|General Secretary||Melina Daskalakis|
|Slogan||Citizens, not clients|
|Preceded by||The Liberals (Greece)|
|Headquarters||98Α, Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, 11528, Athens|
|European affiliation||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe|
|European Parliament group||No MEPs|
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Drasi (Greek: Δράση; English: Action) is a liberal minor political party in Greece. The party was founded in 2009 by Stefanos Manos and is led by former New Democracy member Theodoros Skylakakis. The party has no representation in the Hellenic Parliament or European Parliament. Drasi is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party.
Stefanos Manos left New Democracy (ND) in 1999 to found The Liberals, before later running on ND and Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) electoral lists in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Unlike The Liberals, Drasi was not founded as an expressly liberal party, but claims to espouse "common sense" as an ideological basis.
In the May 2012 legislative election, Drasi ran in electoral alliance with the Liberal Alliance. It won 1.8% of the vote finishing twelfth overall, directly behind the Democratic Alliance and Recreate Greece, which both had similar liberal ideologies to Drasi. Ahead of new elections in June 2012 legislative election, Drasi and the Liberal Alliance formed an electoral pact with Recreate Greece, while the Democratic Alliance, which they had also approached, refused to join them and ran on the New Democracy list instead.
On 5 January 2015, Drasi's leader Skylakakis and the leader of The River party, Stavros Theodorakis, gave a press conference announcing a joint electoral list for the January 2015 legislative election.
Drasi is in favor of a small and flexible government through the decrease of the portion of Greek government expenses the party considers unnecessary. Moreover, the party supports privatizations of public assets, using the proceeds for the repayment of undervalued Greek debt in secondary capital markets.
|May 2012||Hellenic Parliament||75.428||1.80%*||0|
|June 2012||Hellenic Parliament||98,050||1.59%**||0|
- "Leader of liberal Drasi sees ND and PASOK disappearing", Ekathimerini, 10 May 2012
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- "Parties forge alliances ahead of June vote". Kathimerini. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Leader of liberal Drasi sees ND and PASOK disappearing". Kathimerini. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Bakoyannis returns to ND fold". Kathimerini. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Συνεργασία της Δημιουργίας Ξανά με τη Δράση στις ευρωεκλογές". in.gr. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
- "Drasi leader urges party members to stand with Potami". Kathimerini. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
- "Liberal Drasi party joins forces with To Potami in upcoming general elections". 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
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- "There are all too many alternatives". The Economist. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
- "Greek Politicians Debate Election Disaster: 'If We Leave the Euro, Everything Will Be Worse'". Spiegel online. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
- Official website (Greek)