Team K
LeaderPaul Köllensperger
Founded10 July 2018
Split fromFive Star Movement
IdeologyRegionalism[1]
Liberalism[2][3][4]
Social liberalism[1][5][6]
Direct democracy[1]
Environmentalism
Pro-Europeanism[7]
Political positionCentre[8][9] to centre-left[10]
National affiliationMore Europe
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 630
Senate
0 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Provincial Council
6 / 35
Website
www.team-k.eu

Team K (TK), named Team Köllensperger from its establishment in July 2018 to November 2019, is an Italian regionalist and liberal political party active in South Tyrol, where it seeks to be an inter-ethnic centrist party.[11] Its leader is Paul Köllensperger.

TK advocates direct democracy, social liberalism and environmentalist policies.

The party, which is close to NEOS, a liberal party in Austria, is an observer member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party and, more recently, has formed a pact with More Europe for the 2019 European Parliament election.

History

The party was established on the 10 July 2018 by Paul Köllensperger, a member of the Landtag of South Tyrol.[12] Köllensperger was elected in the Landtag after the 2013 provincial election, within the Five Star Movement (M5S).[13] However, in July 2018, he left the party accusing its leadership of not being interested in promoting enough South Tyrol’s local interests and that it was necessary to establish a new party aimed at representing all the South Tyroleans looking for an inter-ethnic centrist party and aiming at breaking the absolute majority of the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP). [14]

In the 2018 provincial election the party obtained a successful 15.2% of the vote, arriving second after the SVP.[15]

In the run-up to the 2019 European Parliament election TK, which affirmed to be taking inspiration from Austria's NEOS party,[7] joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE Party).[16][17][18][19][20] Consequently, it formed a pact with More Europe (+E), ALDE's member party in Italy, and proposed Renate Holzeisen as its candidate.[21][22][7] The list came third with 11.2% of the vote in South Tyrol and Holzeisen was the second most-voted candidate in the province, gaining nearly 23,000 votes, but she did not succeed in being elected as the list did not pass the 4% country-level electoral threshold.[23] Holzeisen later left the party and focused on opposintion to COVID-19 vaccines.[24]

Election results

Provincial Council

Landtag of South Tyrol
Election year Votes % Seats +/– Leader
2018 43,315 (2nd) 15.2
6 / 35
Paul Köllensperger

European Parliament

European Parliament
Election year Votes % Seats +/– Leader
2019 into More Europe 11.2
0 / 76
Paul Köllensperger

Leadership

References

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  2. ^ "Köllensperger si è messo in proprio". Alto Adige. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ Constantini, Simon. "Köllenspergers neue 'liberale' Liste". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ Genossenschaft, Du bist Tirol. "Team Köllensperger stellt weitere Landtagskandidaten vor". unsertirol24.com. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Der Sammler in der Mitte". Salto.bz. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ Peter, Nindler (24 October 2018). "Nach Südtirol-Wahl: Kompatscher ringt nun um Regierung". Tiroler Tageszeitung Online. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Renate Holzeisen tritt für „Team Köllensperger" bei EU-Wahl an". Südtirol Online. 5 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Paul Köllensperger: 'Con una proposta moderata è stato possibile drenare il consenso dai partiti della destra tedesca verso il centro'" – via www.la7.it.
  9. ^ "Koellensperger, l'imprenditore verde ex M5s che ha convinto i moderati". Il Sole 24 ORE. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  10. ^ Vytiska, Herbert (22 October 2018). "Südtirol: Erschütterung für alte Parteistrukturen". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Köllensperger lancia la sua lista: "M5S rigido"". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Chi è l'uomo politico che a Bolzano prende più voti di Salvini". Agi. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Paul Köllensperger molla i 5 stelle: Non voglio fare lo zerbino dell'Svp. Modello replicabile in Trentino? Dinamiche diverse". il Dolomiti. July 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Köllensperger, noi alternativa a Svp - Trentino AA/S". ANSA.it. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Alto Adige: boom della Lega, in calo l'Svp. Vola il dissidente grillino. In Trentino vince Fugatti". LaStampa.it. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  16. ^ "ALDE Party - Member Parties | ALDE Party".
  17. ^ "Il Team Köllensperger aderisce all'ALDE - liberali e democratici in Europa". March 22, 2019.
  18. ^ "Köllensperger incontra Bonino e aderisce all'Alde - TGR Bolzano". TGR.
  19. ^ "Il TeamK nell'Alde dei liberali europei - Bolzano". Alto Adige.
  20. ^ "Team K bussa, Alde apre". Salto.bz. March 21, 2019.
  21. ^ "Il Team Köllensperger punta su Renate Holzeisen per l'Europa - TGR Bolzano". TGR.
  22. ^ "Holzeisen kandidiert für das Team Köllensperger bei den EU-Wahlen".
  23. ^ Elezioni Europee del 2019 – Circoscrizione Trentino-Alto Adige, Ministero dell'Interno
  24. ^ https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/09/06/news/scuola_primo_giorno_sui_banchi_in_alto_adige_nella_terra_dei_no_vax_dove-316756850