International Democrat Union

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International Democrat Union
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Countries with a party member of International Democrat Union as of September 2018 (parties in government in dark blue, parties in opposition in light blue)
Motto"Global alliance of the centre-right"
PurposeWorld federation of centre-right and conservative political parties [1]
Headquarters Munich, Germany
Region served
Official language
Stephen Harper
Deputy Chairman
Brian Loughnane

The International Democrat Union (IDU) is an international alliance of centre-right and conservative political parties. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, [2] the IDU consists of 73 full and associate members from 63 different countries. [3] It is chaired by Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada.


The IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest. From this, they act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of centre-right policies around the globe. The IDU has some overlap of member parties with the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), but the CDI is more centrist and communitarian than the IDU. [4]

The group was founded in 1983 as the umbrella organisation for the European Democrat Union (EDU), Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU), and the Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU). Created at the instigation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and US Vice President George H. W. Bush, the organisation was founded at a joint meeting of the EDU and APDU in London, England, UK. [5]

The IDU has several regional affiliates: the Democrat Union of Africa, the Union of Latin American Parties, the Asia Pacific Democrat Union, the Caribbean Democrat Union, the European People's Party, and the European Conservatives and Reformists Party. [6] It also has an affiliated youth wing in the International Young Democrat Union, and an affiliated women's wing in the International Women's Democrat Union.


IDU was founded in London on June 24, 1983. [7]

The founding declaration was signed by 19 persons: [8]

Alois Mock Austrian People's Party Austria
Margaret Thatcher Conservative Party United Kingdom
Helmut Kohl Christian Democratic Union of Germany Germany
Franz Josef Strauss Christian Social Union in Bavaria Germany
Jacques Chirac Rally for the Republic France
Andrew Peacock Liberal Party of Australia Australia
Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza New Democracy Greece
Fraga Iribarne People's Alliance Spain
Oscar Alzaga People's Democratic Party Spain
Susanne Wood New Zealand National Party New Zealand
Glafcos Clerides Democratic Rally Cyprus
Ilkka Suominen National Coalition Party Finland
Lucas Pires CDS – People's Party Portugal
Tatsuo Tanaka  [ ja ] Liberal Democratic Party Japan
Ulf Adelsohn Moderate Party Sweden
Erik Nielsen Progressive Conservative Party of Canada Canada
Poul Schlüter Conservative People's Party Denmark
Jo Benkow Conservative Party Norway
Frank Fahrenkopf Republican Party United States

