Union of Centrists

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Union of Centrists

Ένωση Κεντρώων
Enosi Kentroon
AbbreviationΕΚ
LeaderVassilis Leventis
Founded2 March 1992
Headquarters28 Karolou St.
122 42 Athens
NewspaperAntidiaploki
Youth wingYouth Union of Centrists
IdeologyCentrism[1]
Liberalism[1]
Economic liberalism
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre[1]
European affiliationEuropean Democratic Party
Colours     Orange
Parliament
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European Parliament
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Regions
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Website
www.antidiaploki.gr

The Union of Centrists (Greek: Ένωση Κεντρώων, Enosi Kentroon) is a centrist,[1] liberal[1] 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.

History[edit]

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. Previously Vassilis Leventis was a part of the PASOK party when it first launched, but Vassilis Leventis left and started the Union of Centrists because of disagreements.

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).

Positions[edit]

1. To reduce the salary of all electors by 50%, the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, ministers, deputies, mayors, regional governors, as well as drastically reduce expenses for consultants, retired, detached and collaborators of all above.

2. For the abolition of the pension for current and past members, ministers, presidents of the Republic, Prime Ministers and those who have occupied all kinds of offices in the grades of local government.

3. For the purpose of identifying by means of a special plan, retrospectively, 10 years of all public sector debt, DEKOs and municipalities and regions, and their transfer to the private sector, in order to reduce public spending and to reward the conscientious civil servants.

4. For the introduction of income criteria for all benefits, tax exemptions and pensions for all citizens, that with the money saved by having and holding to support vulnerable groups of citizens (disabled, unemployed, single-parent families, students, large families, farmers, soldiers ).

5. To define the number of members in parliament to 200 as permitted by the Constitution and later to 150 (when the Constitution is amended).

6. For a method of recruiting staff in the public sector with absolutely invisible points other than their merit-based experience which is applicable for the position and to abolish individuals who gained positions through cronyism. The measure may also apply to the private sector in order for legal persons to enter beneficial European programs and to receive bank facilities.

7. To establish the Simple Analogue (without bonus) for both the parliamentary and local elections and the enshrinement of the measure as a constitutional article.

8. For the measure to include employees in the profits of large enterprises (over 200 employees) up to 40% of their total, particularly in automated industries.

9. For the pluralistic operation of all SMEs (televisions, radios, newspapers) and the imposition of strict sanctions in the case of organized propaganda.

10. For the approval by the Parliament of all loans, bonds, government securities issued and the referral to the Prime Minister's Justice, which exceeds the deficit rate set by the European Union in the management of finances.

11. The annulment of the Prespa Agreement and holding of a referendum in Greece as it should have been.

12. We also call for the trial of those who have defrauded the system from a state to a local level, ranging from political actions that led to crisis, to fake public sector employment, fake private contracts and the abolishment of employment through private sector contracts done through public sector workers right before elections.

Electoral support[edit]

Until 2015, the party's influence was marginal, with 1.79% of the total vote in the January 2015 Greek legislative election and no MPs being its highest achievement. In the September 2015 Greek legislative election the party cleared the 3% hurdle for representation in the Greek Parliament with 9 MPs after it won 186,457 votes (3.43%).[2] 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.[3][4]

A sample cover of the party's newspaper Antidiaploki.


Election results[edit]

Hellenic Parliament[edit]

Election Hellenic Parliament Rank Government Leader
Votes % ±pp Seats won +/−
1993 15,942 0.23%
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
1996 48,677 0.72%
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
2000 23,228 0.34%
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
2004 19,531 0.26%
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
2007 20,822 0.29%
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
2009 18,278 0.27%
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
May 2012 38,376 0.61%
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
June 2012 17,191 0.28% -0.33‬
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
January 2015 110,827 1.79% +1.51
0 / 300
- - No seats Vassilis Leventis
September 2015 186,457 3.43% +1.64
9 / 300
Increase9 #6 Opposition Vassilis Leventis
2019 58,460 1.27% -2.16‬
0 / 300
Decrease9 - No seats Vassilis Leventis

European Parliament[edit]

European Parliament
Election Votes % ±pp Seats won +/− Rank Leader
1994 77,951 1.19%
0 / 21
- - Vassilis Leventis
1999 52,512 0.82%
0 / 21
- - Vassilis Leventis
2004 34,511 0.56%
0 / 21
- - Vassilis Leventis
2009 19,660 0.38%
0 / 21
- - Vassilis Leventis
2014 36,879 0.65% +0.27‬
0 / 21
- - Vassilis Leventis
2019 82,072 1.45% +0.81
0 / 21
- - Vassilis Leventis

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "Greece". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  2. ^ "Greek Elections: New Poll Shows Slight New Democracy Lead Over SYRIZA". GreekReporter. 3 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Centrists Union MP Megaloeconomou becomes independent". The Greek Observer. 10 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Centrists Union MP Karras becomes independent". ERT. 30 November 2016.

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