Drassi

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Drassi
Δράση
Leader Theodoros Skylakakis
General Secretary Melina Daskalakis
Spokesperson Panagiotis Michalopoulos
Founder Stefanos Manos
Slogan Citizens, not clients
Founded 2009 (2009)
Headquarters 98Α, Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, 11528, Athens
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Classical liberalism
Political position Centre
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Parliament
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European Parliament
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Regions [2]
0 / 725
Website
www.drassi.gr
Politics of Greece
Political parties
Elections

Drassi (Greek: Δράση; English: Action) is a Greek political party of liberal center, led by former New Democracy member Theodoros Skylakakis. Founded in 2009, Drassi supports free-market reforms.

Manos had left New Democracy in 1999 to found The Liberals, before later running on ND and PASOK lists in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Unlike The Liberals, Drassi was not founded as an expressly liberal party, but espouses "common sense" as an ideological basis.[3]

In its first election, to the European Parliament in 2009, Drassi finished ninth with 0.8% of the vote. It subsequently did not participate in the general election in October 2009.

In the May 2012 election to the Hellenic Parliament, Drassi ran in electoral alliance with the Liberal Alliance. It won 1.8% of the vote, finishing twelfth overall: directly behind the Democratic Alliance and Recreate Greece, which both have similar liberal ideologies to Drassi. Ahead of new elections June 2012, Drassi and the Liberal Alliance formed an electoral pact with Recreate Greece,[4] while the Democratic Alliance, which they had also approached,[5] refused to join them, and is running on the New Democracy list instead.[6]

In the May 2014 election to the European Parliament, Drassi ran in electoral alliance with the Recreate Greece.[7]

Ideology[edit]

Drassi is in favor of a small and flexible government through the decrease of the portion of Greek government expenses the party considers unnecessary.[8] Moreover, the party supports privatizations of public assets, using the proceeds for the repayment of undervalued Greek debt in secondary capital markets.[8]

Electoral results[edit]

Results
2009 European Parliament
38,895
0.76%
0
May 2012 Hellenic Parliament
75.428
1.80%*
0
June 2012 Hellenic Parliament
98,050
1.59%**
0
2014*** European Parliament

* In alliance with Liberal Alliance
** In alliance with Recreate Greece and Liberal Alliance *** In alliance with Recreate Greece

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