SNK - European Democrats

SNK European Democrats
Sdružení nezávislých kandidátů – Evropští demokraté
Founded 2006
Headquarters Malá Štěpánská 7, Prague
Ideology Liberal conservatism
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group EPP-ED (2004–2009)
Colours Blue, Yellow
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The SNK European Democrats (Czech: SNK Evropští demokraté), is a small liberal conservative political party in the Czech Republic, led by Zdeňka Marková. The first regular chairperson of this party was Jana Hybášková. It was created in January 2006 by two small Czech parties – SNK Union of Independents (Czech: SNK sdružení nezávislých) led by former Foreign Minister Josef Zieleniec and European Democrats (Czech: Evropští demokraté) led by former Mayor of the City of Prague Jan Kasl.

European Democrats

The European Democrats were founded in summer 2002 by former Mayor of the City of Prague Jan Kasl. He resigned on his post in protest at the policy of Civic Democratic Party in Prague's municipal government. It was founded above all as a Prague party (or no more than a party for the bigger cities). In the 2002 elections for Prague's municipal government, the European Democrats reached 15 seats (2nd place) and became the strongest opposition party. In the 2004 Senate elections, ED gained 1 seat (of 27 elected). The party had only ever Jan Kasl as its chairman until it merged with SNK.

SNK Union of Independents

see SNK Union of Independents

Cooperation and Merge

Although these two parties merged in 2006 they had already cooperated in coalition in the 2004 European Parliament Elections. They gained 11% of the vote and elected three MEPs – Josef Zieleniec, Jana Hybášková and Tomáš Zatloukal.

In February 2006 these two parties merged after long negotiations[1] about terms of uniting in one new party. The result was that members of European democrats went over to the Union of Independents and this was renamed SNK European democrats.[2] According to uniting treaties between SNK and ED this hasn't any formal chairman. But it was led by Josef Zieleniec as political leader (and primary face of parliament elections although he wasn't candidate) and Jan Kasl as executive vice chairman.

New party claimed itself as an alternative for voters which were tired by main political parties. But because of some tension between former SNK and ED members in new party and missing funds[3] SNK European democrats' campaign in Chamber of Deputies was unsuccessful. They gained 2.1% of the vote, becoming the first non-parliamentary party.

After heavy failure in 2006 Chamber of Deputies elections was called the Republic assembly (the highest executive body of the party) and new and regular chairwoman was elected Jana Hybášková – one of party's MEPs.

Election results

  • 2002 Chamber of Deputies: SNK – 2,78% – no seat
  • 2002 Senate: SNK – 2 seats, ED – no seats
  • 2002 Prague's municipal government: SNK – no seats, ED – 15 seats
  • 2004 Senate: SNK – 1 seat, ED – 1 seat
  • 2004 European Parliament: SNK and ED in coalition – 11,02% – 3 seats
  • 2006 Chamber of Deputies: 2,1% – no seat
  • 2006 Senate: no seat
  • 2008 Senate: no seat


See also

External links

  • SNK – European Democrats official site
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