The British socialist newspaper Socialist Resistance on June 28, 2008, sponsored a fascinating day of discussion and debate on building broad left parties across Europe, attracting a comprehensive list of speakers from key left unity projects. The videos of the following talks were recorded on the day. They include speakers from the Left Bloc Portugal, Respect in Britain,
the Socialist Party in the Netherlands, Die Link in Germany, Sinistra
Critica (Italy) and the European Greens. They are reposted from Liam Mac Uaid's essential weblog, with permission. More videos of the day are available there.
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Miquel Reis discusses the experience of Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc) in Portugal.
is a long-standing activist of the Dutch left and a member of the Socialist Party in the Netherlands. He spoke in a personal capacity about his experiences in this important and successful party of the left.
national secretary of Respect in Britain, speaking in a personal capacity at the Socialist Resistance
dayschool on broad parties.
Andrej Hunko looks at the experience of Die Linke (Left Party) in Germany.
This is one of
the most coherent accounts in English of Sinistra Critica's recent
experiences in Italy. Angelo Cardone
delivered this talk at the
dayschool on broad parties. Sinistra Critica's experience in and out of Rifondazione Comunista is one of the most interesting cases of a
Marxist current operating in a broad party. What does not emerge in
this presentation, but was raised in the subsequent workshop, is that
there was a significant debate among Sinistra Critica's supporters
around the timing of their decision to establish a new organisation.
the Green Party's international coordinator and the co-convenor of the
Green Left. In this talk to the Socialist Resistance
seminar on broad
parties he surveys the European Greens.