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Armenia
Բարգավաճ Հայաստան Կուսակցություն

Prosperous Armenia Party

http://www.bhk.am/

Founded 2004
Date of entry into AECR 2014
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Naira Zohrabyan
International Secretary Armen Arzumanyan – arm_arz@yahoo.com
Government status Main Opposition Party
Seats in parliament 36/131

 

Prosperous Armenia is  a centre-right political party. It promotes the development of pluralism, multi-party democracy and the rule of law in its international work. In the 2007 Armenian parliamentary elections the newly established party won 26 seats and became the second largest political party in the parliament. In the 2012 Armenian parliamentary elections it won 36 seats, solidifying its position as the main opposition party.

Azerbaijan
Apfpbütöv Azərbaycan Xalq Cəbhəsi Partiyası

Popular Front Party for the Whole of Azerbaijan – PFPWA 

http://www.axcp.az

Founded 2004
Date of entry into AECR 2015
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Gudrat Hasanguliyev
International Secretary TBC
Government status In opposition
Seats in parliament 1/125

 

The Azerbaijan Popular Front was founded in 1989 and after struggling for independence, helped to organise a forced election in 1992 to remove the standing President who was also former leader of Soviet Azerbaijan. The PFA candidate, Mr. Abulfez Elchibey, emerged victorious, becoming the first democratically elected President of Azerbaijan.

PFA rejected the self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh, and sought to protect Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. But by 1993, PFA’s pro Western policy provoked a power grab by former communists, after which President Elchibey was forced to leave the capital and thousands of PFA members suffered political oppression. The movement became a party again in 1995 (PFPA).

The Popular Front Party of Whole Azerbaijan (PFPWA) departed as an offshoot of the PFPA in 2004, led by Mr. Gudrat Hasanguliyev – former advisor to President Elchibey.

The PFPWA won 1 seat in the 2005 parliamentary election and kept it in 2010, campaigning under the “Reform” block. In 2009 municipal elections, PFPWA gained 81 mandates.

 

Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Občanská Demokratická Strana (ODS)

 

http://www.ods.cz/

Founded 1991
Date of entry into AECR 2009
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Petr Fiala
International Secretary Jakub Kajzler  jakub.kajzler@ods.cz
Government status In Opposition
Seats in national parliament Chamber of Deputies 16/200, Senate 15/81
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 2
International affiliation International Democrat Union

ODS was founded by Václav Klaus in 1991 as the free-market wing of the anti-authoritarian Civic Forum movement. The party won the 1992 national election and was in government until 2013. It is the largest conservative political party in the Czech Republic.

Germany
Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch (ALFA)

http://alfa-bund.de/

Founded 2015
Date of entry into AECR 2016
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Bernd Lucke
International Secretary Michael Strauss michael.strauss@europarl.europa.eu
Government status Opposition
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 5

The Alliance for Progress and Renewal (German: Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch, ALFA) has a liberal-conservative and Euro-realist profile. The party was established in 2015, and it is currently represented by five MEPs in the European Parliament – of which three are university professors of economics. ALFA also has three Members of the Bremen Parliament Bremische Bürgerschaft.

Finland
Perussuomalaiset

Finns Party

www.perussuomalaiset.fi

Founded 1995
Date of entry into AECR 2015
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Timo Soini
International Secretary Maija Karjalainen
Government status In government
Seats in parliament 38/200

 

The “True Finns” was created in 1995 after the dissolution of the Finnish Rural Party, by Timo Soini and Raimo Vistbacka. True Finns won 1 seat in 1999, 3 seats in 2003, 5 seats in 2007 and then an extraordinary 39 seats in the 2011 election. The True Finns changed their name to The Finns in 2011. In the 2014 European election, the Finns won 12.9% of the vote and joined the ECR group.

 

Faroe Islands
Fólka Flokkurin

Faroese People’s Party

http://folkaflokkurin.fo/xa.asp

Founded 1939
Date of entry into AECR 2013
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Jørgen Nicalsen, Faroese Finance Minister
Government status Largest government coalition partner with the Union Party (who have 8 seats)
Seats in national parliament 9/33 seats
International affiliation                                                      International Democrat Union
   

 

Fólkaflokkurin is a liberal conservative party that advocates economic liberalism and independence from Denmark. It was founded in 1939 and is one of the four main parties on the island. Following the election in 2011, it has eight of the thirty-three seats in the National Parliament. Their youth movement ‘HUXA’ is allied to the European Young Conservatives. An independent member of parliament joined the party in September 2013, making The Faroese People’s Party the biggest party in the parliament with nine members.

