Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR). The UDMR is the primary representative of Romania’s sizeable Hungarian minority (around 6.5% of the population).
Technically the UDMR is an alliance of multiple Hungarian forces, but in reality it is predominantly dominated by the liberal-conservative faction.
Nonetheless, the party’s primary issue is protecting the Hungarian minority and its primary issue is the widening of the use of the Hungarian language and decentralisation of power downwards. As Hungarians are predominantly located in the Centre and West of Romania territorial autonomy would provide Hungarians with a great amount of local power.
The party is basically willing to go into coalition with anyone in exchange for the protection of the Hungarian minority. The party was part of every government between 1996 and 2012, and is, once again, part of government since early 2014.
The party’s support is small, but stable and very loyal. It also turns out in a higher volume than the ethnic Romanian population. This can be seen in the 2009 European result where the party won a noticeably higher percentage of the vote than there are ethnic Hungarians in the country.
The party is pro-European in orientation, and puts a great deal of priority on European integration.
The party is a member of the European People’s Party. It is less loyal to the group than fellow EPP member, the PDL, but at 98.1% is still one of the EPP’s most loyal members.