Croatian Growth

Croatian Growth (Croatian: Hrvatski rast, acronym Hrast is a Croatian word for Oak tree) or Hrast-Movement for Successful Croatia was a political party in Croatia established in 2012. Its founding was initiated by several conservative Catholic NGOs, Croatian section of Radio Maria, Croatian Republican Union, Family Party, Christian Democrat politician Ante Ledić, author Hrvoje Hitrec and two candidates in 2010 Presidential elections in Croatia, historian Josip Jurčević and Miroslav Tuđman, son of first Croatian president Franjo Tuđman.[3] The party maintains contacts with European Christian Political Movement.[4]

Croatian Growth
Hrast-Movement for Successful Croatia
PresidentLadislav Ilčić[1]
Founded23 November 2012
Dissolved2 October 2021 (2 October 2021)
Merger ofCroatian Souverainists
HeadquartersZagreb, Croatia
IdeologyChristian right[2]
National conservatism[2]
Social conservatism
Political Catholicism
Political positionRight-wing
National affiliationCroatian Sovereignists
European affiliationEuropean Christian Political Movement
Colours  Light blue
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In the 2013 European Parliament election, Croatian Growth received 2,55% of votes, which was not enough to gain a seat.

The party participated in the Patriotic Coalition at the 2015 Croatian parliamentary election. In that election, it became possible for candidates to receive preferential votes, and the candidates of Hrast won a total of 8,800 (out of a coalition total of 771,070).[5]

Ladislav Ilčić served as MP until new 2016 Croatian parliamentary election when he was replaced by Hrvoje Zekanović, party's vicepresident.

Since April 2018 HRAST is no longer part of the ruling HDZ coalition because of disagreement over the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

In July 2018 HRAST signed a political cooperation pact with Croatian Conservative Party. In February 2019 they launched political platform called Croatian Sovereignists together with several NGOs and prominent intellectuals for the upcoming 2019 European Parliament election.

On October 2, 2021, a unification assembly was held in Croatia's capital Zagreb. During the assembly it was announced, that three smaller conservative and right-wing parties (Croatian Conservative Party, Croatian Growth - Movement for Successful Croatia and the Generation of Renewal) will become defunct to merge and work together as the Croatian Sovereignists.[6][7]

Election historyEdit


Election In coalition with Popular vote

(coalition totals)

% of overall vote Seats won Change Government
2015 (November) Patriotic Coalition 746,626 33.36% (#1)
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2016 (September) HDZ-HSLS-HDS 682,687 36.27% (#1)
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  Government 2016–2018
Opposition 2018–2020
2020 (July) DPMŠ 181,492 10.89% (#3)
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European ParliamentEdit

Election year In coalition with # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats won
2019 Croatian Sovereignists (HS) 91,546 8.52% #3
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  1. ^ "Ladislav Ilčić". Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2015). "Croatia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ Arhiva - stari 2. "". Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  4. ^ "Ladislav Ilčić on the European elections and the situation in Croatia | ECPM". Archived from the original on 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  5. ^ Suzana Barilar (13 November 2015). "Preferencijalni glasovi". Jutarnji list (in Croatian).
  6. ^ "Ujediniteljski sabor Hrvatskih suverenista". (in Croatian). 2 October 2021. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Hrvatskim suverenistima pridružile se još tri desne stranke: 'Ovo je gruda koja će se pretvoriti u lavinu'". (in Croatian). 2 October 2021. Retrieved 31 October 2021.

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