Democratic Alliance (Greece)


Democratic Alliance (Greece)
Δημοκρατική Συμμαχία
Democratic Alliance
Leader Dora Bakoyannis
Founded 21 November 2010
Headquarters 47 Syggrou Av.,
117 43 Athens
Ideology Conservative liberalism
Liberalism[1][2]
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centrism
European affiliation European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (candidate)[3]
European Parliament Group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe[4]
Official colours Blue, orange
Parliament
4 / 300
European Parliament
1 / 22
Website
www.dimsim.gr
Politics of Greece
Political parties
Elections

The Democratic Alliance (Greek language: Δημοκρατική Συμμαχία, Dimokratiki Symmachia) is a centrist-liberal political party in Greece. It was founded on 21 November 2010 by Dora Bakoyannis,[5] a few months after she was expelled from the centre-right party New Democracy for voting in support of an European Union-International Monetary Fund backed financial stability loan.[6] The party's founding congress took place on 27 May 2011.[3]

Contents

Representation

The party is represented by the following MPs in the Greek parliament. As it has fewer than ten MPs, the Democratic Alliance is not allowed to form an official parliamentary group:

The party also has one MEP in the European parliament (defected from ND):

  • Theodoros Skylakakis[13]

Political positions

As outlined in its founding declaration,[14] the Democratic Alliance defines itself politically as as a centrist movement that is ideologically inspired by the anthropocentric values of humanism, the rational thought and personal freedom brought forth by the Enlightenment, as well as the economic, political and social freedom of liberalism as an underpinning for social justice. It is also influenced by the 19th and 20th century struggles for social solidarity in Europe. Some of the positions[15] advocated by the party are:

  • A drastic reduction in taxation, by instituting a 20% flat rate tax. This tax rate would not apply to people with really low incomes, as it would be complemented by a system that replaces the currently existing tax cuts with negative taxation.
  • A reduction in the number of civil servants and the abolition of tenure, for those hired from now on, that would allow the government to function with 2/3 of its current workforce. This would be coupled with increased salaries, for those that remain, that would be pinned on performance evaluations.
  • A law that would force trade union leaders themselves to work.
  • Introducing the requirement of secret ballot voting for all decisions of strike action.
  • Introducing a coupon-based system of education.

References

  1. ^ "ΤΟ ΚΟΜΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΝΤΟΡΑΣ ΜΕ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΟ ΝΕΟΦΙΛΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΟ ΣΤΙΓΜΑ.Στα βήματα του μπαμπά της". http://www.enet.gr/?i=news.el.article&id=226232. 
  2. ^ "ΤΝεοφιλελεύθερο στίγµα και «άνοιγµα» για συνεργασίες". http://www.tanea.gr/default.asp?pid=2&ct=1&artId=4605379. 
  3. ^ a b "Greece: new member in the liberal family!". ELDR European Liberal Democrats. 30 May 2011. http://www.eldr.eu/en/news/2011/05/greece-new-member-in-the-liberal-family-. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/expert/groupAndCountry/view.do?country=GR&partNumber=1&language=EN&id=97018
  5. ^ "Bakoyannis founds 'Democratic Alliance' party". Athens News Agency. http://www.ana.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=9329698&maindocimg=9329639&service=6&showLink=true. 
  6. ^ "Politician fired from the opposition for backing Greece's bailout package forms new party". Winnipeg Free Press. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/breakingnews/politician-fired-from-the-opposition-for-backing-greeces-bailout-package-forms-new-party-109648464.html. 
  7. ^ "Democratic Alliance of Dora Bakoyannis is coming up in full speed". GRReporter. http://www.grreporter.info/en/democratic_alliance_dora_bakoyannis_coming_full_speed/3695. 
  8. ^ "«Δημοκρατική Συμμαχία» Συνέδριο και προσχωρήσεις ανεξάρτητων βουλευτών". To Vima online. http://www.tovima.gr/default.asp?pid=2&ct=32&artId=373825&dt=20/12/2010. 
  9. ^ "Προσχώρηση Λ. Αυγενάκη στη Δημοκρατική Συμμαχία". Naftemporiki.gr. http://www.naftemporiki.gr/news/cstory.asp?id=1917129. 
  10. ^ "Στη Δημοκρατική Συμμαχία και ο βουλευτής Γιώργος Κοντογιάννης". Naftemporiki.gr. http://www.naftemporiki.gr/news/cstory.asp?id=1919706. 
  11. ^ "Καλωσορίζουμε τον Γ. Κοντογιάννη". Democratic Alliance. http://www.dimsim.gr/6_1a115/kalosorizoume_ton_g_kontogiannh.html. 
  12. ^ "Δήλωση Γιώργου Κοντογιάννη". Kontogiannis Yiorgos. http://www.gdkontogiannis.gr/Default.aspx?tabid=153&ctl=Details&mid=537&ItemID=6929. 
  13. ^ "Ο Θ. Σκυλακάκης πρόεδρος της οργανωτικής επιτροπής του συνεδρίου της Δημοκρατικής Συμμαχίας". Theodoros Skylakakis. http://www.skylakakis.gr/%CF%83%CF%85%CE%B3%CE%BA%CF%81%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%83%CE%B7-%CE%BF%CF%81%CE%B3%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%89%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE%CF%82-%CE%B5%CF%80%CE%B9%CF%84%CF%81%CE%BF%CF%80%CE%AE%CF%82-%CF%83%CF%85/. 
  14. ^ "Founding Declaration". Democratic Alliance. http://www.dimsim.gr/default.asp?pid=3&la=1. 
  15. ^ "Οι προτάσεις-τομές της Ντόρας Μπακογιάννη". http://atithasos.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-post_21.html. 

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