United Kingdom
Conservative Party

http://www.conservatives.com/

Founded 1834
Date of entry into AECR 2009
Membership status Full Member
Party leader David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
International Secretary Philippa Broom  Philippa.Broom@Conservatives.com
Government status In government
Seats in national parliament House of Commons 330/650, House of Lords 250/814
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 20
International affiliation International Democrat Union

The Conservative Party emerged in 1834 out of the Tory Party, which dates back to 1678. For over half of the 20th century Britain was led by Conservative Prime Ministers, including Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. In the 2015 general election, the Conservatives won a majority of seats in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom and formed a single-party government under David Cameron.

United Kingdom
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)

http://www.uup.org/

Founded 1905
Date of entry into AECR 2009
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Mike Nesbitt
International Secretary Rodney Corrigan  Rodney.Corrigan@uup.org
Seats in national parliament House of Lords 2/814, Northern Ireland Assembly 13/108
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 1

UUP is the older of the two main unionist parties in Northern Ireland. It governed Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972 as the sole major unionist party. It continued to be supported by most unionist voters throughout the period of conflict in Northern Ireland known as the ‘Troubles’. In 2009 the party agreed to an electoral alliance with the Conservative Party and the two parties fielded joint candidates for elections to the House of Commons and the European Parliament under the banner of “Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force” (UCUNF).

Georgia
ქრისტიან-დემოკრატიული სახალხო პარტია
Christian Democratic People’s Party

CDPP

Founded 2008
Date of entry into AECR September 2012
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Magdalina Anikashvili
International Secretary Giorgi Rukhadze  rukhadze@yahoo.com
Goverment Status Opposition
Seats in national parliament 0/150
The Christina Democratic People’s Party (CDPP), previously known as the Christian Democratic Movement (CDM), was founded in 2008 by former TV anchor and MP Giorgi Targamadze. It aims to build a united, self-reliant and just state. Their priorities are rule of law and protection of human rights, developing a strong middle class and supporting Christian-democratic values in the Georgian society. CDPP supports localism, decentralisation, and a press free from government control. In order to strengthen its internal democracy and build closer ties with its voters, CDPP is one of the few European parties to have adopted a system of primaries.
Georgia
საქართველოს კონსერვატიული პარტია

Georgia Conservative Party

http://conservatives.ge/

Founded 2000
Date of entry into AECR 2014
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Zviad Dzidziguri
International Secretary Nino Goguadze ngoguadze@hotmail.com                                      
Government status In government      
Seats in national parliament                                        6/150
                 

 

The Conservative Party of Georgia is a centre-right political party founded in 2000. The leader and chairman of the party – Zviad Dzidziguri holds the position of Deputy Chairman of the Parliament.

Since its foundation, the party has actively participated in all elections that have been conducted in Georgia. In the 2003 Parliamentary Elections, together with National Movement, the Conservatives took seats in Georgian Parliament (the bloc in total achieved 66.2%). In the 2006 local elections, with the Republican Party, the party achieved 12% and became one of the main opposition forces in the country.

Between 2007-2009, the party was a member of the large opposition bloc – the National Council. In the 2008 parliamentary elections the bloc came second, behind the ruling party.

Since 2011, the Conservative Party is a member of the large “Georgian Dream” coalition. Currently, the Conservatives are represented in the parliament with 6 members and are grouped in the parliamentary faction – “Georgian Dream – Conservatives”. Party members are represented in different positions in the executive branch of government. The party has a permanent member on the Central Election Commission.

Croatia
Croatian Conservative Party

Hrvatska Konzervativna Stranka – HKS

http://konzervativci.hr

Founded 2014
Date of entry into AECR 2015
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Ruža Tomašić
International Secretary Mate Mijić –
Government status Opposition
Seats in European Parliament 1/11

 

The Croatian Conservative Party (Croatian: Hrvatska Konzervativna Stranka) is a conservative political party in Croatia. It is led by Ruža Tomašić, a Member of the European Parliament and former leader of the Croatian Party of Rights dr. Ante Starčević. It was founded on 20 November 2014.

Ruža Tomašić was a member of the Croatian Sabor from 2003 to 2008 and then again from December 2011 to July 2013. To the general public in Croatia she is best known as an anti-drug activist. Prior to becoming actively involved in politics, she used to work as a police officer in Toronto and Vancouver, dealing mostly with juvenile delinquency and illegal drug trade. She has also appeared in over 20 episodes of The X-Files and Millennium as a stunt woman.

The Croatian Conservative Party joined the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists in May 2015. Its sole MEP has been a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists since the party’s foundation.

