Published 3rd January, 2013
The Patriotic Union or VU, also referred to as the Fatherland Union, was founded at the end of World War One as the People’s Party and subsequently took on its current title in 1936 after merging with the Heimatdienst Movement. It describes itself as Centre-Right and believes in Christian Democracy and Liberal Conservatism.
The People’s Party won its first election in 1918 and was the governing party until 1928 when it was beaten by the Progressive Citizens’ Party (FBPL). From 1938 until 1970 it was a junior coalition partner to the Progressive Citizens’ Party but won back the majority in 1970. Whilst they lost the 1974 general election the party was back as the majority party in 1978 until February 1993.
In the February 1993 the party dropped one seat to 11 seats but in the October won once more with 13 of the 25 seats in the Landtag. They lost again in 2001 to the Progressive Citizens’ Party but were back again in 2009 with 13 of the 25 seats in the Landtag.
The Patriotic Union is a member of the European Democrat Union (EDU).