Coalition for Europe (CEU)

Coalition for Europe (CEU). The CEU is an electoral alliance of regionalist parties which forms for European elections. The alliance typically contains more centrist and centre-right regionalist parties and this year it contains: Convergence and Union (CiU), which is the dominant Catalan regionalist grouping. CiU has been the largest party in every election, in the […]

People’s Party (PP)

People’s Party (PP, can also be translated as ‘Popular Party’). Spain’s currently ruling party is a centre-right catch-all party. The PP’s core came from the People’s Alliance, a party founded in 1976 by reformist Francoists which advocated a gradualist transition to democracy. The party was intended to become a mainstream conservative party, but the tinge […]

Slovenian National Party (SNS)

Slovenian National Party (SNS).  The SNS is Slovenia’s far-right and populist party. Like other far-right parties in former Communist Europe the party’s ideology is an odd combination of nationalism combined with sympathy for the former Yugoslavia (known in the Balkans as ‘Yugonostalgia’). The party’s leader, Zmago Jelincic Plemeniti served as an informant for the Yugoslav […]

New Slovenia (NSi) & Slovenian People’s Party (SLS)

New Slovenia (NSi) & Slovenian People’s Party (SLS). This year two of Slovenia’s smaller centre-right parties are running a joint list. The SLS is the older of the two parties. The party was formed as the first non-communist political organisation in the former Yugoslavia. The party originally adopted a populist, nationalist ideology, but eventually came […]

Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS)

Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). The SDS is Slovenia’s main centre-right party. Originally a centre-left party, the party moved progressively rightwards under its leader Janez Jansa and received some support from the Catholic Church. The party is a fairly typical European conservative party. The party is broadly pro-market and socially conservative. Despite this the SDS has […]

Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)

Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). The KDH was originally Slovakia’s largest centre-right party and a key component in the opposition to the Meciar regime. The party led the Slovak Democratic Coalition to victory in 1998 but its leader, the new premier Mikulas Dzurinda, created the SDKU-DS. With the subsequent fall from grace of the SDKU-DS in […]

Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK)

Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK). Formerly known as the Party of the Hungarian Coalition, the SMK has historically tended to be the dominant party amongst Slovakia’s Hungarian community. The party tends to prioritise, as its name suggests, the needs of ethnic Hungarians first and foremost and otherwise has a fairly liberal-conservative ideology. The party […]

Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKU-KS)

Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKU-KS). The SDKU-DS has historically tended to be the largest of Slovakia’s centre-right parties. Created from the Slovak Democratic Coalition in 1998 it ruled until 2006 despite being the second largest party in parliament behind Vladimir Meciar’s Movement for a Democratic Slovakia. The SDKU-DS is a fairly typical […]