- Freedom Union
Freedom Union–Democratic Union
Unie svobody–Demokratická unie
Leader Jan Černý Founded 1998 Headquarters Kozí 916/5, Prague Ideology Social liberalism, Liberalism (2002-2005), Libertarianism (2006) Official colours Dark green Website www.unie.cz Politics of the Czech Republic
The Freedom Union–Democratic Union (Czech: Unie Svobody–Demokratická unie, US–DEU) is a small, pro-european liberal party in the Czech Republic. As of 2008, it does not have any seats in the Czech Chamber of Deputies and has 1 senator in "Open Democracy" Caucus in the Senate.
The party was founded in 1998 as Freedom Union (Unie Svobody), as a split from the Civic Democratic Party. From 2002 till 2006, it was part of the Czech government, forming a coalition with the Czech Social Democratic Party and the Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party. As a part of government, the party started to lose members and support. It suffered a stinging defeat in the 2004 regional councils and European Parliament elections. In the 2006 legislative election it received just 0.3% votes and lost all its seats in the Chamber of Deputies, which led to the resignation of its leader, Pavel Němec. Current leader, Jan Černý, was elected on June 3, 2007.
- 1998 Chamber of Deputies: 8.6 % - 19 seats
- 1998 Senate: 1 seat
- 2000 Senate: 8 seats
- 2002 Chamber of Deputies: 9 seats (in coalition with KDU–ČSL, 14.3 %)
- 2002 Senate: 1 seat
- 2004 Senate: 1 seat
- 2004 European Parliament: no seats (as part of Union of liberal democrats 1,7 %)
- 2006 Chamber of Deputies: 0.3% - no seats
- 2006 Senate: no seats
- 2008 Senate: no seats
- Freedom Union–Democratic Union official site
Political parties in the Czech Republic Chamber of Deputies
2010 (200 seats)
2010 (81 seats)
2009 (22 seats)
(>0.5% of the 2010 vote)1 Includes one elected as independent. 2 One more split to TOP 09. 3 Only one was actually elected as TOP 09 candidate, one split from Christian Democratic Union, two were elected for Mayors and Independents and one for Party for the Open Society
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