Liberal Union (Spain, 1983)

The Liberal Union (Spanish: Unión Liberal; UL) was a small Spanish liberal party founded by Pedro Schwartz in 1983 and officially launched on March 23 of that year.[1]

Liberal Union
Unión Liberal
LeaderPedro Schwartz
FoundedJanuary 18, 1983 (1983-01-18)
DissolvedDecember 22, 1984 (1984-12-22)


In the 1982 general election, Pedro Schwartz ran as an independent in the lists of the coalition formed by People's Alliance and the People's Democratic Party (AP-PDP), obtaining a bench of deputy by Madrid. He convinced the coalition leader, Manuel Fraga, of the need to create a liberal party with which will dispute the votes of the political center. Fraga acceded and Schwartz created the Liberal Union party that joined the coalition between AP and PDP (with what the coalition was renamed as AP-PDP-UL). The party was registered in the Register of the Ministry of Interior on January 18, 1983.[2]

On January 26, 1984, in an attempt to "renew" the party, Antonio Fontán replaced in the party presidency to Pedro Schwartz.[3] On November 22, 1984, Liberal Union appointed as president of his party to Rafael Márquez, replacing Antonio Fontán.[4]

On December 22, 1984, the Liberal Union agreed to merge with another liberal party that had approached the orbit of the coalition, with the party taking the name of the second: Liberal Party, so that the center-right coalition was renamed AP-PDP-PL (at the time for the 1986 general election it would be named People's Coalition).[5] The merge of both parties was completed in 1985.[6]

Among the Liberal Union members was Esperanza Aguirre.[7]


  1. ^ "Schwartz, en la presentación de UL: "Nos defenderemos del absolutismo socialista"". ABC (in Spanish). 24 March 1983. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ Jauregui, Fernando (19 January 1983). "Dos nuevos grupos se unen a la 'operación liberal' de Fraga". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. ^ Jauregui, Fernando (26 January 1984). "Antonio Fontán, nuevo 'hombre fuerte' del ala liberal en la coalición de Fraga". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. ^ "La ejecutiva de Unión Liberal nombra presidente a Rafael Márquez". El País (in Spanish). 23 November 1984. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Un 20% de los cargos del Partido Liberal serán empresarios". El País (in Spanish). 11 January 1985. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Segurado abandona mañana la CEIM para construir el ala liberal de la Coalición". ABC (in Spanish). 8 January 1985. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  7. ^ "¿Qué fue del Partido Liberal de Aguirre?". Público (in Spanish). 26 April 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2016.