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The European Democratic Alliance was a heterogeneous political group in the European Parliament between 1984 and 1995. It consisted mainly of deputies from the French Gaullist Rally for the Republic (RPR) and the Irish Fianna Fáil.[9] The grouping had a generally centre-right outlook, and strongly defended the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy.[10]

European Democratic Alliance
European Parliament group
NameEuropean Democratic Alliance[1]
English abbr.EDA[1][2]
French abbr.RDE[3]
Formal nameGroup of the European Democratic Alliance[2][4][5]
IdeologyConservatism, Gaullism, National conservatism, Regionalism
Political positionCentre-right
From24 July 1984[3]
To6 July 1995[3]
Preceded byEuropean Progressive Democrats
Succeeded byUnion for Europe
Chaired byJean-Claude Pasty[5]
Christian de La Malène[4]
MEP(s)29 (July 23, 1984)[6]
20 (July 25, 1989)[7]
26 (July 19, 1994)[8]



Following the 1984 elections, the Group of European Progressive Democrats[4] renamed itself on 24 July 1984[3] to the Group of the European Democratic Alliance.[2][4] The European Democratic Alliance merged with the Forza Europa group (dominated by MEPs from Forza Italia) to become the "Group Union for Europe" on 6 July 1995.[5][11][12]


The name of the group in English is Group of the European Democratic Alliance[2][4][5] in long form, European Democratic Alliance[1] in short form, and the abbreviation is EDA.[1][2] The equivalents in French are Groupe du Rassemblement des Démocrates Européens, Rassemblement des Démocrates Européens, and RDE.[3] Those French equivalents are sometimes rendered in English as Union of European Democrats and UED.[13]

MEPs on 23 July 1984Edit

MEPs from 1986 to July 1987Edit

MEPs from July 1987 to July 1989Edit

MEPs on 25 July 1989Edit

MEPs on 1 August 1994Edit

Member state MEPs Party MEPs Notes
France 14 Rassemblement pour la République 14
Ireland 7 Fianna Fáil 7
Portugal 3 CDS – People's Party 3 was expelled from EPP after rejection of Maastricht treaty[22]
Greece 2 Political Spring 2 split from New Democracy



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  4. ^ a b c d e f "European Parliament profile of Christian de La Malène". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  5. ^ a b c d e "European Parliament profile of Jean-Claude Pasty". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
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  8. ^ a b "1994 European Parliament election results at July 19, 1994". 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  9. ^ Smith, Julie (1999), Europe's Elected Parliament, Sheffield Academic Press, p. 89
  10. ^ Colin Pilkington (1995). Britain in the European Union Today. Manchester University Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-7190-4562-2.
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  12. ^ Jansen, Thomas; Van Hecke, Steven (2011), At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party, Springer, p. 63
  13. ^ a b b961115.htm on the European Parliament website
  14. ^ a b c d "European Parliament profile of Magdeleine Anglade". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  15. ^ a b c d "European Parliament profile of Philippe Malaud". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  16. ^ a b c d "Alfred COSTE-FLORET". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  17. ^ a b c d "European Parliament profile of Jacqueline Thome-Patenotre". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  18. ^ a b c d "European Parliament profile of Winifred M. Ewing". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  19. ^ a b Boissieu, Laurent de. "Élections européennes Portugal". Europe Politique (in French). Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  20. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Yvon Briant". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  21. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Dimitrios Nianias". 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  22. ^ Johansson, Karl Magnus (2002), "European People's Party", European Political Parties between Cooperation and Integration, Nomos, p. 65