Harmony Centre

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Concord Centre
Latvian: Saskaņas Centrs
Russian: Центр Cогласия
Leader Nils Ušakovs
Founded 2005
Headquarters Riga
Ideology Social democracy[1] Russian minority politics[1]
Political position Left-wing[2]
National affiliation Social Democratic Party "Harmony",
Socialist Party of Latvia
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group European United Left–Nordic Green Left
(LSP)
Colours Maroon, White
Saeima
31 / 100
European Parliament
1 / 8
Website
http://www.saskanascentrs.lv
Politics of Latvia
Political parties
Elections

Harmony Centre, officially translated as "Concord Centre," (Latvian: Saskaņas Centrs, SC; Russian: Центр Cогласия, ЦC) is a social-democratic[3][4] political alliance in Latvia. It was formed in 2005 and its member parties are the Social Democratic Party "Harmony" and the Socialist Party of Latvia (the Social Democratic Party "Harmony" was formed in 2010 when the National Harmony Party, the Social Democratic Party, the New Centre and later on the Daugavpils City Party merged with each other). Journalist Nils Ušakovs has been chairman since Autumn 2005 (the first chairman was Riga city councillor and head of the NC Sergejs Dolgopolovs).

In the 2006 parliamentary election, the party got 14.42% (130,887 votes) and won 17 of the 100 seats. It became the fourth largest party in Parliament and the second largest opposition party.

In January 2009, the Social Democratic Union (Latvian: Sociāldemokrātu savienība, abbreviated SDS) joined the alliance.[5]

In the 2009 European Parliament Election, Harmony Centre was the second most voted party in Latvia. The party received 19.57% (154,894 votes) and won 2 of the 8 MEPs seats.[6]

In the 2010 parliamentary election, Harmony Centre became the second Latvian political force and the main opposition alliance in Parliament. It received 26.04% (251,397 votes) and won 29 of the 100 seats. In the following 2011 parliamentary election, Harmony Centre obtained the largest number of votes (28.36%) and seats (31 of the 100 seats), but remains in opposition, partly due to its political positions that are perceived by right-wing ethnic Latvian parties as incompatible with Latvian national interests and allegedly too close to United Russia, Russia’s ruling political party.[7]

Political positions[edit]

Social democracy, progressive income taxation, minority rights, participatory democracy, internationalisation of higher education, good relationship with Russia. Economically, Harmony Centre supports increased social spending, in order to boost the economy and increase the general welfare.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parties and Elections in Europe, "Latvia", The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck". Parties & Elections. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Foundation Schuman (7 April 2011). Schuman Report on Europe: State of the Union 2011. Springer. pp. 108–. ISBN 978-2-8178-0222-0. 
  3. ^ Sten Berglund (1 April 2013). The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 100–. ISBN 978-1-78254-588-0. 
  4. ^ Hans Slomp (2011). Europe, a Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. p. 531–. ISBN 978-0-313-39181-1. 
  5. ^ Politisko partiju apvienība "Saskaņas Centrs". Saskanascentrs.lv. Retrieved on 19 September 2011.
  6. ^ Latvian Central Election Commission 9 June 2009. Velesanas2009.cvk.lv. Retrieved on 19 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Latvian Election Shows Gains for Pro-Russia Party". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 

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