Blue Coalition/Reformist Bloc

Blue Coalition/Reformist Bloc. When democracy first came to Bulgaria the BSP’s primary opponent was the Union of Democratic Forces (SDS), created from a coalition of dissident groups opposed to the Communist regime. Like many such groups the SDS was a broadly centre-right beast. It ruled from 1991 until 1994, and then from 1997 until 2001, where it managed […]

Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB)

Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria(GERB). GERB is the latest of Bulgaria’s centre-right competitors to the BSP. Broadly a liberal-conservative party, GERB is principally based around the personality of its leader, Boyko Borisov.Borisov, a former wrestler, the chairman of the Bulgarian Karate Federation, and currently Bulgarian professional football’s oldest player (he plays for second division VitoshaBistritsa as a Forward) Borisov has also […]

Christian Social Party

Christian Social Party (CSP). The dominant party, at least in terms of election results, since the German community got its own parliament in 1974, the CSP has yet to come second in a German-community election, though it is currently in opposition to a local coalition of Socialists, Liberals and regionalists. The CSP is a fairly typical […]

Humanist Democratic Centre

Humanist Democratic Centre (cdH). There is perhaps no greater contrast in Belgian politics than the differences between the cdH and its supposed partner, the CD&V. Whereas the CD&V has broadly moved rightwards and become more nationalist in nationalistic, wealthy, Catholic Flanders, the cdH has responded to the more unionist, secular and centre-left atmosphere of Wallonia by changing its […]

Christian Democratic and Flemish

Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V). Before the late 60s split in the party, the Christian People’s Party was Belgium’s dominant party. The representative of political Catholicism, the People’s Party was especially dominant in religious Flanders. After the split it remained dominant. It was a part of every Belgian government between 1968 (when the Christian Democrats […]

Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP)

Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). The ÖVP is a christian democratic party and Austria’s main party of the centre-right. It is broadly similar to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in Germany, though more Catholic and less conservative. The party traces its lineage back to the pre-war Christian Social Party founded in 1891. The party has traditionally […]