The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Foundation

1994 (1973)

Member in the EP

39 fom 705 deputies

Most important national parties

La France insoumise (France), SYRIZA (Greece), Die Linke (Germany), Unidas Podemos (Spain) 

Group Chairperson

Manon Aubry (France), Martin Schirdewan (Germany),

Political Orientation

democratic-socialist, , communist, left-wing-populism
 Website https://left.eu/

Logo GUE-NGL

Manon Aubry

Manon Aubry

Martin Schirdewan

Martin Schirdewan



Position of GUE/NGL

You are a member of the Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament. The GUE/NGL has been in the European Parliament since 1994 and is made up of 18 parties from 13 European member states. As a left-wing force on the political spectrum, the GUE/NGL campaigns for various social issues, such as the creation of jobs, educational opportunities, more social justice, equal rights for men and women, the strengthening of human rights and a consistent peace policy. Regarding the EU, the GUE/NGL advocates a stronger integration policy. It wants a socially just, peaceful, and ecologically sustainable European unification. According to the Group, this can be achieved by reforming the EU institutions and giving them comprehensive democratic legitimacy. In the view of the GUE/NGL the prevailing economic and monetary policy orientation of the EU must also be reconsidered and reshaped. There are 20 committees in the European Parliament that specialise issues. They belong to the "Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety" (ENVI).

Arguments and strategy

Transport

The GUE/NGL group is against subsidising electric mobility. It is not socially acceptable, as most consumers cannot afford an electric car even despite the premium. Instead, only the car companies benefit when the sale of electric cars is supported by political measures. In order to realise the transport turnaround, the number of cars on the roads must be reduced overall. For example, a large part of the freight traffic that currently travels on European motorways should be transferred to rail and transported by freight trains. Car-free inner cities and free, nationwide public transport can reduce pollutant emissions from private transport without imposing additional costs on consumers.

Energy

The GUE/NGL Group calls for the European energy mix to be 100% green by 2040 at the latest. The phase-out of coal energy should start as soon as possible and be completed by 2030. Other fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas, and other climate-damaging energy sources should also be replaced by green energy sources as soon as possible. However, market incentives are not the right measure to implement the energy transition. Rather, nationalisation of the entire energy sector should be targeted. This means that the European energy mix will no longer be determined by the market but can be completely aligned with climate policy standards. In order to bring about the conversion of the European energy mix, politicians must invest in jobs in this sector.

Nuclear energy

The GUE/NGL group advocates for a rapid exit from the of nuclear energy, which they call a “false solution”. There should be no more investment in nuclear power and all current subsidies should be ended. Ideally, energy production from nuclear power should be stopped immediately.



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