Iceland
Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (XD)

 

http://www.xd.is/

Founded 1929
Date of entry into AECR 2011
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson
International Secretary Þórður Þórarinsson
Government status In government
Seats in national parliament Althing 19/63
International affiliation International Democrat Union

 

The party was formed through the merging of Íhaldsflokkurinn and  Frjálslyndi flokkurinn. From 1929 until 2009 it was the largest party in Iceland. Until the 2009 general election was lost to Samfylkingin, every leader of the Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn had held the office of Prime Minister of Iceland. The party has been the sole major right-wing party in Iceland since its inception, and it is the most successful right-wing party in the Nordic countries. Currently, Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn has regained its status as the largest political party in Iceland, gaining the most number of votes in the April 2013 elections.

Italy
Conservatori e Riformisti

Conservatives and Reformists

conservatorieriformisti.it

Founded 2015
Date of entry into AECR 2015
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Rafaelle Fitto
International Secretary Daniele Capezzone
Government status In opposition
Seats in national parliament 14/630

 

Following strong disagreement with Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, former government minister Raffaelle Fitto founded a counter-movement within Forza Italia called “Rebuilders” (I Recostruttori), which was then abandoned when he left Forza Italia altogether, and founded the the Conservatori e Riformisti party in May 2015 with Daniele Capezonne MP.

Mr. Fitto has expressed special sympathy with British and US style conservatism; aligning with the UK Conservative party and the ECR group in the European Parliament. C&R are aiming to contend for the centre-right ground in national elections, with a focus on an open primary platform. In the Apulian regional election, Fitto’s list won 9.3% of the vote, compared to 10.8% for Forza Italia.

Conservatori e Riformisti currently have 14 seats in the Italian Parliament, 12 seats in the Senate and 2 MEPs, Rafaelle Fitto and Remo Sernagiotto.

Lithuania
Akcja Wyborcza Polaków na Litwie (AWPL)

 

http://www.awpl.lt/

Founded 1994
Date of entry into AECR 2009
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Valdemar Tomaševski
International Secretary Raimund Zacharevic, raimund.zacharevic@europarl.europa.eu
Government status In opposition
Seats in national parliament Seimas 8/141
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 1

 

AWPL is a Christian Democratic party that represents the Polish minority in Lithuania. It was formed from the political wing of the Association of Poles in Lithuania. Under the leadership of Valdemar Tomaševski the party has seen its vote share steadily increase from 2% in 2000 to 3.8% in 2004 and 4.8% in 2008. In the 2009 European election AWPL won 8.42% and one seat, filled by leader Valdemar Tomaševski. At the 2012 election, AWPL broke through 5% in a parliamentary election for the first time: qualifying for proportional representation seats. In the 2014 European elections, AWPL returned Valdemar Tomaševski to the European Parliament. Moreover, Tomaševski also took part in the elections of the President of Lithuania where he won 8,35% of votes and almost doubled his results from 2009 (4,79%).

Luxembourg
Alternativ Demokratesch Reformpartei (ADR)

 

http://www.adr.lu/

Founded 1987
Date of entry into AECR 2011
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Dr. Vet. Med. Jean Schoos
International Secretary Joelle Giannotte  joelle.giannotte@adr.lu
Government status Opposition
Seats in national parliament Chamber of Deputies 3/60

ADR started off as a single issue party. Its roots lie in a demonstration held in Luxembourg City in 1987, at which tens of thousands gathered to demand parity between the civil service final salary scheme and the basic state pension. The party’s popularity peaked in 1999, when frustration with the pension gap was at its zenith; it gained seven seats in the Chamber of Deputies. It is now a mainstream party with a conservative, anti-establishment, economically liberal and eurosceptic platform. As a pensioners party it is the most successful in Western Europe.

Latvia
National Alliance

National Alliance “All For Latvia!” – “For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK”

Nacionālā apvienība „Visu Latvijai!” – „Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK”

http://www.nacionalaapvieniba.lv/

Founded 2013
Date of entry into AECR 2014
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Gaidis Bērziņš and Raivis Dzintars
International Secretary Ance Gulbe
Government status Government coalition partner
Seats in national parliament Saeima 17/100
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament Roberts Zile
Montenegro
Movement for Change – PzP

Movement for Change – PzP

http://www.promjene.org

Founded 2002
Date of entry into AECR 2015
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Nebojša Medojević
International Secretary Koca Pavlovic
Government status In opposition
Seats in national parliament 5/81

 

Movement for Changes (Serbian/Montenegrin: Покрет за Промјене, Pokret za Promjene, or PzP) is a liberal-conservative political party in Montenegro which has a proclaimed goal to integrate their country into the European Union and to support political and economic reforms to bring it into line with European norms. It was founded by a group of economists and academics in September 2002, modeled after the Group 17 Plus in Serbia and is led by Nebojša Medojević. It operated as a non-governmental organization under the name Group for Changes (Grupa za promjene) until July 17, 2006, when it reconstituted itself as a political party.

