Progressive Alliance

The Progressive Alliance is a political international of social-democratic, socialist and progressive political parties and organisations founded on 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany. The alliance was formed as an alternative to the existing Socialist International, of which many of its member parties are former or current members. The Progressive Alliance claims 140 participants from around the world.


The first step towards the creation of the Progressive Alliance was the decision in January 2012 by Sigmar Gabriel, then chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, to cancel payment of the SPD's £100,000 yearly membership fee to the Socialist International. Gabriel had been critical of the Socialist International's admittance and continuing inclusion of undemocratic political movements into the organization.
An initial Conference of the Progressive Alliance was held in Rome, Italy on 14–15 December 2012, with representatives of 42 political parties attending. They included Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the Democratic Party of Italy, Harlem Désir, Chair of the French Socialist Party, Hermes Binner, Chair of the Argentinian Socialist Party, Peter Shumlin, Democratic Governor of Vermont, and Mustapha Ben Jafar, Secretary General of the Tunisian Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties. Also present were representatives of the Indian National Congress, the Workers Party of Brazil, and PASOK of Greece. The Dutch Labour Party also supported the formation of the organization, as did the Swiss Socialist Party, and the Social Democratic Party of Austria.
During the Council of the Socialist International in Cascais, Portugal, on 4–5 February 2013, 50 political parties discussed on the sidelines the formation of the Progressive Alliance, including the Movement for Democratic Change of Zimbabwe.
The official foundation of the organization was held on the 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, on the 150th anniversary of the formation of the General German Workers' Association, the predecessor of the SPD. The organization stated the aim of becoming the global network of "the progressive, democratic, social-democratic, socialist and labour movement". It was reported that representatives of approximately 70 social-democratic political parties from across the world attended the event. The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament joined the organization upon its official foundation. Many member parties are also affiliated to the Socialist International.
In September 2013 the Democratic Party of Cyprus announced that it was negotiating to join the Progressive Alliance and that its representatives were to attend a seminar of the international in Stockholm on 24 October. On 4–5 December 2014, a Progressive Alliance conference was held in Lisbon for member parties of the S&D group. A regional seminar was held on 25 September 2015 in Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia, which also hosted delegates from the Democratic Action Party of Malaysia, Democratic Party of Japan and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle. On 25 April 2016 the organisation held a seminar in São Paulo hosted by the Workers' Party of Brazil.


