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Alliance of Democrats
Founded 2005
Headquarters Brussels,
Washington, D.C.
Ideology Heterogeneous,
mainly Centrism

The Alliance of Democrats is a loose partnership of parties all around the world, that was started by the United States Democratic Party, the European Democratic Party (EDP) and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD). After the EDP's first political meeting in Rome in February 2005, the parties established the Alliance with offices in Brussels and Washington, DC.

The Alliance is not a true political international in the model of the Socialist International and presently unites parties positioning themselves between social-democrats and conservatives. While the Alliance has not published an official manifesto, it mainly consists of political parties that are broadly speaking moderate or centre-left. What has been published by the Alliance, however, seems to point in the direction of a more right-wing stance compared to the Liberal International on issues of international trade deregulation and foreign policy and more to the left of it on economic policy and welfare.[1]

Members of the Alliance include both members of the Centrist Democrat International (such as the Christian Democrat Party of Chile and the Democratic Union of Catalonia) and the Liberal International (such as the Democratic Alliance and most members of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats), as well as former members of Socialist International (the Indian National Congress), Israel's relatively new Kadima party, and conservative parties such as the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia and the Democratic Party of Serbia, which is also member of the International Democrat Union.

The Alliance is co-chaired by François Bayrou, Francesco Rutelli and Ellen Tauscher, while since 2008 Gianni Vernetti, who is also co-president of the Italian Liberal Group, is the Alliance's coordinator.[2]





  1. ^ For a New Alliance of Democrats
  2. ^ Board of Directors, Alliance of Democrats
  3. ^ The United States Democratic Party is also indirectly affiliated to the Liberal International, the Socialist International and the Centrist Democrat International through the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. The Democratic National Committee (whose previous leader Howard Dean is personally keen on the Socialist International, see Dean: i socialdemocratici? Sono la metà del Pd Usa (Italian), Frenda Angela, 22 April 2007, Corriere dela Sera), or the Democratic Party itself, are however not directly affiliated with any of these organisations, or indeed with any political international or alliance.
  4. ^ Liberal Forum Pakistan - Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

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