The Movement for Changes leader, Nebojša Medojević, was a candidate in the 2008 presidential election. He came in third, gathering nearly 17% of the vote.

PzP joined the AECR in May 2015.

Poland
Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS)

Prawo i Sprawiedliwość

http://www.pis.org.pl

Founded 2001
Date of entry into AECR 2009
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Jarosław Kaczyński, former Prime Minister of Poland
International Secretary Radosław Fogiel  radoslaw.fogiel@pis.org.pl
Government status In government
Seats in national parliament Sejm 235/460, Senate 62/100
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 18

 

Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) was founded in 2001 by Lech and Jarosław Kaczyński from Porozumienie Centrum Party and the Akcja Wyborcza Solidarność movement. PiS won the 2005 general election; Jarosław Kaczyński served as Prime Minister of Poland between July 2006 and November 2007, and Lech Kaczyński was Poland’s President between 2005 and 2010. Prawo i Sprawiedliwość won the 2015 parliamentary election, won the majority of seats in the Polish Sejm and formed the government.

Romania
M10

https://www.mzece.ro/

Founded 2015
Date of entry into AECR 2016
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Monica Macovei
Government status Opposition
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 1

The liberal-conservative party M10 was founded by former Romanian Justice Minister and anti-corruption activist Monica Macovei in 2015. Macovei is a Member of the European Parliament and a member of the ECR group. Her party M10 stands for a minimalist state with a small but efficient government, a small-sized parliament, and the protection of personal and economic freedom.

Romania
Noua Republică (PNR)

http://xn--nouarepublic-9nb.ro/

Founded 2011
Date of entry into AECR 2013
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Alin Bota
Government status Opposition
Seats in national parliament 1/176
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 0

Noua Republică is a centre-right party of Judeo-Christian tradition that advocates the need for a new class of politicians and a market-based platform of reform for Romania. It also calls for a reduction in state bureaucracy and emphasises the importance of individual liberty and entrepreneurship. It was created in 2011, following the publication of the current leader Mihail Neamțu’s manifesto, and officially became a party in February 2013. Between November 2011 and June 2012, the party launched a number of public policy documents, with the party having over 40 branches in Romania and abroad. Twelve Noua Republică candidates took part in the December 2012 parliamentary elections on the list of the main centre-right alliance ARD, with Mr Valeriu Todirașcu winning a senatorial seat in Bucharest.

Slovak Republic
NOVA

NOVA

http://www.nova.sk/

Founded 2012
Date of entry into AECR 2014
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Daniel Lipšic
International Secretary Martin Barto – macko12@me.com
Government status In opposition
Seats in national parliament 1/150

 

NOVA was set up in 2012 by Jana Žitňanská and Daniel Lipšic, following their departure from the Christian Democratic Movement. It is a centre-­‐‑right liberal-­‐‑conservative party, founded on Christian principles. If favours entrepreneurship and wants to reduce red tape, bureaucracy and taxes in Slovakia. At the same time it wants to introduce more direct democracy through a new constitution.

The party took part in the 2013 regional elections, gaining 9.2% and 5 mandates in the regional parliament. In the recent EP elections, the party won 6,83% of the vote share and has 1 elected MEP, Ms Jana Žitňanská who sits with the ECR Group.

Slovak Republic
Sloboda a Solidarita

Freedom and Solidarity – SaS

http://www.strana-sas.sk/

Founded 2009
Date of entry into AECR 2015
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Richard Sulík
International Secretary Juraj Droba
Government status In opposition
Seats in parliament 11/150

 

 

The SaS party was founded in 2009 by economist Richard Sulík, in response to his belief that other parties were not sufficiently committed to economic freedom. (Mr. Sulik had helped to design Slovakia’s flat tax system). SaS contested the 2009 European Elections but came just short of the 5% threshold. They won a seat in Bratislava in the 2009 regional election.

In 2010 parliamentary elections, SaS came third with 12.14% of the vote and won 22 seats in the National Council. Their 2012 manifesto was consistent with the 2010 one but received only 5.88% of vote – halving their share of MPs to 11.

In 2014 European elections SaS came 6th, receiving 6.66% vote and 1 MEP. Mr. Sulik MEP initially joined the ALDE group, before defecting to the ECR group 02/10/2015. He cited Alternative fur Deutschland’s move to the ECR as a significant pull on his decision.

