Socialist Party of the Basque Country – Basque Country Left
|Socialist Party of the Basque Country – Basque Country Left
Partido Socialista de Euskadi – Euskadiko Ezkerra
|Headquarters||c/ Alameda de Rekalde 27, 4ª planta
|National affiliation||Spanish Socialist Workers' Party|
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
|European affiliation||Party of European Socialists|
|European Parliament group||Party of European Socialists|
|Politics of Basque Country
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The Socialist Party of the Basque Country – Basque Country Left (Basque: Euskadiko Alderdi Sozialista – Euskadiko Ezkerra, Spanish: Partido Socialista de Euskadi – Euskadiko Ezkerra, PSE-EE) is the Basque affiliate of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party. Although local socialist groups had been active since 1886, and many affiliated with the PSOE (being Biscay one of the strongholds of Spanish socialism, along with Madrid and Asturias), the PSE was actually established as a branch of the main party only in 1977, during the Spanish transition to democracy.
Initially in a close alliance with the Euskadiko Ezkerra (EE), a party connected with Basque nationalism, begun in 1991 with a move promoted by the respective secretaries - Ramón Jáuregui for the PSE and Mario Onaindia for the EE. It aimed to become the major Basque force in the 1993 election. The fusion of the two groups was made possible by the split of Euskal Ezkerra from EE: prepared by the leadership of Nicolás Redondo Terreros (1998–2002), it was confirmed with the mandate of Patxi López in 2002.
The PSE-EE is currently the second-largest party in the Basque Autonomous Community, behind the Basque Nationalist Party (throughout its recent history, it fluctuated between second and third, depending on the success of the People's Party or the abertzale Left).