Union of Centrists
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|Founded||2 March 1992|
|Headquarters||28 Karolou St.|
122 42 Athens
|Youth wing||Youth Union of Centrists|
|European affiliation||European Democratic Party|
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The Union of Centrists (Greek: Ένωση Κεντρώων, Enosi Kentroon) is a centrist and liberal political party in Greece. The leader and founder of the party is Vassilis Leventis. It strongly supports Greece's remaining an integral part of the European Union.
The party was founded by Vassilis Leventis in 1992 under the title "Union of Centrists and Ecologists" (Greek: Ένωση Κεντρώων και Οικολόγων). The name was changed shortly after. The Union of Centrists claims to be the ideological continuation of the old party Centre Union.
The party strives to become "the political continuance of the centrist expression in Greece". Leventis aimed to become part of the Venizelist legacy of some Greek politicians of the past, such as Eleftherios Venizelos and George Papandreou (senior).
Until 2015, the party's influence was marginal, with 1.79% of the total vote in the Greek legislative election, January 2015 and no MPs being its highest achievement. In the Greek legislative election, September 2015 the party cleared the 3% hurdle for representation in the Greek Parliament with 9 MPs after it won 186,457 votes (3.43%). 2 MPs left the parliamentary group: Georgios Dimitrios Karras in November 2016 and Theodora Megaloeconomou in July 2017, the latter becoming a Syriza MP in January 2018. The party has currently 5 MPs.
Party's electoral results
|Results since 1993|
(year links to election page)
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- Nordsieck, Wolfram (2015). "Greece". Parties and Elections in Europe.
- "Greek Elections: New Poll Shows Slight New Democracy Lead Over SYRIZA". GreekReporter. 3 September 2015.
- "Centrists Union MP Megaloeconomou becomes independent". The Greek Observer. 10 July 2017.
- "Centrists Union MP Karras becomes independent". ERT. 30 November 2016.