Progressive Alliance (political international)

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Progressive Alliance
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Motto Freedom, Justice, Solidarity
Formation 14–15 December 2012 (first conference)
22 May 2013 (foundation)
Purpose Global network of social-democratic political parties and organisations
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Region served
Worldwide
Main organ
Conference of the Progressive Alliance
Website http://progressive-alliance.info/

The Progressive Alliance is a political international founded on 22 May 2013 by political parties, the majority of whom are current or former members of the Socialist International. The organisation states the aim of becoming the global network of "the progressive, democratic, social-democratic, socialist and labour movement".[1][2]

The first step towards the movement's creation was the cancellation of the £100,000 yearly membership fee payment by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) to the Socialist International in January 2012 by SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel. Gabriel had been critical of the Socialist International's admittance and continuing inclusion of undemocratic "despotic" political movements into the organisation.[3][4]

At the initial Conference of the Progressive Alliance was held in Rome, Italy on 14–15 December 2012 with 42 political parties attending.[5][6] Attending the founding meeting was Democratic Party of Italy leader Pier Luigi Bersani, French Socialist Party chairman Harlem Désir, Argentinean Socialist Party chairman Hermes Binner, Governor of Vermont Peter Shumlin of the US Democratic Party, and Mustapha Ben Jafar, secretary-general of the Tunisian Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties.[7] Also present were representatives of the Indian National Congress, Brazilian Workers Party and Greek PASOK.[8][9] The Dutch Labour Party also supports the formation of the organisation,[10] as does the Swiss Socialist Party[11] and the Social Democratic Party of Austria.[12]

During the 4–5 February 2013 spring Council of the Socialist International in Cascais, Portugal, 50 political parties discussed on the sidelines the formation of the Progressive Alliance, including the Movement for Democratic Change of Zimbabwe.[13]

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 modern-day SPD.[14][15][16][17][18] It was reported that approximately 70 social-democratic political parties from across the world attended the event.[19][20][21][22] The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats European parliamentary group joined the organisation upon its official foundation.[23] In September 2013, the Democratic Party (DIKO) of Cyprus announced that they were negotiating to join the Progressive Alliance, and were scheduled to attend a seminar of the international in Stockholm on 24 October.[24]

Board members[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basic document | Progressive Alliance". Progressive-alliance.info. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ (German) http://www.spd.de/scalableImageBlob/84620/data/20121217_progressive_alliance_abschlussstatement-data.pdf
  3. ^ "SPD will Sozialistischer Internationale den Geldhahn zudrehen und den Mitgliedsbeitrag nicht zahlen - SPIEGEL ONLINE". Spiegel.de. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ Sigmar Gabriel (2011-02-03). "Gastbeitrag: Keine Kumpanei mit Despoten | Meinung - Frankfurter Rundschau" (in German). Fr-online.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ Redaktion neues deutschland. "16.12.2012: Sozialdemokraten gründen neue Internationale". neues-deutschland.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Progressive Alliance Conference | Partito Democratico". Partitodemocratico.it. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Sigmar Gabriel in Rom | Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD)" (in German). Spd.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  8. ^ "Progressive Allianz | Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD)" (in German). Spd.de. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Tense Pasok leadership meeting concludes | Politics | Home". Enetenglish.gr. 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  10. ^ "PvdA steunt oprichting Progressive Alliance | PvdA". Pvda.nl. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Sozialdemokraten wollen Sozialistische Internationale entmachten". Kurier.At. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  13. ^ "Zimbabwe: Socialist International Calls for Reforms in Zimbabwe". allAfrica.com. 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  14. ^ "Social Democrats seek revival on 150th b-day - The Local". Thelocal.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  15. ^ "Sozialistisch war gestern, progressiv ist heute: SPD lädt zur Gründung eines internationalen Parteiennetzwerkes nach Leipzig – Leipziger Internet Zeitung :: Mehr Nachrichten. Mehr Leipzig". L-iz.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  16. ^ Von Aert van Riel (2013-04-16). "07.05.2013: SPD spaltet Internationale". neues-deutschland.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  17. ^ VON EVA QUADBECK - zuletzt aktualisiert: 17.05.2013 (2013-05-17). "Berlin: Kanzlerin kommt zur 150-Jahr-Feier der SPD". Nachrichten.rp-online.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  18. ^ "Gabriel hofft durch Parteijubiläum auf Motivationsschub". Donaukurier.de. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  19. ^ "Leipzig: 70 sozialdemokratische Parteien gründen "Progressive Alliance"". dradio.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  20. ^ http://www.dw.de/sozialdemokratische-parteien-gründen-neues-bündnis/a-16830338
  21. ^ Süddeutsche.de GmbH, Munich, Germany (2012-05-25). "Bruderzwist unter Sozialisten - Politik - Süddeutsche.de". Sueddeutsche.de. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  22. ^ "Geschichte : Mehr als 70 sozialdemokratische Parteien bilden Progressive Alliance - Nachrichten Newsticker - News2 (AFP - Newsticker) - DIE WELT". Welt.de. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  23. ^ "S&D Group joins new Progressive Alliance – 'the network of progressive forces for the 21st century'". Socialistsanddemocrats.eu. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  24. ^ http://www.diko.org.cy/easyconsole.cfm/id/2643
  25. ^ Progressive Alliance, List Board Members (PDF)

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