Amsterdam Coalition

The Amsterdam Coalition (Croatian: Amsterdamska koalicija) was an electoral alliance of centre-left and liberal political parties in Croatia.[1][2]

Amsterdam Coalition
Amsterdamska Koalicija
LeaderCollective leadership
Founded8 December 2018 (official)
Dissolved6 March 2020
Succeeded byRestart Coalition
HeadquartersZagreb
IdeologySocial liberalism
Green politics
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre to centre-left
Slogan"The face of a progressive Croatia"

HistoryEdit

The alliance consisted of six parties - the Civic Liberal Alliance (GLAS), Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS-DDI), Croatian Peasant Party (HSS), Alliance of Primorje-Gorski Kotar (PGS), Democrats and Croatian Labourists.[3][4] It was formally formed on the 8 December 2018 when Anka Mrak-Taritaš (GLAS), Krešo Beljak (HSS) and Boris Miletić (IDS-DDI) signed a coalition agreement for the 2019 European Parliament election in Croatia.[5] On 23 February 2019, the Coalition presented their list of 12 candidates for the 2019 European Parliament election, headed by Valter Flego of the IDS.[6][7]

The coalition stated in their programme that they "fight for a progressive, free and prosperous Croatia", while also "opposing intolerance, incompetence and primitivism".[6][7]

The term "Amsterdam Coalition" first started appearing in Croatian media at the end of 2017, after GLAS and Pametno joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party, a transnational European political party, in Amsterdam.[8] Pametno left the coalition in August 2018, after disagreements concerning the Uljanik shipbuilding company.[9] After the 2019 European Parliament election, the Croatian Party of Pensioners (HSU) announced that they are leaving the alliance and joining the Social Democratic Party of Croatia for the 2020 parliamentary election.[10] GLAS President Anka Mrak-Taritaš confirmed in March 2020 that the coalition doesn't exist anymore.[11]

MembersEdit

Party name Abbr. Leader Ideology MPs (2018–20) Member
Civic Liberal Alliance GLAS Anka Mrak-Taritaš Social liberalism
4 / 151
2018 (2018)–2020 (2020)
Croatian Peasant Party HSS Krešo Beljak Agrarianism
Liberalism
4 / 151
2018 (2018)–2019 (2019)
Istrian Democratic Assembly IDS-DDI Boris Miletić Regionalism
Social liberalism
3 / 151
2018 (2018)–2020
Croatian Party of Pensioners HSU Silvano Hrelja Single-issue politics
(Rights of pensioners)
1 / 151
2018 (2018)–2019 (2019)
Democrats[12] Dem. Mirando Mrsić Social democracy
Social liberalism
1 / 151
2019–2020
Alliance of Primorje-Gorski Kotar PGS Darijo Vasilić Regionalism
Liberalism
0 / 151
2018 (2018)–2020
Croatian Labourists – Labour Party[13] Laburisti David Bregovac Social democracy
Democratic socialism
0 / 151
2019–2020

Electoral performanceEdit

European ParliamentEdit

Election year Rank Ballot carrier Popular votes % of popular votes Overall seats won Affiliation
2019 6th Valter Flego (IDS-DDI) 55,806 5.19%
1 / 12
ALDE (Renew Europe)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Amsterdamska koalicija': GLAS, Pametno i IDS / 'Suglasni smo i ne odustajemo od revizije Vatikanskih ugovora', Anka Mrak Taritaš" ['Amsterdam Coalition': GLAS, Pametno and IDS / 'We agree and won't back down from revising the Vatican agreements', Anka Mrak Taritaš]. 100posto.hr. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  2. ^ Klarić, Jasmin (2 January 2019). "Može li Amsterdamska koalicija postati alternativa HDZ-u? Prema analizi rejtinga – može, ako ih ne zezne Dalija Orešković" [Can the Amsterdam Coalition become an alternative to HDZ? According to the ratings - yes, if Dalija Orešković won't overtake them]. Telegram (in Croatian). Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Raste Amsterdamska koalicija" [The Amsterdam Coalition is growing]. N1 HR (in Croatian). 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Amsterdamska koalicija još brojnija: 'Možemo osloboditi Hrvatsku željeznog stiska HDZ-a'" [Amsterdam Coalition even bigger: 'We can free Croatia from the iron grip of HDZ']. Vijesti.hr (in Croatian). 17 February 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Formalizirana Amsterdamska koalicija: 'Vrlo se jasno suprotstavljamo HDZ-u i onima desnije od njega'" [Amsterdam Coalition formalised: 'We clearly oppose HDZ and the ones more to the right than them']. Net.hr (in Croatian). 8 December 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Amsterdamska koalicija predstavila svoju listu za europske izbore, ima iznenađenja" [Amsterdam Coalition announced their list for the European election, there are surprises]. tportal.hr (in Croatian). 23 February 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Amsterdamska koalicija predstavila kandidate, NOSITELJ LISTE VALTER FLEGO: EU izbori bit će borba između dvije Hrvatske i dvije Europe" [Amsterdam Coalition announced their candidates, head of list Valter Flego: the EU election will be a fight between two Croatias and two Europes]. Glas Istre (Voice of Istra) (in Croatian). 23 February 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  8. ^ Špoljar, Marko (5 December 2017). "'Amsterdamska koalicija' kreće na HDZ i SDP: Pitali smo njihove šefice što to kemijaju" ['Amsterdam Coalition' goes after HDZ and SDP: we asked their leaders what they are planning]. tportal.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  9. ^ "GLAS žali zbog izlaska stranke Pametno iz koalicije: "Dat ćemo šansu IDS-u"" [GLAS regrets that Pametno is leaving the coalition: "We will give IDS a chance"]. Index.hr (in Croatian). 31 August 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  10. ^ Grakalić, Dubravko (8 June 2019). "HSU POTVRDIO ODLAZAK IZ AMSTERDAMSKE KOALICIJE, OSTALI OSTAJU NA OKUPU Reformisti i HSLS mogu u koaliciju kad napuste HDZ" [HSU confirmed that they are leaving the Amsterdam Coalition, others stay together. Reformists and HSLS can join the coalition after leaving HDZ]. Glas Istre (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  11. ^ "MRAK-TARITAŠ: 'Ako SDP želi Bernardića za mandatara, to je za mene završena priča'". nacional.hr. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Amsterdam coalition close to adding a new member". The Voice of Croatia. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Laburisti donijeli odluku o pristupanju Amsterdamskoj koaliciji". Laburisti Hrvatske (in Croatian). 3 February 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.