This chapter discusses the EL’s developing relations with both the social
movements against austerity and the broader European left. It focuses upon
the ways in which the EL has sought to build links, partly through its
working groups, with trade unionists, environmentalists, feminists and other
sections of the ‘movement left’, as well as participating in the World and
European Social Forums and organising gatherings of broad left activists.
The second part of the chapter examines some of the reasons why the EL has
failed to date to attract a number of significant RLPs. We also consider the
objections raised to the EL by more hard-line and traditionalist communist
or Trotskyist parties. Finally, we conclude with a detailed discussion of
the role of the GUE/NGL confederal group in the European Parliament and the
EL’s relations with that group.