Progressive Alliance

Progressive Alliance
Motto Freedom, Justice, Solidarity
Formation 14–15 December 2012 (first conference)
22 May 2013 (foundation)
Purpose Global network of social-democratic political parties and organizations
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Region served
Main organ
Conference of the Progressive Alliance

The Progressive Alliance (PA) is an international alliance of social-democratic and progressive political parties and organisations founded on 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.[1] Progressive Alliance comprises 140 members from around the world.


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 organization.[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 organization,[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 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.[13][14][15][16][17] The organization 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 organization upon its official foundation.[24] Many member parties are also affiliated to the Socialist International.[25] 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.[26] On 4–5 December 2014, a Progressive Alliance conference was held in Lisbon for member parties of the S&D group.[27] 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.[28] On 25 April 2016 the organisation held a seminar in São Paulo hosted by the Workers' Party of Brazil.[29]


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.[30]

Country Party/Organization Acronym Government Notes
 Angola People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola MPLA In government
 Argentina Socialist Party PS In opposition
 Australia Australian Labor Party ALP In opposition
 Austria Social Democratic Party of Austria SPÖ Senior party in coalition
 Belarus Nadzeya
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Belarus Belarusian Social Democratic Party
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Belarus Belarusian Left Party "A Just World"
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Belgium Socialist Party PS In opposition
 Belgium Socialist Party Differently SPA In opposition
 Bolivia Movement for Socialism MAS In government
 Bolivia Movement Without Fear MSM In opposition
 Brazil Workers' Party PT In opposition
 Brazil Brazilian Socialist Party PSB In opposition
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Socialist Party BSP In opposition
 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 In opposition Forms government in the province of Alberta
 Central African Republic Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People MLPC In opposition
 Chile Socialist Party of Chile PS Senior party in coalition
 Chile Party for Democracy PPD Junior party in coalition
 Costa Rica Citizens' Action Party PAC In government Observer
 Croatia Social Democratic Party of Croatia SDP In opposition
 Cyprus Movement for Social Democracy EDEK In opposition
 Cyprus Democratic Party Diko In opposition
 Czech Republic Czech Social Democratic Party ČSSD Senior party in coalition
 Democratic Republic of Congo Union for Democracy and Social Progress UDPS In opposition
 Denmark Social Democrats SD In opposition
 Dominican RepublicModern Revolutionary Party PRM In opposition
 Dominican RepublicDominican Revolutionary Party PRD In opposition
 EgyptEgyptian Social Democratic Party ESDP In opposition
 El SalvadorFarabundo Martí National Liberation Front FMLN In government
 Equatorial GuineaConvergence for Social Democracy CPDS In opposition
 EritreaEritrean Peoples' Democratic Party EPDP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 FinlandSocial Democratic Party of Finland SDP In opposition
 FranceSocialist Party PS In government
 GeorgiaGeorgian Dream In government
 GermanySocial Democratic Party of Germany SPD Junior party in coalition
 GhanaNational Democratic Congress NDC In government
 GreecePanhellenic Socialist Movement PASOK In opposition
 GrenadaNational Democratic Congress NDC
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 GuineaRally of the Guinean People RPG In government
 HungaryHungarian Socialist Party MSzP In opposition
 HungarySocial Democratic Party of Hungary MSZDP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 IndiaIndian National Congress INC In opposition
 IndiaAssociation for Democratic Socialism
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 IndonesiaNasdem Party Junior party in coalition
 IndonesiaIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle PDIP Senior party in coalition
 IranDemocratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan PDKI
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Iran Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan KPK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 IranKomala Party of Iranian Kurdistan KŞZK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 IraqPatriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK In opposition
 IraqKurdistan Socialist Democratic Party KSDP In opposition
 IrelandLabour Party In opposition
 IsraelIsraeli Labour Party HaAvoda In opposition
 IsraelMeretz In opposition
 ItalyDemocratic Party PD Senior party in coalition
 Ivory CoastCap Union for Democracy and Development CAP-UDD
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 JordanJordanian Social Democratic Party KPK
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 KenyaLabour Party of Kenya KLP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 LatviaSocial Democratic Party "Harmony" SDPS In opposition
 LebanonProgressive Socialist Party PSP Junior party in coalition
 LithuaniaSocial Democratic Party of Lithuania LSDP Senior party in coalition
 LuxembourgLuxembourg Socialist Workers' Party LSAP Junior party in coalition
 MacedoniaSocial Democratic Union of Macedonia SDUM In opposition
 MalaysiaDemocratic Action Party DAP In opposition
 MauritaniaRally of Democratic Forces RFD In opposition
 MauritiusMauritius Militant Movement MMM In opposition
 MexicoParty of the Democratic Revolution PRD In opposition
 MexicoMexico Citizens’ Movement MC In opposition
 MoldovaDemocratic Party of Moldova PDM Junior party in coalition
 MongoliaMongolian People's Party MPP In government
 MongoliaMongolian People’s Revolutionary Party MPRP In opposition
 MontenegroSocial Democratic Party of Montenegro SDP In opposition
 MontenegroDemocratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro DPS Senior party in coalition
 MoroccoSocialist Union of Popular Forces USFP In opposition
 MyanmarNational League for Democracy NLD In government
 MyanmarDemocratic Party for a New Society DPNS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
   NepalNepali Congress SPA Senior party in coalition
 NetherlandsLabour Party PvdA Junior party in coalition
 New ZealandNew Zealand Labour Party NZLP In opposition
 NigerNigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism PNDS In government
 NorwayNorwegian Labour Party Ap In opposition
 Northern Cyprus Republican Turkish Party CTP In opposition
 PakistanAwami National Party ANP In opposition
 PakistanNational Party Pakistan In opposition
 PalestineFatah In government
 PalestinePalestinian National Initiative PNI In opposition
 ParaguayFrente Guasú FG In opposition
 PhilippinesAkbayan Citizens' Action Party In opposition
 PolandDemocratic Left Alliance SLD
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 PortugalSocialist Party PS In government
 Republic of CongoConvergence Citoyenne CC
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 RomaniaSocial Democratic Party PSD In opposition
 Sao Tome and PrincipeMovement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party MLSTP-PSD In opposition
 SenegalSocialist Party of Senegal PS
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 SerbiaDemocratic Party DS In opposition
 SerbiaSocial Democratic Party SDS In opposition
 SloveniaSocial Democrats SD Junior party in coalition
 SomaliaSomali Social Unity Party SSUP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 SpainSpanish Socialist Workers' Party PSOE In opposition
 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia Labour Party In opposition
 South Korea Democratic Party of Korea In opposition
 SwazilandPeople’s United Democratic Movement PUDEMO
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 SwazilandSwazi Democratic Party SWADEPA
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 SwedenSwedish Social Democratic Party SAP Senior party in coalition
  SwitzerlandSocial Democratic Party of Switzerland SP Junior party in coalition
 SyriaSyrian Democratic People's Party
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 TanzaniaChama Cha Mapinduzi CCM In government
 Timor LesteRevolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor FRETILIN In opposition
 TunisiaDemocratic Forum for Labour and Liberties Ettakatol
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 TunisiaTunisian Labour Party TLP
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 TurkeyRepublican People's Party CHP In opposition
 UruguaySocialist Party of Uruguay PSU In government
 United KingdomLabour Party In opposition In government in the Welsh Assembly
 United StatesDemocratic Party In government Controls Presidency; Minority in both houses of Congress
 Western SaharaPolisario Front In government
 YemenYemeni Socialist Party YSP In opposition
 ZimbabweMovement for Democratic Change MDC 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 In government
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
America 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
America 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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