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Chapter 4 looks at the important member parties of ECR, in particular what might be considered the ‘big six’ – from Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Finland – excluding the British Conservatives, who ought to be categorised separately. Historically, Law and Justice from Poland (PiS) have provided large numbers of MEPs in the European Parliament, while the Civic Democrats (ODS) from the Czech Republic, though smaller in size, have been key to developing the Euro-realist concept. Both these parties have been around since the start of ECR’s development back in the early 2000s, although they too have changed and developed over this period. These Central and Eastern European politicians have been joined from 2014 onwards by New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), a civic nationalist party from Flanders, and the Liberal Conservative Reformers from Germany (LKR), who started out as Alternative for Germany (AfD). Radical right parties from Denmark, Finland and Sweden are also controversially members of ECR.

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The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)

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