Progressive International

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Progressive International
Founded30 November 2018
Political positionLeft-wing
Colors          Warm red and rich black
SloganInternationalism or Extinction
PurposeTo unite, organize, and mobilize progressive forces around the world.
Region servedWorldwide
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The Progressive International is an international organization uniting and mobilizing progressive left-wing activists and organizations.[1] The organization labels itself as aiming for a democratic, decolonized, just, egalitarian, liberated, solidaristic, sustainable, ecological, peaceful, post-capitalist, prosperous, and a plural society.[2]


Launched after the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25) and The Sanders Institute announced an open call for progressive forces to form a unified front. The call was announced at a Sanders Institute event in Burlington, Vermont attended by progressive politicians, economists and activists including Naomi Klein, Cornel West, Fernando Haddad, Niki Ashton and Ada Colau.[3][4]

Formally founded and launched on 11 May 2020 amidst the global Coronavirus pandemic, the International claims to counter what it calls the resurgence of authoritarian nationalism worldwide as well as the rise of disaster capitalism.[5]

Progressive International held its inaugural summit titled "Internationalism or Extinction" in September 2020, bringing together Council members, trade unions, social movements, and political parties across continents with Noam Chomsky delivering the keynote speech.[6] On 2 October 2020, Progressive International launched the Belmarsh Tribunal to put the United States government on trial for war crimes conducted in the 21st century and "drawing attention to the extradition case of Julian Assange for revealing them".[7] The tribunal was modelled after the 1966 Russell-Sartre Tribunal, which investigated American involvement in the Vietnam War. Prominent figures such as Yanis Varoufakis, Jeremy Corbyn, Slavoj Zizek, and member of the Russell-Sartre Tribunal Tariq Ali condemned the actions of the U.S. government and voiced their support for the release of Julian Assange.

In October 2020, Progressive International said that it was "particularly concerned about the integrity of the presidential elections in Bolivia" and sent an observer group made up of Members of Parliament from around Europe to observe the election.[8]


Country Party/Organization Acronym National Legislatures Government Notes
 Afghanistan Solidarity Party of Afghanistan SPA
0 / 102
0 / 249
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Albania Organizata Politike OP
0 / 140
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Chile Social Convergence CS
0 / 43
4 / 155
In opposition Affiliated with the Broad Front in the National Congress of Chile.
 European Union Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 DiEM25
0 / 705
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Greece European Realistic Disobedience Front MeRA25
9 / 300
In opposition
 Namibia Landless People's Movement LPM
6 / 42
4 / 104
In opposition In government in the regions of ǁKaras and Hardap
 Poland Left Together Razem
0 / 100
6 / 460
In opposition Affiliated with The Left in the Parliament of Poland.
 Russia Left Bloc LB
0 / 170
0 / 450
Extra-parliamentary opposition
 Slovenia The Left Levica
8 / 90
In opposition
 Spain Catalunya en Comú CatComú
1 / 265
4 / 350
In coalition Affiliated with Unidas Podemos in the Cortes Generales.


  1. Wegel, David (1 December 2018). "Bernie Sanders turns focus to the White House and the world". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. "Who We Are". Progressive International. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  3. Adler, David; Varoufakis, Yanis (1 December 2018). "We shouldn't rush to save the liberal order. We should remake it". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. "An Open Call to All Progressive Forces". Progressive International. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. "Announcing the Progressive International". openDemocracy. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  6. "2020 Summit — Internationalism or Extinction - YouTube". Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  7. "Srećko Horvat: The Belmarsh Tribunal". Progressive International. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  8. "Progressive International election observer mission lands in Bolivia". Progressive International. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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