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 NEWS 2001-2003*
 
 

News in brief: Latest events around the world of parties and elections in Europe.

03
May
Slovenia
The Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDS) changed its name into Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). 
  Belgium
Agalev changed its name into Green! (GROEN!).
  Serbia
The alliance Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) was dissolved.
  Denmark
The Christian People's Party (KRF) changed its name into Christian Democrats (KD).
  Bulgaria
The Bulgarian Euroleft (BE) was reorganised into the Bulgarian Social Democracy (BSD).
  Switzerland
Liberal union: The Freethinking-Democratic Party (FDP) and the Liberal Party of Switzerland (LPS) created a party federation called Union of Freethinkers and Liberals (UFL). 
  Albania
PSSH/Albania, PS/Andorra, BSP/Bulgaria, SZDP/Hungary, SDSM/Macedonia, SDP/Montenegro and PSD/Romania  became full members of the Socialist International (SI). BSDP/Belarus, SNSD/BiH, DPS/Montenegro, SDPR/Russia, DS/Serbia, SDP/Serbia, SDPU/Ukraine and SPU/Ukraine were granted consultive membership, DEHAP/Turkey was granted observer status. 
  Romania
The National Liberal Party (PNL) and the small National Liberal Party - Campeanu (PNL-C) were reunited. The PNL-C was formed in 1995 by R. Campeanu after he was replaced as party leader of the PNL by M. Ionesu-Quintus.
  Moldova
The Liberal Party (PL, former PRC), the Social Democratic Alliance of Moldova (ASDM, former BEAB) and two minor parties merged into the new party Alliance Our Moldova (AMN).
  Romania
The ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) absorbed two small extraparliamentary parties, the Socialist Labour Party (PSM) and the Socialist Party of National Revival (PSRN).
  Lithuania
The Lithuanian Liberal Union (LLS), the Lithuanian Centre Union (LCS) and the Modern Christian Democratic Union (MKDS) established a new single party: Liberal and Centre Union (LiCS).
  Lithuania
The Homeland Union - Lithuanian Conservatives (TS-LK) changed its name into Homeland Union (TS). The party also plans to merge with two extraparliamentary parties, the Lithuanian Freedom Union (LLS) and the Lithuanian Union of Political Prisoners and Deportees (LPKTS).
  Slovakia
The HZDS changed its name into People's Party - HZDS (LS-HZDS).
  Macedonia
The Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) merged with the small National Democratic Party (NDP).
  Slovakia
Slovak National Party (SNS) and Real Slovak National Party (PSNS) were reunited.
  Andorra
The Democratic Party (PD) changed its name into Democratic Centre of Andorra (CDA).
  Hungary
The Hungarian Citizens' Party (MPP) changed its name into Hungarian Citizens' Union (MPSZ).
    San Marino
The social democratic Party of Democrats (PD) and the social democratic Sanmarinese Socialist Party (PSS) merged into the Party of Socialists and Democrats (PSD).
  Romania
The conservative Union of Rightist Forces (UFD, 2000 part of CDR) merged into the National Liberal Party (PNL).
  Slovakia
The Party of Civic Understanding (SOP), founded by President Rudolf Schuster, merged into the party Smer.
  Turkey
The pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HADEP, 2002 part of DEHAP) was banned because of supposed relations to the outlawed PKK.
  Slovakia
Eleven former deputies of the HZDS who where forced out set up a new party called People's Union (LU).
  Spain
The Basque separatist party Herri Batasuna (HB, related to the terrorist organisation ETA) and their successors Euskal Herritarrok (EH) and Batasuna were banned.
  Ukraine
The rightist Ukrainian People's Movement (UNR) was renamed into Ukrainian People's Party (UNP). The party is part of the electoral bloc Our Ukraine (NU).
  Russia
Jabloko changed its name into Jabloko - Russian Democratic Party (JABLOKO).
  Slovenia
The Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDS) and the party New Slovenia (NSI) formed an electoral alliance called Coalition Slovenia.
02 Moldova
The Party of Democratic Forces (PFD) and the small Social Liberal Party (PSL) merged into the (new) PSL.
  Italy
