Now the People

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Now the People!
Maintenant le Peuple !
Det er Folkets tur Nu
Nyt on Ihmisten Vuoro!
Agora o Povo !
Ahora la Gente
Det är Folkets tur Nu
FoundedApril 2018
Split fromParty of the European Left
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Left-wing populism
Political positionLeft-wing to far-left
European Parliament groupThe Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL
European Parliament
14 / 705
Lower house seats (nations of member parties)
158 / 1,885
Upper house seats (nations of member parties)
3 / 613
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Now the People! (Danish: Det er Folkets tur Nu; French: Maintenant le Peuple ! Finnish: Nyt on Ihmisten Vuoro!; Portuguese: Agora o Povo !; Spanish: Ahora la Gente; Swedish: Det är folkets tur nu) is a political movement in the European Union. It was founded in April 2018 by a declaration from Catarina Martins from the Portuguese party Bloco de Esquerda, Pablo Iglesias from the Spanish party Podemos, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La France Insoumise main French socialist party.

After discussions about the austerity policy of the Greek government under Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party, the leaders of the leftist La France insoumise departed the Party of the European Left, joined by Iglesias and Podemos as well as Martins and Bloco.[1] In June 2018, the Danish Red–Green Alliance, Finnish Left Alliance and the Swedish Left Party co-operated with the French Maintenant le Peuple ! (MLP). The Portuguese, Finnish and Danish parties are members of both Now the People and Party of the European Left.[2][3]

Potere al Popolo, a coalition of several small left-wing parties and organisations in Italy, also "lent its support" to MLP,[4] calling it "a very important call proposed by three of the most popular alternatives from Europe [Left Bloc, Podemos and La France Insoumise], which we cannot ignore."[5] However, as Potere al Popolo did not participate in the 2019 European Parliament election, and as it had no incumbent MEPs in the eighth European Parliament, it is not a full member of MLP.[6]

In the European elections, parties associated with MLP won a total of 14 seats. La France Insoumise won six seats, the most out of MLP's constituent parties.[7]

In the ninth European Parliament, MLP joined with other left-wing parties and independents, including the Party of the European Left from which MLP split, in the European United Left–Nordic Green Left group.[8]


There are currently six members of MLP, not including Potere al Popolo (PaP). Except PaP, all are represented in the European Parliament for the ninth term, with three parties (the Red–Green Alliance, the Left Alliance and the Left Party) sending one member to Parliament and another three (Podemos, La France Insoumise and the Left Bloc) sending multiple members. The Unidas Podemos list, which Podemos leads, elected six members to the European Parliament,[9] but only three are members of Podemos and only three sit within MLP in the European Parliament.[10] Two members of Unidas Podemos' list — Manu Pineda and Sira Rego — are members of the United Left (IU)[11] and the third — Ernest Urtasun — is a member of Green Left, which itself is a constituent party of the regional alliance Catalunya en Comú (CatComú).[12] None of IU, Green Left or CatComú are members of MLP. Furthermore, Urtasun does not sit with European United Left–Nordic Green Left as IU and Podemos do; he sits within the European Greens–European Free Alliance group.[13]

Name Country Leader 2019 election list leader Ideology Position Other European party MEPs National MPs Government
LeftBloc.svg Left Bloc
Bloco de Esquerda
 Portugal Catarina Martins Marisa Matias Socialism
Soft Euroscepticism
Left-wing to far-left European Anti-Capitalist Left
Party of the European Left
2 / 21
5 / 230
ImaginotipoPodemos2,6.png We can
(within Unidas Podemos)
 Spain Ione Belarra María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop Democratic socialism
Direct democracy
Left-wing populism
Left-wing None
3 / 54
25 / 350
2 / 265
Junior partner
Logo France Insoumise.svg France Unbowed
La France Insoumise
(within NUPES)
 France Jean-Luc Mélenchon Manon Aubry Democratic socialism
Anti-globalisation politics
Left-wing to far-left None
6 / 74
75 / 577
1 / 348
Enhedslisten logo (2017–present).svg Red–Green Alliance
Enhedslisten – De Rød-Grønne
 Denmark Collective leadership[a] Nikolaj Villumsen Socialism
Left-wing to far-left European Anti-Capitalist Left
Party of the European Left
Nordic Green Left Alliance
1 / 14
13 / 179
External support
Left Alliance
 Finland Li Andersson Silvia Modig Democratic socialism
Left-wing Party of the European Left
Nordic Green Left Alliance
1 / 13
16 / 200
Junior partner
Vänsterpartiet logo.svg Left Party
 Sweden Nooshi Dadgostar Malin Björk Socialism
Soft Euroscepticism
Left-wing Nordic Green Left Alliance
1 / 20
24 / 349


  1. ^ Mai Villadsen is the party's political spokesperson and de facto leader


  1. ^ "Schäbige Figur". junge Welt. 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Our Parties". Party of the European Left.
  3. ^ "Now The People !". Now The People !.
  4. ^ "La nostra adesione all'appello di Podemos, France Insoumise e Bloco De Esquerda". Potere al Popolo (in Italian). 15 April 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ Cazenaves, Téo (30 April 2018). "" MAINTENANT LE PEUPLE " : MÉLENCHON, IGLESIAS ET MARTINS SIGNENT UN ACCORD EUROPÉEN À LISBONNE". Le Media Presse (in French). Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Potere al Popolo non-parteciperà alle prossime elezioni europee". Oggi Notizie (in Italian). 3 April 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ "La France Insoumise". GUE/NGL.
  8. ^ "Delegations". GUE/NGL.
  9. ^ "European Parliament election results. 26 May 2019. Total". (in Spanish). Ministry of the Interior. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Podemos". GUE/NGL.
  11. ^ "Izquierda Unida". GUE/NGL.
  12. ^ Puig, Xavier. "El ball dels Comuns". El Temps (in Catalan).
  13. ^ "Members". Greens/EFA.
  14. ^ "Vänsterpartiet saknar förtroende för statsministern". Left Party. Archived from the original on 20 June 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2021.

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