Union of the Democratic Centre

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The Union of the Democratic Centre (EDIK, Greek:Ένωση Δημοκρατικού Κέντρου, Enosi Dimokratikou Kentrou) is a centrist, liberal party in Greece.

The party was founded on February 5, 1976, two years after the end of the military junta's rule, asserting itself to be the ideological successor of the once ruling Centre Union party. EDIK was the result of the merger of Center Union - New Forces and the Democratic Center Union of Ioannis Zidgis. Its party leader at the time was Georgios Mavros who earlier led the Center Union - New Forces; Mavros, though, would join PASOK a couple of years later. The party was led by Zidgis in the early 1980s and has since adopted more social-democratic positions. EDIK was marginalized, with PASOK claiming most of the appeal of socialist ideology in Greece, and participated in the elections of 1981 gaining about 0.7% of the vote without representation in the parliament. However, Georgios Mavros was elected as an independent on PASOK ticket, and again in 1985, when EDIK and PASOK officially co-operated. In 1989, EDIK ran independently and did not elect any representatives in parliament.

Since 1998, the party president is Neoklis Sarris, and the party operates mostly as a forum of political analysis and public, ideological debates.


  • 1977 - 12 seats
  • 1981 - 1 seat
  • 1985 - 1 seat

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