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New Union (Social Liberals)
Naujoji sąjunga (socialliberalai)
Leader Artūras Paulauskas
Founded 1998 (1998)
Headquarters Vilnius
Ideology Social liberalism
Political position Centre-Left
International affiliation Liberal International (observer)
European affiliation European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party
European Parliament Group None
Official colours Blue, white
Politics of Lithuania
Political parties

The New Union (Social Liberals) (Lithuanian: Naujoji sąjunga (socialliberalai), or NS, is a centre-left, social liberal party in Lithuania. The NS is member of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party and is an observer at Liberal International. It was founded in 1998 and is led by Artūras Paulauskas.

Its policy is based on the social liberal ideology, the principal values of which are personal freedom, social solidarity, welfare of people and justice.

In 2000 it formed a coalition government with the Liberal Union, and in 2001 a new coalition with the Social Democrats and later on in 2004 a coalition with the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania and the Labour Party which lasted until 2008.

Its candidate Vilija Blinkevičiūtė won 16.6 % of the votes at the presidential elections of 13 June 2004. At the last legislative elections, 10 October 2004, the party won 11 out of 141 seats.

At the legislative elections of 2008 the party lost heavily, gaining only 1 seat in the Seimas from its previous 11 and only 3.64 percent of the national vote and due to its coalition partner, Labour Party also losing heavily its coalition with the former and the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania collapsed and a new centre-right coalition, led by Andrius Kubilius, who becomes prime minister for a second time, of Homeland Union, National Resurrection Party, and Liberals' Movement of the Republic of Lithuania which gained a combined governmental majority of 72 out of 141 seats, took over, leaving the party in opposition.

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