Real Politics Union
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|Vice President||Tomasz Rzymkowski|
|Secretary General||Tomasz Brzezina|
|Founded||14 November 1987 (as a society)
6 December 1990 (as a party)
|Headquarters||ul. Złota 7/18, 00-019 Warsaw|
|National affiliation||National Movement
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The Real Politics Union (Polish: Unia Polityki Realnej, UPR) is a free market-emphasising conservative political party in Poland. It is composed of conservatives, libertarians and monarchists. The party slogan is: "Liberty, Property, Justice".
The party's goals are to create a minimal state, restricted to basic functions such as:
- Assuring citizen's safety.
- Assuring required infrastructure to effective government operation.
- Primary and secondary education financed by the government.
- Minimum pension for retired people.
- Funding healthcare for seriously ill and bedridden people.
Popular support and funding
The UPR consistently has the support of 1–2% of voters in general elections, too low to receive public funding under Polish electoral law. As a consequence, it has faced prolonged financial difficulties since its inception. In the 1991 legislative election, the party won 3 seats.
UPR's candidates commenced their political campaign from the conservative libertarian organisation Janusz Korwin-Mikke's Platform ("Platforma Janusza Korwin-Mikke"). The PJKM did not manage to cross the required 5% threshold in the 2005 parliamentary elections (it got only 1.57%).
The list on which both the UPR and the League appeared saw the UPR get 1.5% votes. This was insufficient to get any of their candidates into the lower house ("Sejm") and therefore the UPR remains unable to obtain public funding.
UPR cooperated with National Movement in the European Parliament election in 2014, Polish local elections in 2014 and the presidential election in 2015. In the Polish parliamentary election in 2015, the whole National Movement stand for the Sejm from the lists of Kukiz'15.
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke (1990–1997)
- Stanisław Michalkiewicz (1997–1999)
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke (1999–2003)
- Stanisław Wojtera (2003–2005)
- Jacek Boroń (2005)
- Wojciech Popiela (2005–2008)
- Bolesław Witczak (2008–2011)
- Bartosz Józwiak (2011–)
A special colour variation of St George's Cross is used here as a traditional symbol of a struggle for principles. The colours of the flag represent: a struggle for allegiance (blue), virtue (white) and liberty (black).
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