialism
Template:Country data Indonesia Nasdem Party
Template:Country data Iran Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI)
Template:Country data Iran Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KPIK)
Template:Country data Iran Komala Party of Kurdistan (KPK)
Template:Country data Iraq Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)
Template:Country data Iraq Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KSDP)
23x15px Ireland Irish Labour Party
Template:Country data Israel Israeli Labour Party
Template:Country data Israel Meretz
23x15px Italy Democratic Party (PD)
23x15px Ivory Coast Cap Union for Democracy and Development (CAP-UDD)
Template:Country data Jordan Jordanian Social Democratic Party
Template:Country data Kenya Labour Party of Kenya (KLP)
23x15px Latvia Social Democratic Party "Harmony" (SDPS)
23x15px Lebanon Progressive Socialist Party (PSP)
23x15px Lithuania Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP)
23x15px Luxemburg Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP)
23x15px Macedonia Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDUM)
23x15px Malaysia Democratic Action Party (DAP)
23x15px Mauritania Rally of Democratic Forces (RFD)
23x15px Mauritius Mauritius Militant Movement (MMM)
23x15px Mexico Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD)
23x15px Mongolia Mongolian People's Party (MPP)
23x15px Montenegro Social Democratic Party of Montenegro (SDP)
23x15px Montenegro Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS)
23x15px Morocco Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP)
23x15px Myanmar National League for Democracy (NLP)
23x15px Myanmar Democratic Party for New Society
File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal Nepali Congress
23x15px Netherlands Labour Party (PvdA)
23x15px Norway Norwegian Labour Party (DNA)
23x15px Pakistan Awami Party
23x15px Pakistan National Party Pakistan
23x15px Palestine Fatah
23x15px Palestine Palestinian National Initiative (PNI)
23x15px Paraguay Frente Guasú (FG)
23x15px Philippines Akbayan Citizens' Action Party
23x15px Poland Democratic Left Alliance (SLD)
23x15px Portugal Socialist Party (PS)
23x15px Moldova Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM)
23x15px Romania Social Democratic Party (PSD)
23x15px Russia A Just Russia
23x15px Senegal Socialist Party of Senegal (PS)
23x15px Serbia Democratic Party (DS)
23x15px Serbia Social Democratic Party (SDS)
23x15px Slovenia Social Democrats (SD)
23x15px Somalia Somali Social Unity Party (SSUP)
Template:Country data South Korea New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD)
23x15px Spain Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
23x15px Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Labour Party
23x15px Swaziland People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO)
23x15px Sweden Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP)
23x16px  Switzerland Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SP)
23x15px Tanzania Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)
23x15px Timor Leste Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN)
23x15px Tunisia Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties (Ettakatol)
23x15px Tunisia Tunisian Labour Party (TLP)
23x15px Turkey Republican People's Party (CHP)
23x15px Uruguay Socialist Party of Uruguay (PSU)
23x15px United Kingdom Labour Party
23x15px United States Democratic Party
23x15px Western Sahara Polisario Front
23x15px Yemen Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP)
23x15px Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)


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