On the conviction of ex-president and presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the President of the European Left Gregor Gysi declared:
Of course, every form of corruption must be overcome in every society. All lobbying harms society and makes democracy unbelievable. I meet Ex-President Lula at several conversations and know how he feels and feels committed to his people and the issue of social justice. That is why I cannot repress the suspicion that the allegations are not correct, but trying to permanently exclude the left in Brazil from the government. His presidential successor as well as him. And that is why I express to Lula our full solidarity on behalf of the Party of the European Left and myself. As far as we can, we are ready to assist him.