Spolu has joined the European People's Party faction

Spolu is seen as a serious partner to Europe, the party's chair said.

Spolu chair Miroslav BeblavýSpolu chair Miroslav Beblavý (Source: SITA)

The non-parliamentary centre-right party Spolu (Together) has been accepted to the strongest European political party, the European People’s Party (EPP). The decision was adopted at its assembly in Brussels on September 10, the SITA newswire reported.

“We want to fundamentally change the situation in Slovakia,” Spolu chair Miroslav Beblavý said, as quoted by SITA. “To achieve this, we need strong partners, friends, and allies in united Europe.”

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Spolu, a liberal-conservative party, was formed less than two years ago. It has tried to become an EPP member for a year.

In the May 2019 EP elections, Spolu created an electoral coalition with Progressive Slovakia (PS), winning four seats in the European Parliament.

Europe’s serious partner

Spolu has proven that it is a real political party that is taken seriously in Europe, Beblavý added.

“It will help us in the effort to win the next year’s parliamentary election,” he said, as quoted by SITA.

Both Spolu and PS remain in the coalition ahead of the elections, being the strongest opposition party, as a number of polls suggest.

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Cooperation with KDH

Spolu head thanked the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) politician and MEP Ivan Štefanec and the representatives of other Slovak political parties for their support.

“Our close cooperation with KDH does not only have a national but also, officially, European dimension,” Beblavý said, as quoted by SITA.

Štefanec is the only KDH politician sitting in the EP. He is also an EPP member. There are another three Slovak MEPs in the EPP group in the parliament, including two of the PS-Spolu coalition.

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