By the conclusion of the 2004-2009 parliamentary term, the Democratic Party had 8 MEPs in the Socialist Group (coming from Democrats of the Left), but also had 8 MEPs in ALDE Group (coming from The Daisy).The Democratic Party is a big tent centre-left party, strongly influenced by social democracy and the Christian left, and had MEPs who were former Christian Democrats or had other political views.
The FBI used its own sources and worked with US intelligence agencies to try to check aspects of Steele's work.
Dissatisfaction by Socialist MEPs towards the new name led Martin Schulz to admit that the name was still under consideration and that the group was to be referred to as the 'Socialists and Democrats' until a final title was chosen.
On 14 July 2009, the first day of the constitutive session of the 2009-2014 term, the full formal group name was Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament For Presidents of the European Parliament from the group, see President of the European Parliament.
Until the 1999 European Parliament elections it was the largest group in the Parliament, but since those elections it has constantly been the second-largest group.
During the 8th EU Parliament Assembly, the S&D is the only Parliament group with representation from all 28 EU member states.