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Party of the European Left
Partei der Europäischen Linken
Parti de la Gauche Européenne
Partito della Sinistra Europea
Partido de la Izquierda Europea
Il-Partit Ewropew tax-Xellug
President Lothar Bisky
Founded May 8, 2004
Headquarters rue Parnasse / Parnassusstraat 30
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Ideology Eurocommunism,
Democratic socialism
International affiliation None
European Parliament Group European United Left - Nordic Green Left
Official colours Red
Politics of the European Union
Political parties

The Party of the European Left, commonly abbreviated to just the European Left, is a political party at European level and an association of democratic socialist and communist political parties in the European Union and other European countries. It was formed in January 2004 for the purposes of running in the 2004 European Parliament elections. It was founded on May 8, 2004 in Rome.

Its first congress took place on October 8, 2005 in Athens. The second congress was held 23–25 November 2007 in Prague.[1]

Several of the member and observer parties participate also in the more radical European Anticapitalist Left.

Before the European Left was founded, most of its members already held annual meetings together as part of the New European Left Forum (NELF)[2], which still exists.


Member Parties

 Austria Communist Party of Austria
 Belgium Communist Party (Wallonia)
 Belgium Communist Party (Flanders)
 Belarus Belarusian United Left Party "Fair World"[3]
 Czech Republic Party of Democratic Socialism
 Estonia Estonian United Left Party
 Finland Communist Party of Finland[4]
 Finland Left Alliance[3]
 France French Communist Party
 Germany The Left[5]
 Greece Synaspismos
 Hungary Workers' Party[3]
 Italy Communist Refoundation Party
 Luxembourg The Left
 Portugal Left Bloc
 Moldova Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova
 Romania Socialist Alliance Party
 San Marino Sammarinese Communist Refoundation
 Spain United Left
 Spain Communist Party of Spain
 Spain United Alternative Left of Catalonia
 Switzerland Swiss Party of Labour
 Turkey Freedom and Solidarity Party[6]
Lothar Bisky, President of the EL

Observer Parties

 Belgium Another Left[7]
 Cyprus Progressive Party of Working People
 Czech Republic Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
 Denmark Red-Green Alliance
 Germany German Communist Party
 Greece AKOA[8]
 Italy Party of Italian Communists
 Northern Cyprus New Cyprus Party
 Poland Young Socialists[9]
 Slovakia Communist Party of Slovakia

As well as those of member and observer parties, individuals may also hold membership of the party.[10]


 Hungary Hungarian Communist Workers' Party[11]


  1. ^ Press release of the EL Executive Board meeting in Tallinn, May 2007
  2. ^ "Some remarks concerning the creation of the Party of the European Left". Official European Left site. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  3. ^ a b c Approved as a full member by the Executive Board of the PEL in Geneva in October 2009. The decision has to be ratified by PEL's 3nd congress in 2010. "The EL Executive Board settles the agenda for 2010". Party of the European Left. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-12-06.  
  4. ^ The Communist Party of Finland changed its status from observer to full member party in October 2009
  5. ^ The Left Party.PDS was a founding party of PEL. Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative had been approved as a full member by the Executive Board of the PEL by May 2007. After the unification of the two parties in The Left (Die Linke) in June 2007, the new party became full member of the PEL
  6. ^ Approved as a full member by the Executive Board of the PEL in May 2007. The decision was ratified by PEL's 2nd congress.
  7. ^ Approved as an observer by the EL Council Meeting of Chairmen and EL EB, in Lisbon 19-21 October 2007
  8. ^ Approved in observer status by the PEL's First Congress in October 2005
  9. ^ Approved in observer status by the PEL's Second Congress in November 2007
  10. ^ EL statute, article six
  11. ^ The Hungarian Communist Workers' Party was a founding party of PEL. Its Central Committee decided on April 25, 2009 to signout from PEL on May 1 making use of article 6 of PEL's statute. "Resolution of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Communist Workers’ Party". Central Committee of the Hungarian Communist Workers’ Party. 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-12-06.  

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