Scottish National Party (SNP)

Scottish National Party (SNP). The SNP is a Scottish separatist party. The party won a majority of seats in the Scottish parliament in 2011 and hence forms the Scottish government. The party traditionally tried to avoid questions of left and right, but moved clearly to the left in the early 80s. In recent years it […]

Green Party

Green Party. Technically the UK does not have one Green Party, but three (with separate Green Parties in Northern Ireland and Scotland). Nonetheless the three cooperate quite closely. The only party with seats in the European Parliament is the English and Welsh Greens however. The Greens are fairly weak in the UK due to Britain’s […]

Pirate Party (PP)

Pirate Party (PP). The Pirates caused something of an international sensation when they broke through in 2009 to take two seats. The party is the originator of the international Pirate Party movement. The party’s predominant issues are opposition to copyright law and in favour of rights on the internet. It was pro-internet filesharing and has […]

Green Party (MP)

Green Party (MP, a more direct translation would be ‘Green Environmental Party’). Sweden’s Green Party has been a presence on the national scene since 1988. The party is fairly typical for a green party, prioritising feminism, anti-nuclear power and climate change views. The party’s base is amongst students, young people, and the well-educated. The party […]


Podemos (literal translation: ‘we can’). Podemos is a new party in its first electoral outing. Founded earlier this year by left-wing academics, the party’s leader is a Spanish political science lecturer, Pablo Iglesias. The party is anti-corruption, supportive of participatory democracy. It is anticapitalist in orientation. The party uses open primaries to select its candidates. […]

European Spring (PE)

European Spring (PE). European Spring is an alliance of multiple left-leaning regionalist parties with the small green party Equo. Along with Equo, a very minor eco-socialist party, the major components of the list are the Compromise Coalition a centre-left coalition of Valencian nationalist parties headed by the Valencian Nationalist Bloc (BNV), and the Aragonese Union, […]

United Left (iU) & Initiative for Catalonia Greens

United Left (iU) & Initiative for Catalonia Greens. The iU is a coalition of far-left parties, predominantly based around the PCE, the Spanish Communist Party. Communism was a major element of the nationalist side in the Spanish Civil War, and, subsequently a major component of the opposition to Franco and the PCE won around 10% […]