GUE/NGL – this abbreviation stands for Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, the group for left-wing MEPs in the European Parliament.
Our group is a confederal one where each component party retains its own identity and policies while pooling their efforts in pursuit of common political objectives. The Group includes members from all corners of Europe.
Independents 4 Change
Parti du Travail de Belgique / Partij van de Arbeid van België
La France Insoumise
Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan - Independent
Partij voor de Dieren
For many years the various parties of the alternative left worked together in the same group in the European Parliament: the Communist and Allies Group. In 1989, four parties decided to form a Group called the Gauche Unitaire Européenne (GUE). (Its English name was European Unitarian Left, subsequently changed in 1992 to European United Left.)
After the European Elections of June 1994, a process of gathering together all the forces of the non-Socialist left then began. This alliance, enlarged to include other parties, was established as a political group at the beginning of the fourth parliamentary term, under the name Confederal Group of the European United Left (GUE).
Following enlargement of the EU to the Nordic countries and Austria in January 1995, the Group expanded to include: the Left Party (VP) of Sweden and the Left Alliance (Vas) of Finland. At the same time the Socialist Peoples’ Party (SF) of Denmark rejoined the group and together with the Swedish and Finnish parties formed the Nordic Green Left (NGL) component within the group.
The group was renamed the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, with GUE/NGL as the standard acronym.
Along with Martin Schirdewan, Manon Aubry (France Insoumise, France) was elected co-president of the GUE/NGL group in July 2019. She has been a Member of the European Parliament since May 2019 and is the youngest ever person to be the co-leader of a political group in the European Parliament. Prior to being elected as an MEP, Aubry worked as a former spokesperson for Oxfam.
Martin Schirdewan (DIE LINKE, Germany) has been an MEP since 2017, working primarily on tax justice and economic issues, and was re-elected in May 2019. Prior to that, he was the head of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Brussels between 2015 and 2017.
The group’s MEPs also has four Vice Presidents: João Ferreira (PCP, Portugal), Marisa Matias (Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal), Sira Rego (Izquierda Unida, Spain) and Nikolaj Villumsen (Enhedslisten, Denmark)
The Bureau, the Group’s executive body, consists of two co-presidents, 4 vice-chairs, the Treasurer and one MEP from each national delegation not already represented by a vice-president or treasurer. It may also include MEPs who became Independents during the legislature. The General Secretary and the Deputy General Secretaries are non-voting members. The Bureau is elected by the Group’s MEPs and meets once a month.
Members of the Bureau
As the only confederal group in the European Parliament, our group of 39 Members bring together the different traditions, experiences and political understandings of left forces in the EU.
But the work of our MEPs would not be possible without the support of the secretariat, whose overall aim is to ensure the smooth daily operation of the Group, in accordance with the political decisions and guidelines set out by the MEPs.