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Centrist Democrat International


Centrist Democrat International

Centrist Democrat International
Abbreviation CDI
Formation 1961
Purpose World federation of centre (politics)/moderate political parties
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Region served
Official language
French, English and Spanish
Andrés Pastrana Arango

The Centrist Democrat International was until 2001 the Christian Democrat International (CDI) and before that the Christian Democrat and People's Parties International (until 1999) (this earlier name is, since October 2000,[1] still sometimes used colloquially). This political international was created in 1961 in Santiago, Chile[2][3] as the Christian Democrat World Union, building on the legacy of other Christian Democrat internationals[4] who tried to create a Christian-inspired third way[5] alternative to the socialist internationals; in 1982 it was renamed for the first time Christian Democrat International.[6] The name officially changed due to the participation of groups of various faiths.[7] It is the global international political group dedicated to the promotion of Christian democracy. Although it gathers parties from around the globe, its members are drawn principally from Europe and Latin America. Some of them are also members of the International Democrat Union, although the CDI is closer to the political centre and more communitarian than the IDU.

The CDI's European wing, the Youth of the Centrist Democrat International (YCDI).


  • Executive Committee 1
  • Member parties 2
  • Observer parties 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • Literature 6
  • External links 7

Executive Committee

The CDI Executive Committee is the highest body of the organisation, formed by the president, the executive secretary and the vice-presidents.

The current president of the CDI is Andrés Pastrana Arango of Colombia, while its Executive Secretary is Spanish MEP Antonio López-Istúriz, who is also Secretary-General of the EPP[8]

The members of the Executive Committee are:

Member parties

Country Party Abbr Government
 Albania Democratic Party of Albania PD in opposition
 Algeria National Rally for Democracy RND junior party in government
 Andorra New Centre NC in opposition
 Angola National Union for the Total Independence of Angola UNITA in opposition
 Argentina Christian Democratic Party PDC in opposition
 Armenia Rule of Law OEK in opposition
 Aruba Aruban People's Party AVP/PPA in opposition
 Belgium Christian Democratic and Flemish CD&V junior party in government
 Bolivia Christian Democratic Party PDCB in opposition
 Brazil Democrats DEM in opposition
 Bulgaria Union of Democratic Forces SDS extraparliamentary opposition
 Burkina Faso Union for the Republic UR in opposition
 Cambodia National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful, and Cooperative Cambodia FUNCINPEC in opposition
 Cape Verde Movement for Democracy MPD in opposition
 Chile Christian Democratic Party PDC in government
 Colombia Colombian Conservative Party PCC junior party in government
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Movement for the Liberation of the Congo MLC in opposition
 Ivory Coast Rally of the Republicans[9] RDR in government
 Croatia Croatian Democratic Union HDZ in opposition
 Cuba Christian Liberation Movement MCL in exile
 Cuba Christian Democratic Party of Cuba PDCC in exile
 Curaçao National People's Party NVP/PNP in opposition
 Cyprus Democratic Rally DISY in government
 Czech Republic Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party KDU–ČSL in government
 Denmark Christian Democrats KD extraparliamentary opposition
 Dominican Republic Social Christian Reformist Party PRSC in opposition
 Ecuador Christian Democratic Union UDC in opposition
 El Salvador Christian Democratic Party PDC in opposition
 France The Republicans LR in opposition
 Gabon Gabonese Democratic Party PDG in government
 Germany Christian Democratic Union CDU leader of government coalition
 Greece New Democracy ND in opposition
 Guinea-Bissau Party for Social Renewal PRS in opposition
 Equatorial Guinea Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea APGE in opposition
 Hungary Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Alliance FIDESZ in government
 Ireland Fine Gael FG leader of government coalition
 Italy Union of the Centre UdC junior party in grand coalition government
 Italy UDEUR Populars UDEUR in opposition
 Lebanon Lebanese Christian Democratic Union junior party in government
 Lebanon Kataeb Phalange in opposition
 Malta Nationalist Party PN in opposition
 Mauritania Union for Democracy and Progress UDP in opposition
 Mauritania Union for the Republic UR in government
 Mexico National Action Party PAN in opposition
 Morocco Istiqlal Party in opposition
 Mozambique Democratic Movement of Mozambique MDM in opposition
 Netherlands Christian Democratic Appeal CDA in opposition
 Norway Christian People's Party KrF in opposition
 Panama People's Party PP in opposition
 Paraguay Christian Democratic Party PDC in opposition
 Peru Christian People's Party PPC in opposition
 Philippines Struggle of Democratic Filipinos LDP junior party in government
 Philippines Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats Lakas in opposition
 Portugal Social Democratic Party PSD leader of government coalition
 Romania Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party PNȚ-CD in opposition
 Romania Democratic Liberal Party PD-L in opposition
 San Marino Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party PDCS leader of government coalition
 São Tomé and Príncipe Independent Democratic Action ADI in government
 Senegal Centrist Union of Senegal UCS junior party in government
 Senegal Gainde Centrist Bloc ADI in opposition
 Slovakia Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party SDKÚ-DS in opposition
 Slovenia New Slovenia NSi in opposition
 Slovenia Slovenian Democratic Party SDS in opposition
 Spain People's Party PP in government
 Spain Democratic Union of Catalonia UDC in opposition
 Sweden Christian Democrats KD in opposition
 Ukraine Christian Democratic Union KDS in opposition
 Venezuela Christian Social Party 'Copei' COPEI in opposition

Observer parties

See also


  1. ^ Towards an era of development, Peter Van Kemseke, page 172
  2. ^ EPP-ED Chronology - 1961-1970
  3. ^ But the creation of the org was only formalized in 1964. See Towards an era of development, Peter Van Kemseke, page 172
  4. ^ EPP-ED Chronology - 1925-1950
  5. ^ The Christian Democrat International, Roberto Papini, page 32
  6. ^ Dialogue on Globalization, Occasional Papers, New York, page 23
  7. ^ PGMA calls on Christian Democrats, religious leaders to lead crusade for peace, prosperity : Philippines : Gov.Ph : News
  8. ^ Organization page on the official CDI website
  9. ^ Parties, Centrist Democrat International,, retrieved 10 March 2012.


  • Papini, Roberto (1997). The Christian Democrat International. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 

External links

  • Centrist Democrat International
  • Youth of the Centrist Democrat International
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