Socialist Worker

Europe’s radical left welcome Left Party’s success

Issue No. 1970

‘The German elections give a big new impetus to the Party of the European Left. The Left Party successfully accomplished an unprecedented achievement in the history of post-war Germany — mass support given to a party which places itself to the left of the the continent’s biggest social democracy.

The Left Party’s adherence to the Party of the European Left underlines the possibility and necessity of the growth of a radical and alternative left in all European countries.

The great success of the Left Party calls on social democracy to have the courage to break with moderate and anti-social policies. In different shapes, this is the problem that reformists will be facing in the whole of Europe.'

Fausto Bertinotti, chairman of the Party of the European left

‘Having lived in West Germany many years ago, I have always since taken a keen interest in German politics. Back then, Germany was a model of social partnership and workers invariably supported the SPD.

What is so exciting about the election is that that consensus is now breaking up.

It’s not just that unheralded opportunities have opened up for the radical left, but that it is taking advantage of them.

I wish the Left Party every success in building upon its result and becoming a permanent and significant part of the political scene there.

This supports what we in the SSP have long argued — there is life outside the social democrats.’

Colin Fox, convenor Scottish Socialist Party

‘With these great results for the Left Party nothing will be the same in Germany, and we all know that this means that nothing will be the same for the left in Europe.

I hope that these encouraging results will create the momentum needed for building the new party with a modern, plural, popular and radical approach to anti-capitalist alternatives.

All components will have a lot to learn from each other and a lot to give.

According to the experience of the Left Bloc in Portugal, we can say that the result of this exchange is far better than the mere sum of the different traditions that are put in contact with each other.’

Renato Soeiro, member of the national board of the Left Bloc (Portugal)

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