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Δημοκρατική Αριστερά (Dimokratiki Aristera) - ΔΗΜ.ΑΡ. | Democratic Left (DIMAR) is a social-democratic political party in Greece.





H Δημοκρατική Αριστερά ή εν συντομία ΔΗΜ.ΑΡ., είναι ελληνικό δημοκρατικό σοσιαλιστικό πολιτικό κόμμα όπως αυτοπροσδιορίζεται, που δημιουργήθηκε το 2010 από μέλη της «Ανανεωτικής Πτέρυγας» του Συνασπισμού της Αριστεράς των Κινημάτων και της Οικολογίας, τα οποία αποχώρησαν από το κόμμα μετά το 6ο Συνέδριο, καθώς και από την «Πρωτοβουλία για την Ανασυγκρότηση της Ανανεωτικής Αριστεράς» και ανένταχτους πολίτες.


Η Δημοκρατική Αριστερά είναι ένα αριστερό κόμμα, όπως προσδιορίζεται, που σε αντίθεση με τα ευρωσκεπτικιστικά κόμματα της αριστεράς, τάσσεται καθαρά υπέρ της διατήρησης της Ελλάδας στην υπάρχουσα Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση για την ισχυροποίηση της ενοποίησης και της οικονομικής διακυβέρνησης, ενώ υποστηρίζει πως μέσω αυτής θα πρέπει να αντιμετωπιστεί η οικονομική κρίση, με μια αριστερή προσέγγιση όμως. Ενώ δεν θεωρεί άκριτα ως δίκαιο αίτημα την υπεράσπιση κάθε εργασιακού κεκτημένου.


Ηγέτης: Φώτης Κουβέλης

Γενικός Γραμματέας: Σπύρος Λυκούδης

Εκπρόσωπος: Ανδρέας Παπαδόπουλος

Ιδρυτής: Φώτης Κουβέλης

Ιδρύθηκε: 27 Ιουνίου 2010

Ιδεολογία: Δημοκρατικός σοσιαλισμός, Σοσιαλδημοκρατία, Οικολογία







Democratic Left (Greek: Δημοκρατική Αριστερά - ΔΗΜ.ΑΡ., Dimokratiki Aristera, DIMAR) is a democratic socialist and social-democratic political party in Greece.



Democratic Left was founded on 27 June 2010 when the Renewal Wing platform of the left-wing party Synaspismós, among them MPs Fotis Kouvelis, Thanasis Leventis, Nikos Tsoukalis, and Grigoris Psarianos - exited Synaspismós at its 6th congress. They were joined by more than 550 individuals.


At a subsequent national conference of the Renewal Wing, 170 members were elected to national policy committee of the new party. The first conference of the Democratic Left was held on 31 March - 3 April 2011, electing Fotis Kouvelis as its leader with 97.31% of the vote.


On 22 March 2012, six MPs from the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) joined the party, which raised the total number of Democratic Left MPs to 10, the party was eligible to form a parliamentary group. The minor party Free Citizens also joined the Democratic Left on 22 March 2012. In the May 2012 elections the Party got 386,116 votes (6.11%) and 19 deputies in the Greek Parliament, making it the 7th biggest party in Greece. In the June 2012 elections, the DL won 17 seats, making it the 6th largest party by seat count.


In November 2012, the party decided to vote abstained/present to the "Labor market reform" and "Midterm fiscal plan 2013-16" negotiated with the Troika, while they casted a supportive vote for the "Fiscal budget 2013". As the party did not vote directly against the crucial reforms, it was afterwords possible to continue being a part of the three-party coalition government with New Democracy and PASOK. Following this political line however came at the price. A total of 3 MPs opted to vote against the party line on the reforms, and consequently they were all asked to leave the party, thus reducing the party's total number of MPs from 17 to 14. Democratic Left’s political charter have no paragraphs enabling for the exclusion of MPs from the party, but all three MPs being asked to leave were nevertheless expected to follow the request, as they fundementally disagreed with the party's political line.


Leader: Fotis Kouvelis

Founded: 27 June 2010

Split from: Synaspismós

Ideology: Democratic socialism, Social democracy, Pro-Europeanism




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