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 NEWS 2007

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

Dec Italy
Four left-wing parties launched a federation called The Left - The Rainbow (La Sinistra - L'Arcobaleno): Communist Refoundation Party (PRC), Party of Italian Communists (PdCI), Democratic Left (SD), Federation of Greens (VERDI).
Source: Corriere della Sera
The Democratic Party (PD) and the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) formed the new Democratic Liberal Party (PDL).
Source: Wikipedia
Northern Ireland / UK
A new political grouping, which is against power-sharing at Stormont (St Andrews Agreement), was launched by former Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MEP Jim Alister. The new party is called Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV).
Source: BBC
Nov   EU
The nationalist group in the European Parliament, called Identity / Tradition / Sovereignty (ITS), collapsed after the defection of the Romanian PRM.
Source: EU Observer
Oct   Italy
The social democratic Left Democrats (DS), the centrist Democracy is Freedom - Daisy (DL) and several minor parties and movements from the center-left coalition The Ulive Tree (L'ULIVO) formed the Democratic Party (PD). The unified party is led by Walter Veltroni (DS), the mayor of Rome. A liberal faction, led by Lamberto Dini, left the DL and formed the small Liberal Democrats (LD).
Source: Der Standard
Aug   Ukraine
The All-Ukrainian Union Fatherland (VOB), led by Yulia Tymoshenko, formed an alliance called Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko (BYUT) with the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party (USDP) and the Reforms and Order Party (PRP). The VOB applied for membership of the EPP.
Source: RFE/RL
The alliance Our Ukraine (NU) and the Civil Movement People’s Self-Defense (GRNS) formed the election bloc Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense (NUNS) headed by Yuriy Lutsenko. The bloc includes the People's Union Our Ukraine (NSNU), “Forwards, Ukraine (VU)”, People’s Movement of Ukraine (NRU), Ukrainian Republican Party Sobor (URPS), Ukrainian People’s Party (UNP), Christian-Democratic Union (KDS), Civic Party Pora (PORA), Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists (KUN), Party of Motherland Defenders (PZO) and the European Party of Ukraine (EPU).
Source: Ukrayinska Pravda
Latvia's First Party (LPP) and Latvia's Way (LC) merged into the LPP/LC.
Source: Wikipedia
Jul   Switzerland
Cantonal parties in Zürich and St. Gallen formed the Green Liberal Party (GLP) as a national party. The cantonal parties were set up by centrist members of the Green Party of Switzerland (GPS).
Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The rightist faction of the National Alliance (AN), led by Francesco Storace, left the party and founded a new party called The Right (LD).
The New Italian Socialist Party (NPSI) split among those who wanted to participate to the foundation of the proposed Socialist Party (PS) along with the Italian Democratic Socialists (SDI) and those who wanted to maintain the allegiance to the House of Freedoms (CdL).
Source: Wikipedia
Jun Bulgaria
The conservative liberal National Movement Simeon II. (NDSV) changed its name into National Movement for Stability and Progress (NDSV).
Source: Wikipedia
Left Party.PDS (DIE LINKE.PDS) and Labour and Social Justice - The Electoral Alternative (WASG) merged. Co-Chairmen of the unified party, called The Left (DIE LINKE), are Lothar Bisky (DIE LINKE.PDS) and Oskar Lafontaine (WASG).
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung
The True Path Party (DYP) was renamed into Democratic Party (DP). The Motherland Party (ANAP) and the Democratic Society Party (DTP) withdrew from the upcoming election. DTP-affiliated candidates will stand as independents. The Democratic Left Party (DSP) participates under the listing of the Republican People's Party (CHP).
Source: Turkish Daily News
May   Denmark
A centrist party, called New Alliance (NA), was set up by three deputies of the Radical Left (RV) and the Conservative People's Party (KF).
Source: Der Standard
  Northern Cyprus
The Peace and Democracy Movement (BDH) and the Communal Liberation Party (TKP) founded the Communal Democracy Party (TDP).
Source: BDH
F. Bayrou, currently leader of the Union for French Democracy (UDF), reorganised the UDF into the social liberal Democratic Movement (MD). A rightist faction (New Centre) and most MPs opposed this and allied with the UMP.
Source: Der Standard
Apr   Italy
The Left Democrats (DS) and Democracy ist Freedom - Daisy (DL) decided to form a new party in October, called Democratic Party (PD). The new center-left formation will be open to other political organisations. A left-wing faction of the DS (Democratic Left, SD) left the party.
Source: Der Standard
The People's Party of the Russian Federation (NPRF) joined Just Russia - Motherland, Pensioners, Life (SR).
Source: Wikipedia
The Civic Alliance of Serbia (GSS) merged into the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Source: Southeast European Times
Feb   Flanders / B
The liberal Vivant was absorbed into the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD).
Source: Gazet van Antwerpen
Jan   Romania
The National Liberal Party (PNL) split after internal struggles: A minor faction led by former Prime Minister Theodor Stolojan left the party and founded a new center-right party called Liberal Democratic Party (PLD). The new party allied itself with the Democratic Party (PD) and announced to join the EPP.
Source: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Members of seven ultra-rightist parties and one independent MEP founded a new group in the European Parliament: FPÖ (Austria), VB (Belgium), ATAKA (Bulgaria), FN (France), AS (Italy), MSFT (Italy), PRM (Romania). The new faction is called Identity / Tradition / Sovereignty (ITS).
Source: Der Standard

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