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Political Spring

Πολιτική Άνοιξη
FounderAntonis Samaras
FoundedJune 30, 1993
DissolvedMay 13, 2004
Split fromNew Democracy
Merged intoNew Democracy
IdeologyNational conservatism
Conservatism
Populism
Political positionRight-wing

Political Spring (Greek: Πολιτική Άνοιξη, Politiki Anixi) was a Greek conservative[1] political party founded in June 1993 by Antonis Samaras. The party was formed after Antonis Samaras broke away from the governing New Democracy party after being dismissed as Foreign Minister over his hardline stance on the Macedonia naming dispute.

Political Spring gained 4.9% in the National Elections of 1993 earning ten seats in the Parliament. It gained 8.7% in the elections for the European Parliament in 1994 earning two seats. Its decline started in the National Elections of 1996, when it gained 2.94%, just below the national threshold of 3%, thus not being able to earn any seats in the Parliament. It participated in the elections for European Parliament in 1999, but it got 2.3% which was again below the threshold and considered a major failure leading to gradual dissolution of the party. Political Spring did not participate in the elections of 2000, but Antonis Samaras publicly supported the New Democracy party. Before the next general elections in April 2004, Samaras rejoined New Democracy and he was elected as an MEP in June 2004.

Electoral results

Results, 1993-1999
(year links to election page)
Year Type of Election Votes % Mandates
1993
Parliament
336,460
4.88
10
1994
European Parliament
564,778
8.65
2
1996
Parliament
199,463
2.94
0
1999
European Parliament
146,512
2.28
0
2000
Parliament
supported ND
-
-
2004
Parliament
supported ND
-
-
2004
European Parliament
participated with ND
-
1

References

  1. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Greece". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 19 February 2002. Retrieved 21 May 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)