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The Christian Social Party (CSP) (German: Christlich-soziale Partei, French: Parti chrétien-social) is a political party in Switzerland of the Christian left. The CSP is more aligned with social democracy than the other major Christian party, the Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland (CVP), which is more economically liberal. With the moderate Christian left as its background, the CSP commits itself to social-democratic and environmentalist political solutions. The core principles of the CSP contain, among others, "solidarity with the socially and economically disadvantaged and the preservation of the environment."[This quote needs a citation]
|German name||Christlich-soziale Partei (CSP)|
|French name||Parti chrétien-social (PCS)|
|Italian name||Partito Cristiano Sociale (PCS)|
|Romansh name||Partida cristiansociala de la Svizra (PCS)|
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|Founded||21 June 1997|
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As of 2016, the CSP does not hold any seats in the National Council of Switzerland.
On a cantonal level, the CSP has many elected members, mainly in the Roman Catholic cantons of Valais, Fribourg, Obwalden and Jura. In the latter, the CSP had until late 2010 one elected member in the Executive body, the Conseil d'Etat of the Republic of Jura (where it operates as the Independent Christian Social Party).
A member of the Christian left, the CSP is a centre-left political party overall and has strong environmentalist views. It also has social values and aims for taxing richer people. On a societal point of view, it has more progressive views and acts in favour of abortion rights, same-sex relationships and euthanasia, which differs strongly with other common Christian political parties, which traditionally are socially conservative.
- Der Bund kurz erklärt (in German). Swiss Confederation. 2011. p. 21. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24.
- Nordsieck, Wolfram (5 June 2019). Parties and Elections in Europe: Parliamentary Elections and Governments since 1945, European Parliament Elections, Political Orientation and History of Parties (3 ed.). p. 549. ISBN 978-3-7322-9250-9.
- Nordsieck, Wolfram (2015). "Parties and Elections in Europe". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2019.