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Social democrats meeting in Berlin to work against populism

  • Designated Social Democratic Party, SPD, chairman and top candidate in the upcoming general elections, former president of the European parliament Martin Schulz, center, and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, first row 3rd from left, pose with other participants prior to an convention of the Progressive Alliance at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Designated Social Democratic Party, SPD, chairman and top candidate in the upcoming general elections, former president of the European parliament Martin Schulz, center, and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, first row 3rd from left, pose with other participants prior to an convention of the Progressive Alliance at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Designated Social Democratic Party, SPD, chairman and top candidate in the upcoming general elections, former president of the European parliament Martin Schulz, center, posses with other participants prior to an convention of the Progressive Alliance at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, March 12, 2017. Behind Martin Schulz  at left  is  the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.  Sculpture in back shows late chancellor Willy Brandt.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Designated Social Democratic Party, SPD, chairman and top candidate in the upcoming general elections, former president of the European parliament Martin Schulz, center, posses with other participants prior to an convention of the Progressive Alliance at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, March 12, 2017. Behind Martin Schulz at left is the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. Sculpture in back shows late chancellor Willy Brandt. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Designated Social Democratic Party, SPD, chairman and top candidate in the upcoming general elections, former president of the European parliament Martin Schulz, center, posses with other participants prior to a convention of the Progressive Alliance at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, March 12, 2017. Behind Martin Schulz at  left ais  the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. Sculpture in background shows late chancellor Willy Brandt. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Designated Social Democratic Party, SPD, chairman and top candidate in the upcoming general elections, former president of the European parliament Martin Schulz, center, posses with other participants prior to a convention of the Progressive Alliance at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, March 12, 2017. Behind Martin Schulz at left ais the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. Sculpture in background shows late chancellor Willy Brandt. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

European government leaders, Social Democratic party chairmen and international delegations are arriving in Berlin for a convention of the so-called Progressive Alliance.

It's an association of mostly social democratic party members, who want to work closer together in their fight against populism and authoritarianism.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa are among the leaders to be hosted Sunday and Monday by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat's candidate for Germany's general election in September.

In a statement, the German Social Democratic Party said that the convention stands for "progressive parties worldwide working together more closely in times of new authoritarianism and growing populism."