Liberal Alliance (Greece)
|Vice President||Stratis Katakos|
|Political position||Centre|
|Colours||Purple and yellow|
|Politics of Greece
The Liberal Alliance (Greek: Φιλελεύθερη Συμμαχία, Fileleftheri Symmakhia) is a liberal political party in Greece, founded in February 2007. Its stated purpose is to cover the political ground between what it considers to constitute a conservative New Democracy and the socialist PASOK.
The highest organ in Liberal Alliance is its bi-annual Congress, which elects a seven (7) member Coordination Committee. The CC then elects the President.
The symbol of Liberal Alliance is like @ but instead of 'a' it has the Greek phi letter, which is also the first letter of the word Liberal in the Greek language, while the dominating colours are purple and yellow. (Initially the logo was the head of Adamantios Korais, until the first party congress.)
The party participated in the 2007 legislative election in Greece, where it tallied 0,1% of the popular vote, ranking 13th among 21 candidate parties. Its highest percentage was in the first Athens electoral prefecture, where it tallied 544 votes out of 337.000 cast, equaling 0,17%, while its worst percentage was in the prefecture of Pieria, which is the only prefecture where the party fielded no candidates.
It also participated in the 2009 European Parliament elections, with an even lower tally of 0,08% of the popular vote, ranking 24th among 27 candidate parties. The results of the 2009 euroelections, considered as catastrophic, led the party to not participate in the 2009 general elections in Greece, held three months later.
In the May 2012 election to the Hellenic Parliament, Liberal Alliance ran in electoral alliance with Drasi. It won 1.8% of the vote. In the June 2012 election, they additionally joined up with Recreate Greece] but with just 1.59% of the votes again didn't manage to surpass the 3% electoral threshold.
In January 2015, the Liberal Alliance suspended talks about a joint electoral list in the upcoming legislative election with social-liberal To Potami party. The aspired "front against the new two-party system of stateists" didn't fail on the "serious ideological differences" with To Potami, but on the grounds that the participation of Liberal Alliance's president Gregory Vallianatos had reportedly been ruled out by To Potami, which instead decided to team up with Liberal Alliances 2012 partners, Drasi.
- President: Gregory Vallianatos
The Liberal Alliance defines itself as classical liberal party, championing personal liberty and human rights in both the political, social and economic sectors. Some of its positions are:
- Withdrawal of the state from every kind of business activity and the reduction in the size of government and public sector.
- Decriminalization of drug use.
- Full separation of church and state.
- Abolition of the (compulsory in Greece) military draft.
- Abolition of permanent employment in the civil sector.
- Tax reduction.
- Permission for non-Government controlled universities to exist.
- Privatization of state run public services.
- Respect for the individuality of citizens.
- Abolition of the state-run, defined benefit scheme to a defined contribution pension system managed entirely by the private sector under supervision by a specialized government superintendency.
- Contributions to liberal theory
- Liberalism worldwide
- Liberalism in Greece
- The Liberals (Greece), Greek party
- "Parties forge alliances ahead of June vote". Kathimerini. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Liberal Alliance ends talks with The River". Greek Liberal Monitor. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
- "Drasi leader urges party members to stand with Potami". Kathimerini. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
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