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Gonzalo Gómez: "Socialism is not made with traps". Photo: Aporrea.org

Gonzalo Gómez: "Maduro Is Dismantling the Revolutionary Process"

April 11, 2018

In an interview with Esquerda.net, Gonzalo Gomez, spokesman for Marea Socialista, denounced that the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly is "adapting the Venezuelan political and economic regime to the interests of the bureaucracy and its process of assimilation to capital." The government of Nicolás Maduro deepens the extractive policy and the transnationals expelled by Chavez return. By Luis Leiria.

Lisbon Declaration: "Our Europe, for and by the people!"

November 13, 2017

On the 21st and 22nd of October, political and civil society activists gathered in Lisbon to debate an Alternative for Europe, a Plan B. This is the joint declaration produced by the gathering.

Left Bloc wins seats in local elections

October 10, 2017

In the portuguese local elections, which ocurred on the 1st of october, Left Bloc grew in the number of votes and councilmen elected. 

Diminuição da abstenção seria um sinal de “viragem” na participação eleitoral

October 1, 2017

Numa primeira reação às projeções sobre a abstenção, Pedro Soares saudou os números que indicam uma quebra na abstenção. A confirmarem-se, poderão abrir “um tempo novo na democracia local”, diz o coordenador autárquico do Bloco.

First steps towards forest reform in Portugal approved by Parliament

July 21, 2017

The government adopted Left Bloc's proposals for reducing eucalyptus fields and creating a Forest Registry. But the Portuguese Communist Party rejected Left Bloc's proposal for the creation of a Public Land Bank.

Douro Wine Region. Foto Howard Lifshitz/Flickr

Gas pipeline threatens World Heritage Site in Portugal

July 17, 2017

A planned pipeline between Portugal and Spain could rip appart the vineyards of the Douro Wine region and the Côa Valley archaeological site. 

“We have to stop eucalyptus in Portugal”, says Catarina Martins

June 26, 2017

With 800 thousand acres, Portugal has the largest eucalyptus plantation in Europe, a species that was a deciding factor in the tragic fires of Pedrógão Grande. 

25th April, Carnation Revolution demonstration in Lisbon, by Paulete Matos

How to go beyond the Portuguese ‘contraption’ government?

May 5, 2017

The agreement of parliamentary majority between the Socialist Party and the left parties, signed after the 2015 election is not only unprecedented in the Portuguese democracy but arose from unique conditions as well. By Bruno Góis.

Photo by Paulete Matos

Novo Banco: "The tax-payers may have to pay 7,8 billion euros to privatize the bank"

April 6, 2017

The selling of Novo Banco to the vulture fund Lone Star was deeply criticized by Bloco de Esquerda in the portuguese parliament.

Left Bloc´s poster for the YES campaign for the voluntary termination of pregnancy, reading "yes, to end the humiliation".

Decriminalisation of abortion: 10 years after YES won the referendum

February 15, 2017

On February 11th 2007, the “yes” campaign won the referendum by a margin of 59,25% of the votes, voting in favour of the decriminalisation of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy on request, in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

"We do not have to choose between neoliberals and the far right. We can choose to regain democracy and workers’ rights", said Catarina Martins. Photo by Paulete Matos.

"What is happening in the European Union is a lie"

January 16, 2017

Catarina Martins said this Sunday in Berlin, in a tribute to Rosa Luxemburg organised by Die Linke, that "we’re all victims of a neoliberal European Union that attacks workers’ rights to protect the big banks and corporations".

Catarina Martins, the Left Bloc’s national chairwoman.

“Portugal is not a country of fear; it is a nation of solidarity"

January 5, 2017

Catarina Martins’ New Year message focused on the international situation.

Plenary of the National Parliament

The proposals by the Left Bloc that were added to the State Budget in a detailed discussion

December 2, 2016

The left and the People and Animal’s Party approved the State Budget for 2017, although there was opposition from the right. Here is a summary of the Left Bloc’s proposals that were approved in the detailed discussion.

Donald Trump on the electoral night

“The election of Trump puts the world in danger"

November 16, 2016

Left Bloc’s Political Committee has issued a statement saying that the election of Donald Trump is terrible news for the United States and for the world.

Catarina Martins, the Left Bloc’s national chairwoman, speaks in Parliament.

Portuguese State Budget approved

November 6, 2016

Last Friday the Socialist Party, the Left Bloc, the Communist Party and the Green Party voted in favour of the State Budget for 2017.

Monetary policy is tired, and so are we

September 16, 2016

Throwing money directly at banks doesn’t work because banks want to reduce their balance and are more likely to invest it in speculative ventures than the real economy. By Mariana Mortágua.

Catarina Martins "We will be rigorous with what we agreed upon"

September 9, 2016

Catarina Martins reminded the fiscal attack on the middle class from the right-wing government and showed confidence that the recovery of income will continue in 2017.

European Commission cancels sanctions to Portugal and Spain

July 27, 2016

The European Commission met today and decided to cancel the sanctions that were going to be applied. President of the Eurogroup is “disappointed” with the decision.

European Commission states which structural funds it may suspend as a sanction

July 23, 2016

Brussels wants to impose the suspension of 16 structural funds in Portugal and 33 in Spain as a sanction of excessive deficit.

“The time of Portugal being the European Commission’s ​g​uinea pig​ is over​”

July 13, 2016

The European Finance ministers proceeded with the Commission’s recommendation that ​keeps sanctions for Portugal and Spain​ on the table.

European Commission decides not to sanction Portugal

July 6, 2016

The final decision will be reached at the Ecofin meeting on 12 July. Yesterday, Catarina Martins used a live broadcast on Facebook to explain the Left Bloc’s proposal to hold a referendum on the Budgetary Treaty if the European Commission eventually decides on sanctions.

Left Bloc’s 10th National Convention approves motion and elects national leadership

June 27, 2016
Left Bloc’s 10th National Convention approved political motion A, “The strength of hope, Left Bloc aiming for a majority”, and elected a new national leadership, with 64 people from motion A, 7 from motion B and 9 from motion R. Catarina Martins was elected coordinator of Left Bloc.

Motion R - Growing from the root, the radicality of reinventing politics

June 23, 2016

Here is the last of the three motions that to be discussed in Left Bloc's national convention this weekend. Motion R had 116 subscribers, the first of which is Afonso Jantarada.

Motion B - More Bloc to face the forthcoming times

June 21, 2016

Here is the second of the three motions that shall be discussed in next weekend's national convention. Motion B had 112 subscribers, the first of which is Adão Campos Júnior.

Motion A - The strength of hope, Left Bloc aiming for majority

June 20, 2016

Esquerda.net/English will start publishing today a translation of each of the three motions that shall be discussed in next weekend's national convention. Motion A had 830 subscribers, the first of which is Catarina Martins, the spokesperson for the Left Bloc.