Bloco de Esquerda

Bloco de Esquerda electoral campaign for the elections for Prime Minister, on January 27, 2022 in Lisbon.
Bloco de Esquerda electoral campaign for the elections for Prime Minister, on January 27, 2022 in Lisbon.IMAGO / NurPhoto

In Portugal, the Left Is Rebuilding

Beatriz Gomes Dias, Anna Schröder
A conversation with former Bloco de Esquerda MP Beatriz Gomes DiasWith less than nine months to go before the 2024 European elections, democratic socialist parties across the continent are gearing up for campaign season. Conditions for the Left vary across Europe, with some parties poised to maintain or build on previous results, while other parties are struggling to keep their heads above water — to say nothing of the EU member-states where the Left has no parliamentary representation whatsoever. Two countries where the Left has faced recent setbacks ...
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Mariana Mortágua, new leader of the Bloco de Esquerda , at the 13th Congress of the party. Lisbon, May 2023
Mariana Mortágua, new leader of the Bloco de Esquerda , at the 13th Congress of the party. Lisbon, May 2023ANA MENDES
On 27 and 28 May, the Bloco de Esquerda (the Left Bloc) held its 13th National Convention in Lisbon. The meeting discussed the party's strategy for the next two years and reaffirmed the commitments made in the approved political agenda. The motion, led by Mariana Mortágua, who took on the national coordination of the party, obtained 439 votes in favour, with 78 votes opposed. The delegates attending the Convention also elected a board of 80 members, with absolute parity. It is worth noting the large participation of young people at...
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