Publication International / Transnational - Western Europe - Southern Cone - Andes Region - Brazil / Paraguay «The Left in Government: Latin America and Europe compared»

Die Linke in der Regierung: Lateinamerika und Europa im Vergleich. Buchpublikation des RLS-Büros in Brüssel in englischer Sprache. Editor: Birgit Daiber, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels, 2010





Birgit Daiber,


April 2010

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Since the late nineties, left forces have taken over government responsibility in a growing number of countries in Latin America; in Europe too, the left has participated in governing coalitions. An evaluation of whether government participation has been successful or not should be based on whether the left has been able to achieve structural changes effective beyond the short term of government participation, and whether it has been able to enlarge its social base. On the basis of these criteria, the participation of the left in governments will have to be assessed very differently.

On the other hand, during the world crisis, the left faces the challenge of using the opportunity to fight for the fulfilment of a just international society. The effects of the crisis are threatening the conditions of life of the people in east and west, north and south, and only by a radical reversal of the neoliberal domination of the market over the social conditions of life will it be possible to safeguard the possibilities for development. Is the left able to not only provide a profound analysis of the world crisis, but also to develop concrete concepts for action? And are there key elements in the necessarily regionally differentiated concepts which can be interconnected worldwide?

At issue at the strategic level is the formation of broad societal and political alliances across the boundaries of issues and of territories. Transnational cooperation between the left in the different world regions is of great importance in that regard. Particularly the success of the left movements in Latin America has an inspiring effect on the European left, encouraging them to consistently oppose the neoliberal and imperialistic world order. It is thus important for us to carry on a continuous dialogue with the left in Latin America.


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