Member parties

Full members

Full members
CountryPartyAcronymGovernmentLower ChamberUpper Chamber
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Democratic Party of Albania PDextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 140(0%)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Republican Proposal PROin opposition
51 / 257(20%)
8 / 72(11%)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Liberal Party of Australia LIBsenior party in coalition
61 / 151(40%)
31 / 76(41%)
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Austrian People's Party OVPsenior party in coalition
71 / 183
22 / 61
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Azerbaijan National Independence Party AMIPextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 125(0%)
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus BPF Party BPFextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 110(0%)
0 / 64(0%)
United Civil Party UCPextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 110(0%)
0 / 64(0%)
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia Democrat Social Movement MDSin government
4 / 130(3%)
1 / 36(3%)
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Party of Democratic Action SDAsenior party in coalition
9 / 42
3 / 15
Party of Democratic Progress PDPin opposition
2 / 42(5%)
0 / 15(0%)
Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina HDZjunior party in coalition
16 / 98(16%)
14 / 58(24%)
Croatian Democratic Union 1990 HDZ-1990in opposition
2 / 98(2%)
0 / 58(0%)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Democrats DEMjunior party in coalition
29 / 513(6%)
7 / 81(9%)
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria GERB GERBsenior party in coalition
95 / 240(40%)
Union of Democratic Forces SDSextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 240(0%)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Conservative Party of Canada CPC/PCC in opposition
121 / 338(36%)
21 / 105(20%)
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Independent Democratic Union UDIjunior party in coalition
30 / 155(19%)
9 / 43(21%)
National Renewal RNsenior party in coalition
34 / 155(22%)
8 / 43(19%)
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Colombian Conservative Party PCCjunior party in coalition
21 / 172(12%)
14 / 108(13%)
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Croatian Democratic Union HDZin government
55 / 151(36%)
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Democratic Rally DISYin government
18 / 56(32%)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party ODSin opposition
23 / 200(12%)
18 / 81(22%)
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Conservative People's Party Kin opposition
13 / 179(7%)
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic National Progressive Force FNPextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 190(0%)
0 / 32(0%)
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Social Christian Party PSCin opposition
15 / 137(11%)
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador Nationalist Republican Alliance ARENAin opposition
37 / 84(44%)
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Isamaa junior party in coalition
12 / 101(12%)
Flag of Europe.svg  European Union European People's Party EPPsenior party in coalition
187 / 705
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland National Coalition Party Kokin opposition
38 / 200(19%)
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia United National Movement UNMin opposition
6 / 150(4%)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Christian Democratic Union of Germany CDUsenior party in coalition
200 / 709(28%)
22 / 69(32%)
Christian Social Union of Bavaria CSUjunior party in coalition
46 / 709
4 / 69
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana New Patriotic Party NPPin government
169 / 275(61%)
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece New Democracy NDin government
158 / 300(53%)
Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada New National Party NNPin government
15 / 15(100%)
7 / 13(54%)
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala Unionist Party PUjunior party in coalition
3 / 160(2%)
Flag of Honduras (2008 Olympics).svg  Honduras National Party of Honduras PNH in government
61 / 128(48%)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Fidesz in government
117 / 199(59%)
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Independence Party Djunior party in coalition
16 / 63(25%)
Flag of India.svg  India Bharatiya Janata Party [9] BJP in government
303 / 543
85 / 245
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Likud Party Likudsenior party in coalition
36 / 120(30%)
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Democratic Party of Kenya DPin opposition
1 / 394(0.3%)
0 / 67(0%)
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Kataeb Party Kataebin opposition
3 / 128(2%)
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats TS-LKDin opposition
36 / 141(26%)
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives Maldivian Democratic Party MDPin government
65 / 87(75%)
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova PLDMextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 101(0%)
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia Democratic Party DPin opposition
11 / 76(14%)
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Movement for Changes PzPin opposition
5 / 81(6%)
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco Istiqlal Party in opposition
46 / 395(12%)
24 / 120(20%)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand National Party Natsin opposition
55 / 120(46%)
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua Conservative Party PCNin opposition
1 / 92(1%)
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia VMRO-DPMNE VMRO-DPMNEin opposition
36 / 120(30%)
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Conservative Party Hsenior party in coalition
45 / 169(27%)
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Democratic Change CDin opposition
18 / 71(25%)
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Partido Colorado ANR-PCin government
42 / 80(53%)
17 / 45(38%)
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru Christian People's Party PPCextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 130(0%)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal CDS – People's Party CDS–PPin opposition
5 / 230(2%)
Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia United Workers Party UWPin government
11 / 17(65%)
Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines New Democratic Party NDPin opposition
7 / 15(47%)
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Serbian Progressive Party SNSin government
97 / 250(39%)
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Slovenian Democratic Party SDSsenior party in coalition
26 / 90(29%)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea United Future Party UFPin opposition
84 / 300(28%)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain People's Party PPin opposition
89 / 350(25%)
97 / 265(37%)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka United National Party UNPin opposition
1 / 225(0.4%)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Moderate Party Min opposition
70 / 349(20%)
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan Kuomintang of China KMTin opposition
38 / 113(34%)
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania Chama Cha Demokrasia Na Maendeleo CHADEMAin opposition
62 / 393(16%)
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda Forum for Democratic Change FDCin opposition
36 / 375(10%)
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Batkivshchyna VOBin opposition
24 / 450(5%)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Conservative and Unionist Party Con in government
365 / 650(56%)
245 / 786(31%)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Republican Party R/GOPin government
197 / 435(45%)
53 / 100(53%)
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Project Venezuela PVextraparliamentary opposition
0 / 167(0%)


ChairpersonTerm StartTerm EndPolitical AffiliationCountry
William Hague 19972002 Conservative Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
John Howard 20022014 Liberal Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Sir John Key 20142018 National Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Stephen Harper 2018incumbent Conservative Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

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