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Now the People !
Maintenant le Peuple ! (French)
Det er Folkets tur Nu (Danish)
Nyt on Ihmisten Vuoro ! (Finnish)
Agora o Povo ! (Portuguese)
Ahora la Gente (Spanish)
Det är Folkets tur Nu (Swedish)
FoundedApril 2018
Split fromParty of the European Left
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Eco-socialism
Left-wing populism
Political positionLeft-wing
European Parliament groupThe Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL
European Parliament
18 / 705
European
Lower Houses
128 / 6,312
European
Upper Houses
0 / 1,498
Website
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Now the People ! (NTP)[a] 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 (Left Bloc), Pablo Iglesias from the Spanish party Podemos, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La France Insoumise (LFI), a French socialist party.

History[edit]

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 (LFI) 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 announced that they were affiliating with their French, Spanish and Portuguese counterparts and forming Now The People ! (NTP). The Portuguese and Danish parties are members of both Now the People and Party of the European Left.[2][3]

Power to the People, a coalition of several small left-wing parties and organisations in Italy, also "lent its support" to NTP,[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 NTP won a total of 14 seats. LFI won six seats, the most out of NTP's constituent parties.[7]

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

Ahead of the 2024 European Parliament election, the leaders of the six NTP parties signed on to a common manifesto after meeting in Paris.[9] At that election, overall NTP representation increased from 13 MEPs to 18, with LFI sending nine MEPs, the Left Alliance sending three, Podemos and the Left Party sending two, and the Red–Green Alliance and Left Bloc sending one apiece.

Members[edit]

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,[10] but only three are members of Podemos and only three sit within MLP in the European Parliament.[11] Two members of Unidas Podemos' list — Manu Pineda and Sira Rego — are members of the United Left (IU)[12] 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).[13] None of IU, Green Left or CatComú are members of MLP. Furthermore, Urtasun does not sit with The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL as IU and Podemos do; he sits within the Greens–European Free Alliance group.[14]

Name Country Leader 2024 election
list leader
Ideology Position Other European party MEPs National MPs Government
Red–Green Alliance
Enhedslisten – De Rød-Grønne
 Denmark Collective leadership[b] Per Clausen Socialism
Eco-socialism
Euroscepticism
Left-wing to far-left European Anti-Capitalist Left
Party of the European Left
Nordic Green Left Alliance
1 / 15
9 / 179
Opposition
Left Alliance
Vasemmistoliitto
Vänsterförbundet
 Finland Li Andersson Democratic socialism
Eco-socialism
Left-wing Nordic Green Left Alliance
3 / 15
11 / 200
Opposition
France Unbowed
La France Insoumise
(within NUPES)
 France Jean-Luc Mélenchon Manon Aubry Democratic socialism
Eco-socialism
Anti-globalisation politics
Left-wing to far-left None
9 / 81
74 / 577
0 / 348
Opposition
Left Bloc
Bloco de Esquerda
 Portugal Mariana Mortágua Catarina Martins Socialism
Eco-socialism
Soft Euroscepticism
Left-wing to far-left European Anti-Capitalist Left
Party of the European Left
1 / 21
5 / 230
Opposition
We Can
Podemos
 Spain Ione Belarra Irene Montero Democratic socialism
Direct democracy
Left-wing populism
Left-wing to far-left None
2 / 61
4 / 350
0 / 265
External support
Left Party
Vänsterpartiet
 Sweden Nooshi Dadgostar Jonas Sjöstedt Socialism
Feminism
Soft Euroscepticism
Left-wing Nordic Green Left Alliance
2 / 21
24 / 349
Opposition[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ French: Maintenant le Peuple !
    Danish: Det er Folkets tur Nu
    Finnish: Nyt on Ihmisten Vuoro !
    Portuguese: Agora o Povo !
    Spanish: Ahora la Gente
    Swedish: Det är Folkets tur nu
  2. ^ Pelle Dragsted is the party's political spokesperson and de facto leader

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Europäische Linke: »Schäbige Figur«". junge Welt (in German). Retrieved 14 January 2024.
  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. ^ "United for Solidarity, Climate, Justice and Peace – Now The People ! Political declaration". Now The People ! (in French). 17 November 2023. Retrieved 14 January 2024.
  10. ^ "European Parliament election results. 26 May 2019. Total". resultados.eleccioneslocaleseuropeas19.es (in Spanish). Ministry of the Interior. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Podemos". GUE/NGL.
  12. ^ "Izquierda Unida". GUE/NGL.
  13. ^ Puig, Xavier. "El ball dels Comuns". El Temps (in Catalan).
  14. ^ "Members". Greens/EFA.
  15. ^ "Vänsterpartiet saknar förtroende för statsministern". vansterpartiet.se. Left Party. Archived from the original on 20 June 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2021.

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