The Christian Democratic Centre (CCD), the Union of Christian Democrats (CDU) and the European Democracy (DE) founded the Union of Christian Democrats and Centre Democrats (UDC). The UDC is part of the center-right coalition House of Freedom (CdL) lead by Silvio Berlusconi.
  France
The Rally for the Republic (RPR), the Liberal Democray (DL) and one faction of the Union for the French Democray (UDF) inaugurated a unified political party. Chairman of the new Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) is the former Prime Minister Alain Juppé. The UMP is member of the pan-European EPP.
  Belgium
The Christian Social Party (PSC) was renamed into Democratic Humanistic Centre (CDH).
  Belgium
Liberal union: PRL, PFF, FDF and MCC formed a party federation called Reform Movement (MR).
  Turkey
One wing of the DSP around former Foreign Minister Cem founded the social democratic party New Turkey (YT).
  Poland
The Polish Christian Democrats (PPChD) and a faction of the Conservative People's Party (SKL, part of PO) merged into the Conservative People's Party - New Poland Movement (SKL-RNP).
  Italy
The Daisy (MARGHERITA) was transformed into a party called Democracy and Freedom - The Daisy (DL).
  Moldova
Liberal merger: Party of Rebirth and Conciliation (PRC),  National Peasants Party (PNTCD), National Liberal Party (PNL) and Social Political Movement For Order and Justice (MSPOD) merged into the Liberal Party (PL).
  Romania
The center-left Alliance for Romania (ApR) merged into the PNL. The Social Democratic Party (PSD) was granted consultive membership in the Socialist International.
  Norway
A right-wing anti-immigration faction of the Progress Party (FRP) launched a new party called Democrats (D).
  Czech Republic
Freedom Union (US) and Democratic Union (DEU) founded the Freedom Union - Democratic Union (US-DEU).
01 Hungary
Hungarian People's Party (MPP) and Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) formed an election alliance.
  Hungary
Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP), Hungarian Democratic People's Party (MDNP) and some minor formations merged into the Centre Party (CP).
  Russia
The parties Unity (MEDVED) and Fatherland-All Russia (OVR) merged into United Russia (ER).
  Finland
The Finnish Christian League (SKL) was renamed into Christian Democrats (KD).
  Netherlands
Reformed Political Federation (RPF) and Reformed Political League (GPV) founded the Christian Union (CU).
  Lithuania
The Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party (LKDP) and the Lithuanian Christian Democratic Union (LKDS) founded the Lithuanian Christian Democrats (LKD).
  Lithuania
Merger: Lithuanian Democratic Workers' Party (LDDP) and Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), both part of the electoral alliance Lithuanian Social Democratic Union (LSDA), were united under the label of the LSDP.
  Italy
The Democratic Party of the Left (PDS) was enlarged and reorganised into the Left Democrats (DS).
  Slovenia
The Slowenian People's Party (SLS) and the Slowenian Christian Democrats (SKD) merged into the Slowenian People's Party (SLS+SKD).
  Ireland
Social democratic merger: The Democratic Left (DL) merged into the Labour Party (LP).
  Belgium
The Christian People's Party (CVP) was renamed into Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V).
  Belgium
The Socialist Party (SP) was renamed into Socialist Party Different (SP.A).
  Belgium
VU split: The conservative wing established the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), the social liberal wing the party SPIRIT.
  Romania
The Party of Social Democracy (PDSR) and the Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSDR), both part of the electoral alliance Social Democratic Pole of Romania (PSDR), merged into the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
  Turkey
The Islamist Virtue Party (FP) was banned. The fundamentalist wing established the Prosperity Party (SP), the more moderate wing the Justice and Developement Party (AKP).
  Estonia
Estonian Country People's Party (EME) and two minor parties founded the Estonian People's Union (ERL).
  (*) Detailed figures and sources are not available.

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