These elections have been called by the German Federal President on the initiative of chancellor Schröder one year before the term of the red green government ended. Confronted with a dramatic fall in popularity and a long series of lost lander elections because of his neo-liberal economic and social policies, its brutal dismantling of the German welfare state, the chancellor took what he saw as the last chance to receive the voters’ mandate to stay in power.
The German elections give a new and big outburst to the party of the European Left. The Linke successfully accomplishes an unprecedented undertaking in the history of the after war Germany: that of a mass consensus given to a party which places itself at the left of the biggest socialdemocracy of the continent. The Linke adherence to the Party of the European Left underlines the possibility and historical necessity of the growing of radical and alternative left in all European countries. There could not be a better encouragement for the first congress of the European Left which will take place in Athens at the end of October and in which Lafontaine, Bisky and Gisy will take part.
“Las Fiestas del PCE” have been a great success with as many as 35 000 people attending. More than just on national issues, members of the EL Executive Board contributed to bring an international, European focus through conferences and debates such as :
The EL was present on the 12th september in the European Parliament at the reunion concerning the Bolkestein directive organised by the GUE/NGL Group. This reunion consisted in coordinating our efforts togheter with the many movements of civil society that strive against the directive on services. Here is the common declaration and plan for action:
Helmut Scholz, Member of the Executive Board of the European Left Party, wrote an information letter concerning the forthcoming national elections and the new Left Party.PDS to the member parties of the "NELF" and the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament.
Sixty years have elapsed since atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, one of the greatest tragedies in history. The global cry for “No more Hiroshima – No more Nagasaki” is not just the denunciation of a hideous crime. It is a universal reminder and warning.
The last 9 and 10 july 2005, Esquerra Unida i Alternativa, EuiA, held the IVth National Assembly, the party highest medium, equivalent to a Congress party. Nearly 700 delegates took part actively in it. Marga Ferre and Helmut Scholz, members of the Executive Board of the EL participated on the EuiA congress.
The Party of the European Left expresses its brotherly respects and its desires of success to all the political forces of the XIIth Forum of Sao Paulo during its XVth anniversary. We think that all the work and the reflections produced by the Forum of Sao Paulo since 1990 until today contributed in a decisive way to the advance of democracy, the conquest of human rights and the fight for freedom in the American continent, as well as to the improvement of the political situation of the world.