European Anti-Capitalist Left

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European Anti-Capitalist Left
Europäische Antikapitalistische Linke
Gauche anticapitaliste européenne
Sinistra Anticapitalista Europea
Izquierda Anticapitalista Europea
Avrupa Antikapitalist Solu
President Collective leadership
Founded March 2000 (2000-03)
Headquarters Brussels
Ideology Anti-capitalism
Democratic Socialism
Soft Euroscepticism
Political position Left-wing to Far-left
International affiliation None
European Parliament group European United Left-Nordic Green Left
Colours Red, Black, White, Pink

The European Anti-Capitalist Left (EACL) is an informal network for left-wing and anti-capitalist parties in Europe. EACL met for the first time in Lisbon in March 2000, with representation from the Scottish Socialist Party, the Portuguese Left Bloc, the Danish Red-Green Alliance, the French LCR, and the Turkish ÖDP. Since its initial meeting, the EACL meets every six months. The EACL took part in the Europe against Austerity Conference in 2011 and 2012.[1][2] Most of the EACL parties have associations with Trotskyism and Eurocommunism, while anti-revisionist Marxist-Leninists instead tend to belong to the Initiative of Communist and Workers' Parties.


Parties participating in the EACL are united in opposition to neo-liberalism and capitalism. The criteria for participation in its conferences are:

  • A clear foundation in anti-capitalism, with the goal of achieving socialism.
  • Recognition of the pluralist nature of the left, with no claim of a monopoly for their own organisation or viewpoint.
  • Pursuit of common action of the left in general coalitions.
  • Some degree of representation (in local, regional, or national legislatures) and anchoring in social movements.

Despite the last criterion, many organisations involved in the EACL, with the exception of the founding parties, are rather marginal groups which exert strong activities in social movements, but have little or no representation on an electoral level. The EACL does emphasise, however, a need to carry out a great deal of extra-parliamentary activism.[3]


Country Party National MPs European MPs
 Belgium Revolutionary Communist League (Socialistische Arbeiderspartij)[4][5] 0 0
 Belgium Revolutionary Communist League (Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire)[4][5] 0 0
 Croatia Socialist Labour Party (Socijalistička radnička partija Hrvatske) 0 0
 Denmark Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten)
14 / 179
 France New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste) 0 0
 Germany German Communist Party (Deutsche Kommunistische Partei) 0 0
 Greece Anticapitalist Political Group (Αντικαπιταλιστική Πολιτική Ομάδα) 0 0
 Greece Socialist Workers' Party (Σοσιαλιστικό Εργατικό Κόμμα) 0 0
 Ireland People Before Profit Alliance
3 / 158
 Ireland Socialist Party
3 / 158
 Ireland Socialist Workers Party 0 0
 Italy Critical Left (Sinistra Critica) 0 0
 Luxembourg The Left (Déi Lénk)
2 / 60
 Netherlands International Socialists (Internationale Socialisten) 0 0
 Netherlands Socialist Alternative (Socialistisch Alternatief) 0 0
 Poland Polish Labour Party (Polska Partia Pracy) 0 0
 Portugal Left Bloc (Bloco de Esquerda)
19 / 230
1 / 22
 Spain Anticapitalist Left 0
2 / 54
 Spain In Struggle (En Lucha) 0 0
 Spain Revolutionary Workers' Party
1 / 135
(Catalan Parliament)
 Spain United Alternative Left of Catalonia (Esquerra Unida i Alternativa)
1 / 350

3 / 135
(Catalan Parliament)
 Spain Standing (Zutik) 0 0
 Sweden Socialist Party[4][5] 0 0
  Switzerland Solidarity (SolidaritéS) 0
 Turkey Freedom and Solidarity Party 0
 United Kingdom ( England and  Wales) Socialist Party[4][5] 0 0
 United Kingdom ( Scotland) Scottish Socialist Party 0 0
 United Kingdom Counterfire[4][5] 0 0
 United Kingdom Respect Party 0 0
 United Kingdom Socialist Resistance[4][5] 0 0
 United Kingdom Socialist Workers Party[4][5] 0 0


 Greece Synaspismós, main party in the Coalition of the Radical Left[citation needed]

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