Left Party (Hungary)

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The Left – Left Party

A BAL – Balpárt
LeaderSzilárd Kalmár
Founded13 March 2014
HeadquartersBudapest, Hungary
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Social democracy
Political positionLeft-wing
European affiliationParty of the European Left (partner)
International affiliationNone
European Parliament groupNone
ColorsRed and white
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The Left Party (Hungarian: A BAL - Balpárt), is a left-wing socialist political party in Hungary. Currently led by Szilárd Kalmár. It was formed at a meeting in March 2014. It draws its membership from different civil society organizations as well as former members of the Hungarian Socialist Party and the Green Left.

The aim is to build an independent leftist political force in Hungarian politics,[1] based upon social solidarity and following the examples of different leftist parties elsewhere in Europe, such as SYRIZA in Greece and Die Linke in Germany. The founding statements refer to the Left Party playing an important role in an 'ethical renewal' which is needed in Hungary in the next few years.[2]

On 8 September 2016, the party announced on its website that it would cooperate with the Workers' Party of Hungary 2006 in preparation for the 2018 parliamentary election.[3]


  1. ^ "Plans announced for new Marxist left-wing political group". 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Új politikai pártot alapítottunk". 13 March 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Left-wing electoral cooperation in 2018". abal.hu (in Hungarian). 8 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 October 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2018.