Slovak Republic
Občianska konzervatívna strana (OKS)

Občianska Konzervatívna Strana

http://www.oks.sk/

Founded 2001
Date of entry into AECR 2011
Membership status full member
Party leader Ondrej Dostál
International Secretary Ivan Kuhn  ivankuhn@oks.sk
Government status Opposition

 

Občianska Konzervatívna Strana (OKS) was formed in 2001 by Demokratická strana members of the National Council. The party won four seats in the NationalCouncil in 2010, competing on the Most-Híd list. In the March 2012 generalelection OKS candidates ran on the ‘Ordinary People’ list, but left theparty list before the election in protest against the populist policy ofthe leader of the ‘Ordinary People’. The party is currently represented atthe regional and local level of self-government.

Turkey
AK Parti

http://www.akparti.org.tr/english/

Founded 2001
Date of entry into AECR 2013
Membership status Full Member
Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu 
Government status In government
Seats in national parliament 318/550
Members in the ECR group in the European Parliament 0

 

The Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AK Parti) is a pro-Western, centre-right conservative political party that advocates a conservative social agenda and a liberal market economy. Formed in 2001 by members of existing parties, it won a landslide victory in the 2002 elections and gained over two-thirds of parliamentary seats in a 10% threshold system. In the general elections held in June 2011 it increased its share of the popular vote to 49.8% and secured 327/550 members in Parliament. This formed a third consecutive majority government and made it the largest party in Turkey.  The former AK Party member and Prime Minister, Abdullah Gül, is President. The party seeks membership of the European Union. In 2013, the party resigned its observer membership in the European People’s Party and was granted full membership of the AECR.

Australia
Liberal Party

Liberal Party

http://www.liberal.org.au/

The Liberal Party of Australia is one of the two major Australian political parties. Founded in 1945 to replace the United Australia Party (UAP) and its predecessors, the centre-right Liberal Party competes with the centre-left Labor Party. Federally, the Liberal Party runs in a Coalition with the National Party, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, and Queensland Liberal branch the Liberal National Party. Except for a few short periods, the Liberal Party and its predecessors have operated in similar coalitions since the 1920s.

On 7 September 2013, Tony Abbott claimed victory in the 2013 Australian Federal Election after the Liberal Party received over 53% of the vote. On 18 September, Tony Abbott and his cabinet were sworn into office by the Governor General.

Canada
Conservative Party
Parti Conservateur du Canada

 

Founded 2003
Date of entry into AECR November 2012
Membership status Associate Member
Party leader Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
International Secretary Dimitri Soudas DimitriSoudas@conservative.ca 

 

The Conservative Party of Canada was formed by the merger of the Canadian Alliance (formerly the Reform Party of Canada) and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003. The party came to power in the 2006 federal election as a minority government, a position it maintained after the 2008 election, before winning its first majority government in 2011.

The Conservative Party was elected with a majority government (166/308 seats) on 2 May 2011, the first time any party had won a majority since the Liberals in 2000 and the first time that a conservative party had a majority since the PC’s in 1988.

They are members of numerous international organizations, including the International Democrat Union, the Asia Pacific Democrat Union and have close links with the British Conservative Party.

Morocco
Istiqlal Party
New Zealand
National Party

National Party

https://www.national.org.nz/

The New Zealand National Party (Māori: Rōpū Nāhinara) is a centreright New Zealand political party, and one of the two major parties in NewZealandpolitics. The party was founded in 1936 on the merger of the United and Reform parties, making it the nation’s second-oldest political party.

Since November 2008, it has been the incumbent governing party, forming a minority government with support from three minor parties. On preliminary results from the 2014 general election, National narrowly missed having a majority in the House of Representatives, which would have been a first for a New Zealand political party since the MMP system was introduced in 1996, with 60 out of a total of 121 seats.

United States of America
Republican Party

Republican Party

https://www.gop.com/

The Republican Party, commonly referred to as the GOP (abbreviation for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, the GOP dominated politics nationally and in most of the North for most of the period from 1860 to 1932. There have been 18 Republican presidents, the first being Abraham Lincoln, who served from 1861 until his assassination in 1865, and the most recent being George W. Bush, who served two full four-year terms 2001 to 2009. 

The party’s platform is generally based upon American conservatism, in contrast to the contemporary American liberalism of the rival Democratic Party. The Republican Party’s conservatism involves supporting free market capitalism, opposing regulation and labor unions, and supporting socially conservative policies.

Following the 2014 mid-term elections for the 114th Congress, the Republicans will have their largest majority in the House since the 1928 election; the GOP will also gain control of the Senate. The party holds a majority of governorships and state legislatures.