Green Liberal Party of Switzerland
|Green Liberal Party of Switzerland|
|German name||Grünliberale Partei (glp)|
|French name||Parti vert'libéral (pvl)|
|Italian name||Partito Verde-Liberale (pvl)|
|Romansh name||Partida Verda-Liberala (pvl)|
|Members of the Federal Council||None|
|Founded||19 July 2007|
3000 Berne 7
|Council of States|
|Politics of Switzerland
Swiss Federal Council
Council of States (members)
National Council (members)
The Green Liberal Party of Switzerland (German: Grünliberale Partei der Schweiz, glp; French: Parti vert'libéral, pvl), abbreviated to glp, is a centrist Green liberal political party in Switzerland. Founded in 2007, the party holds five seats in the Federal Assembly.
The party was formed on 19 July 2007 by four cantonal branches of the Green Party. Contesting the election in October 2007 in St. Gallen and Zurich, the party won three seats in the National Council. A month later, the party won a seat in the Council of States, with Verena Diener representing Zurich. The party has since expanded across Switzerland, and holds seats in thirteen cantonal legislatures in German-speaking Switzerland and the Romandy. The party reachd 5.4% at the 2011 federal election, increasing the number of Members of the National Council from 3 to 12.
The Green Liberals are a party of the political centre or centre-right, as opposed to the left-wing Green Party. They seek to combine liberalism on civil liberties and moderate economic liberalism with environmental sustainability. In the Federal Assembly of Switzerland, the glp is part of the centrist Christian Democrats/EPP/glp Group, along with the Christian Democratic People's Party and Evangelical People's Party.
In the 2007 election to the National Council on 22 October 2007, the party ran in Zurich and St. Gall. Despite being limited to only two cantons, the party won 1.4% of the popular vote nationwide and 3 out of 200 seats. In Zurich, they won 7% of the vote. One of these three had been a National Councillor for the Green Party in the previous Parliament.
A month later, it won a seat in the Council of States, with Verena Diener representing Zurich. Along with the first appearance of the Green Party, this was the first time a minor party had won representation in the Council of States since 1995. When the Federal Assembly convened, the glp joined the Christian Democrats/EPP/glp Group, making it the second-largest group, behind the Swiss People's Party. In 2010 the party got an addition seat with Markus Stadler.
Council of States
- Martin Bäumle
- Kathrin Bertschy
- Thomas Böhni
- Isabelle Chevalley
- Roland Fischer
- Beat Flach
- Josias Gasser
- Jürg Grossen
- Margrit Kessler
- Thomas Maier
- Tiana Angelina Moser
- Thomas Weibel
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