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The International Democrat Union (IDU) is a center-right international grouping of conservative, Christian-democratic and Liberal-conservative political parties.

Formed in 1983, the IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organizational interest, in order that they might act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of centre-right policies across the globe. The group was founded by several prominent heads of state and government, including then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher, then-Vice President of the United States George H.W. Bush[1], then-Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl and then-Mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac.

The organization is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and comprises 45 full or associate members. It is chaired by John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia[2].

The IDU is subdivided in several regional sections—the Democrat Union of Africa, Unión de Partidos Latinoamericanos (UPLA), Asia Pacific Democrat Union, Caribbean Democrat Union, and both the European People's Party & European Democrat Union —in addition to the International Young Democrat Union and International Women's Democrat Union.

Countries and dependencies governed by an IDU member or consultative parties (as of March 2009).


Full member parties

Country Name Government Name in native language
 Albania Democratic Party of Albania in government (Partia Demokratike e Shqipërisë)
 Australia Liberal Party of Australia in opposition
 Austria Austrian People's Party junior party in government (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP)
 Azerbaijan National Independence Party of Azerbaijan in opposition (NIPA, Azərbaycan Milli İstiqlal Partiyası)
 Bulgaria Union of Democratic Forces (Bulgaria) in opposition (Saiuz na demokratichnite sili)
 Canada Conservative Party of Canada in government (Conservative Party of Canada / Parti conservateur du Canada)
 Chile Independent Democrat Union in government (Unión Demócrata Independiente, UDI)
 Chile National Renewal Party in government (Renovación Nacional, RN)
 Taiwan Kuomintang of China in government

中國國民黨 (Zhōngguó Guómíndǎng), Chinese Nationalist Party, KMT)

 Colombia Conservative Party of Colombia in government (Partido Conservador Colombiano, PCC))
 Croatia Croatian Democratic Union leader of government coalition (Hrvatska demokratska zajednica, HDZ)
 Cyprus Democratic Rally in opposition (Dimokratikos Synagermos, DISY)
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party in opposition[3] (Občanská demokratická strana, ODS)
 Denmark Conservative People's Party junior party in government (Det Konservative Folkeparti, KFP)
 El Salvador Nationalist Republican Alliance in opposition (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista, ARENA)
 Estonia Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica in government (Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit, IRL)
 Finland National Coalition Party junior party in government (Kansallinen Kokoomus, KOK)
 France Union for a Popular Movement in government (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, UMP)
 Germany Christian Democratic Union leader of government coalition (Christlich-Demokratische Union Deutschlands, CDU)
 Germany Christian Social Union in Bavaria junior party in government coalition (Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern, CSU)
 Greece New Democracy in opposition Νέα Δημοκρατία (Nea Demokratia), ND)
 Honduras National Party of Honduras in government (Partido Nacional de Honduras, PNH)
 Hungary Fidesz - Hungarian Civic Union in opposition (Fidesz - Magyar Polgári Szövetség, FIDESZ)
 Iceland Independence Party in opposition (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn)
 South Korea Grand National Party in government 한나라당 (Hannara-dang), Hannara, GNP)
 New Zealand New Zealand National Party in government (NZNP)
 Norway Conservative Party in opposition (Høyre, H)
 Portugal Democratic and Social Center / People's Party in opposition (Partido do Centro Democrático e Social / Partido Popular, CDS/PP)
 Serbia Democratic Party of Serbia in opposition Демократска странка Србије (Demokratska stranka Srbije), DSS)
 Slovenia Slovenian Democratic Party in opposition (Slovenska demokratska stranka, SDS)
 Spain People's Party in opposition (Partido Popular, PP)
 Sri Lanka United National Party in opposition එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය (Eksath Jathika Pakshaya), UNP)
 Sweden Moderate Party leader of government coalition (Moderata Samlingspartiet, M)
 Tanzania Party for Democracy and Progress in opposition (Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo, CHADEMA)
 United Kingdom Conservative and Unionist Party in opposition (Conservative, Tory)
 United States Republican Party
(represented by the Republican National Committee)
minority party, in opposition to the President (Republican, GOP)

Associate member parties

Observer parties


  1. ^ IDU: International Democrat Union - Founder
  2. ^
  3. ^ On March 24, 2009, Topolanek announced his resignation, along with his entire Government, after it lost a no-confidence in the Czech Parliament. He remained in office until 8 May, at which point Jan Fischer took office as an independent Prime Minister leading an interim technical government.
  4. ^ IDU : International Democrat Union - Regional Unions - EDU

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