Croatian Social-Liberal Party

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Hrvatska socijalno-liberalna stranka
Party leader Darinko Kosor
founding May 20, 1989
Place of foundation Zagreb
Headquarters Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 17/1
10000 Zagreb
Youth organization Mladi hrvatski liberali
Alignment conservative liberalism
Colours) yellow
International connections Liberal International (LI)
European party ALDE

The Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) (Croatian Hrvatska socijalno-liberalna stranka ) is a conservative - liberal party in Croatia . She was a member of the Liberal International until 2014 and is a member of the European Liberals . The party leader is Darinko Kosor , Dražen Budiša was chairman for many years .

Recent history

The HSLS was founded on May 20, 1989 as the first democratic party in Croatia after the Second World War . Initially, the official name was Hrvatski socijalno-liberalni savez . In the first free elections in 1990, she was part of the coalition of people's unity (Croat. Koalicija narodnog sporazuma) . After the presidential and parliamentary elections in 1992, the HSLS became the leading opposition party and remained so until the late 1990s. The HSLS was the sharpest critic of the warlike Bosnian policy of the Croatian government during the Bosnian War . In 1997 some of the members left the party and founded the Liberal Party (LS).

In 1998 a permanent coalition was formed with the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP), which won the elections two years later. The then HDZ government was voted out and replaced by this coalition with four other parties.

After another party split in 2002, when the LIBRA is formed, the HSLS left the government. In the parliamentary elections on November 23, 2003, 4% of the electorate voted for the coalition of HSLS and DC ( Democratic Center ), which earned 3 out of 151 seats; two seats in parliament went to the HSLS. The HSLS supported the government under Ivo Sanader .

After the local elections in 2005, the Liberal Party (LS) was reunited with the HSLS. Since January 2006, the entire party structure of the LS has been integrated into the HSLS. Đurđa Adlešić took over the party leadership from Ivan Čehok as chairman of the reunited party. She is also the mayor of Bjelovar .

In March 2007 the party announced that it would run in a coalition with the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) in the autumn 2007 parliamentary elections. After the parliamentary elections in autumn 2007, the opposition parties gained votes. HSLS and HSS together reached eight MPs. Forming a government initially seemed difficult. The HDZ needed another coalition partner for a government majority and could no longer rely on its previous minority government, which the previously opposition Social Liberal Party agreed to after party talks.



  • Arno Weckbecker and Frank Hoffmeister, The Development of Political Parties in Former Yugoslavia , 1997 ( ISBN 3-486-56336-X ), p. 181ff

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Arno Weckbecker, Frank Hoffmeister: The development of the political parties in the former Yugoslavia . Oldenbourg, Munich 1997. pp. 181f.
  2. Sanader sastavlja Vladu (Croatian)

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