Real Politics Union
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|Real Politics Union
Unia Polityki Realnej
|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|
|National affiliation||National Movement|
|Politics of Poland
The Real Politics Union (Polish: Unia Polityki Realnej, UPR) is a free market-emphasizing 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%).
In the most recent election, 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.
- 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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- Hloušek, Vít; Kopeček, Lubomír (2010), Origin, Ideology and Transformation of Political Parties: East-Central and Western Europe Compared, Ashgate, p. 115
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- Official website (in Polish)
- UPR Wiki (in Polish)
- thank YouTube one of a few TV spots showing UPR state policy (in Polish)
- UPR TV (in Polish)
- Organisation of Polish Monarchists