At this Convention we would like to discuss the challenges of shaping a world of freedom, justice and solidarity and at the same time we would like to conclude the deliberation on the political agenda and the guiding principles of the Progressive Alliance.
The world seems to be out of balance. In an increasing number of countries right-wing, nationalists and populist forces are gaining ground. The agenda of these populists is fear, egoism, exclusion and violence. We have to counter this conservative, chauvinistic, neo-liberal and nationalistic roll-back. The Progressive Alliance Convention will therefore be especially important. We have to prepare ourselves for this confrontation at the organisational level and with the right contents, creating the basis for cross-border dialogue, worldwide cooperation and international solidarity of the progressive, social democratic and socialist forces.