The Progressive Alliance lists the parties and organisations which participate in the network, rather than claiming members.
CountryParty/OrganizationAcronymNational Lower HousesGovernmentNotes
Socialist Forces FrontFFS
Generation for a National EncounterGEN
Socialist PartyPS
Australian Labor PartyALPIn government in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
Social Democratic Party of AustriaSPÖRuling at state-level in Burgenland, Carinthia and Vienna. In governing coalition in Lower Austria, Styria, Upper Austria.
National Democratic Action SocietyWaadBanned in its country as a terrorist organization in June 2017.
Belarusian Social Democratic PartyHramada
Socialist PartyPS
Socialist Party Differentlysp.a
Movement for SocialismMAS
Social Democratic PartySDP
Workers' PartyPTIn government in the states of Bahia, Ceará, Piauí and Rio Grande do Norte.
Brazilian Socialist PartyPSB
Bulgarian Socialist PartyBSP
People's Movement for ProgressMPP
Party for Democracy and Progress / Socialist PartyPDP/PS
Social Democratic FrontSDF
New Democratic PartyNDPIn government in the province of British Columbia.
Movement for the Liberation of the Central African PeopleMLPC
Socialist Party of ChilePS
Party for DemocracyPPD
Citizens' Action PartyPAC
Social Democratic Party of CroatiaSDP
Movement for Social DemocracyEDEK
Democratic PartyDiko
Czech Social Democratic PartyČSSD
Union for Democracy and Social ProgressUDPS
Social Democratic PartyA
Modern Revolutionary PartyPRM
Revolutionary Front for an Independent East TimorFRETILIN
Egyptian Social Democratic PartyESDP
Convergence for Social DemocracyCPDS
Eritrean People's Democratic PartyEPDP
Party of European SocialistsPES
Social Democratic Party of FinlandSDP
Socialist PartyPS
Georgian Dream
Social Democratic Party of GermanySPD
National Democratic CongressNDC
Panhellenic Socialist MovementPASOK
National Democratic CongressNDC
Guinean People's AssemblyRPG
Hungarian Socialist PartyMSzP
Indian National CongressINCRuling at state-level in Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry. In governing coalition in Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
Samajwadi PartySP
National Democratic PartyNasDem
Indonesian Democratic Party of StrugglePDIP
Democratic Party of Iranian KurdistanPDKI
Komala Party of Iranian KurdistanKPIK
Patriotic Union of KurdistanPUK
Kurdistan Socialist Democratic PartyKSDP
Labour Party
Israeli Labor PartyHaAvodaOnly 2 of the 3 current MK's support the ruling government.
Democratic PartyPD
Cap Union for Democracy and DevelopmentCAP-UDD
Jordanian Social Democratic PartyKPK
Labour Party of KenyaKLP
Concord Social Democratic PartySDPS
Progressive Socialist PartyPSP
Social Democratic Party of LithuaniaLSDP
Luxembourg Socialist Workers' PartyLSAP
Democratic Action PartyDAP
Rally of Democratic ForcesRFD
Mauritius Militant MovementMMM
Party of the Democratic RevolutionPRDIn government in the state of Michoacán.
Citizens' MovementMC
Democratic Party of MoldovaPDM
Mongolian People's PartyMPP
Social Democratic Party of MontenegroSDP
Democratic Party of Socialists of MontenegroDPS
Socialist Union of Popular ForcesUSFP
Democratic Party for a New SocietyDPNS
Nepali CongressNC
Labour PartyPvdARuling at provincial-level in Drenthe, Flevoland and Utrecht.
New Zealand Labour PartyNZLP
Sandinista Renovation MovementMRS
Nigerien Party for Democracy and SocialismPNDS
Social Democratic Union of MacedoniaSDSM
Republican Turkish PartyCTP
Norwegian Labour PartyAp
Palestinian National InitiativePNI
Party for a Country of SolidarityPPSHas 6 senators in the upper chamber.
Akbayan Citizens' Action PartyHas 1 senator in the upper chamber.
Democratic Left AllianceSLD
Socialist PartyPS
Citizens' ConvergenceCC
Social Democratic PartyPSD
Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic PartyMLSTP-PSD
Socialist Party of SenegalPS
Democratic PartyDS
Workers' Party of SingaporeWP
Direction – Social DemocracySmer-SD
Social DemocratsSD
Spanish Socialist Workers' PartyPSOE
Saint Lucia Labour PartySLP
People’s United Democratic MovementPUDEMO
Swazi Democratic PartySWADEPA
Swedish Social Democratic PartySAP
Social Democratic Party of SwitzerlandSP
Syrian Democratic People's Party
Chama Cha MapinduziCCM
Democratic Forum for Labour and LibertiesEttakatol
Peoples' Democratic PartyHDP
Republican People's PartyCHP
Labour PartyLabIn control of the Welsh Parliament and London Assembly.
Democratic PartyDIn control of 15 state government trifectas and the House of Representatives.
Socialist Party of UruguayPSU
Polisario Front
Yemeni Socialist PartyYSP
Movement for Democratic ChangeMDC
AfricaCentral African Progressive AllianceAPAC
The AmericasCenter for American ProgressCAP
The AmericasTrade Union Confederation of the AmericasCSA
AsiaNetwork of Social Democracy in AsiaSOCDEM
AsiaArab Social Democratic ForumASDF
EuropeParty of European Socialists WomenPES Women
EuropeYoung European SocialistsYES
EuropeProgressive Alliance of Socialists and DemocratsS&D
EuropeFoundation for European Progressive StudiesFEPS
EuropeSocialist Group in the Council of EuropeSOC
EuropeEuropean Forum for Democracy and Solidarity
InternationalSocialist International WomenSIW
InternationalInternational Union of Socialist YouthIUSY
InternationalInternational Trade Union ConfederationITUC
InternationalNational Democratic Institute for International AffairsNDI
InternationalOlof Palme International CenterOPIC
InternationalTrade Union Advisory Committee to the OECDTUAC
InternationalAssociation for Democratic Socialism
InternationalCEE Gender Network
InternationalGlobal Progressive Forum
InternationalIndustrial Global Union
InternationalJust Jobs Network