Real Politics Union

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Real Politics Union
Unia Polityki Realnej
President Bartosz Józwiak
Vice President Tomasz Pióro
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
Ideology Libertarian conservatism[1]
Classical liberalism[2]
Libertarianism[2]
National liberalism
Right-wing populism
Euroscepticism[3]
Political position Right-wing[3]
National affiliation National Movement
(2012-2016)
Kukiz'15
(2015-present)
Colours      Black
     Azure
     White
Sejm
2 / 460
Senate
0 / 100
European Parliament
0 / 51
Regional assemblies
0 / 555
Party flag
UPR flag.svg
Website
www.uniapolitykirealnej.org.pl

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".

Ideology[edit]

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[edit]

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%).

In the parliamentary election in 2007, the UPR candidates campaigned in cooperation with the League of Polish Families but did not enter into a formal coalition.

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.

In the 2011 Stanisław Żółtek along with several other UPR members toke part in the foundation of Congress of the New Right, which was led by the former chairman of the UPR Janusz Korwin-Mikke.

In the 2012 UPR along with the All-Polish Youth and National Radical Camp formed far-right political alliance National Movement, which merged into the political party in the 2014.

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.

In the 2016 National Movement left Kukiz'15, but the UPR members stayed in.

Leadership[edit]

Party symbol[edit]

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).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tóka, Gábor (1997). Political Parties in East Central Europe. Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies: Themes and Perspectives. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 127. 
  2. ^ a b Hloušek, Vít; Kopeček, Lubomír (2010), Origin, Ideology and Transformation of Political Parties: East-Central and Western Europe Compared, Ashgate, p. 115 
  3. ^ a b Basista, Jakub (2005), Carlisle, Rodney P., ed., "Poland", The Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right, Sage, p. 819 

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