KDU-ČSL think about changing name
A time of change for the KDU – ČSL, one of the smaller parties in the Czech Republic, which is based on the values of Democracy and Christianity.
The organization is in fact planning to change its name, which when extended reads Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (Czech: Křesťanská to demokratická unie – Československá strana lidová). A name which, everyone has noticed, is a bit old-fashioned.
Now, “almost twenty years after separation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the Christian Democrats are contemplating removing the Č from the acronym, leaving just People’s Party” revealed President Běloradek.
Běloradek then explained that there would be the possibility to transform Czechoslovakia into Czech, but voters would prefer a decisive break with the past.
He added that there could be another dramatic cut, leading to the disappearance of yet another letter, the K (křesťanská), since only one third of voters said they actually follow Christianity, while all others are atheist, like most people in the country.
Vice president Marián Jurečka pointed out that the word Christian was used in the last century when the party was founded, so as to maintain continuity with the German CDU, but “since atheism is becoming increasingly popular in the Czech Republic, it seems that a good portion of voters do not take kindly to seeing the K and so do not feel fully represented by our party. ”
The KDU-ČSL takes most of his voters from Moravia, where there are still several Catholic communities, but it is being systematically ignored in Bohemia. The party is not currently part of the Czech Parliament, but according to polls, it would get 7% if elections were to take place today. The name change will be decided at the next party congress to be held in December. Who knows, maybe their percentage will rise after that.