|Founded||11 June 2009|
|Split from||Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party|
|Headquarters||Michnův palác, Újezd 450/40, 118 00 Prague 1 – Malá strana|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Chamber of Deputies|
|Politics of Czech Republic
TOP 09 (name derived from Tradice Odpovědnost Prosperita, meaning "Tradition Responsibility Prosperity") is a fiscally conservative political party in the Czech Republic, led by the former Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and noted for its support of the free market and the European Union. TOP 09 holds 26 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
The party was founded on 11 June 2009 by Miroslav Kalousek who left the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party. Leader Karel Schwarzenberg, who had previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (2007-2009), having been nominated by the Green Party for the post, and who had been elected to the Senate in 2004 as nominee of the Freedom Union – Democratic Union (US-DEU) and Civic Democratic Alliance (ODA) parties, became the party's first leader.
Based on voting preferences polls, the party soon enjoyed popularity as the second strongest right-wing party (the Civic Democrats (ODS) being the first), as was confirmed during 2010 parliament elections, where 16.70% voted for TOP 09 and 20.22% for ODS.
TOP 09 is currently in the opposition.
In September 2010 TOP09 applied to join the European People's Party as a member. Karel Schwarzenberg has already officially participated in two EPP summits (15 September and 16 December 2010). On 10 February 2011 TOP 09 has officially been granted permission to join the EPP.
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