TOP 09

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TOP 09
Leader Karel Schwarzenberg
Founded 11 June 2009 (2009-06-11)
Split from Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party
Headquarters Michnův palác, Újezd 450/40, 118 00 Prague 1 – Malá strana
Ideology Liberal conservatism[1][2]
Christian democracy[3][4]
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre-right[5]
International affiliation None
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colours Purple
Chamber of Deputies
26 / 200
Senate
1 / 81
European Parliament
4 / 21
Regional councils
44 / 675
Local councils
868 / 62,300
Website
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Politics of Czech Republic
Political parties
Elections

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.[6] TOP 09 holds 26 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

History[edit]

Karel Schwarzenberg, leader of TOP 09 party

The party was founded on 11 June 2009 by Miroslav Kalousek who left the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party.[7] 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.[8][9]

Based on voting preferences polls, the party soon enjoyed popularity as the second strongest right-wing party (the Civic Democrats (ODS) being the first),[10] as was confirmed during 2010 parliament elections, where 16.70% voted for TOP 09 and 20.22% for ODS.[11]

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[12] and 16 December 2010[13]). On 10 February 2011 TOP 09 has officially been granted permission to join the EPP.[14]

Election results[edit]

Below are charts of the results that the TOP09 has secured in the Chamber of Deputies, Senate, European Parliament, and regional assemblies at each election.

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Year Vote % Seats Place Govt?
2010 16.7 Increase 41 Increase 3rd Increase Yes
2013 12.0 Decrease 26 Decrease 4th Decrease No

Senate[edit]

European Parliament[edit]

Year Vote % Seats Place
2014 16.0 Increase 4 2nd

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